AJA are the first company to promise big things at this year’s IBC, with new 4K devices and converters promised, plus an all-round firmware change.
What’s out now?
The new Ki Pro firmware we were promised a while back is now ready to go, and the public beta for AJA Control Room is about to hit Mac and Windows machines. There’s also a new Wirecast plug-in available now that will let you perform four channel multicam ingest or capture from 4K and UHD inputs with a bit of help from a Kona 3G card. The Kumo range is due a new, free firmware update that’ll add ganged connection for dual link, 2K or 4K work.
What’s coming soon?
The IO4k is a AJA’s first Thunderbolt 2.0 device (20 Gbps! We still can’t get over this). Unsurprisingly, it’s designed to work with the new Mac Pro, and will be shipping around the same time that does – not that we could strongarm anyone into giving us thatdate. According to the official literature, “Io 4K offers a broad range of video and audio connectivity, supporting the latest 4K and UltraHD devices. AJA’s proven conversion technology allows realtime high-quality scaling of 4K and UltraHD to HD. Io 4K also seamlessly integrates with leading post-production and delivery tools such as Apple Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Creative Cloud, AJA Control Room, Telestream Wirecast 5 and more.”
The IO4K will work with anything from SD and HD to 4K and UHD, with HD to 4K scaling supported. Here’s how the connections look:
For the curious, the full list of supported video formats is below:
SD: 480p, 525i 29.97, 625i 25.
HD: 720P 50, 59.94, 60; 1080i 50, 59.94, 60; 1080PsF 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30; 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60.
2K: 2048 x 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60; 2048 x 1080PsF 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30
4K: 3840 x 2160P 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30; 3840 x 2160PsF 23.98, 24, 25; 4096 x 2160P 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30; 4096 x 2160PsF 23.98, 24, 25
This new application brings 4K to HD ROI scaling to the Corvid range, complete with its own hardware controller and realtime debayering for anyone using a Canon C500. EVS have adopted a Corvid Ultra/TruZoom workflow for all their scaling and selecting ROI in their replay systems, which is a pretty solid endorsement.
Key features include:
– Extensive I/O: 3G SDI, 4K HDMI output, embedded and AES audio (2-channel analog audio monitoring).
– Supports video formats from SD through to 4K at up to 60 frames per second.
– Color depth up to 16-bit half float RGBA with full color space conversion.
– Powerful, onboard Debayering for RAW workflows.
– High-quality AJA TruScale™ means incredible quality at any resolution.
– Two 4K-capable expansion slots for additional I/O or processing.
– Fast 8x PCIe 2.0 host connection provides 2500+ MB/s in each direction.
– 2RU form factor.
AJA have really quite a lot of Mini-Convertors and related accessories on the slate – so many that they’ve built an app to help you find the right one – but the ones that have really caught our eye are the 10-bit 4K2HD, which converts UHD or 4K to HD, and the new low-cost V2analog and V2digital, which convert SDI to Analogue and Analogue to SDI respectively and come in at just $345.
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