IBC 2017: AJA debut openGear 3G-SDI multi-mode Fiber cards

IBC 2017: AJA debut openGear 3G-SDI multi-mode Fiber cards

AJA Video Systems announced today that it has added new 3G-SDI Multi-Mode fiber extender cards to its line of openGear compatible video and audio rack cards for use in openGear frames and AJA’s OG-3 2RU frame. openGear is Ross Video’s open architecture, modular frame system supported by a diverse range of equipment manufacturers.

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The new openGear Multi-Mode cards facilitate affordable and flexible optical transmission and reception, and include:

– OG-FIBER-TR-MM transceiver.
– OG-FIBER-T-MM transmitter.
– OG-FIBER-R-MM receiver.
– OG-FIBER-2T-MM dual channel transmitter.
– OG-FIBER-2R-MM dual channel receiver.

“We’ve seen a growing demand for our line of openGear compatible cards since their initial release, with customers appreciating the density and reliability of the openGear platform,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “These new cards enable fiber optic cable runs with cost effective and flexible Multi-Mode cabling.”

Pricing and availbility

New openGear Multi-Mode cards will be available October 2017 for the following US MSRPs: OG-FIBER-TR-MM: $890; OG-FIBER-T-MM: $690; OG-FIBER-R-MM: $690; OG-FIBER-2T-MM; $890; and OG-FIBER-2R-MM: $890.

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AJA announces HDR 10+ SDK support for KONA 4, Io 4K, Io 4K Plus and Corvid 4K developer cards

AJA announces HDR 10+ SDK support for KONA 4, Io 4K, Io 4K Plus and Corvid 4K developer cards

AJA Video Systems today announced support for HDR 10+ in the developer SDK for the company’s award-winning video and audio I/O products that support 4K workflows. This new development will be demonstrated at IBC with pre-release SDK software supporting the dynamic metadata that HDR 10+ delivers.

“With dynamic metadata, picture quality can be adjusted scene-by-scene, and the image quality is stunning,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “We’re very excited about offering HDR 10+ support as part of our SDK available to developer partners, ensuring our partners can bring all the latest tools for HDR production to users as fast as possible.”

HDR 10+ builds from HDR 10, adding dynamic metadata and more, allowing for scene by scene or even shot by shot variation. The standard allows for recognizing a display’s color space and more.

Key features:

– SMPTE 2094-40 Dynamic Metadata for Color Volume Transforms (DMCVT).
– Colour transforms optimized for each scene and each display.
– Metadata tracks carry supplementary color grading information.
– Minimum signal interface: HDMI 2.0a.
– Playback color representation BT.2020 or BT. 709 dependent on display.
– Playback transfer function: ST 2084.
– Playback bit depth: 10-bit.
– Open standard.

OEM partners and developers are encouraged to sign up for AJA’s developer program for access to AJA’s SDK package. HDR 10+ support is currently a feature within the beta SDK for products that include KONA 4, Io 4K and the new Thunderbolt™ 3 enabled Io 4K Plus with 4K support. The beta SDK will be made available to qualifying applicants; requests can be submitted here.

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IBC 2017: AJA debuts Ki Pro Ultra Plus firmware v2.0 with HLG and HDR 10 support

IBC 2017: AJA debuts Ki Pro Ultra Plus firmware v2.0 with HLG and HDR 10 support

At IBC 2017, AJA Video Systems announced new v2.0 firmware for the Ki Pro Ultra Plus multi-channel HD recorder and 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD recorder and player. The new update enables the latest HDR formats with HLG and HDR10 playback, and adds support for recording and playing ProRes 4444 XQ up to 2K60p, among several other feature enhancements.

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“The new v2.0 firmware for Ki Pro Ultra Plus is an extension of our commitment to providing customers with updates that keep pace with the latest workflows. With this update, users can quickly and easily play back HDR10 and HLG material for viewing on HDMI 2.0 compatible displays, record/playback ProRes 4444 XQ and much more,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems.

Pricing and Availability

Ki Pro Ultra Plus v2.0 firmware will be available next month as a free download from AJA’s website. Ki Pro Ultra Plus is now available through AJA’s worldwide reseller network for a US MSRP of $3995.

About Ki Pro Ultra Plus

Ki Pro Ultra Plus is a multi-channel recorder offering 2, 3 or 4-Channel simultaneous HD recording up to 1080 50/60p, or in single channel mode, 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD recording and playback, with full HDMI 2.0 input and output (up to 12-bit capture and output). Housed in a 2RU half rack, it offers extensive I/O flexibility and a range of connectivity options from 3G-SDI to HDMI 2.0 and fiber. Ki Pro Ultra Plus captures pristine 4K/UltraHD and HD video to standard production codecs including Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD MXF. Channels can be displayed on Ki Pro Ultra Plus’ LCD screen as a quad-split during capture for confidence monitoring, which can also be output over HDMI, SDI, fiber and the device’s web-based UI.

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IBC 2017: AJA introduces new FiDO 12G SDI/optical Fiber mini-converters

IBC 2017: AJA introduces new FiDO 12G SDI/optical Fiber mini-converters

At IBC 2017, AJA Video Systems unveiled a new line of FiDO 12G to Fiber/Fiber to 12G Mini-Converters. New price reductions have also been announced for the Hi5-4K-Plus (3G-SDI to HDMI 2.0) and 3GM (3G/1.5G Mux/DeMux) Mini-Converters, bringing the costs down from $695 to $595, and $795 to $495 respectively.

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AJA’s new FiDO converters support the transport of 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD/SD video and audio over long distances (up to 10km) over one optical cable. The new 12G-SDI models are:

– FiDO-TR-12G transceiver.
– FiDO-T-12G single-channel transmitter.
– FiDO-R-12G single-channel receiver.
– FiDO-2T-12G dual-channel transmitter.
– FiDO-2R-12G dual-channel receiver.

An extension of AJA’s FiDO (Fiber Digital Optical) family of SDI/Optical Fiber converters, the new transceiver, transmitters and receivers meet relevant SMPTE specifications, and are built with a compact enclosure to fit seamlessly into racks, OB trucks or studios.

“With the latest HDR and 4K/UltraHD workflows, we wanted to deliver new 12G-SDI converters that offer the advanced speed and flexibility of 12G in the robust, rugged form factor our Minis are known for,” shared Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “Our 12G FiDO models provide reliable solutions for broadcast, production, post and ProAV professionals.”

Pricing and availability

FiDO-TR-12G, FiDO-2T-12G and FiDO-2R-12G will be available Autumn 2017 through AJA’s worldwide reseller network for a US MSRP of $1,325 each, and FiDO-T-12G and FiDO-R-12G will be available for a US MSRP of $785 each in Autumn 2017. All are available for pre-order today.

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IBC 2017: AJA announces desktop software v14 for KONA, Io and T-TAP products

IBC 2017: AJA announces desktop software v14 for KONA, Io and T-TAP products

AJA Video Systems today announced new Desktop Software v14 for its family of KONA, Io and T-TAP products. Desktop Software v14 adds new features that simplify 4K/UltraHD and HDR workflows, as well as new audio capabilities for individuals working in broadcast, TV, film, post-production, ProAV and OTT.

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With the new capabilities for audio, the AJA Desktop Software allows Adobe Premiere Pro CC users to review and play audio files from multiple locations, including locally stored files, or via a MAM or web browser, within project timelines. The solution also makes it easier to record voiceovers into existing media directly on the Timeline. The solution allows Adobe Creative Cloud users to use Thunderbolt 3 via USB-C for video and audio I/O with leading macOS and PC workstations and laptops.

“Having an easy way to record voiceovers into the timeline is more relevant than ever before with the fast pace of today’s production demands,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “Desktop Software v14 introduces features that make it much easier for editors in any medium to bring flexible audio options into their workflows.”

“We’re pleased to see AJA continue to innovate as the digital postproduction toolset evolves,” said Sue Skidmore, head of partner relations for professional video at Adobe. “Tight integration with the Adobe video apps expedites workflows and allows users to stay ahead.”

Desktop Software v14 will be available mid-October 2017 for AJA’s family of KONA, T-TAP and Io products, including the new Thunderbolt 3 enabled Io 4K Plus. New audio features enable simple, adjustable audio monitoring, giving editors new levels of control between professional timeline audio, host system application audio and microphone inputs. This update also supports full duplex, ultra-low latency voiceover/audio punch-in to timeline using either digital or analog audio inputs. AJA’s Control Panel and Control Room software also now support intuitive configurations for 12G, 6G and HDMI when used with Io 4K Plus.

Desktop v14 feature highlights include

– New audio controls to adjust the monitoring mix between the NLE timeline audio playback, host system audio and voiceover/punch-in mic input.

– Ability to audition music or other audio from a web browser/MAM/cloud, while listening to playback from an Adobe Premiere Pro CC or FCP X timeline.

– Record voiceovers to timeline with low latency, full duplex audio punch-in with Io 4K Plus, Io 4K and KONA 4 for Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Avid Media Composer.

– 12G-SDI, 6G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 I/O configuration controls for Io 4K Plus.

Pricing and availability

Desktop Software v14 will be available mid-October as a free download from AJA’s website.

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IBC 2017: AJA Announces Io 4K Plus with Thunderbolt 3

IBC 2017: AJA Announces Io 4K Plus with Thunderbolt 3

AJA Video Systems today announced the new Io 4K Plus capture and output device with support for Thunderbolt 3. Io 4K Plus offers the latest 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 I/O connectivity, advanced audio features and 4K/UltraHD support up to 50p/60p frame rates.

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Io 4K Plus is the next generation of AJA’s capture and output hardware devices and AJA’s first Thunderbolt 3 product. Offering a range of connectivity, including 12G/6G/3G/1.5G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 I/O, Io 4K Plus is compatible with the latest 4K/UltraHD devices. Using AJA’s proven drivers and application plug-ins for macOS or PC, Io 4K Plus integrates with standard creative tools such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple FCP X and Avid Media Composer. AJA’s proven conversion technology facilitates real time, high quality scaling of 4K and UltraHD to HD for monitoring and output. Io 4K Plus also includes an additional Thunderbolt 3 port for daisy chaining flexibility.

Thunderbolt 3’s broad bandwidth allows Io 4K Plus to support 4K/UltraHD and HD large raster, high frame rate, deep color and HDR projects to Thunderbolt 3 via USB-C equipped workstations or laptops.

“Tight deadlines and technology shifts have introduced a new layer of complexity to post-production workflows. Io 4K Plus with Thunderbolt 3 support reduces that complexity by moving high resolution, high frame rate files through a single cable with ease,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems.

Io 4K Plus feature highlights include:

– Thunderbolt 3.
– Backwards compatibility with existing Thunderbolt hosts.
– 12G/6G/3G/1.5G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 I/O for 4K, Ultra HD, 2K, HD and SD with HFR support up to 60p at 4:2:2.
– Realtime 4K/Ultra HD to 2K/HD down conversion.
– 8, 10 and 12-bit 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 over 12G-SDI or HDMI 2.0 workflow support.
– Two Thunderbolt 3 ports allow easy daisy-chaining of up to six Thunderbolt devices.
– 16 channel embedded audio on SDI; eight channel embedded audio on HDMI; eight channel analogue audio via XLR breakout.
– Downstream keyer.
– Standard 12v four pin XLR for AC or battery power.
– Compatibility with creative applications including Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple FCP X, Avid Media Composer; FilmLight products; AJA Control Room and more.
– Three year international warranty.

Pricing and availability

Io 4K Plus will be available mid-October 2017 for US MSRP $2495.

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NAB 2017: AJA announces HELO v1.1 firmware

NAB 2017: AJA announces HELO v1.1 firmware

AJA Video Systems announced new v1.1 firmware for its versatile HELO H.264 streaming, encoding and recording device. The update adds new features to HELO that further simplify and expand live production workflows.

HELO v1.1 firmware feature highlights include:

– A scheduler that triggers preplanned start and stop of recording and streaming media. The schedule may be programmed locally through HELO’s web UI, by importing ICS files or by linking to external calendar providers such as Google Calendar.

– Redundant recording of one file to two media destinations simultaneously.

– A recording file segment size of 360 minutes for TS files for long event recordings.

– Support for up to five RTSP streams.

– REST API documentation to describe how to automate basic HELO functions.

“HELO has been met with great enthusiasm, and we’ve been working closely with customers to rapidly develop and deploy updates that further improve its functionality while addressing common live event production challenges,” shared AJA President Nick Rashby. “Following our most recent update, which introduced support for Facebook Live, HELO v1.1. firmware includes several new features that make streaming, recording and encoding with HELO even simpler.”

HELO v1.1 firmware will be available soon as a free download.

About HELO
HELO is an affordable, flexible H.264 streaming and recording standalone device. Combining SDI and HDMI I/O into a single appliance, it allows users to stream out to a Content Delivery Network (CDN) while simultaneously encoding and recording H.264 files to either SD cards, USB storage or network based storage. HELO is available through AJA’s worldwide reseller network for a US MSRP of $1295. For more information, visit: www.aja.com/products/helo.

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NAB 2017: AJA unveils new 12G-SDI and Fiber Mini-Converters

NAB 2017: AJA unveils new 12G-SDI and Fiber Mini-Converters

AJA Video Systems today announced new Mini-Converters that resolve interoperability and interconnectivity challenges in modern broadcast and ProAV environments. New products include the 12GDA 12G/3G/SD-SDI Re clocking Distribution Amplifier, 12GM 12G-SDI to/from 3G-SDI Muxer/Demuxer, and new Multi-Mode SFP options for its family of FiDO SDI/Optical Fiber Mini-Converters.

12GDA 12G/6G/3G/SD-SDI Reclocking Distribution Amplifier
12GDA is a miniature 1×6 12G-SDI reclocking distribution amplifier. With support for 12G-SDI for 4K/UltraHD single link workflows, the format agnostic device features six separately buffered SDI outputs identical to the recovered input. It also offers automatic input detection, re-clocking and cable equalization, and an LED signal detection indicator, in a very compact design.

12GM 12G-SDI to/from 3G-SDI Muxer/Demuxer
12GM is a compact SDI transport converter that enables 12G-SDI to Quad 3G-SDI and Quad 3G-SDI to 12G-SDI conversion. The Muxer/Demuxer supports 4K and UltraHD workflows and conversions from multi-link SDI signals to single-link SDI signals, and vice versa at 1.5G, 3G, 6G and 12G bit rates.

FiDO Multi-Mode Fiber SFP Options
In addition to FiDO models that support single-mode fiber, new Multi-Mode SFP options for AJA FiDO Mini-Converters support multi-mode fiber optic cable at distances up to 700M (OM4) or 300M (OM3). The new lineup includes the following model names for ordering with multi-mode SFPs or when applicable, optional CWDM SFPs: FiDO-R-X single channel LC fiber to 3G-SDI; FiDO-T-X single channel 3G-SDI to LC fiber; FiDO-TR-X 3G-SDI/LC fiber transceiver; FiDO-2R-X dual channel LC fiber to 3G-SDI; FiDO-2T-X dual channel 3G-SDI to LC fiber; FiDO-4R-X quad channel 3G-SDI to LC fiber and FiDO-4T-X quad channel 3G-SDI to LC fiber.

“Our new 12GDA and 12GM Mini-Converters, and FiDO Multi-Mode options provide flexible, cost effective solutions that will help facilities overcome the connectivity and interoperability challenges they face with the latest broadcast and ProAV workflows,” shared AJA President Nick Rashby.

Pricing and Availability
12GDA will be available summer 2017 through AJA’s worldwide reseller network at a US MSRP of $495. 12GM will be available summer 2017 at a US MSRP of $895. Multi-Mode SFPs are available for order now from the AJA SFP Configurator. For more information about 12GDA, 12GM and FiDO Multi-Mode Options, please visit: www.aja.com/en/category/mini-converters.

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NAB 2017: AJA announces new KUMO CP2 control panel

NAB 2017: AJA announces new KUMO CP2 control panel

AJA Video Systems unveiled its new destination-oriented KUMO CP2 Control Panel for plug and play control of AJA’s complete line of compact KUMO SDI routers. Ideal for broadcast environments, it can be used in standalone or networked configurations for KUMO 6464, 3232, 1616 and 1604.

KUMO CP2 features 80 buttons and enables selection of up to 64 sources and 64 destinations on each of up to four KUMO routers in standalone mode or through a built-in GUI accessible from any web browser on the network. The affordable control panel is only 1.3 inches deep, easy to install, eliminates the need to use a Shift key on KUMO 1604, 1616 and 3232, and is backed by a five year warranty.

“Broadcast facilities and OB trucks have come to rely on a standalone control panel to control our KUMO routers, so introducing a compact, new 2RU panel that supports KUMO 6464, 3232, 1616 and 1604 is a natural progression, and we’re thrilled to be showing KUMO CP2 at NAB,” shared AJA President Nick Rashby.

Pricing and Availability
KUMO CP2 will be available soon through AJA’s worldwide reseller network for a US MSRP of $895. For more information, please visit: www.aja.com/products/kumo-cp2.

About KUMO
Compact, robust and built for critical production environments, KUMO compact SDI routers offer flexibility and quality that exceed SMPTE specifications at an unprecedented price. KUMO SDI routers are available in four configurations: KUMO 6464 supports 64 3G-SDI inputs and outputs, KUMO 3232 supports 32 3G-SDI inputs and outputs, KUMO 1616 supports 16 3G SDI inputs and outputs, and KUMO 1604 supports 16 3G-SDI inputs and four 3G-SDI outputs.

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NAB 2017: AJA introduces new solutions for IP workflows

NAB 2017:  AJA introduces new solutions for IP workflows

At NAB 2017, AJA Video Systems announced new firmware for its KONA IP desktop video and audio I/O card, along with two new IP Mini-Converters, significantly expanding flexibility in IP-based workflows. A new KONA IP license option for JPEG 2000, a preview of KONA IP firmware for SMPTE 2110, and new IPT-1G-HDMI and IPT-1G-SDI Mini-Converters will facilitate flexible and cost efficient delivery of work to and from creative suites via 1Gb Ethernet.

KONA IP firmware license for JPEG 2000

The new KONA IP firmware license enables compression and decompression of HD video in real time to/from JPEG 2000 encoded within an MPEG 2 transport stream. Featuring support for TR-01, the update ensures interoperability with other JPEG 2000 systems and devices across the network. It supports three configurations: up to two simultaneous JPEG 2000 outputs, up to two simultaneous JPEG 2000 inputs, or a simultaneous JPEG 2000 input and output to a system running KONA IP. A single KONA IP configuration with the latest Desktop Software v13 installed offers out of the box functionality for a range of creative apps including Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple FCP X, Avid Media Composer and AJA Control Room; dual KONA IP configurations are also supported for more demanding JPEG 2000 workflows for SDK developers.

KONA IP firmware for SMPTE 2110

Coming soon, and being demonstrated at NAB 2017, is the new KONA IP firmware for SMPTE 2110. With support for SMPTE 2110 up to HD rasters, KONA IP will introduce new flexibility for live production professionals by enabling networking with separate essence flows. Broadcasters will be able to synchronize production of audio, video, and ancillary data elements, eliminating the need for embedding/disembedding to/from SDI while also reducing latency. Visitors to AJA’s NAB booth will be able to preview current and forthcoming release features.

IPT-1G-HDMI and IPT-1G-SDI Mini-Converters for IP Workflows

Designed to compliment AJA’s line of IP receiver converters, the new IPT products convert HD video to VSF TR-01 (and other JPEG 2000 formats). IPT-1G-SDI provides two 3G-SDI inputs, and IPT-1G-HDMI has a standard HDMI type A input. The ability to convert baseband video to JPEG 2000 MPEG 2 transport streams allows a source to be transmitted anywhere on a network, and enables IP compatibility with baseband cameras, digital VTRs, routers and switchers. The IPT-1G-SDI and the IPT-1G-HDMI can be used in conjunction with KONA IP, plus the IPR-1G-SDI and IPR-G-HDMI Mini-Converters, to streamline video ingest, exchange and distribution across an IP network including final reception to displays.

“IP adoption and interest are surging; more than 40 vendors have recently demoed SMPTE 2022-6 and 2022-7 interoperability, a number that is sure to grow this year as vendors and facilities look to JPEG 2000 and SMPTE 2110 as a next step,” shared AJA President Nick Rashby. “We’re excited to introduce JPEG 2000 and SMPTE 2110 support for KONA IP along with our new IPT Mini-Converters this year at NAB, which significantly expand what’s possible for facilities embracing IP.”

Pricing and Availability

A KONA IP license for JPEG 2000 will be available to purchase soon through AJA’s website for $250 US MSRP per device. KONA IP firmware for SMPTE 2110 is anticipated to be available soon as a free download from AJA’s support page. IPT-1G-SDI and IPT-1G-HDMI will be available through AJA’s worldwide reseller network soon for a US MSRP of $795 each. For more information, please visit: www.aja.com.

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