NAB 2017: AJA previews FS-HDR with breakthrough HDR conversion support

NAB 2017: AJA previews FS-HDR with breakthrough HDR conversion support

AJA Video Systems is previewing FS-HDR, an exciting new product delivering breakthrough HDR workflow conversion capabilities. Building on AJA’s flagship FS4, and incorporating the latest HDR technology from Academy and Emmy Award twinning developer Colorfront, FS-HDR provides HDR and Wide Color Gamut (WCG) processing and conversion for realtime 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD workflows. It will be demonstrated for the first time as a technology preview during NAB 2017 at AJA’s booth, #SL2505.

FS-HDR, a 1RU, rackmount, universal converter/frame synchronizer, is designed specifically to meet the HDR/WCG needs of broadcast, OTT, post and live event AV environments, where real time, low-latency processing, color fidelity and metadata handling are of paramount importance. FS-HDR’s HDR/WCG capabilities leverage video and color space processing algorithms within Colorfront Engine™, specially licensed by AJA from Colorfront, and developed by Colorfront’s CTO Bill Feighter and Lead Engineer Tamas Perlaki, both of whom are Academy Award winners.

Powered by Colorfront Engine™, FS-HDR’s extensive HDR and WCG processing support enables the realtime processing of 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD, including HDR conversions, and 4K/UltraHD HDR down-conversion to HD HDR. FS-HDR also enables the conversion of popular camera formats from multiple vendors into the HDR space, plus conversion to and from BT.2020/BT.709 as needed, critical for the widespread acceptance of HDR alongside SDR in broadcast and OTT workflows.

“Our AJA FS family of products have been incredibly popular in delivering ultra reliable video and audio conversion needs for anything that comes up on-set, in an OB truck, at a facility or in a live event production scenario,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “There has been a rising demand from these markets for a path to support HDR workflows. Partnering with Colorfront is enabling us to solve our customers’ HDR workflow requirements today, backed by Academy Award-winning engineering!”
“AJA’s professional video solutions already provide robust, powerful and cost effective video output for our On-Set Dailies, Express Dailies and Transkoder products,” said Aron Jaszberenyi, Managing Director of Colorfront. “In choosing the new FS-HDR solution with Colorfront Engine™, AJA customers will instantly access many years of Colorfront’s leading-edge research into SDR/HDR and camera output format conversion, plus a sophisticated tone mapping toolset, which delivers technically-accurate and visually pleasing results that retain the creative intent of the original material.”
FS-HDR features will include:

– Realtime HDR to HDR, HDR to SDR and SDR to HDR conversions including BT.2020 to BT.709 color space conversion
Inputs
– SDR BT.709 100 Nits
– PQ BT.2020 1000 Nits
– PQ P3D65 1000 Nits
– Hybrid Log Gamma BT.2100
– Sony® S-Gamut3/SLog-3
– ARRI® Log C Wide Gamut
– Panasonic V-Log
– RED® Log3G10 Wide Gamut
– Canon Log 2
Outputs
– SDR BT.709 100 Nits
– PQ BT.2020 1000 Nits
– Hybrid Log Gamma BT.2100
– Support for two modes:
– Single channel mode for 4K/UltraHD or 2K/HD frame sync and conversion including HDR conversions.
– Four channel mode for simultaneous independent 2K/HD/SD channels for standard conversion and frame sync workflows.
– 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD/SD video processing and up, down, cross-conversion.
– A full range of I/O options for 4K/UltraHD including Quad 1.5G; Dual 3G; and Quad 3G, 6G and 12G over a range of SDI and optional fiber choices.
– SMPTE 2SI I/O support for broad compatibility with 4K/UltraHD devices.
– Four-channel 2K/HD/SD video processing and conversion.
– 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD/SD up, down, cross-conversion.
– SD/SD aspect ratio conversion.
– HD/HD cross-conversion (720p/1080i).
– A 1RU frame offering space, power and cost efficiencies ideal for broadcast trucks, and post production or broadcast settings.
– Audio I/O processing with a 272×208 matrix of audio possibilities; support for a flexible range of audio feeds from discrete AES to MADI and embedded SDI audio, with each audio input offering sample-rate conversion.
– Simple operation, a redesigned menu structure and quick access to features via front panel buttons, as well as a web-based UI offering control over a LAN or across the web.

FS-HDR is being demonstrated as a technology preview only. Pricing and availability details will be coming soon. For additional information about AJA’s existing line of FS products, please visit: www.aja.com/family/fs.

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NAB 2017: AJA launches Ki Pro Ultra Plus with 4-channel HD recording and HDMI 2.0 support

NAB 2017: AJA launches Ki Pro Ultra Plus with 4-channel HD recording and HDMI 2.0 support

AJA Video Systems today announced Ki Pro Ultra Plus, introducing 1, 2, 3 or 4-Channel simultaneous HD recording up to 1080 50/60p, and full HDMI 2.0 (up to 12-bit capture and output) for 4K/UltraHD workflows.

The new Ki Pro Ultra Plus is ideal for recording multicam shoots in HD multi-channel mode, and 4K/UltraHD recording and playback in single channel mode. Ki Pro Ultra Plus is housed in a compact, easy to operate, standalone 2RU half rack and has broad I/O flexibility and connectivity options including 3G-SDI, HDMI 2.0 and optional fiber connections. Ki Pro Ultra Plus captures pristine 4K/UltraHD and HD video to widely accepted production codecs including Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD MXF.

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Four channels of HD can be recorded simultaneously as Apple ProRes files, each with different compression profiles as desired, to robust AJA Pak 1000 SSD media. Ki Pro Ultra Plus includes the proven Ki Protect technology, ensuring that in the event of power failure or inadvertent withdrawal of a Pak drive, recently recorded footage is always secure. All four channels can be displayed on Ki Pro Plus’ LCD screen as a quad-split during capture for confidence monitoring, as well as the ability to output the quad-split over HDMI, SDI, and even on the integrated browser based web UI during capture.

“What sets Ki Pro Ultra Plus apart is the combination of multi-channel HD recording, 4K recording and playback, full HDMI 2.0 support, a full featured web-based UI for control and configuration, and Ki Protect providing peace of mind on all productions” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “Our Ki Pro family is one of our most popular product lines and this latest addition adds some of the most requested customer features.”

Ki Pro Ultra Plus Features:

– Flexible HD recording options: 1, 2, 3 or 4-Channel HD recording at up to 1080 60p with independent ProRes codec profile support for each channel.

– 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD recording to Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD MXF.

– HDMI 2.0 support allows for full 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 capture and output at up to 4K/UltraHD 60fps.

– 12-bit support on input for Apple ProRes 4444 and ProRes 4444 XQ encoding and HDMI 2.0 input and output.

– Built-in Ki Protect ensures recordings aren’t lost in a power failure.

– Broad video connectivity including fiber cages, 3G-SDI, and HDMI 2.0.

– Multi-channel audio support via embedded SDI or HDMI, AES/EBU, and Analog.

– WebUI enables remote monitoring, control and deployment on the field or in the studio, via a standard web browser.

– Compact 2RU high, half rack width form factor.

– Records to reliable and rugged AJA Pak SSD media, with options for recording to eSATA.

– Includes AJA’s renowned three year international warranty.

Pricing and Availability

Ki Pro Ultra Plus is available to pre-order from Jigsaw24 now for £4290 ex VAT.

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NAB 2017: Your rolling news update

NAB 2017: Your rolling news update

It’s that time of year again. If you want to keep up with the news from NAB 2017, all you need to do is bookmark this post.

As big news breaks, we’ll add it to our blog and update this master post, so all you have to do is hit refresh to get the latest news from us and our friends at root6. (If you just want to pre-order product as it’s announced, keep hitting refresh on this page instead.)

Adobe

NAB 2017: Adobe propels video forward

Ahead of the National Association of Broadcasting (NAB) conference, Adobe today announced a major update for video in Adobe Creative Cloud to help filmmakers and video producers collaborate and streamline video workflows. Read more

AJA

Ki Pro Ultra, Pak Dock and Kistor Dock price reductions, and new Ki Pro firmware

Some early AJA news via Digi-Box: you can now save over £1000 on an Aja Ki Pro Ultra and £90 on Pak Dock and Kistor Dock – plus new firmware v2.2 for Ki Pro Ultra with Avid MXF support. Read more.

NAB 2017: AJA launches Ki Pro Ultra Plus with 4-channel HD recording and HDMI 2.0 support

AJA Video Systems today announced Ki Pro Ultra Plus, introducing 1, 2, 3 or 4-Channel simultaneous HD recording up to 1080 50/60p, and full HDMI 2.0 (up to 12-bit capture and output) for 4K/UltraHD workflows. Read more

NAB 2017: AJA previews FS-HDR with breakthrough HDR conversion support

Building on AJA’s flagship FS4, and incorporating the latest HDR technology from Academy and Emmy Award twinning developer Colorfront, FS-HDR provides HDR and Wide Color Gamut (WCG) processing and conversion for realtime 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD workflows. It will be demonstrated for the first time as a technology preview during NAB 2017 at AJA’s booth, #SL2505. Read more

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. Read more. 

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. Read more.

Atomos

19” Sumo monitor-recorder delivers 4KP60 HDR to the set and the studio

Atomos once again redefines the workflow options for video creatives by creating the first production/studio monitor to combine a 19” HDR 1200nit 10+ stop panel with 4K 12-bit RAW or 10-bit 422 ProRes/DNxHR recording, HD recording up to 240p or live switching and recording of four 1080p60 channels. Read more

Avid

NAB 2017: What editors need to know after Avid Connect

We’re all of four hours into and Avid have already announced new I/O hardware, VM options for Media Composer, and the welcome return of Script Sync and Phrase Find at their Avid Connect event. Here’s a quick roundup of their post offerings so far. Read more.

Avid Connect: Just the audio bits

Avid Pro Tools will now offer native support for Dolby Atmos mixing and expanded support for the NEXIS family, and cloud tools are on their way to Pro Tools | First. Read more.

Avid Artist | DNxIQ unveiled for 4K monitoring and universal mastering

Next-generation video/audio interface offers extensive format support, including 4K monitoring and universal mastering capability, to enable video professionals to quickly and easily meet today’s varied content demands and wide-ranging delivery requirements. Read more.

Avid NEXIS now delivers unparalleled performance, scalability and Pro Tools support

The new software release, available to all new and current customers of Avid NEXIS, delivers greater system bandwidths, enables scalability to larger storage capacities, and now offers support for Pro Tools to optimize professional audio production workflows. Read more

Avid unveils Media Composer | First—a free version of the industry-standard video editing system

Media Composer | First is a brand new, fully featured video editing solution that provides aspiring creative professionals, students, and those just starting their professional careers with free access to the same creative tools used by the most successful and acclaimed filmmakers and television program creators in the world. Read more

Avid Pro Tools to provide native Dolby Atmos mixing

Avid and Dolby collaboration delivers the industry’s deepest integration and the most efficient audio mixing workflows for powerful immersive audio experiences. Read more 

Avid unveils cloud strategy with launch of new offerings

Avid announces extension of its MediaCentral Platform and its industry-leading tools into the cloud with new hosted client applications, cloud media services, and infrastructure on demand that can easily be added to existing on-premises deployments. Read more

Avid ushers in next phase of Avid Everywhere with sweeping and groundbreaking innovations

Avid  today announced a broad and sweeping set of innovations for the Avid MediaCentral Platform. As the next phase of Avid Everywhere, the company is extending the Avid MediaCentral Platform to the cloud, showcasing end- to-end 4K/IP workflows, enhancing immersive workflows, and expanding the Alliance Partner ecosystem, with major advancements across all product suites. Read more.

Avid announces strategic cloud alliance with Microsoft for the media and entertainment industry

Comprehensive multi-year agreement includes technology collaboration, co-development and go-to-market cooperation that will set the pace for the industry in bringing media enterprises, creative teams and individual artists into the cloud. Read more. 

New Avid Media Campus Program provides flexible volume licensing and industry solutions for educational institutions

Offering a deeper partnership with Avid, and flexible volume licensing and deployment options, the new program helps educators better prepare the next generation of creative talents and media professionals for careers in the media and entertainment industry. Read more.

Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design CEO Grant Petty on this year’s Blackmagic crop

Blackmagic Design DEO Grant Petty’s annual communique is a highlight of NAB. This year, he holds forth on Ultramatte pricing, ATEM Television Studio Pro HD, and the Fairlight audio features you can now find in the flipping amazing-looking DaVinci Resolve 14. Read more

Blackmagic Design announces DaVinci Resolve 14

Blackmagic Design today announced DaVinci Resolve 14, the biggest release in the history of the product, and an update that has been designed to be more than an incremental software update, but a complete revolution in post production. Blackmagic Design believes the new DaVinci Resolve will break through the stagnant toolsets used in post production, and offer a new path forward for the smallest as well as the largest facilities in the world. Read more.

Blackmagic Design announces new ATEM Television Studio Pro HD

The world’s most advanced all in one live production switcher with integrated hardware control panel and powerful features such as HDMI and SDI inputs, multiview, talkback, DVE and more! Read more.

Blackmagic Design dramatically reduces price of Ultimatte 11

Blackmagic Design today announced an immediate 60% price reduction for Ultimatte 11 from $24,995 to only $9,995. Acquired by Blackmagic Design in October, 2016, Ultimatte is the worldwide leader in blue and green screen removal technology for the broadcast television, commercial and feature film industries. Read more.

Blackmagic Design announces new UltraStudio HD Mini with Thunderbolt 3

Blackmagic Design today announced UltraStudio HD Mini, the world’s first portable Thunderbolt 3 capture and playback solution with 3G-SDI, HDMI and analog connections for broadcast quality 10-bit recording up to 1080p60 and 2K DCI. Read more

Blackmagic Design announces Blackmagic Duplicator 4K now with H.264

Blackmagic Design today announced the addition of realtime H.264 encoding to the Blackmagic Duplicator 4K. Now customers can choose to record H.264 for maximum compatibility with existing HD televisions and computers, or they can choose H.265 for delivering Ultra HD to the latest devices. Blackmagic Duplicator 1.1 update is now available as a free download from the Blackmagic Design website. Read more.

Blackmagic Design announces remote Bluetooth camera control for URSA Mini Pro

Blackmagic Design today announced a new open protocol for URSA Mini Pro cameras that will allow customers to create their own remote control solutions via Bluetooth. The protocol is being demonstrated at NAB, with the API and sample code anticipated to be released to customers free of charge in June 2017. Read more

Blackmagic Design announces new professional scopes and multi-lingual support for Video Assis

Blackmagic Design today announced the immediate availability of Blackmagic Video Assist 2.4 update which adds support for multi-lingual support for 10 separate languages. This means customers can now use Video Assist in their native language. Read more.

Canon

Canon launch new upgrade service for EOS 5D Mk IV

Canon have announced a new paid upgrade for EOS 5D Mk IV users, available exclusively from Canon-authorised service centres.  Read more.

Canon unveil new pro lens

Canon are out of the gate early this year, releasing news of a new lens just as our team set off for NAB. Read more.

NAB 2017: Canon releases firmware upgrade for professional displays

Canon Europe, world leader in imaging solutions, today announces a firmware upgrade for three of its professional 4K displays – the DP-V1710, DP-V2410 and DP-V2420. Read more. 

DJI

DJI’s Ronin 2 is ready to take 30lbs of camera

It’s been a relatively quiet NAB in terms of production kit but this new gimbal from DJI has cheered us up no end, mostly by being twice as strong as the previous Ronin and having the most dramatic launch video we’ve seen in a while. Read more.

Dolby

Dolby announce new Atmos Production Suite and Mastering Suite

After Avid’s announcement that the forthcoming release of Pro Tools HD will offer native Dolby Atmos mixing, there was more Dolby news brewing at NAB 2017, with the release of two new software bundles – the Dolby Atmos Production Suite and Dolby Atmos Mastering Suite. Read more.

EditShare

NAB 2017: EditShare will showcase ‘small business friendly’ EFS 200 and EFS 300 servers

EditShare, a technology leader in intelligent shared storage and media management solutions, announced the introduction of the XStream EFS 200 and XStream EFS 300 storage products. Read more.

JVC

With the ProHD Mobile Bridge and the new ProHD Portable Bridge, JVC has created robust bonded cellular solutions for ENG and multi-camera live productions. Read more.

NewTek

Stream and publish anywhere with the NewTek TriCaster TC1

It’s the one that you’ve been waiting for… 4K. 60p. IP. 16 inputs and no compromises. The NewTek TriCaster TC1 is the first affordable end-to-end 4K IP video production system, and it’s available to pre-order now. Read more.

NewTek TriCaster offers native support of JVC KY-PZ100 PTZ cameras

JVC Professional Video, a division of JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation, today announced NewTek TriCaster multi-camera video production systems will offer native support of JVC KY-PZ100 robotic PTZ network video production cameras. Read more

Notes on NewTek TriCaster TC1, NC1 I/O module, NVG1 and NDI

A few weeks back, NewTek released the TriCaster TC1 and we managed to get more details at NAB. However, they were also holding a couple of other NDI cards up their sleeve in the form of brand new product releases. Read more

Panasonic

Panasonic showcases next gen technology and solutions to support 4K smart entertainment and connected stadiums

Panasonic have revealed that their NAB highlights this year will include the 4K AK-UC3000 studio camera system and the HD AK-HC5000 high-speed camera system, 4-sided LED videoboards, ballooncam, and augmented reality projection. Read more

Sony

NEP UK selects Sony HDC-4300s to deliver live 4K to sports broadcasting market

Today, NEP UK announces a significant investment in live 4K sport broadcasting, with the purchase of 85 Sony HDC-4300 4K/HD system cameras, PWS-4500 servers, and 43 TRIMASTER EL OLED monitors, including the BVM-E171. Read more

Sony announces new technical capabilities and interoperability achievements as broadcast momentum for IP Live continues to grow

Sony is introducing a series of new IP Live functions, interoperability milestones and customer success stories on the first day of NAB 2017. Broadcasters around the world are increasingly embracing IP for its proven ability to deliver quality live 4K video, audio, synchronisation signals and control data through a single network cable. Read more

Sony’s 4K/HD Live Production Workflows enhanced with Content Management Station PWS-110CM1 and updated firmware for PWS-4500 Server

New solutions enable the addition of metadata management for streamlined, searchable, transferable content that saves users time. Read more

NAB 2017: Sony embraces HDR production with full end-to-end solution

From products, to workflow and format, Sony offers users end-to-end HDR production capabilities from acquisition to display, for cinema, live production, online video and event production. These solutions meet the industry’s growing demand for a wider colour gamut and increased dynamic range that creates more realistic viewing experiences with enhanced levels of detail. Read more

TVLogic

New TVLogic reference 4K and OLED monitors

LCD and OLED HD displays manufacturer TVLogic are choosing NAB 2017 to introduce several new 4K HDR and OLED monitors. The new displays are designed to address the ever-increasing demands of broadcast, production, post-production, and multi-viewer applications. Here’s the full press release… Read more

If you want to know more on the biggest and best NAB Show releases, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

NAB 2017: Ki Pro Ultra, Pak Dock and Kistor Dock price reductions, and new Ki Pro firmware

NAB 2017: Ki Pro Ultra, Pak Dock and Kistor Dock price reductions, and new Ki Pro firmware

Some early AJA news via Digi-Box: you can now save over £1000 on an Aja Ki Pro Ultra and £90 on Pak Dock and Kistor Dock – plus new firmware v2.2 for Ki Pro Ultra with Avid MXF support. 

Now more affordable than ever, Ki Pro Ultra is the premiere file-based 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD video recorder and player. Ki Pro Ultra v2.2 firmware offers Avid MXF support for HD workflows and is available as a free download here. The release adds recording and playback of DNxHD files with an OP1a profile within an MXF container for DNxHD HQX (220x), DNxHD SQ (145) and DNxHD LB (36) codecs. This provides a native MXF workflow for Avid pipelines free of transcoding.

Ki Pro Ultra features a built-in HD LCD monitor and supports edit-ready Apple ProRes files in a range of video formats and frame rates up to 4K 60p, or Avid DNxHD files at HD resolutions. Flexible input and output connectivity, including 3G-SDI, HDMI, and fibre, provides support for powerful, efficient large raster and high-frame-rate workflows.

Record 4K/UHD and 2K/HD sources to reliable and affordable AJA Pak SSD media, available in capacities up to 1TB. A twin-media bay drive enables extremely fast media changes and rollover recording. The Ki Pro Ultra has a wide range of connectivity with 3G-SDI, fibre and HDMI inputs and outputs, AES and analogue XLR balanced audio, LTC, RS232 and LAN.

The Pak Dock and KiStor docking stations provide both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connections for ultra-fast file transfers between either PC or Mac host computer and Pak modules. Works with all Pak media and Pak adapters – now with a £90 reduction in cost!

Ki Pro Ultra, Pak Dock, and KiStor are available from specialist AJA resellers (ourselves included).

If you want to know more on the biggest and best NAB Show releases, take a look at our roundup post, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

IBC 2016: AJA expands IP-based workflow technologies

IBC 2016: AJA expands IP-based workflow technologies

AJA Video Systems has announced two new Mini-Converters supporting IP-based video and audio workflows at IBC 2016. The company simultaneously announced free v12.5 Desktop Software with new features for KONA IP that improve redundancy and reliability in Broadcast IP pipelines, including SMPTE 2022-7 support for protection switching.

IP-based workflows and interop demos with Arista and LAWO will be showcased during the IBC Conference at the RAI in Amsterdam from September 9-16 at the AJA stand 7.F11; AJA solutions will also be demonstrated at the AIMS (Alliance for IP Media Solutions) and IABM Interoperability Zone (8.D10).

IPR-1G-HDMI and IPR-1G-SDI Mini-Converters 
IPR-1G-HDMI decodes VSF TR-01 and other JPEG 2000 streams, and formats the data for output on a full size HDMI 1.4 interface. IPR-1G-SDI decodes VSF TR-01 and other JPEG 2000 streams, and formats the data for 3G-SDI BNC output. The rugged, fanless converters support a range of HD and SD formats, and are designed for several point of use applications – including source monitoring, digital signage, and video walls. Key features include: embedded and RCA analog audio outputs, a full 10-bit pixel processing pipeline, LAN control and status, and a USB 2.0 Mini-B Connector for simple network setup with AJA eMini-Setup Software.

New KONA IP features in v12.5 Desktop Software 
AJA v12.5 software adds SMPTE 2022-7 to KONA IP, which offers a seamless protection switching experience. It allows users to send the same uncompressed data stream from the top and bottom SFP+ cages onto two separate networks for easy routing of video over IP networks. New v12.5 software support for KONA IP also includes HDR 10 metadata support in AJA Control Panel. Support for SMPTE 2022-2 workflows with JPEG 2000 is planned for future updates.

“We’re continually exploring how we can alleviate the challenges professionals face in the transition to IP by creating futureproof solutions that will carry facilities through this new era of IP and beyond. Our new Mini-Converters and v12.5 software features for KONA IP deliver the latest IP video workflow features our customers have been asking for,” shared AJA President Nick Rashby.

Pricing and Availability
The IPR-1G-HDMI Mini-Converter will be available soon through AJA’s worldwide network of resellers at a US MSRP of $795, with the IPR-1G-SDI Mini-Converter also available soon at a US MSRP of $795.

For more on the latest IBC releases, take a look at our roundup post, give us a call on 03332 409 306, email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

IBC 2016 as it happens

IBC 2016 as it happens

OK, IBC fans, here’s where we’ll be rounding up all the announcements from the media sector’s annual Amsterdam blowout. Expect new releases, upgrades announcements, official previews of products that were teased at NAB, and (event WiFi permitting) exclusive on-the-floor content from our team.

All you need to do is bookmark this post, then hit refresh occasionally to see any updates as they arrive, nicely organised by vendor. Easy.

Adobe

IBC 2016: Adobe unveils new virtual reality, character animation and 3D innovations

Keeping pace with high velocity content demands across both new and traditional platforms, Adobe will showcase advancements in VR, 3D, motion graphics and character animation supported by tools to deliver, measure and monetise TV and film content across multiple screens. Read more

AJA

IBC 2016: AJA expands IP-based workflow technologies 

AJA Video Systems has announced two new Mini-Converters supporting IP-based video and audio workflows at IBC 2016. The company simultaneously announced free v12.5 Desktop Software with new features for KONA IP that improve redundancy and reliability in Broadcast IP pipelines, including SMPTE 2022-7 support for protection switching. Read more 

Atomos

IBC 2016: Atomos and G-Technology team up to improve your on-set storage

The show’s not officially open yet and G-Technology and Atomos have already managed to get our storage team in a tizzy by teaming up to improve on-set storage for us all. The result of their collaboration is the Atomos Master Caddy by G-Technology, a new range of ev series-comptible, high performance solid state drives. Read more

Avid

Pre-IBC: Avid to unveil latest innovations and new products at IBC 2016

MediaCentral Platform innovations, new products and product enhancements will deliver unprecedented creativity, productivity and efficiency improvements to address the industry’s most pressing business challenges. Read more

IBC 2016: Avid demonstrates leadership in emerging IP and UHD workflows

By supporting real-time IP signals natively in key components of the Avid MediaCentral Platform, Avid is accelerating the industry’s transition to IP and delivering a unified environment for file-based and live signal-based media workflows that will ease the migration to emerging image formats, including UHD. Read more

IBC 2016: Avid introduce NEXIS | E5 and Avid NEXIS High Availability

New high-density, high-availability Avid NEXIS solutions enable large-scale broadcast and post-production organizations to accelerate production and increase efficiency. Read more

IBC 2016: Avid Pro Tools

Avid have made some major announcements at IBC 2016 which introduce a seismic shift in terms
of how customers are able to purchase their flagship Pro Tools|HDX and Pro Tools|HD software
range of professional audio production products. Read more 

BirdDog Studio

IBC 2016: Digibox to distribute BirdDog Studio IP solution

DigiBox has been appointed Master Distributor for BirdDog Studio, a great solution that lets you include existing cameras in your new IP workflow. We highly recommend BirdDog Studio because a) it’s only £560 per unit and b) we really like their logo. Read more

Blackmagic Design

IBC 2016: Blackmagic Design acquires Ultimatte and Fairlight

Not content with bringing Resolve to the masses and supporting the Cintel scanner, Blackmagic Design have announced that they’ve acquired Fairlight, specialists in 3D immersive audio mixing and finishing, and Ultimatte,  the excellently-named world leaders in blue and green screen removal. Read more 

IBC 2016: Grant Petty on Teranex AV, DeckLink Mini 4K and Blackmagic acquisitions

Blackmagic Design always arrive at events like IBC with a raft of new releases, and for those among who struggle to keep up, Grant Petty’s regular roundups are one of the highlights of the event. Read on to see what the man himself has to say about this year’s releases and the future of Blackmagic Design. Read more 

GB Labs

IBC 2016: GB Labs launch Echo 36 with complete failover

GB Labs have launched some exciting new high availability storage at this year’s IBC. Called Echo 36, it offers complete failover in the case of disk failure or “localised disaster”, a phrase we do not hear enough. Read more 

G-Technology

IBC 2016: Atomos and G-Technology team up to improve your on-set storage

The show’s not officially open yet and G-Technology and Atomos have already managed to get our storage team in a tizzy by teaming up to improve on-set storage for us all. The result of their collaboration is the Atomos Master Caddy by G-Technology, a new range of ev series-comptible, high performance solid state drives. Read more

JVC

IBC 2016: JVC’s best IBC-only camcorder and monitor deals

JVC are running a load of amazing deals on camcorders and monitors during the IBC 2016 show, including freebie mics and lenses, and glorious cashback. We’ve rounded up the best offers below so you can buy online. Read more

Levels Beyond

IBC 2016: Jigsaw24 to reach the next level of MAM with Reach Engine by Levels Beyond

Exciting times at Jigsaw24 as we have taken on the mantle of sales and appliance integration for one of the world’s leading MAM platforms, Reach Engine by Levels Beyond. Read more

NewTek

Pre-IBC: NewTek strengthens its leadership in software-driven IP workflows with NDI version 2

NewTek announced today a second-generation Network Device Interface (NDI) technology with a host of new advanced features, performance improvements, and full compatibility with all existing versions of NDI. Read more

IBC 2016: NewTek and Wowza deliver the first ever global and local media distribution platform

NewTek and Wowza Media Systems today launched the MDS, a revolutionary real-time media encoding and live streaming video delivery platform. The MDS is a fully integrated hardware and software solution merging NewTek’s industry-leading live production technology with the powerful, proven Wowza streaming software in a 1RU footprint. Read more

Panasonic

IBC 2016: Codex and Panasonic continue their successful partnership with VariCam Pure

Panasonic has once again called on the engineering and technical expertise of Codex to develop with them a totally integrated and smaller VariCam camera – the new VariCam Pure digital cinematography camera. Read more

Sony

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Pre-IBC: Sony announce HXR-NX5R camcorder and more

Sony have confirmed three brand new products, including the HXR-NX5R Full HD camcorder, the much anticipated successor to the acclaimed HXR-NX5 and NX3, the MCX-500 mixer and the RM-30BP Multi-Function Remote. Read more

IBC 2016: Sony announce updates for the F5/F55 and PXW-X400

Not in the market for a new camera currently? Sony don’t want you to feel left out. That’s why they’ve announced new firmware for the F5 and F55, plus a sensor update for the PXW-X400. Read more

IBC Show: Sony unveil “transformational” advances in IP workflows

Today, Sony unveiled how it is reshaping the field of media solutions, introducing new ideas, approaches and technology on the opening day of IBC 2016. Read more

IBC 2016: Sony are bringing back Prime Support

Worried about the health and wellbeing of your Sony devices? Sony are bringing back Prime Support – this time in four new configurations – so you can be sure you’re covered. Read more

IBC 2016: Sony showcase Beyond Definition vision

In case you weren’t excited enough by Prime SupportIP workflow solutions and the NX5R, Sony have another ace up their sleeve: they’re demonstrating their Beyond Definition workflow solutions on their stand, including PTZ cameras, lenses and monitors. Read more

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Ki Pro Rack price plummets!

Ki Pro Rack price plummets!

Stop everything and rush to your friendly neighbourhood eCommerce website immediately – AJA have halved the price of the Ki Pro Rack and released v6.0 of its firmware, adding enhanced CEA-708 Closed Captioning support and the ability to record CC embedded video and then play out those captions perfectly.

AJA’s Ki Pro Rack is now only£1980 (£2376 inc VAT). This new and permanent low price comes into effect on 1st August 2016, which we strongly feel should be renamed Ki Pro Rack day in its honour.

If you bought a Ki Pro Rack between 1st July and 1st August 2016, you’ll qualify for a special rebate offer of two Ki-SSD256 USB drives for each Ki Pro Rack bought (these usually go for between £600 and £700 a pop, so it’s a pretty good deal). This offer is time limited, so hot foot it to the AJA site and get your claim in now.

In case it’s temporarily slipped your mind why you’d want a Ki Pro Rack, here’s the team behind Icelandic MasterChef to explain how it helped them do two weeks’ work in ten hours:

AJA and Luxor from AJA Marketing on Vimeo.

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AJA Releases CION v1.3 Firmware with New Gamma Settings; Announces New Pak1000 Promo

AJA Releases CION v1.3 Firmware with New Gamma Settings; Announces New Pak1000 Promo

AJA Video Systems today released new v1.3 firmware for the AJA CION, AJA’s 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD production camera that shoots edit-ready Apple ProRes files at up to 4K 60fps.

CION v1.3 firmware, available today as a free software download, was created based on customer feedback, and adds features that improve the CION imagery pipeline. AJA has also announced that CION purchases made after April 18, 2016 will qualify for a complimentary Pak1000 drive (US MSRP $1,495.00) provided directly from AJA.

CION v1.3 firmware new features:

– Improved highlight handling and black detail in every gamma mode.

– New gamma naming conventions make the modes more closely aligned to industry standards.

– New renamed gamma settings are now available in the CION menu and include new options for Standard, Expanded, Video and Cine modes.

“Our new firmware update and promo were created in direct response to community feedback. CION v1.3 offers a more gentle roll off of highlights, and a greater level of detail in the blacks, while the new promo makes the camera even more accessible to shooters looking to capture stunning footage,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “We’ve seen great adoption of CION from the commercial and industrial production community and we look forward to getting this update into our customers’ hands.”

Pricing and availability

CION v1.3 firmware is available today as a free download from AJA’s site. CION is available through AJA’s worldwide reseller network at a US MSRP of $4995.00. To redeem a complimentary Pak1000 drive with a CION purchase made through an authorized AJA Reseller, submit a claim directly here. For more information about CION, visit the AJA site.

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NAB 2016: AJA Unveils FS4 frame synchroniser and converter

NAB 2016: AJA Unveils FS4 frame synchroniser and converter

AJA Video Systems today unveiled FS4, the most advanced all digital frame sync and universal up/down/cross converter ever from AJA, supporting 4K, UltraHD, 2K, HD and SD workflows in a 1RU frame.

FS4 offers unparalleled flexibility and offers two modes. Single-channel mode provides a full suite of video processing options for 4K/UltraHD with the ability to up, down, cross-convert to and from a 2K/HD/SD input or output. Four-channel mode enables four channels of 2K/HD/SD simultaneous processing, offering multi-channel density at a very reasonable cost per channel.

FS4 will be available for a US MSRP of $4995.00; significant price reductions of between $500-$1000 have also been announced for AJA’s FS family including: FS1, FS1-X, FS1-X-FRC and FS2.

“FS4 is the first frame synchronizer to market with this range of 4K/UltraHD conversion options that can also be easily switched to multi-channel mode with up to 4 channels of simultaneous processing for 2K/HD and SD workflows,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “It is endlessly extensible, and packs an incredible range of functionality and features into a very small 1RU footprint perfect for mobile production trucks and small facilities—really any production or post scenario where multiple formats are being used.”

Key FS4 features include:

– Support for two modes: Four independent channels of 2K/HD/SD or Single-channel 4K/UltraHD frame–sync and conversion.

– 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD/SD video processing and up, down, cross-conversion.

– Full range of I/O options for 4K/UltraHD include Quad 1.5G; Dual 3G; and Quad 3G, 6G and 12G over a range of SDI and optional Fiber choices.

– SMPTE 2SI I/O support for 4K/UltraHD workflow options.

– Unprecedented four-channel 2K/HD/SD video processing and conversion.

– 1RU frame offering space, power and cost efficiencies ideal for broadcast trucks, post production or broadcast settings.

– Audio I/O processing with an incredible 272×272 matrix of audio possibilities; FS4 offers support for a flexible range of audio feeds from discrete AES to MADI and embedded SDI audio.

– Simple operation, a redesigned menu structure and quick access to features via front panel buttons or web UI.

Pricing and availability

FS4 will be available by summer through AJA’s worldwide reseller network at a US MSRP of $4995.00. Additionally, there are new lower prices for other models in the FS family of frame synchronizers including: FS1 US MSRP $2995.00 ($500.00 price drop), FS1-X US MSRP $3495.00 ($500.00 price drop), FS1-X-FRC US MSRP $4995.00 ($500.00 price drop) and FS2 US MSRP $3995.00 ($1000.00 price drop). Pricing for the recently delivered FS3 remains unchanged at US MSRP $2995.00. For more information about these products, visit: https://www.aja.com/en/family/fs.

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NAB 2016: AJA Ki Pro Ultra v1.2 update and Pak-Adapt-eSATA

NAB 2016: AJA Ki Pro Ultra v1.2 update and Pak-Adapt-eSATA

AJA Video Systems today announced Ki Pro Ultra v1.2 firmware adding 16-channel embedded SDI audio, ExFAT file system, Closed Captioning (CC) and SMPTE 2SI I/O support.

Ki Pro Ultra v1.2 firmware will be available next month as a free download. Ki Pro has long-supported the Mac-based HFS+ file system, and with new ExFAT support, AJA Pak Media will also be compatible with Windows and Linux systems. New 16-channel embedded audio on SDI will expand audio choices and compatibility. Embedded Closed Captioning will allow recording and playback of CC data, and two sample interleave (SMPTE 2SI) I/O support for 4K/Ultra HD will offer greater compatibility with third-party displays, switchers and more.

Ki Pro Ultra v1.2 firmware features include:

– ExFAT file system support enables use of Ki Pro Ultra media on PC or Linux systems without requiring third-party software.

– Expanded audio flexibility with 16-channel embedded SDI audio support.

– Closed Caption support in compliance with FCC and SMPTE standards.

– SMPTE 2SI I/O support, extending compatibility with 4K/UltraHD displays and devices.

AJA’s new Pak-Adapt-eSATA will have the same form factor as AJA’s Pak storage modules, with a standard eSATA cable connector offering a flexible media alternative for Ki Pro Ultra and Ki Pro Quad. This new option will allow Ki Pro Ultra and Ki Pro Quad users to utilize eSATA media and eSATA RAIDs.

“Announcing another free firmware update for Ki Pro Ultra so soon after its release is another step underscoring our commitment to deliver future-proof products that serve our customers’ needs today and into the future,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “In addition, we’ve introduced the Pak-Adapt-eSATA, which will give customers more storage options when working with our Ki Pro Ultra and Ki Pro Quad recorders.”

Pricing and availability

Ki Pro Ultra v1.2 firmware will be available as a free software download next month via Ki Pro Ultra support. Ki Pro Ultra is available through AJA’s worldwide reseller network at a US MSRP of $3995.00. Pak-Adapt-eSATA will also be available next month through AJA’s worldwide reseller network for a US MSRP of $99.00. For more information about these products, visit the AJA site.

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