IBC 2017: Atomos’s Connect convertor storms the show

IBC 2017: Atomos’s Connect convertor storms the show

The new Atomos Connect converter range has landed and is ready to colour-code your world. They form a comprehensive and versatile lineup of 15 different conversion, signal processing and system integration boxes that connect, convert, scale, sync, split and repeat your video signals.

These brightly colored devices make finding the right product for the right job easy, with all common analogue, SDI, Fiber and HDMI connections for conversion and distribution tasks taken care of for SD, HD and 4K. They feature a robust construction with locking DC and HDMI connectors, USB power and detachable mounting ears. Status is clearly displayed on bright LEDs and they can be quickly and easily configured using the free ConnectOS software.

Reliability, durability and easy integration were key criteria when designing the range: no corners were cut when it comes to construction.

“We know the way to gain the trust of integrators and broadcasters is to back our products with a three year warranty. With this bold statement, there’s no question that the Connect range will become the de facto converters for the industry,” says Atomos CEO Jeromy Young. “These converters are designed to be extremely durable and reliable yet cost-effective – making them immediately stand out from existing converters. We have a Connect unit for practically everything and I’m certain they will quickly find homes in productions big and small.”

Each converter is colour-coded according to use, making life easier for broadcast and AV system integrators: blue for connect, red for convert, yellow for scale, green for sync, black for split and white for repeat. Bright LEDs clearly display the status of each unit at a glance. Finding the right box and confirming its status has never been easier.

The new range come in slim line metal housings with removable mounting ears, allowing for flexible mounting options for Broadcast and ProAV applications. Power is via the locking DC power connectors for the included AC adapters, or via USB, providing the ability to run for hours from simple cell phone power banks, or from the USB sockets of many modern monitors or TV sets. HDMI connections also have an included locking mechanism that screws into the unit and allows different sized connectors to be secured with a cable tie. This increases the reliability when using the consumer cables.

Setup is straightforward with physical dip switches that allow rapid access to main settings. Atomos will also provide ConnectOS software free of charge that allows full control of scaling and converting parameters from a PC via USB.

The Connect Convert TC and Connect Convert 4K models also have a standout feature that adds scope and audio overlay to any connected display. Timecode, waveform and audio VU meters can be overlaid on the video signal with the toggle of a dip switch.

Reliable performance

Atomos has already gained many fans in live production, who need to know they can count on their equipment. Gene Greenwood, owner of Rock and Roll Sherpas, routinely provides tour video for some of the world’s biggest bands like The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Rod Stewart and Guns N’ Roses, and depends on a small army of Connect converters for his productions.

“The reliability is great,” he enthuses. “I just know that whenever I grab one it is going to work.”

No job is too big or too small for Connect convertors. The connect, convert, scale, sync, split and repeat capabilities also fit perfectly with other Atomos products. “With powerful scaling and standards conversions we provide the digital glue that binds legacy infrastructure with our class-leading monitor recorders, either on set, out in the field or in the studio,” explains Young.

Applications

Integrate HDMI devices into a SDI world If you need to simply convert the HDMI output from your mirrorless camera to SDI to go into a wireless transmitter or switcher, then the Connect Convert HDMI to SDI will do the task for you. If you want to integrate HDMI devices into a more professional broadcast system, then use the HDMI to SDI Convert unit with a built-in synchroniser. It is signal-referenced to provide a proper input to switchers or vision mixers and provides an extremely cost-effective solution for systems integrators.

Extend your SDI over great distances Long SDI cable runs are catered for with the Connect SDI repeater, which can be used on its own or combined with the Connect SDI Splitter for a one-to-many signal distribution using standard coax cable. Want to run a SDI cable longer than 400m from your camera channel to your OB truck? We have you covered with the Connect Convert Fiber SDI-to-Fiber and Fiber-to-SDI boxes. These standalone or integrated solutions will save a lot of money and time – a must in every video engineer’s tool kit.

Connect your front of house computers For live event and pro AV users you can use Connect converters to get signal sources from the front of house to your video village. Your presentation PC or Mac can be easily output to a vision mixer.

Integrate legacy HD kit Legacy HD products, such as tape decks and older cameras can be easily integrated into modern systems with the Connect Analogue to HDMI/SDI converters. Couple these with an Atomos recorder and you can easily archive content to ProRes or Avid DNxHD.

Price and availability

Prices start at just $95, going up to just $595 US for the 4K Line (+ local taxes).

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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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