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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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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AJA update Mac drivers, Avid Open I/O and Adobe plug-ins

AJA update Mac drivers, Avid Open I/O and Adobe plug-ins

AJA users, prepare yourselves. After the current set of drivers, your Kona 3 cards won’t be supported any more – you’ll need to move on to a Kona 3G or a Kona 4. To sweeten the pill a bit, AJA have hit us with not one, not two but three new updates to help you keep pace with Apple, Avid and Adobe. 

New Mac hardware drivers

AJA’s hardware drivers for Mac OS X have been updated to v10.6. This update applies to all KONA, Io and T-TAP products and adds support for the recently released KONA 4 card as well as supporting 4K high frame rates for Io 4K.

An updated version of AJA Control Room is also packaged with the driver and adds several optimisations and updates for this powerful software. The v10.6 driver is compatible with Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) and OS X 10.9.5 (Mavericks).

Users can download the new driver by selecting their specific product on the AJA Support site.

New Mac Avid Open I/O plug-in

The latest version of AJA’s Avid Open I/O plug-in, v10.6, is now available. This update applies to all KONA, Io and T-TAP products and adds support for the recently released KONA 4 card, as well as supporting the latest releases of Media Composer, Symphony and Pro Tools. The new plug-in is compatible with Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) and OS X 10.9.5 (Mavericks).

Users can download the new plug-ins by selecting their specific product on the AJA Support site.

New Mac Adobe plug-ins

The latest version of AJA’s Adobe Creative Cloud plug-ins, v10.6, are now available for Mac OS X. This update applies to all KONA, Io and T-TAP products and adds support for the recently released KONA 4 card, as well as supporting the latest releases of Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, and other CC products. The new plug-ins are compatible with Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), OS X 10.9.5 (Mavericks).

Users can download the new plug-ins by selecting their specific product on the AJA Support site.

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