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.


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 2016: Symply Unveils First Product Series, SymplyStor and SymplyShare

NAB 2016: Symply Unveils First Product Series, SymplyStor and SymplyShare

Symply, Inc., the new startup in high-performance storage for media and creative professionals, today unveiled its first product series, SymplyStor desktop RAID and SymplyShare for Thunderbolt and IP-connected workgroups.

SymplyStor desktop RAID delivers high-performance, easy-to-use storage with lightning fast throughput and low latency for demanding 4K and HD video production. Depending on performance needs, SymplyStor desktop RAID supports configurations in a choice of SSD or hard drives to provide capacities up to 64TB.

SymplyStor supports Thunderbolt 2 for throughput at 20Gb per second, and Thunderbolt 3 for throughput at 40Gb per second. When docked in a SymplyShare base, SymplyStor operates seamlessly with SymplyStor Expansion managed as a single RAID, up to a 120TB capacity and provides ‘plug-and-go’ collaboration for up to 8 users.

Powered by StorNext 5 and 100% Xsan compatible, SymplyStor management software provides a simple 5-step setup, and intuitive monitoring apps native on Mac OS X, Windows, on iOS for iPhone and iPad, and even watchOS.

“Symply products are really designed for creative professionals,” explained Alex Grossman, CEO of Symply, Inc. “SymplyStor and SymplyPro show what’s possible when you view storage in such a way that the perspective of the creative is always kept front and center; and the best technology with highest performance, highest throughput and easiest management tools are all brought together to let creatives stay focused on production. Production is hard enough – storage really shouldn’t be.”

In addition, Symply provided a technology preview of SymplyPro, powered by StorNext 5, for workgroups and facilities. The SymplyPro design provides true facility-level collaboration for large workgroups, optimized for 4K and 8K, with scale to 1PB of shared storage, an innovative first-of-its-kind front panel communications system, on a foundation of proven Promise RAID technology. The technology preview also shows how SymplyPro is designed to support up to 20 high-speed Fibre Channel clients in any combination of Apple Xsan, Windows or Linux clients, and additional IP-connected clients. Designed by Symply, Inc., production of SymplyStor and SymplyPro x in partnership with Promise Technology.

Pricing and Availability

SymplyStor desktop RAID is demonstrated today, live at NAB Show 2016 in Booth #SL9321, and will be available for immediate pre-order. SymplyStor is expected to ship July 2016.

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