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.


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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Our top five reasons why you need a Canon XC-10 in the classroom

Our top five reasons why you need a Canon XC-10 in the classroom

Canon’s popular XC-10 4K camcorder is proving to be a hit among schools, college and universities. If you’re thinking about introducing 4K to the curriculum, here’s our quick guide and top five reasons why we think the Canon XC-10 is the perfect classroom addition…


Announced in early April 2015, the XC-10 is the newest compact digital video camera from Canon, capable of capturing 4K Ultra-HD footage and 12MP stills. The XC-10 features a 1.0″ CMOS sensor, 10x zoom with optical image stabiliser, and slow and fast motion recording. Aimed at DSLR shooters, it shares a similar form factor, and even DSLR accessories, but alleviates the fundamental issues caused by using a DSLR camera designed to create great still photographs, not shoot video.

Here’s why we think the XC-10 makes a great addition to any classroom:

1. Fantastic value for money

Priced at just £1269 (£1522.80 inc VAT), the XC-10 is a great low-cost, small form-factor UHD 4K camcorder. Perfect for students to get to grips with 4K cameras, without blowing your entire year’s budget.

2. Large sensor camera with a fixed lens

Ideal for getting the class out of their seats and photographing/videoing their surroundings, without carrying a bag of lenses. The XC-10 is a run and gun style camera, which makes it great for capturing footage from school events like sports days, class concerts and even graduation ceremonies.

3. 5-axis image stabilisation mode

Image stabilisation is common-place but 5-axis stabilisation takes it to another level. If you’ve ever shot something by hand, it will invariably have a lot of movement. If zoomed in, it will probably be unusable. The XC-10 constantly moves the image along 5 different axis’, so even a zoomed in shot, hand-held, is rock solid. Students can shoot quickly and freely.

4. Compatible with a range of camera accessories

The XC-10 uses the same accessories as Canon’s DSLR range, including batteries and chargers, so if you’ve already got Canon kit you can optimise your existing equipment, without the need to purchase anything new.

5. Feature packed, and great for teaching industry standard skills

With over-cranking and under-cranking (for slow and fast motion footage), WiFi capabilities, HDMI out, full HD resolution including 1080 50p recorded straight onto SDXC, and 4K onto C-Fast cards, you can really teach your students the technical skills they’ll need when they’re working with photo and video later in life.

In use

Just recently, we lent a demo unit to the University of Nottingham Biological Photography and Imaging department for students to use on their latest film-making project. We received some great feedback from the department – we’re thrilled to see their students enjoying using the camera!

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Thinking about investing? The Canon XC-10 lightweight and compact 4K 1″ sensor camcorder will set you back a cool £1269 (£1522.80 inc VAT) and is in stock and ready for delivery now.

Buy Now

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