New tools and updates that optimize the creation and delivery of multi-format content, as well as emerging IP and HDR standards and formats, are highlights of AJA’s presence at IBC 2018.
AJA debuts at this edition of IBC some of its recent products, including the new IP Mini-Converters. The IPR-10G2-HDMI and IPR-10G2-SDI SMPTE ST 2110 video and audio receivers feature dual 10 GigE SFP+ cages that provide hitless switching for redundancy protection in critical distribution and monitoring applications. The Mini-Converters also include support for bridging UltraHD and HD signals over IP to HDMI and HD signals to 3G-SDI, and discovery, registration and control, among several other features. Available fall 2018 for $1295 each. The company announced that the price of the previously announced IPR-10G-HDMI as been reduced to $1145.
Visitors of the AJA stand (7.C25) have the chance to see the new tools and updates that optimize the creation and delivery of multi-format content, allowing professionals to embrace the latest 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 technology, as well as emerging IP and HDR standards and formats.
One example is the next generation in AJA’s industry-leading KONA line, KONA 5, which is an 8-lane PCIe 3.0 video and audio I/O card that supports 12G-SDI I/O and HDMI 2.0 monitoring/output for workstations or Thunderbolt 3-connected chassis. KONA 5 enables single-cable 4K/UltraHD and HD high frame rate, deep color and HDR workflows, and for developers, AJA’s SDK enables multi-channel 12G-SDI I/O for multiple 4K streams of input or output. It will be available Fall 2018 for $2995.
AJA also announced upcoming software and firmware updates, starting with the Desktop Software v15 for KONA, Io and T-TAP. The new version introduces support for KONA 5, which can be used with a range of creative applications from Adobe, Apple, Avid, Telestream and others via AJA’s integrated application plug-ins and drivers. Desktop Software v15 also includes new AJA Control Room features including the ability to now use it as a stand-alone professional software player, even when not connected to AJA hardware. This version also offers several KONA, Io and T-TAP enhancements.
In terms of HDR, AJA presented the HDR Image Analyzer, an HDR analysis and monitoring appliance powered by Colorfront software, which offers an advanced toolset for quality control (QC) and mastering of 4K/UltraHD/HD HDR and WCG content for broadcast, OTT entertainment, production and post-production. Available fall 2018 for $15995. A new software for AJA’s FS-HDR real-time HDR/WCG converter, version 2.6, includes color transformation enhancements, 3D LUT upload support, and ganged operations with multiple FS-HDRs for 8K workflows. FS-HDR v2.6 offers more flexibility to achieve a consistent final look when working with a range of 4K and HD SDR and HDR formats.
The v.4.0 of the firmware for for AJA’s Ki Pro Ultra Plus ProRes/DNx recorder/player was also announced. This version is packed with recording customization improvements, including support for file naming, time code super out controls, forced rollover of recording media, and audio channel mapping. Available fall 2018 as a free download. The company also announced v3.0 firmware for AJA’s HELO H.264 streaming and recording device, featuring new enhancements for keeping current with the latest Facebook protocols, improving system and network security, and customizing language options in HELO’s web UI.
The new versions of software and firmware will be available from AJA’s website in the Fall 2018 as a free download.