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The Ki Pro Quad, Ki Pro Rack and the Thunderbolt T-Tap from AJA Video Systems

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Before the BlackMagic event this morning we went to the AJA Video Systems breakfast press conference. New products were announced including the Ki Pro Quad which will record 4K out of your Canon EOS C500.

AJA have been hard at work with Canon. The Ki Pro Quad has been designed to complement the Canon EOS C500 in recording 4K. It has the rather impressive title of "The first realtime lens to post 4K workflow." Shaped like a rather fatter Ki Pro Mini, the new unit utilises all the accessories of its svelte brother.

      

 

“We have been working very closely with Canon Inc. headquarters in Japan to optimize performance between Canon’s upcoming Cinema EOS C500 digital cinema camera and our Ki Pro Quad,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “Ki Pro Quad offers some amazing new ways of working; by creating post-friendly files to removable SSDs, moving the original camera RAW files to a Mac, and allowing 4K monitoring all at the same time. ·Regardless of what your production needs may be today, Ki Pro Quad will have you covered for future workflow needs as well.”

Ki Pro Quad Overview:

  • 4K/Quad HD/2K/HD Solid State Video Recorder
  • Supports 10-bit 4:4:4 and 10-bit 4:2:2
  • RAW support
· ·Debayer and ProRes encode to on-board SSD
· ·Realtime pass-through of RAW data via Thunderbolt
  • Uncompressed and debayered 4K monitoring output
  • Dedicated HD monitoring via SDI and HDMI
  • Record to edit-friendly 4K, 2K, or HD ProRes files on removable SSD media
  • Offload ProRes files to your non-linear edit system via AJA Thunderbolt SSD reader

Ki Pro Quad Workflow:

  • Camera outputs 4K RAW over SDI
  • Ki Pro Quad accepts 4K RAW over SDI
  • Ki Pro Quad performs debayer processing of RAW
  • Debayered image is used for on-board compressed recordings to SSD media
  • Debayered image is used for 4K monitoring output
  • Debayered image is used for scaled/cropped HD monitoring via SDI and HDMI
  • RAW signal is passed from camera to Ki Pro Quad and out via Thunderbolt to computer/storage
  • Further manipulation of RAW is made possible via Canon software tools
  • HD, 2K, and 4K compressed recordings made to SSD media may be used directly in popular non-linear editors

Although it's not obvious from the feature list, the Ki Pro Quad can act as a hardware debayer in a Thunderbolt chain directly to a Mac. This means that you can get pictures from the camera without even recording on the Ki Pro Quad. The unit will go on sale for $3,995.

If you already have a Ki Pro Mini then AJA announced a free firmware update V4.0 that adds Avid DNxHD support

“Customers have been requesting Avid DNxHD support since we first released Ki Pro Mini,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “We always strive to offer AJA customers with the ultimate workflow flexibility, and support for Avid DNxHD as a free firmware upgrade for Ki Pro Mini is yet another way of doing that.”


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AJA also announced T-Tap, a bus powered Thunderbolt to HDMI or SDI output device priced at $249. Could this be the cheapest way to get a broadcast output out of FCPX running on a Thunderbolt equipped Mac?

“T-TAP delivers uncompromised video and audio quality and tackles a range of media output needs at a very low cost,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “Packing a lot of power into a remarkably small form factor is what T-TAP is all about.”

T-TAP Key Features:

  • High-speed Thunderbolt™ connectivity
  • 10-bit uncompressed 4:2:2 video and audio output
  • HD/SD SDI and HDMI connectivity supports simultaneous output at incredible 10-bit quality
  • 3D support on HDMI for real-time stereoscopic review without requiring additional hardware
  • Full 8-channel embedded audio allows for multi-channel playback
  • Bus-powered via Thunderbolt™ connector so no additional power supply required
  • AJA Mac driver and proven software compatibility
  • Backed by AJA’s quality, reliability and 3-year international warranty

 

The IO XT will now support Smoke 2013 and Adobe CS6. AJA say that this output box is the only Thunderbolt device that can handle broadcast output from all the NLE manufacturers without having to reboot from another partition.

 

And lastly AJA have taken the Ki Pro into a new form factor, the Ki Pro Rack.

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Designed for situations such as OB trucks or studio use, the $3,995 KI Pro Rack provides a VTR replacement solution.

“We’ve seen a lot of our customers use their Ki Pro units as a portable, cost-effective VTR alternative. Those customers in particular have been asking for Ki Pro functionality in a slim rack mountable unit,” explained Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “Ki Pro Rack is a great recording and playback solution for facilities migrating from tape to file-based workflows. Ki Pro rack is designed for machine rooms or mobile production trucks where rack space is at a premium and for any project looking for the function of a tape deck but with the instant access of a file-based system.”·

Ki Pro Rack Key Features:

  • Ability to switch between Apple ProRes 422 and Avid DNxHD
  • Built-in broadcast-quality Up/Down/Cross conversions
  • HD/SD SDI, HDMI, and HD/SD analog video I/O
  • Multi-channel AES, analog balanced XLR, and embedded audio I/O
  • Familiar buttons and operation minimize learning curve
  • Dual media drive bays
  • Delivers the functionality of much larger devices without taking up valuable rack space
  • Sturdy and dependable with removable storage modules engineered for repeat use
  • Remote configuration and control via Ethernet LAN connection
  • Ethernet file transfer
  • Stand-alone operation and configuration, no need for external computer

RS-422 machine control, genlock, and LTC connections


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