LAS VEGAS–AJA Video Systems (SL 2416) at NAB 2019 has announced new solutions and updates that streamline how broadcast, production, post and AV professionals bring audiences dynamic, multi-format content, including improvements to its HDR Image Analyzer. AJA also unveiled the new Ki Pro GO H.264 multi-channel HD/SD recorder/player, along with 14 openGear converter cards featuring DashBoard software support, two new IP video transmitters that bridge HDMI and 3G-SDI signals to SMPTE ST 2110 and the Corvid 44 12G I/O card for AJA Developers. In addition to HDR Image Analyzer, AJA also unveiled updates featuring improvements for its FS-HDR HDR/WCG Converter, Desktop and Mobile I/O products, AJA Control Room software and HELO recorder/streamer.
HDR Image Analyzer v1.1
Developed with Colorfront, free HDR Image Analyzer v1.1 firmware helps HDR production professionals deliver more engaging content with deeper color and greater luminosity with several new feature enhancements. It includes a new web UI that simplifies remote configuration and control from multiple machines, with updates over Ethernet offering the ability to download logs and screenshots. New Remote Desktop support provides facility-friendly control from desktops, laptops and tablets on any operating system. The update also adds new HDR monitoring and analysis tools plus other enhancements. It will be available soon as a free update.
Ki Pro GO
Ki Pro GO is a genlock-free, multi-channel H.264 HD and SD recorder/player with a flexible architecture designed for live production, sports, corporate events, training, houses of worship, and other applications. The portable device allows users to record up to four channels of pristine HD and SD content from SDI and HDMI sources to off-the-shelf USB media via 4x USB 3.0 ports, with a fifth port for redundant recording. Genlock-free inputs eliminates the need to externally synchronize sources, while redundant recording provides multiple backups in the field to protect recorded video. Ki Pro GO features four 3G-SDI and four HDMI inputs to ensure compatibility with a wide range of video gear, with 3G-SDI and HDMI monitoring outputs that can display all recording channels on a single display. It will be available June for $3,995.
New openGear Converter Cards
AJA released 14 new openGear converter cards that combine the capabilities of AJA’s Mini-Converters with openGear’s high-density architecture and support for DashBoard, enabling industry-standard configuration, monitoring and control in broadcast and live event environments over a PC or local network on Windows, macOS or Linux. They are available now; pricing is model dependent.
SMPTE ST 2110 Transmitter Mini-Converters
AJA’s new IPT-10G2-HDMI and IPT-10G2-SDI Mini-Converters are single-channel IP video transmitters for bridging traditional HDMI and 3G-SDI signals to SMPTE ST 2110 for IP-based workflows. They will be available soon for $1,295 each.
Corvid 44 12G for AJA Developers
AJA’s family of Corvid audio and video I/O cards, available soon, continues to expand with the introduction of Corvid 44 12G – an eight-lane PCIe 3.0 video and audio I/O card featuring support for 12G-SDI I/O in a low-profile design for workstations and servers and 8K/UltraHD2/4K/UltraHD high frame rate, deep color and HDR workflows. Corvid 44 12G also facilitates multi-channel 12G-SDI I/O, enabling either 8K or multiple 4K streams of input or output.
A feature-rich update, FS-HDR v3.0 firmware introduces enhanced coloring tools and support for multi-channel Dynamic LUTs, plus other improvements. The release includes a new integrated Colofront Engine Film Mode with a rich grading and look creation toolset with optional ACES colorspace, ASC Color Decision List (CDL) controls and built-in LOOK selection. It will be available in June as a free update.
Desktop Software v15.2
Desktop Software v15.2 is a free update (available in May) with solid new features and performance enhancements for AJA KONA and Io products. It gives professionals more creative freedom and flexibility with support for Apple ProRes capture/playback across Windows, Linux and macOS in AJA Control Room, at up to 8K resolutions,.
Free HELO v4.0 firmware, available in May, introduces new features that allow users to customize their streaming service and improve monitoring and control. AV Mute makes it easy to personalize the viewing experience with custom service branding when muting audio and video streams, while Event Logging enables encoder activity monitoring for simpler troubleshooting.