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AJA intros new 2TB Pak 2000 SSD recording media

AJA has expanded its line of Pak SSD media with the new 2TB Pak 2000 for Ki Pro Ultra and Ki Pro Ultra Plus recording and playback systems. The company also announced new ordering options for the entire Pak drive family, including HFS+ formatting for Mac OS users and exFAT for PC and universal use.

“With productions embracing high resolution, high frame rate and multi-cam workflows, media storage is a key concern. Pak 2000 introduces a high capacity recording option at a lower cost per GB,” says AJA president Nick Rashby. “Our new HFS+ and exFat options give customers greater flexibility with formatting upon ordering that fits their workflow demands.”

Pak 2000 offers longer recording capacity required for documentaries, news, sports programming and live events, making it suitable for multi-camera HD workflows with the Ki Pro Ultra Plus’s multi-channel HD recording capabilities. The high capacity drive can hold more than four hours of 4K/UltraHD ProRes (HQ), three hours of ProRes 4444 at 30p and up to two hours ProRes (HQ) or 90 minutes of ProRes 4444 at 60p.

Users can get double that length with two Pak drives and rollover support in Ki Pro Ultra and Ki Pro Ultra Plus.

The Pak 2000, and all Pak SSD media modules are now available for order in the following formats and prices:
– Pak 2000-R0 2TB HFS+: $1,795
– Pak 2000-X0 2TB exFAT: $1,795
– Pak 1000-R0 1TB HFS+: $1,495
– Pak 1000-X0 1TB exFAT: $1,495
– Pak 512-R1 512GB HFS+: $995
– Pak 512-X1 512GB exFAT: $995
– Pak 256-R1 256GB HFS+: $495
– Pak 256-X1 256GB exFAT: $495

(For HFS+ and X models for exFAT, order R models.)

AJA and Avid intro Avid Artist | DNxIP hardware interface

AJA has collaborated with Avid to develop Avid Artist | DNxIP, a new hardware interface option for Avid Media Composer users that supports high frame rate, deep color and HDR IP workflows. It is a Thunderbolt 3-equipped I/O device that enables the transfer of SMPTE standard HD video over 10 GigE IP networks, with high-quality local monitoring over 3G-SDI and HDMI 2.0.

Based on the new AJA Io IP, Avid Artist | DNxIP is custom engineered to Avid’s specifications and includes an XLR audio input on the front of the device for microphone or line-level sources. Avid Artist | DNxIP uses Thunderbolt 3 to enable simple, fast HD/SD video and audio ingest/output from/to IP networks. It features dual Thunderbolt 3 ports for daisy chaining and two SFP+ cages for video and audio routing over 10 GigE IP networks. The portable, aluminum encased device also supports SMPTE 2022-6 uncompressed video, audio and VANC data over IP, as well as SMPTE 2022-7 for redundancy protection.

“The increased agility and efficiency of IP workflows is a must-have for content creators and broadcasters in today’s competitive climate,” says Alan Hoff, VP of market solutions for Avid. “We’ve collaborated with AJA on the newest addition to our Avid Artist product line, Avid Artist DNxIP, which offers broadcasters and post production facilities a portable, yet powerful, video interface for IP workflows.”

Avid Artist | DNxIP feature highlights include:
– Laptop or desktop HD/SD capture and playback over IP across Thunderbolt 3
– Audio input for analog microphone to record single-channel 16-bit D/A analog audio, 48 kHz sample rate, balanced, using industry standard XLR
– Backwards compatibility with existing Thunderbolt hosts
– SMPTE 2022-6 and 2022-7 I/O
– Dual 10 GigE connectivity via two SFP+ cages compatible with 10 GigE SFP transceiver modules from leading third-party providers
– Two Thunderbolt 3 ports for daisy chaining of up to six Thunderbolt devices
– 3G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 video monitoring
– Audio I/O: 16-channel embedded SDI; 8-channel embedded HDMI; 4-channel analog audio In and 4-channel audio out via XLR breakout
– Small, rugged design suited for a variety o production environments
– Downstream keyer
– Standard 12v 4-pin XLR for AC or battery power

Steve Holyhead

AJA brings on Steve Holyhead from Fox Broadcasting

Steve Holyhead has joined AJA as senior product manager for desktop products. He joins AJA from Fox Broadcasting Company where he was director of technical operations.

Holyhead recently moved to Grass Valley, where AJA is headquartered, from Los Angeles. In addition to working at Fox, his 20-plus years of industry experience includes developing professional digital video workflows with BloomCast, managing post operations at Discovery Communications and working as a technology evangelist, producer and technical marketing manager for both Discreet (now Autodesk) and Avid. He has also developed Avid and Adobe training courses for multiple partners, including Lynda.com.

“Steve brings a blend of real-world production and technology developer experience to AJA. His understanding of production, broadcast and post, together with his experience both designing enterprise scale workflows and as a master trainer for Adobe, Apple and Avid products, will make powerful contributions to the success of our customers,” says Nick Rashby, president of AJA.

AJA’s Ki Pro Ultra v2.0 supports Avid DNxHD

AJA has released 2.0 firmware for its Ki Pro Ultra — a portable, file-based 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD video recorder and player with a built-in LCD monitor — adding Avid DNxHD support to the device.

Available now as a free software download, Ki Pro Ultra v2.0 allows users to record and playback Avid DNxHD .mov files, which helps expand production workflows.

Ki Pro Ultra v2.0 software now supports Avid DNxHD codecs — DNxHD HQX (220x); DNxHD SQ (145); and DNxHD LB (36), and these video frame rates — 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97; 1080i 25, 29.97; 1080PsF 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97; and 720p 50, 59.94.

“This latest free firmware release ensures compatibility between files recorded by Ki Pro Ultra, Ki Pro Rack and Ki Pro Mini products for Avid workflows, offering customers expanded flexibility and support across video and audio production workflows,” says Nick Rashby, president of AJA.

Additionally, Ki Pro Ultra, Ki Pro Rack and Ki Pro Quad all also now include Ki Protect, a feature that helps ensure data integrity if a media drive is accidentally removed or loses power during recording. The Ki Protect feature automatically pre-allocates recording space on the media drive for video, audio and timecode when the record button is pressed. While recording, the file header is continuously updated every time new data is written, minimizing any potential data loss if operations are interrupted. Frames already recorded will be preserved and are recoverable, providing greater piece of mind on set and in the studio.

AJA ships updated Hi5-Fiber mini converter for HFR

AJA has started shipping its updated Hi5-Fiber mini converter with 3G-SDI support for high frame rate (HFR) needs. AJA has also released Mini-Config control software v.2.17.0, which adds support for the redesigned Hi5-Fiber, in addition to feature enhancements for the Hi5-4K, Hi5-4K-Plus, LUT-box, ROI, ROI-DVI, ROI-HDMI, ROI-DP and Hi5-3D mini converters.

Hi5-Fiber converts 3G-SDI over single mode optical fiber to HDMI, with up to 8-channel embedded audio supported in the HDMI output. It includes support for up to 16 channels of SDI embedded audio on input, a 2-channel RCA-style audio output and a USB port for configuration and status reporting when using AJA Mini-Config software. The Hi5-Fiber’s small form factor enables it to easily fit onto the back of a standard monitor and extends signal reach to HDMI displays up to 10km from the source. It comes with a five-year warranty.

Hi5-Fiber ships with a power supply and USB 2 and HDMI cables, and is available now for $695.

The latest Mini-Config v2.17.0 software is available here.