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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 intros Ki Pro Ultra for 4K/UHD 60p ProRes, Pak-Adapt-CFast

In response to clients who asked for 4K and Ultra HD 60p ProRes HQ recording support, AJA today introduced the Ki Pro Ultra, a file-based 4K/Ultra HD and 2K/HD video recorder and player with a built-in HD LCD monitor. Ki Pro Ultra can capture edit-ready 4K (4096 x 2160), Ultra HD (3840×2160), 2K (2048×1080) and HD (1920×1080) Apple ProRes files. It also supports video formats and frame rates up to 4K 60p, and offers flexible input and output connectivity – including 3G-SDI, fiber and HDMI – for large-raster and high-frame-rate workflows.

The half-rack-wide, two-rack-unit Ki Pro Ultra suits a variety of production environments and a range of analog and digital audio connectivity via industry-standard 3G-SDI, HDMI, SFP Fiber, XLR audio and more. The device records to AJA’s own Pak SSD-based media. When using two AJA Pak1000 (1TB) SSDs, Ki Pro Ultra enables up to two hours of 4K 60p ProRes HQ recording, with rollover functionality to extend that time even further. Transparent overlays on the integrated monitor offer a menu with on-screen keyboard functionality. Ki Pro Ultra also includes AJAs integrated Web UI for easy and complete control across a LAN from any Web browser. Ki Pro Ultra is available now.

Also in response to user requests, AJA announced Pak-Adapt-CFast, a low-cost media adapter that enables recording to off-the-shelf CFast media for the AJA CION production camera, and Ki Pro Ultra and Ki Pro Quad recording/playback devices.

Pak-Adapt-CFast is a media caddy featuring the same connector and rugged form factor as AJA’s Pak SSD drives, with a top slot for inserting CFast media. The unit is equipped with the same green LED light to indicate that the media is mounted.

The recommended media for use with Pak-Adapt-CFast is SanDisk Extreme Pro CFast 2.0. In addition, AJA will soon release a list of qualified CFast media so that people who want to use Pak-Adapt-CFast can have a better understanding of the performance they can expect.

Pak-Adapt-CFast is coming soon.

Finally, the company released three new models in its range of openGear-compatible video and audio rack-frame cards, supporting single channel SDI-to-Fiber and Fiber-to-SDI conversion. The openGear standard ensures that these AJA cards will be compatible with other openGear products from certified openGear partners.

The hot-swappable OG-Fiber-TR performs both SDI-to-fiber and fiber-to-SDI conversions and supports single-mode fiber cable. The card contains inputs and outputs for both BNC connectors (SDI) and LC connectors (fiber) and reclocks both types of inputs with input jitter tolerance at SDI data rates of 270Mb, 1.5Gb and 3Gb. Both signal paths are independent and can be at different rates.

The OG-Fiber-T SDI-to-fiber converter can extend SDI signals up to 10 kilometers over standard single-mode fiber-optic cable. The SDI input is reclocked with input jitter tolerance, and the card also has a reclocked looping SDI output.

Likewise, the OG-Fiber-R fiber-to-SDI converter can extend SDI signals up to 10 kilometers over standard single-mode fiber and reclock fiber input with input jitter tolerance.

All of the new cards will be available in December.