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.