At IBC 2015, AJA introduced Corvid HEVC, a 4K and multi-channel HEVC encoding card. AJA also launched a new range of openGear-compatible video and audio rack-frame cards and version 12.3 of the company’s drivers and software for the KONA, T-Tap and Io line of video and audio input/output devices.
As the latest addition to AJA’s developer program, Corvid HEVC (pictured above) is a PCIe 2.0 eight-lane video encoder card providing realtime, low-latency HEVC encoding at 4K, 1080p HD and lower resolutions. Corvid HEVC supports HEVC Main and Main10 profiles, 8- or 10-bit 4:2:0 and 4:2:2, and bit rates for streaming and contribution quality. Development partners can use AJA’s SDK to integrate Corvid HEVC directly into their Windows and Linux applications for a variety of use cases. In addition to HEVC encoding, audio and metadata are captured and included in the encoded file.
For use in standard openGear frames or AJA’s new OG-3 frame, the new openGear-compatible cards from AJA include the OG-1×9-SDI-DA, a 1×9 SDI re-clocking distribution amplifier; the OG-FIBER-2R, a two-channel fiber to SDI converter; and the OG-FIBER-2T, a 2-channel SDI to fiber converter. The new OG-3-FR is a 2RU, 20-slot openGear frame that can support any openGear-compatible card.
AJA’s 12.3 software adds new options for closed captioning support for KONA 4 and Io 4K, new output support for Telestream Wirecast and Linux retail drivers for use with apps such as Shotgun Software’s RV and The Foundry’s Nuke. This release also includes the new AJA System Test 2.0, a cross-platform application for Mac or PC, with a redesigned user interface. System Test is used to measure disk performance and PCIe performance and this version also adds a new system report creation tool.