updated 12:05 am EDT, Tue April 17, 2007
AJA debuts Io HD at NAB
AJA today unveiled its Io HD as well as two new converters, and released a software upgrade to its XENA line of video playback and capture cards. The Io HD (site not updated) is the next generation of AJA's Io series, delivering HD editing to the MacBook Pro and Mac Pro. Io HD is the first device to natively support Apple's newly introduced ProRes 422 post production format in hardware, and supports SD editing workflows. The Io HD features up-, down-, and cross-conversion at 10-bit hardware-based quality while boasting robust connectivity via a slew of professional analog and digital interfaces. The portable device works with Apple's new Final Cut Pro 6 software for professional editing, as well as with other QuickTime applications on Mac OS X for graphics, audio, and digital content creation.
Io HD supports both Apple ProRes 422 and ProRes 422 HQ, in 720 and 1080 HD, all in real time, full-resolution 10-bit 4:2:2. ProRes 422 capture (compression) and playback (decompression) are all handled directly in the Io HD.
AJA launches new converters
AJA today also debuted two new converters, the FS1 supporting virtually any video input or output in HD or SD and the GEN10, an SD/HD/AES sync generator for professional video post and broadcast environments. The universal HD and SD, audio and video frame synchronizer and converter simultaneously supports both HD and SD video-all in full 10-bit broadcast quality video as well as 24-bit audio.
The FS1 up-or-down-converts between SD and HD, providing simultaneous outputs of both formats with support closed captioning as well as the conversion of closed captioning between SD and HD formats. The device also includes 10-bit HD to HD cross-conversion for 1080 and 720 formats. For audio, the FS1 supports 8-channel AES, balanced analog or embedded audio with full flexibility. The FS1 is also network ready, supporting SNMP monitoring and Web-based remote control.
The GEN10 is designed as a cost effective and flexible solution for syncing video and audio devices across a facility or network. The converter features seven outputs with two groups of independently controlled
SD/HD sync outputs and one AES-11 output. Users can switch the SD outputs between color black or color bars, and can switch HD tri-level sync between 19 different HD formats. Users can switch the AES-11 output between silence and tone, and all outputs are in sync with each other as well as sourced from an accurate master time base, according to AJA.
AJA is demonstrating both the FS1 and the GEN10 at NAB 2007 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in booth SU7511. FS1 and GEN10 are expected to ship worldwide in June of this year for $4,000 and $400, respectively.
XENA software upgrade
AJA also announced a new software upgrade for its XENA line of video playback and capture cards. XENA 2K, LH, and LS will support the upcoming versions of Adobe Premiere Pro CS3, After Effects CS3 and Photoshop
CS3. The XENA 3.0 software upgrade will ship with all new XENA cards, and will be available as a free upgrade to all existing XENA 2K, LH, and LS card owners. The latest release will also include support for KONA 3, KONA LH, and KONA LS owners.