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An interview from the 2019 National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas with Bryce Button of AJA Video Systems. Since 1993, AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer of video interface technologies, converters, digital video recording solutions and professional cameras, bringing high-quality, cost-effective products to the professional broadcast, video and post production markets.

In this interview Bryce talks with us about new solutions and updates that streamline how broadcast, production, post and AV professionals bring audiences dynamic, multi-format content, including the new Ki Pro GO H.264 multi-channel HD/SD recorder/player. Also new to the lineup are 14 openGear converter cards featuring DashBoard software support, two new IP video transmitters that bridge HDMI and 3G-SDI signals to SMPTE ST 2110 and the Corvid 44 12G I/O card for AJA Developers. AJA also introduced updates featuring improvements for its FS-HDR HDR/WCG Converter, Desktop and Mobile I/O products, AJA Control Room software, HDR Image Analyzer, and HELO recorder/streamer.

At NAB 2019, AJA Video Systems introduced the newest addition to its Ki Pro family, Ki Pro GO – a portable genlock free, multi-channel H.264 HD and SD redundant recorder/player. Ki Pro GO records pristine quality video to off-the-shelf USB media. The flexible architecture of Ki Pro GO is designed for live production, sports, corporate events, training, houses of worship and more.

Ki Pro GO combines the Ki Pro family’s intuitive design, flexibility and high quality with encoding/decoding of H.264 recording and playback in a compact 2RU, half-rack width form factor. Users can easily record up to four channels of HD and SD content from SDI and HDMI sources to standard USB media. Genlock free recording eliminates the need to synchronize four input sources, while redundant recording provides multiple back ups in the field to protect the recorded video. Four 3G-SDI and four HDMI ports ensure a high quality source with standard cabling compatibility options. Video and audio input matrix channel mapping simplifies switching between physical inputs to the appropriate recording channel within the device’s UI from a mix of source inputs as needed. HDMI multi-channel monitoring enables Ki Pro GO to display up to four channels of video as a matrix monitoring output on one HDMI monitor.

AJA released 14 new openGear® converter cards that combine the capabilities of AJA’s production-proven Mini-Converters with openGear’s high-density architecture and support for DashBoard, enabling industry-standard configuration, monitoring and control in broadcast and live event environments over a PC or local network on Windows®, macOS® or Linux. The cards complete DashBoard compatibility across AJA’s entire openGear product lineup and replace earlier non-DashBoard models. New models include re-clocking SDI distribution amplifiers (OG-3GDA-1x9, OG-3GDA-2x4), Single-mode 3G-SDI fiber converters (OG-FiDO-R, OG-FiDO-2R, OG-FiDO-T, OG-FiDO-2T, OG-FiDO-TR, OG-FiDO-2T-X) plus Multi-Mode variants, and an SDI audio embedder/ disembedder (OG-3G-AMD).

A feature-rich update, FS-HDR v3.0 firmware introduces enhanced coloring tools and support for multi-channel Dynamic LUTs, plus other improvements. The release includes a new integrated Colofront Engine™ Film Mode with a rich grading and look creation toolset with optional ACES colorspace, ASC Color Decision List (CDL) controls and built-in LOOK selection. Additional highlights include: Variable Output Mastering Nit Levels for PQ from 48-4000 Nits, HLG Extended support, P3 color space clamp and more; an upgraded Colorfront Engine Transform Mode (renamed Colorfront Engine Live Mode) with enhancements such as variable Output Mastering Nit Levels for PQ, HLG Extended, P3 color space clamp and more; new BBC HLG v1.3 LUTs; integration support for Pomfort LiveGrade Pro and TVLogic WonderLookPro for continuous real-time LUT updates; plus more. Available June as a free update.

Developed with Colorfront, free HDR Image Analyzer v1.1 firmware helps HDR production professionals deliver more engaging content with deeper color and greater luminosity with several new feature enhancements. It includes updates including a new web UI that simplify remote configuration and control from multiple machines, with updates over Ethernet offering the ability to download logs and screenshots. New Remote Desktop support provides facility-friendly control from desktops, laptops and tablets on any operating system. The update also adds new HDR monitoring and analysis tools plus other enhancements. Available soon as a free update.

For more information please visit: www.AJA.com

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