At this week’s National Association of Broadcasters expo, AJA Video Systems (http://www.aja.com) announced the Ki Pro Quad, a new solid-state portable video recorder. Its can capture high-quality edit-ready files in formats including 4K (4096 x 2160), Quad HD (3840 x 2160), 2K (2048 x 1080), and HD (1920 x 1080)with 10-bit 4:4:4 and 10-bit 4:2:2 color support.
AJA has been working very closely with Canon Inc. headquarters in Japan to optimize performance between Canon’s upcoming Cinema EOS C500 digital cinema camera and the Ki Pro Quad, according to Nick Rashby, president, AJA Video System. He adds that the Ki Pro Quad offers some new ways of working; by creating post-friendly files to removable SSDs, moving the original camera RAW files to a Mac, and allowing 4K monitoring all at the same time. The Ki Pro Quad will be available later in 2012 through AJA’s worldwide network of resellers for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of US$3,995.
AJA has also unveiled the Ki Pro family, Ki Pro Rack, which enables recording of high-quality, edit-ready files in a 1RU rack mount form factor. It uses the same SSD or spinning disk storage modules as the Ki Pro with recording capacities scaling up to 500GB.
The Ki Pro Rack simplifies the acquisition-to-edit workflow by creating high-quality Apple ProRes 422 or Avid DNxHD files which can be used directly in most standard professional editing systems without the need to import or transcode files, says Rashby. It’s available now for $3,995.
Also new from AJA is the $249 T-TAP, a small, bus-powered device that utilizes Thunderbolt connectivity for high-quality 10-bit SD, HD and 2K output through SDI and HDMI.