AJA has made several key announcements at IBC this year, including updates for the KiPro Mini, the Thunderbolt based Io XT, the new KONA LHe Plus, and a new Up/Down/Cross mini converter .
The popular KiPro Mini external recorder will be updated to support the Avid DNxHD codec, bringing direct-to-edit capabilities for Avid Media Composer based productions. This free update will be available via firmware sometime in the fourth quarter of 2011.
Building upon their announcement from NAB, AJA has revealed the Io XT, a Thunderbolt based I/O device. With two Thunderbolt ports, the Io XT can be daisy-chained to other Thunderbolt devices or displays. Inputs and outputs include two 3G/HD/SDI ports with support for 4:2:2 and 4:4:4, one HDMI with 3D support, component, composite, and multiple audio inputs and outputs. The Io XT is a powerful addition to your Thunderbolt capable machines. Expected to ship Q4, 2011 with an MSRP of $1495.
AJA also debuted the newest member to the KONA family, the KONA LHe Plus. Less expensive than the previous LHe that it replaces, the LHe Plus still offers 10 or 8-bit uncompressed video, eight channel SDI embedded SDI audio, HD and SD component, composite, s-video, and hardware based downconversion in a small PCIe card. The KONA LHe Plus is dual platform, and supports Final Cut Pro and the Adobe Creative Suite.
Adding to their already impressive line of mini-convertors, the new UDC (Up / Down/ Cross) converter offers many of the features of the larger, rack mounted FS2 in a small, portable design. The UDC is capable of converting between SD, HD, and 3G HD, and supports 1080p50 and 1080p60.
Read more about AJA’s IBC announcements on their press page.