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Colorfront Blows The Lederhosen Off 4K 6K 8K HDR at HPA 2020 Posted: 19/02/2020
Colorfront Blows The Lederhosen Off 4K 6K 8K HDR at HPA 2020

Colorfront (www.colorfront.com) – the Academy, Emmy and HPA Award-winning developer of high-performance dailies and transcoding systems for motion pictures, broadcast, OTT and commercials – will showcase the powerhouse capabilities of its products to enable color-consistent 4K/6K/8K SDR/HDR acquisition-to-post workflows during the 2020 HPA Tech Retreat, 17-20 Feb, Rancho Mirage, CA. The company will also participate in the groundbreaking, cloud-based, live production of “The Lost Lederhosen” short film, and share details of its pivotal role in the making of this mini-movie during the Retreat’s “HPA Makes A Movie” Supersession on Feb 18th.

Tags: Colorfront | On-Set Dailies | Expres Dailies | SDR | HDR | UHD | HFR | 4K | 6K | 8K | dailies | Transkoder | Lederhosen | AJA
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AJA Ships HDR Image Analyzer 12G with 8K Support Posted: 12/02/2020
AJA Ships HDR Image Analyzer 12G with 8K Support

AJA Video Systems is now shipping HDR Image Analyzer 12G, the powerful, real-time HDR and WCG monitoring and analysis platform featuring 12G-SDI connectivity. Developed in partnership with Colorfront, HDR Image Analyzer 12G supports up to 8K/UHD2 HDR monitoring and analysis for high raster content over 12G-SDI, with the simplicity of single-cable connectivity for higher bandwidth workflows.

Tags: AJA | HDR | HDR Production | HDR Workflow | HDR Pipeline | HDR Image Analyzer 12G | 8K | 12G-SDI
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DigiBox Highlights Pro-AV Partners at ISE 2020 Posted: 07/02/2020
DigiBox Highlights Pro-AV Partners at ISE 2020

ISE 2020, 11-14 February, Stand 10.K165 — DigiBox, the UK’s leading distributor of technologies for the pro-AV and Broadcast industry, will participate in ISE 2020, the world’s largest pro-AV show, taking place at the RAI Amsterdam alongside partners Haivision, SNS and BirdDog.

In conjunction with partner Haivision, a market-leader in video streaming solutions, DigiBox will showcase the many benefits of Haivision’s award-winning Makito X4 video encoder, a highly-secure, ultra-low latency HEVC and H.264 video encoder that delivers exceptional video quality, next-gen performance, SRT streaming, and best-of-breed 4K UHD and HD encoding density. Also featured will be the newly launched Haivision Play Pro, an iOS App which offers a quick and easy way to watch and monitor SRT video streams from anywhere on a mobile device.

Haivision will also demonstrate the benefits of SRT, the open-source protocol that optimises streaming performance over unpredictable networks to deliver high quality, low latency media. SRT will feature on a continuous showreel of highlights and applications.

SNS (Studio Network Solutions) leaders in media storage will be showing how EVO shared storage works with your favourite NLE with the latest updates to ShareBrowser, including AI Autotagging that eliminates hours of manual metadata logging, extended file support for previews, and new integrations for Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X and After Effects. Get hands-on with EVO DPX, their highest performance EVO system yet.

In addition to this, DigiBox will be exhibiting alongside BirdDog also in Hall 10 on Stand K160. Anticipating the launch of some exciting new products specifically designed for the AV market, BirdDog will be featuring products from its PTZ range of cameras which are equipped with BirdDog’s proprietary silicon chip developed internally specifically to encode and decode full NDI.

DigiBox CEO Mike Heaney said, “We are dedicated to providing the best technical solutions our dedicated partners and internal team have to offer. Our experience in content distribution, digital conversion, and systems integration offers unrivalled benefits for new and long-term professionals in a wide range of pro-AV markets, virtually all of which will be represented at ISE 2020.”

DigiBox representatives will be available on attending partner stands including Adder Technologies, Stand 10.P180; AJA on Stand 8.G110; Gefen, Stand 1.N50, and Theatrixx on Stand 14.K130 as well as canvassing the ISE show floor for opportunities to establish new, complementary partnerships.

 

Tags: DigiBix | ISE | AV | Broadcast | Production | AJA | Adder | BirdDog | Haivision | SNS | Gefen | Theatrixx
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AJA Gear Helps Freelance Technical Director Lutz Conneus Adapt to Client AV Demands Posted: 22/01/2020
AJA Gear Helps Freelance Technical Director Lutz Conneus Adapt to Client AV Demands

No working day is ever the same for Freelance Technical Director Lutz Conneus. In any given week, the Hamburg, Germany-based professional can be found developing a live stream workflow for a local public broadcaster, live streaming an indie band’s concert to YouTube, or supporting AV for a corporate launch event. A live production chameleon, he’s able meet a range of live streaming and AV needs using a small arsenal of AJA gear, including the HELO H.264 streamer/recorder, the Io 4K audio and video I/O device, and the Ki Pro Ultra Plus digital recorder, among other tools. 

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Taiwan-Based King Communication Taps AJA Gear to Broadcast Cardiology Procedures for Medical Training and amp; Advancement Posted: 12/12/2019
Taiwan-Based King Communication Taps AJA Gear to Broadcast Cardiology Procedures for Medical Training and amp; Advancement

Broadcasting cardiology procedures has the potential to save a life by educating medical professionals and students on the latest new technologies and advancements in the field. To broadcast surgeries to cardiologists around the world, the Taiwan Society of Cardiology (TSOC) relies upon video production services delivered by King Communication, a Taipei City-based specialist in broadcasting and livestreaming content for medical facilities, sporting events, concerts and conferences. Since 1986, King Communication has delivered live video production services for clients across Taiwan, including Da Vinci Robotic 3D medical recording, Taiwan SBL sports broadcasting, the Taiwan Society of Cardiovascular Interventions and the PGA of Taiwan. To streamline broadcast and livestreaming workflows, King Communication depends upon the power and reliability of a range of AJA gear used throughout production chains.

To assist in the TSOC’s mission to promote patient care, research and education in cardiology, King Communication provides full live production services including filming, recording and broadcasting HD content for medical professionals, interns and students across Taiwan and internationally. Live TSOC cardiology procedures are filmed and broadcast to demonstrate surgeries that require new technologies and the latest cutting-edge medical equipment. Throughout production workflows, a range of AJA Ki Pro devices are tapped for recording and backup recording; KUMO 1616 and KUMO CP are used for routing; FS1-X manages frame synchronization; and FiDO-2R and U-TAP SDI are leveraged to transfer video signals from medical devices, pending the specific project requirements.

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Sonnet Announces Upgraded Compact Three-Slot Thunderbolt 3 to PCIe Card Expansion System Posted: 04/12/2019
Sonnet Announces Upgraded Compact Three-Slot Thunderbolt 3 to PCIe Card Expansion System

New auxiliary power connector enables support for entire line of high-performance AJA KONA audio and video I/O cards

What's New:

Sonnet Technologies today announced the launch of the Echo™ Express SE IIIe, the newest member of the company's award-winning Echo Express family of Thunderbolt™ 3 to PCI Express® (PCIe®) card expansion systems. The Echo Express SE IIIe is a compact desktop chassis that enables the use of up to three high-performance PCIe cards with computers equipped with Thunderbolt 3 ports. Replacing the popular Echo Express SE III, the SE IIIe supports AJA's complete family of KONA audio and video I/O solutions, including KONA 5, and has been upgraded with the addition of an auxiliary power connector to support cards that require more power to operate, and a new cooling fan for quieter operation.

"A portable video capture and playback setup is a necessity today for most video pros, and the Echo Express SE IIIe, with support for AJA KONA PCIe cards, provides great flexibility. The new auxiliary power connector is an exciting addition, allowing professionals to harness the power of Thunderbolt 3 connectivity with AJA KONA 5 with a smaller form factor PCIe card enclosure."

- Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems

 

Tags: Sonnet Technologies | Thunderbolt 3 | PCIe Card Expansion | AJA | KONA | audio video I/O | Echo Express SE IIIe
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Macking Domain Takes Malaysia Open Live on YouTube with AJA HELO Posted: 19/11/2019
Macking Domain Takes Malaysia Open Live on YouTube with AJA HELO

Elite badminton players from around the world congregate each year to compete in the Malaysia Open, an important stop on the circuit of tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). Fans unable to make it to Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil this year were kept apprised of the latest updates via high-quality YouTube live streams produced by Macking Domain. Over the course of the six-day tournament, more than 12 hours of match footage across four courts were streamed to the Malaysia Open YouTube channel. Macking Domain relied on a host of technology to deliver the action, including four AJA HELO H.264 recording and streaming devices.

Given a straightforward set of video delivery requirements by its client, Macking Domain set out to establish a workflow built on AJA’s HELO. “We needed to deliver 1080/60p video with audio from each of the four courts and get live scoreboard content from each court integrated into the feed, which is why AJA’s HELO made so much sense,” shared Yoke Tee Tan, General Manager, Macking Domain. “It’s an affordable device that makes it incredibly easy to bring audiences a very high-quality viewing experience.”

Four Sony cameras, one on each court, were connected to a Newtek VMC1 digital media production system and captured live match footage. Courtside laptops housing scoreboard feeds were then encoded to NDI, and audio was embedded from each court using AJA Mini-Converters. Embedded audio signals came in as an NDI stereo channel via a network device interface converter and were split into two separate mono channels on a TriCaster video production system. The eight mono channels were routed to the corresponding scoreboard and linked with the associated court stream using 1 M/E; that signal was then routed to each SDI output on the VMC1. All four SDI outputs from the VMC1 were connected to four AJA HELO units for live streaming straight to YouTube; footage was simultaneously recorded to SD cards in HD using the HELOs.

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AJA Releases Desktop Software v15.5 for KONA, Io and T-TAP Posted: 15/11/2019
AJA Releases Desktop Software v15.5 for KONA, Io and T-TAP

AJA Video Systems released Desktop Software v15.5 for KONA, Io and T-TAP products, featuring additional functionality for both HDR and 8K workflows, plus new performance upgrades enhancing creative freedom and flexibility across Windows®, Linux® and macOS®. New features include Metal support on macOS and full compatibility with macOS Catalina; HDR over SDI via VPID; and HDR Test Patterns for 8K/UHD2/4K/UHD/2K/HD workflows. For the KONA 5 PCIe I/O card, the update also adds full 2SI SMPTE raster support for 8K; RGB support for 8K capture and playback; and 8K to 4K downsample via HDMI.

Desktop Software v15.5 introduces new functionality with NLEs, including deeper HDR integration with Avid Media Composer 2019.11 and native 8K or 4K (downsampled from 8K) playback with Adobe Premiere Pro 2020. The update also adds SMPTE ST 2110-40 monitoring via SDI on AJA Io IP and Avid Artist DNxIP and AJA NMOS support for multiple devices connected to a single host. Additionally, Desktop Software v15.5 increases speed and creative support on Mac workstations – including the new Mac Pro – by featuring full compatibility with macOS Catalina, new Metal support on macOS and other optimizations.

Desktop Software v15.5 highlights include:

Full compatibility with macOS Catalina

New Metal support on macOS

HDR over SDI via VPID 

HDR Test Patterns for UHD2/UHD/HD

Deeper HDR integration with Avid Media Composer

Full 2SI SMPTE raster support for 8K on KONA 5

RGB support for 8K capture and playback on KONA 5

8K downsample to 4K via HDMI on KONA 5

Native 8K or 8K to 4K downsampled output with Adobe Premiere Pro

HDMI input detection improvements

New countdown functionality to mark out or end of clip in AJA Control Room

New fan controls and fan speed indicator in AJA Control Panel

DirectShow updates including addition of support for KONA 5 and KONA IP

Support for Windows®, Linux® and macOS®

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AJA Introduces 8K Support for HDR Image Analyzer 12G Posted: 13/11/2019
AJA Introduces 8K Support for HDR Image Analyzer 12G
AJA Video Systems has announced new 8K support for HDR Image Analyzer 12G, its powerful real-time HDR and WCG monitoring and analysis platform developed in partnership with Colorfront. The upcoming free software release will feature up to 8K/UHD2 HDR monitoring and analysis for high raster content with 12G-SDI for higher bandwidth workflows with the simplicity of single-cable connectivity.
 
HDR Image Analyzer 12G fuses AJA’s production-proven video I/O technology with powerful HDR and WCG image analysis tools from Colorfront, including waveform, histogram and vectorscope monitoring and analysis of up to 8K content over 12G-SDI for broadcast and OTT production, post, QC and mastering. Within a compact 1RU chassis, HDR Image Analyzer 12G provides users with a comprehensive toolset to monitor and analyze SDR and HDR formats, including PQ (Perceptual Quantizer) and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG). 

 

 

 

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AJA Upgrades Ki Pro GO and Ki Pro Ultra Plus Posted: 13/11/2019
AJA Upgrades Ki Pro GO and amp; Ki Pro Ultra Plus

 AJA Video Systems has introduced new upgrades for its Ki Pro Family of production-proven file-based recorders. A new v1.5 firmware update for Ki Pro GO adds timecode recording and playback, expanded primary and backup recording to all USB ports and new clip naming and segment recording. Ki Pro Ultra Plus v5.0 introduces a new Infinite Recording feature that allows the unit to act as an always running backup recorder. Both firmware updates will be available soon to customers as free downloads.

Ki Pro GO is AJA’s new portable, multi-channel H.264 recorder and player, featuring up to 4-channels of simultaneous HD and SD capture to affordable, off-the-shelf USB media. With the v1.5 firmware update, Ki Pro GO now records and plays video with timecode. The timecode can originate from an incoming SDI video’s RP188 data, be recorded as the time of date or be specified to start at a specific hour. For playback, timecode values are automatically embedded as RP188 data on Ki Pro GO’s SDI outputs. The v1.5 update also expands backup and primary recording to all five USB ports, providing users with increased flexibility to choose their desired recording destination. Additionally, the update adds new clip naming and segment recording, automatically creating a unique file name for each clip and identifying each segment of a continuous recording for extended event time needs.

 

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AJA Announces OG-12GDA-2x4 openGear 12G-SDI Distribution Amplifier Posted: 13/11/2019
AJA Announces OG-12GDA-2x4 openGear and reg; 12G-SDI Distribution Amplifier

AJA Video Systems has announced the OG-12GDA-2x4, an openGear 12G-SDI distribution amplifier, featuring support for High Dynamic Range video and Ross® DashBoard software for remote monitoring.

Designed for critical broadcast, OB truck and live event production environments, OG-12GDA-2x4 features dual-channel inputs for incoming 12G-SDI signals, with reclocking of the distributed signals to dual 4x 12G-SDI outputs. In an AJA OG-X-FR openGear frame, this allows for incredibly high density with up to 20x 12G-SDI inputs distributed to a total of 80x 12G-SDI outputs when fully loaded with ten cards.

OG-12GDA-2x4 features compatibility with OGX, OG3 and DFR-8321 openGear frames, and DashBoard software support on Windows®, macOS® and Linux® for flexible device control and monitoring over a local network or remotely.

 

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Record numbers of exhibitors at KitPlus Show MediaCityUK Posted: 25/10/2019
Record numbers of exhibitors at KitPlus Show MediaCityUK

KitPlus Show, MediaCityUK, Manchester 5 November: A record number of exhibitors, ready to demonstrate leading products, services, and technologies from more than 100 brands – many for the first time - will be on hand at the ninth annual KitPlus Show MediaCityUK.

Simon Tillyer, KitPlus Show says, “Having recognised that people are increasingly less able or willing to travel long distances to shows, we decided a long time ago to take KitPlus Show to regional media hubs such as Glasgow, Bristol and Manchester. The concept is to give visitors the opportunity to see the very latest in new kit without having to travel far in a friendly, relaxed environment, and it doesn’t cost a thing.

“As well as getting hands on with new kit and speaking directly with manufacturers, there are workshops, training sessions and seminars throughout the day together with excellent networking opportunities. The emphasis is on creating quality time, and the exchange of quality information, both of which are far more readily available at these regional shows than during the crush of major trade shows.”

These free-to-attend events host many of the top names in the business, including EditshareBlackmagic Design, CanonJVCNewTekPanasonic, and many more.

Tags: Kitplus Show | MediaCityUk | A.C. Entertainment Technologies | AES Global | AJA Video | Altered Images | Boxer | Broadcast Bionics | Canford | Cirro Lite | Cuescript | CVP | DekTec | DigiBox | Editshare | Fujifilm UK Ltd | G-Technology | Glensound | Global Distribution | Gravity Media | HHB
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AJA Upgrades IP Mini-Converter Receivers with New UltraHD Reference Input Support Posted: 13/09/2019
AJA Upgrades IP Mini-Converter Receivers with  New UltraHD and amp; Reference Input Support

Today at IBC 2019, AJA Video Systems announced a new v2.2 firmware update that introduces a host of performance improvements for its IP Mini-Converter receivers, including new UltraHD support up to 50p for IPR-10G2-HDMI and IPR-10G-HDMI, as well as Reference Input support for IPR-10G2-HDMI and IPR-10G2-SDI.

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AJA Announces Desktop Software v15.5 Posted: 13/09/2019
AJA Announces Desktop Software v15.5

AJA Video Systems introduced Desktop Software v15.5 for KONA, Io and T-TAP products today at IBC 2019. The free software update features key performance enhancements that provide video professionals with enhanced creative freedom and workflow flexibility across Windows®, Linux® and macOS®, with improvements including full 2SI SMPTE raster support for 8K, RGB support for 8K capture and playback and new HDR Test Patterns in AJA Control Room.

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AJA Introduces New openGear and reg; Compatible Cards at IBC 2019 Posted: 13/09/2019
AJA Introduces New openGear and reg; Compatible Cards at IBC 2019

Building on its growing family of openGear® products, AJA Video Systems unveiled three new openGear cards at IBC 2019, including the OG-FS-Mini, OG-ROI-DVI and OG-ROI-HDMI. OG-FS-Mini fuses the functionality of AJA’s newly announced FS-Mini frame synchronizer Mini-Converter with the openGear architecture, while OG-ROI-DVI and OG-ROI-HDMI support DVI or HDMI to SDI region-of-interest scaling, scan conversion and image rotation in the openGear format. Each card is designed for use in openGear 2RU frames including AJA’s OG-X-FR 2RU frame, and can be remotely configured, monitored and controlled over a PC or local network using Ross DashBoard software.

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