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Monday, May 29, 2017
  • AJA KiPro Tapeless Video Recording Device

AJA Ki Pro Tapeless Video Recording Device

BP #: AJA-KI-PRO-R0  |  MFR #: Ki Pro RO

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Quick Overview

Everyone from broadcasters to indie filmmakers can probably agree on one thing: the possible choices for image acquisition are daunting. Different cameras, different formats, different recording media and different compression schemes.


Everyone from broadcasters to indie filmmakers can probably agree on one thing: the possible choices for image acquisition are daunting. Different cameras, different formats, different recording media and different compression schemes. Wouldn't it be nice if there was a way to simplify acquisition so that virtually any camera, digital or analog, could record the same format and resolution? Enter the AJA Ki Pro.

The AJA Ki Pro is a tapeless video recording device that records high-quality Apple ProRes 422 QuickTime files onto computer-friendly media. Because it features SD/HD-SDI, HDMI, and analog inputs, you can interface with virtually any type of camera you might own or rent. Enjoy monitoring flexibility through Ki Pro's numerous simultaneous outputs, connecting to both professional and consumer monitors.

Ki Pro is portable and rugged; designed for real production environments. With the optional exo-skeleton it can sit below your camera-out of the way of your battery adapters, wireless mics and other accessories. Integration with your other production gear is seamless.

Ki Pro is intuitive to operate. Alongside the camera, the familiar VTR-like buttons provide immediate controls for basic operation. From a distance, use a web browser via ethernet or WiFi to control operations from a laptop or iPhone.

A revolution in production and post
Eliminate the cost and inconvenience of logging and capturing footage. Ki Pro produces Apple ProRes 422 QuickTime files that are ready for immediate use within Final Cut Studio. Simply connect the media to a host computer and begin editing. Unify SD, 720 and 1080 cameras and formats with one superior 10-bit full-raster codec-Apple ProRes 422. Ki Pro features cross-conversion so you can have a 720p camera produce a 1080i recording to match your other camera... or vice versa. And if you've got high-quality SD cameras, Ki Pro can even help you extend their use since it also up-converts SD camera signals to HD recordings.

  • No more digitizing
  • No more worrying about which camera to use
  • High-quality ready-to-edit video

Ki Pro in the field
Ki Pro is portable and rugged; designed for a variety of production environments. Powered through an industry standard 4-pin XLR, you have flexible AC and battery options. An optional exo-skeleton can be used with your camera and tripod-complete with sliding baseplate and slots for 15mm rods.

Ki Pro connects
Capture the full quality of your camera by tapping the direct uncompressed camera outputs. Connect any digital camera or VTR via component analog, SDI or HDMI to Ki Pro. Balanced and unbalanced audio connectors, LTC input/output, and even LANC, are provided. By bypassing tape or recordable media compression, Ki pro maintains the best possible image quality your camera produces.

Ki Pro and Final Cut Studio
From acquisition to delivery, use the codec at the core of Apple's Final Cut Studio suite of applications. Ki Pro supports an Apple file-based workflow by recording standard Apple ProRes 422 QuickTime files on industry standard media. Record to removable 34mm ExpressCards, or a removable HDD Storage Module containing a 250GB hard disk drive (standard) or an optional SSD Storage Module with a solid state disk. When removed, the Storage Module functions as a standard bus-powered FireWire 800 drive. If bus power is not available, the Storage Module can be powered from an AC power adapter (supplied).


Video Input

SD and HD-SDI (1xBNC), SMPTE-259/292/296 HDMI
SD/HD Component (3xBNCS):
SMPTE/EBU N10, Betacam 525 line, Betacam 525J, RGB, YPbPr
12-bit A/D, 2x oversampling

Video Output
(all simultaneously active)

SD and HD-SDI, SMPTE-259/292/296 (1xBNC) HDMI

Composite (1xBNC):
12-bit D/A, 8x oversampling

SD/HD Component (3xBNCs):
SD: SMPTE/EBU N10, Betacam 525 line, Betacam 525J, RGB
12-bit D/A, 8x oversampling HD: YPbPr, RGB
12-bit D/A, 2x oversampling

Audio Input
24-bit SDI embedded audio, 8 channel, 48kHz
HDMI embedded, 2 channel

24-bit A/D, 2 channel balanced (2 XLR), 48kHz
Input level: Line, Mic, Mic + phantom 48Vdc
2 channel unbalanced (2 RCA)

Audio Output
24-bit SDI embedded audio, 8 channel, 48kHz
HDMI embedded, 8 channel

24-bit D/A, 2 channel balanced XLR, 48kHz
2 channel unbalanced (2 RCA)

10/100/1000 Ethernet (RJ45)
802.11g Wireless
Embedded webserver for remote control

Panel User Interface
2 x 20 character display, with dedicated buttons

LTC timecode input and output via BNC

LANC Loop (2 LANC connectors)
Lens Tap: connects to optional AJA Lens Tap intercept cable placed between camera body and lens for start/stop control
IEEE-1394a/FireWire 400 for control and timecode data

Machine Control
RS-422, 9-pin—for future use

IEEE-1394b, FireWire™ 800Mb/s connects to Mac Pro or MacBook Pro (mount as harddrive)

Hardware up-conversion - 10-bit
Anamorphic: full-screen
Pillar box 4:3: results in a 4:3 image in center of screen with black sidebars
Zoom 14:9: results in a 4:3 image zoomed slightly to fill a 14:9 image with black side bars
Zoom Letterbox: image zoomed to fill screen
Zoom Wide: combination of zoom and horizontal stretch to fill 16:9 screen; this setting can introduce a small aspect ratio change

Hardware down-conversion - 10-bit
Anamorphic: full-screen
Letterbox: image is reduced with black top and bottom
added to image area with the aspect ratio preserved Crop: image is cropped to fit new screen size

Hardware cross-conversion - 10-bit
1080i to 720P
720P to 1080i
720P to 1080PsF

SD to SD aspect ratio conversion
Letterbox: transforms SD anamorphic to a letterboxed image.
H Crop: produces a horiztonally stretched effect on the image; transforms anamorphic SD to full frame.
SD Pillarbox: produces image in screen center with black borders on left and right sides and an anamorphized image in the center.
V Crop; transforms SD letterbox material to an anamorphic image.

100-240 VAC (to supplied AC Adapter);
12Vdc to power connector input on side of chassis´╗┐