AJA Releases Io 4K Plus with Thunderbolt 3

AJA is shipping the Io 4K Plus capture and output device with a Thunderbolt 3 connection. The data rate of Thunderbolt 3 enables Io 4K Plus to handle a wide range of formats from SD to HD, UltraHD and full 4K with frame rates up to 60p over both 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 over a single cable to the workstation. Io 4K Plus supports HDR 10 and HLG over HDMI for emerging HDR workflows.

Io 4K Plus provides flexible I/O for edit workstations over Thunderbolt 3.

Io 4K Plus provides flexible I/O for edit workstations over Thunderbolt 3.

The latest addition to the AJA Io line-up of capture and output devices levarges the bandwidth of the Thunderbolt 3 connection to the host computer.  Io 4K is compatible with popular non-linear editors including Premiere Pro, Media Composer and FCP X.

With two Thunderbolt ports the unit can be daisy-chained with other Thunderbolt peripherals. When working at 4K resolutions, Io 4K Plus outputs a high quality HD-SDI down-converted signal on a dedicated BNC connector. This HD signal can be used to output 4K projects directly to HD recorders for broadcast and for easy viewing of 4K images on HD monitors during post production.

Embedded 16-Channel SDI and 8-Channel HDMI audio are supported as well as analog audio inputs, outputs or both via a standard DB-25 connection.

Stereo monitoring is also possible with a front panel mini-TRS headphone jack.

Io 4K Plus can be locked to an external reference for integration into larger productions, or feed LTC in and out to ensure footage captured with Io 4K has the proper timecode.

Io 4K Plus feature highlights include:

  • Portable 4K/UltraHD and HD/SD capture and playback across Thunderbolt 3
  • Backwards compatibility with Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 hosts
  • 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 I/O for 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD/SD with HFR support up to 60p at 4:2:2 (on Thunderbolt 3 hosts)
  • Real time 4K/UltraHD to 2K/HD down-conversion
  • 8-, 10- and 12-bit 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 over 12G-SDI or HDMI 2.0 workflow support (on Thunderbolt 3 hosts)
  • Two Thunderbolt 3 ports for easy daisy-chaining of up to six Thunderbolt devices
  • Audio I/O: 16-channel embedded SDI; 8-channel embedded HDMI; 4-channel analog audio In and 4-channel audio Out via XLR break-out

Desktop Software v14

AJA has also released Desktop Software v14 with support for Io 4K Plus, in addition to new enhancements for AJA KONA and Io products that simplify 4K/UHD and HDR workflows, and broaden audio capabilities. Providing editors with greater control and integration between timeline audio, host system application audio and microphone inputs, the release enables simple, adjustable audio mixing, monitoring and recording. Post professionals can easily review and play audio files from multiple locations – including locally stored files, or via a MAM or web browser – in project timelines, and record voiceovers to existing media on the timeline.

Desktop Software v14 feature highlights include:

  • New audio controls to adjust the monitoring mix between NLE timeline audio playback, host system audio and voice over / punch-in mic input
  • Ability to audition music or other audio from a web browser/MAM/cloud, while listening to playback from an Adobe Premiere Pro CC or Apple FCP X timeline
  • Record voiceovers to timeline with low latency, full duplex audio punch-in with Io 4K Plus, Io 4K and KONA 4 for Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Avid Media Composer
  • 12G-SDI, 6G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 I/O configuration controls for Io 4K Plus via AJA’s Control Panel and Control Room Software
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