8K Editorial Review Suite With AJA Cards

Japanese post production house Mitomo Studio Shibya has bought some AJA gear to handle 4K and 8K UHD content.

A pair of AJA Kumo 3232-12G compact 32x32 12G-SDI routers were integrated into Mitomo Studio Shibya’s upgraded production system to enable routing of 8K sources, using 12G-SDI connectivity.

The routers manage 8K, 4K and 2K HDR signals from multiple sources simultaneously, with routing and salvo features controlled remotely by Skaarhoj’s Rack Fly Duo multi-purpose, universal, broadcast control panel. Rack Fly Duo bundles operations of the two Kumo 3232-12G devices, enabling editors and colorists to control both as if working with a single router.

“Pairing Kumo 3232-12G with Rack Fly Duo meets the rigorous workflow demands of our editors, providing custom control and flexibility for the most challenging projects,” shared Susumu Yamazaki, Online Editor, Mitomo.

Within the new 8K editorial suite, post staff rely upon Grass Valley Rio as their main creative application for 8K online editing, coloring and finishing, with four Corvid 88 I/O cards for monitoring and output of content. The suite features 8K Sony monitors for review and client previews, as well as Apple Mac Pro and HP Z8 G4 workstations for offline editing with Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere Pro and online color grading.

AJA’s robust, portable and production-proven lineup of converters are used throughout all of the facility’s editorial rooms, including five 4K//2K/HD editorial studios and two mastering rooms, in addition to the upgraded 8K suite. During review sessions and client previews, AJA’s Hi5-4K-Plus Mini-Converter for 3G-SDI to HDMI 2.0 conversion and AJA 4K2HD Mini-Converter for 4K/UHD to HD-SDI and HDMI down-conversion are used for transferring signals to 4K or 2K monitors. AJA’s 3G-AM 3G-SDI 8-channel AES embedder/disembedder Mini-Converter is also used for converting project output to audio mixers.

Yamazaki concluded, “AJA products are the basis of our entire production system, because they provide us with trusted reliability, high-quality performance and the stability required to handle the most challenging project demands with zero downtime.”

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