AJA Embrace IP Video

AJA is debuting KONA IP, its first desktop video and audio I/O product for professional IP-based workflows. The company is also showing a technology preview of a mini-converter, Ethernet to HDMI, with a JPEG200 decoder, the first of a family of products to be revealed late summer. Nick Rashby, president of AJA, opined “This will be the IP show, this is where it’s all coming together.”

AJA is gearing for the transition from SDI to IP. Nick Rashby talked to The Broadcast Bridge ahead of the NAB Show 2016 "We are part of the AIMS Alliance, ASPEN community, NDI and part of Sony IP Live, so we are taking IP very seriously. AIMS has momentum right now, It will interesting to see what shakes out. KONA IP is our first IP product. multi-channel I/O for IP video. The card is flexible so we can adapt to emerging standards with a firmware update."

KONA IP is designed as a flexible platform that supports today’s SMPTE 2022-6 IP-encapsulated uncompressed 3G-SDI, HD-SDI and SD-SDI video, audio and VANC data, and via future firmware updates and codec package offerings, will also support compressed codecs like J2K and advanced IP protocols including VSF TR-04, VSF TR-03 and more. KONA IP has already been adopted by many of the industry’s leading software and solutions companies.

KONA IP Features:

  • SMPTE 2022-6 support, offering uncompressed video and audio, with future support for other IP standards.
  • HDMI output for local monitoring.
  • Multi-channel input and/or output to read or send multiple IP-based encapsulated 3G-SDI, HD-SDI and SD-SDI video streams to and from software applications.
  • Two 10GigE SFP cages for easy routing of video over IP and 10GigE networks.
  • Support for major third-party NLE, compositing and streaming applications.
  • Software compatibility with AJA Control Room and Control Panel software.
  • Compatible with AJA’s widely adopted NTV2 SDK, for easy integration by AJA Developer Partners.
  • 8-lane PCIe 2.0 video and audio desktop I/O card.

"We have a roadmap for VSF TR03 and TR04, JPEG2000 support, and other emerging interop standards" continued Rashby. ",


AJA have a technology preview of their first IP-enabled mini-converter. With GbE in and HDMI out, the converter includes a JPEG2000 decoder. The company is expanding its line of portable Mini-Converters with the introduction of the Hi5-4K-Plus, a 4K/UltraHD 3G-SDI to HDMI 2.0 converter, and the HDP3, a 3G-SDI to DVI-D converter with 1080p 60 support. Concurrently AJA has extended its range of reliable, cost-effective openGear®-compatible video and audio rackframe cards with the new OG-2x4-DA-SDI, a 3G-SDI Distribution Amplifier and the OG-3G-AM, a 3G-SDI 8-channel AES Audio Embedder/Disembedder.

“Building on the core functionality of our Hi5-4K and HDP2 Mini-Converters, and our family of openGear-compatible cards, we’ve engineered these products with new features that address the growing demands of professionals in film, broadcast and AV, while also delivering the performance and reliability that our customers deserve at a cost-effective price point,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. 

KiPro Ultra & 8K 

Ki Pro Ultra v1.2 is a firmware update that adds 16-channel embedded SDI audio, ExFAT file system, Closed Captioning (CC) and SMPTE 2SI I/O support.

Ki Pro Ultra v1.2 firmware will be available next month as a free download. Ki Pro has long-supported the Mac-based HFS+ file system, and with new ExFAT support, AJA Pak Media will also be compatible with Windows and Linux systems. New 16-channel embedded audio on SDI will expand audio choices and compatibility. Embedded Closed Captioning will allow recording and playback of CC data, and two sample interleave (SMPTE 2SI) I/O support for 4K/Ultra HD will offer greater compatibility with third-party displays, switchers and more.

Ki Pro Ultra v1.2 Firmware Features:

  • ExFAT file system support enables use of Ki Pro Ultra media on PC or Linux systems without requiring third-party software.
  • Expanded audio flexibility with 16-channel embedded SDI audio support.
  • Closed Caption support in compliance with FCC and SMPTE standards.
  • SMPTE 2SI I/O support, extending compatibility with 4K/UltraHD displays and devices.

AJA’s new Pak-Adapt-eSATA will have the same form factor as AJA’s Pak storage modules, with a standard eSATA cable connector offering a flexible media alternative for Ki Pro Ultra and Ki Pro Quad. This new option will allow Ki Pro Ultra and Ki Pro Quad users to utilize eSATA media and eSATA RAIDs.Rashby was excited about a new application for KiPro Ultra. 

On the NAB SHow booth they are demonstrating 8K60P on a 85" Sharp 8K panel. It is being driven by KiPro Ultra's in a quad 4K configuration using a product from a partner in Japan, which processes 8K video. NHK are using the system to demo 8K around the country in advance of satellite transmissions starting August 2016.  

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