IBC 2017

IBC 2017: AJA Video Systems intros Io 4K Plus with Thunderbolt 3, FIDO 12G mini-converters

AJA Video Systems announced the new Io 4K Plus capture and output device with support for Thunderbolt 3. Io 4K Plus offers the latest 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 I/O connectivity, advanced audio features and 4K/UltraHD support up to 50p/60p frame rates.

Io 4K Plus is the next generation of AJA’s capture and output hardware devices and AJA’s first Thunderbolt 3 product. Offering a range of connectivity, including 12G/6G/3G/1.5G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 I/O, Io 4K Plus is compatible with the latest 4K/UltraHD devices. Using AJA’s proven drivers and application plug-ins for Mac or PC, Io 4K Plus integrates with standard creative tools such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple FCP X, and Avid Media Composer. AJA’s proven conversion technology facilitates real time, high-quality scaling of 4K and UltraHD to HD for monitoring and output. Io 4K Plus also includes an additional Thunderbolt 3 port for daisy-chaining flexibility.

Thunderbolt 3’s broad bandwidth allows Io 4K Plus to support 4K/UltraHD and HD large raster, high frame rate, deep color and HDR projects to Thunderbolt 3 via USB-C equipped workstations or laptops.

“Tight deadlines and technology shifts have introduced a new layer of complexity to post-production workflows. Io 4K Plus with Thunderbolt 3 support reduces that complexity by moving high resolution, high frame rate files through a single cable with ease,” says Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems.

Io 4K Plus feature highlights include:

— Portable 4K/UltraHD and HD/SD capture and playback across Thunderbolt 3
— Backwards compatibility with existing Thunderbolt hosts
— 12G/6G/3G/1.5G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 I/O for 4K, UltraHD, 2K, HD and SD with HFR support up to 60p at 4:2:2
— 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
— Two Thunderbolt 3 ports allow easy daisy-chaining of up to six Thunderbolt devices
— 16-channel embedded audio on SDI; 8-channel embedded audio on HDMI; 8-channel analog audio via XLR break-out
— Downstream keyer
— Standard 12v 4-pin XLR for AC or battery power
— Compatibility with creative applications including Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple FCP X, Avid Media Composer; FilmLight products; AJA Control Room and more
— 3-year international warranty

AJA Video Systems also unveiled a new line of FiDO 12G to Fiber/Fiber to 12G Mini-Converters. New price reductions have also been announced for the Hi5-4K-Plus (3G-SDI to HDMI 2.0) and 3GM (3G/1.5G Mux/DeMux) Mini-Converters, bringing the costs down from $695 to $595, and $795 to $495 respectively.
AJA’s new FiDO converters support the transport of 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD/SD video and audio over long distances (up to 10km) over one optical cable. The new 12G-SDI models are:
— FiDO-TR-12G transceiver
— FiDO-T-12G single-channel transmitter
— FiDO-R-12G single-channel receiver
— FiDO-2T-12G dual-channel transmitter
— FiDO-2R-12G dual-channel receiver
An extension of AJA’s FiDO (Fiber Digital Optical) family of SDI/Optical Fiber converters, the new transceiver, transmitters and receivers meet relevant SMPTE specifications, and are built with a compact enclosure to fit seamlessly into racks, OB trucks or studios.
“With the latest HDR and 4K/UltraHD workflows, we wanted to deliver new 12G-SDI converters that offer the advanced speed and flexibility of 12G in the robust, rugged form factor our Minis are known for,” says Rashby. “Our 12G FiDO models provide reliable solutions for broadcast, production, post and ProAV professionals.”

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