AJA Announces Ki Pro Quad Supporting 4K and 2K Recording

AJA Video Systems announced Ki Pro Quad, a new solid-state portable video recorder at NAB Show 2012. Ki Pro Quad is capable of capturing high-quality edit-ready files in formats including 4K (4096 x 2160), Quad HD (3840 x 2160), 2K (2048 x 1080), and HD (1920 x 1080), for the fastest path from camera-to-editorial with 10-bit 4:4:4 and 10-bit 4:2:2 color support.

Ki Pro Quad helps facilitate a powerful workflow for 4K, accepting RAW camera output via SDI simultaneously outputting that data via ThunderboltTM. The recorder also performs debayer processing of the RAW data that can be used to produce on-board Apple ProRes recordings to SSD media. HD, 2K and 4K ProRes files recorded to removable SSD media may easily be used in a variety of popular non-linear editors. The debayered image produced by the Ki Pro Quad can also be used for 4K monitoring in real time. A scaled or cropped output is also simultaneously available for 2K or HD monitoring via dedicated SDI and HDMI connections.

“We have been working very closely with Canon Inc. headquarters in Japan to optimize performance between Canon’s upcoming Cinema EOS C500 digital cinema camera and our Ki Pro Quad,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “Ki Pro Quad offers some amazing new ways of working; by creating post-friendly files to removable SSDs, moving the original camera RAW files to a Mac, and allowing 4K monitoring all at the same time. Regardless of what your production needs may be today, Ki Pro Quad will have you covered for future workflow needs as well.”

Ki Pro Quad Overview:

4K/Quad HD/2K/HD Solid State Video Recorder
Supports 10-bit 4:4:4 and 10-bit 4:2:2
RAW support
Debayer and ProRes encode to on-board SSD
Realtime pass-through of RAW data via Thunderbolt
Uncompressed and debayered 4K monitoring output
Dedicated HD monitoring via SDI and HDMI
Record to edit-friendly 4K, 2K, or HD ProRes files on removable SSD media
Offload ProRes files to your non-linear edit system via AJA Thunderbolt SSD reader

Ki Pro Quad Workflow:

Camera outputs 4K RAW over SDI
Ki Pro Quad accepts 4K RAW over SDI
Ki Pro Quad performs debayer processing of RAW
Debayered image is used for on-board compressed recordings to SSD media
Debayered image is used for 4K monitoring output
Debayered image is used for scaled/cropped HD monitoring via SDI and HDMI
RAW signal is passed from camera to Ki Pro Quad and out via Thunderbolt to computer/storage
Further manipulation of RAW is made possible via Canon software tools
HD, 2K, and 4K compressed recordings made to SSD media may be used directly in popular non-linear editors

Ki Pro Quad will be available later in 2012 through AJA’s worldwide network of resellers for an MSRP of $3,995 US.




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