AJA T-TAP® Pro Thunderbolt™

12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 connectivity for working with 4K or UltraHD over a single cable up to 60pSDI output supports 12G-SDI, 6G-SDI, 3G-SDI, 1.5G-SDI and 270Mbit4K/UltraHD/2K/HD/SD Output/Monitoring up to 50/60p 1x 12G-SDI BNC with 16-channel embedded audio 1x HDMI 2.0 with 8-channel embedded audio 1x Thunderbolt 3 connectorCompact, silent, mobile form-factor with Front-panel Audio Levels Reference DisplayRGB 4:4:4 12-bit, YCbCr 4:2:2 10-bit and HFR workflows supported 12-bit and 10-bit LUT support (.cube)4K Closed Caption Support VPID signaling for SDR/HDR Transfer Characteristics, Colorimetry and Luminance via SDIPQ, HLG, HDR10, HDR 10+ and Dolby Vision Support HDR Metadata Auto Playback DetectionIncludes support for the Apple M1 chipCompatible with OBS Studio, Telestream Wirecast, Adobe Creative Suite, Apple FCP, Avid Media Composer, and many moreHeadphone jack and quick access audio level control for mobile or live environmentsThunderbolt, Power and Bitfile Connection Status IndicatorsPower Supply Included3 Year Warranty

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Description

Features

  • 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 connectivity for working with 4K or UltraHD over a single cable up to 60p
  • SDI output supports 12G-SDI, 6G-SDI, 3G-SDI, 1.5G-SDI and 270Mbit
  • 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD/SD Output/Monitoring up to 50/60p
  • 1x 12G-SDI BNC with 16-channel embedded audio
  • 1x HDMI 2.0 with 8-channel embedded audio
  • 1x Thunderbolt 3 connector
  • Compact, silent, mobile form-factor with Front-panel Audio Levels Reference Display
  • RGB 4:4:4 12-bit, YCbCr 4:2:2 10-bit and HFR workflows supported
  • 12-bit and 10-bit LUT support (.cube)
  • 4K Closed Caption Support
  • VPID signaling for SDR/HDR Transfer Characteristics, Colorimetry and Luminance via SDI
  • PQ, HLG, HDR10, HDR 10+ and Dolby Vision Support
  • HDR Metadata Auto Playback Detection
  • Includes support for the Apple M1 chip
  • Compatible with OBS Studio, Telestream Wirecast, Adobe Creative Suite, Apple FCP, Avid Media Composer, and many more
  • Headphone jack and quick access audio level control for mobile or live environments
  • Thunderbolt, Power and Bitfile Connection Status Indicators
  • Power Supply Included
  • 3 Year Warranty

T-TAP Pro Overview Video

Learn how T-TAP Pro is the perfect fit across multiple production scenarios, including on-set, remote, in an editing bay, at a live event or wherever you and your team need high-quality and reliable video output that offers next generation workflow compatibility.

Apple M1 Chip Support

Desktop Software v16.1 and above is optimized for the Apple M1 chip with native support for AJA macOS drivers, application plug-ins, AJA Control Room, AJA Control Panel, AJA System Test and AJA NMOS software.

10- and 12-bit,up to UltraHD and 4K 60p

AJA’s T-TAP Pro provides video professionals with an inexpensive, extremely compact device that utilizes the power of Thunderbolt 3 to deliver high-quality 10- and 12-bit up to UltraHD or 4K 60p video and embedded audio output from any compatible Mac or PC.

HDR Support

T-TAP Pro directly supports HDR dependent monitoring workflows across a number of HDR formats, including HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma), PQ and HDR10, with support for Dolby Vision possible via additional third party application integration.

AJA’s Desktop software offers HDR over SDI with VPID signaling of SDR and HDR characteristics. The HDR Tab in AJA Control Panel signals HDR over both SDI and HDMI simultaneously.

For playback, AJA Control Room reads HDR metadata embedded in .mov files and uses that to auto-set Control Panel to signal HDR accordingly, simplifying the workflow chain.

With T-TAP Pro and the appropriately captured/rendered HDR files, AJA Control Room can automatically detect the HDR format and T-TAP Pro can automatically adjust it’s output accordingly via both 12G-SDI or HDMI.

 

4K Closed Caption Support

AJA Control Room

  • Supports CEA-608 or 608-in-708 via ANC extraction firmware

Avid & Adobe Plugins

  • All SMPTE-291 (ANC) based captions supported
  • Adobe Premiere supports native 708 if the raw data is available. For instance in the Adobe plug-ins we handle the case where Premiere hands us full 708 data, we just pass it through to the device
  • Avid Media Composer supports active video ANC (line 21) or ANC via ANC extractor/inserter (up to UHD/4K)

Thunderbolt 3 Connectivity

Simple to set up and use, T-TAP Pro’s Thunderbolt 3 port easily connects to a wide range of Apple and Windows laptops and desktops, providing instant professional video and audio output from your favorite creative application.

Thunderbolt 3 is ubiquitous across both Mac and Windows computers, and supports the massive bandwidth needed for professional 4K video, audio, data and more.

 

Professional Outputs

T-TAP Pro features 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 outputs. The SDI output can be used to feed professional monitors or recording gear, while the HDMI output is able to feed directly into consumer HDMI monitors. Both HDMI and SDI are active at all times, so you can simultaneously work with professional and consumer monitors.

Extensive Software Support

T-TAP Pro is compatible with a broad array of software, including but not limited to Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Applications such as Premiere Pro and After Effects, plus Avid Media Composer and Pro Tools. AJA’s driver support ensures that you are up and running with the latest releases, with an ongoing commitment to future updates and enhancements via free, new firmware updates.

T-TAP Pro Operating Systems Compatibilities

  • macOS Support for 12.x (Monterey), 11.0 (Big Sur), 10.15 (Catalina), 10.14 (Mojave).

  • Windows11, 10 and updates.

Host Systems Compatibilities

Desktop Software v16.1 comes with a wide range of tested configurations to help you make an informed choice based on requirements.

Industry-Leading Support

AJA’s technical support is recognized as among the best in the industry and is available to all AJA customers. If you need assistance with any aspect of your T-TAP Pro installation, configuration, operation or encounter any technical issue,  AJA Support will work with you to get up and running.

T-TAP Pro is covered by a generous three year warranty.

 

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Tech Specs


Video Formats

  • (4K) 4096 x 2160p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 47.95, 48, 50, 59.94, 60
  • (UltraHD) 3840 x 2160p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60
  • (2K) 2048 x 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 47.95, 48, 50, 59.94, 60
  • (2K) 2048 x 1080PsF 23.98, 24, 25
  • (HD) 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60
  • (HD) 1080PsF 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30
  • (HD) 1080i 50, 59.94, 60
  • (HD) 720p 50, 59.94, 60
  • (SD) 625i 50
  • (SD) 525i 59.94
  Note: High Frame Rate and 4K/UltraHD capabilities are dependent on host system attributes. Not all systems and configurations will support all frame rates and raster sizes

Video Outputs Digital

  • 12G-SDI*, SMPTE-2082, 12-bit*, 10-bit
  • 6G-SDI*, SMPTE-2081, 10-bit
  • 3G-SDI, SMPTE 425
    • RGB 4:4:4 12-bit*, YCbCr 4:2:2 10-bit
  • 1.5G-SDI, SMPTE 292M
    • Single Link HD-SDI YCbCr 4:2:2 10-bit
  • 270 Mbps SDI, SMPTE 259M-C
    • YCbCr 4:2:2 10-bit, 8-bit
  • HDMI v2.0
    • 30/36-bits/pixel, RGB or YUV, 6 Gbps per color component
    • 4K, UltraHD, 2K, HD, and SD with HFR support up to 60p (4:2:2), 10-bit
  *Bit depth support is application dependent. Check with your software manufacturer for compatibility.

HDR

  • SDI: VPID signaling for SDR/HDR Transfer Characteristics, Colorimetry and Luminance
  • HDMI: HDR10 Support - HDR Infoframe metadata, compatible with HDMI 2.0a/CTA-861.3
  • HDMI: HLG Support - compatible with HDMI 2.0b/CTA-861-G
  Note: HDR support is application dependent. Check with your software manufacturer for compatibility.

Audio Outputs Digital

  • 16-channel, 24-bit SDI embedded audio, 48 kHz sample rate, synchronous
  • 8-channel, 24-bit HDMI embedded audio, 48 kHz sample rate, synchronous

Audio Outputs Analog

  • 2-channel, 18-bit D/A analog audio, 48 kHz sample rate, unbalanced, using standard 3.5mm jack
  • 1.2V RMS full scale digital output level (0 dBFS)

Size (w x d x h)

  • 5.0" x 1.0" x 5.0" (127.0 x 25.4 x 127.0 mm)

Weight

  • .06 lb (0.23 kg)

Power

  • 18W Max

Environment

  • Safe Operating Temperature: 0 to 35 C (32 to 95 F)
  • Safe Storage Temperature (Power OFF): -40 to 60 C (-40 to 140 F)
  • Operating Relative Humidity: 10-90% noncondensing
  • Operating Altitude: <3,000 meters (<10,000 feet)

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Description12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 connectivity for working with 4K or UltraHD over a single cable up to 60pSDI output supports 12G-SDI, 6G-SDI, 3G-SDI, 1.5G-SDI and 270Mbit4K/UltraHD/2K/HD/SD Output/Monitoring up to 50/60p 1x 12G-SDI BNC with 16-channel embedded audio 1x HDMI 2.0 with 8-channel embedded audio 1x Thunderbolt 3 connectorCompact, silent, mobile form-factor with Front-panel Audio Levels Reference DisplayRGB 4:4:4 12-bit, YCbCr 4:2:2 10-bit and HFR workflows supported 12-bit and 10-bit LUT support (.cube)4K Closed Caption Support VPID signaling for SDR/HDR Transfer Characteristics, Colorimetry and Luminance via SDIPQ, HLG, HDR10, HDR 10+ and Dolby Vision Support HDR Metadata Auto Playback DetectionIncludes support for the Apple M1 chipCompatible with OBS Studio, Telestream Wirecast, Adobe Creative Suite, Apple FCP, Avid Media Composer, and many moreHeadphone jack and quick access audio level control for mobile or live environmentsThunderbolt, Power and Bitfile Connection Status IndicatorsPower Supply Included3 Year WarrantyFull sized traditional QWERTY editor keyboard in a premium metal design. Featuring a metal search dial with clutch, plus extra edit, trim and timecode keys. Can be installed inset for flush mounting.File ingest kit with a scalable limit of media operationsVideo recording kit in 4K, UHD, FHD, and NDI8K/UltraHD2/4K/UltraHD/2K/HD/SD up to 50/60p4x bidirectional 12G-SDI connections with 16-channel embedded audioHDMI 2.0 output, 4K/UltraHD HFR, plus 8K to 4K downsamplingRGB 4:4:4 12-bit (4K/UltraHD) workflows supportedYCbCr 4:2:2 10-bit and HFR workflows supported Up to 12-bit LUT support (.cube)8K support for Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid Media ComposerMultiChannel support with OBS Studio, vMix and Telestream Wirecast8K or multi-channel 4K support for OEM applications with AJA SDKDynamic FPGA Firmware Reconfiguration4K Closed Caption SupportVPID signaling for SDR/HDR Transfer Characteristics, Colorimetry and Luminance via SDIPQ, HLG, HDR10, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision SupportHDR Metadata Capture and Auto Playback DetectionIncludes support for the Apple M1 chipReference Input on card (Analog black burst or Tri-level)Included breakout cable for LTC, RS-422, 8-ch AES/EBUThree year warranty2K/HD/SD I/O up to 50/60p 4x bidirectional 3G-SDI BNC with 16-channel embedded audio HDMI I/O with 8-channel embedded audio Two Thunderbolt 3 ports with loop through Multi-channel workflow support for OBS/Wirecast/vMix and other applicationsYCbCr 4:2:2 10-bit up to 60p RGB 4:4:4 12-bit up to 30pVPID signaling for SDR/HDR Transfer Characteristics, Colorimetry and Luminance via SDIPQ, HLG, HDR10, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision Support HDR Metadata Capture and Auto Playback DetectionMultiview output over HDMI, to view up to 4-channels on one screenAnalog audio flexibility with a choice of 8-channel In or 8-channel Out or 4-channel In and 4-channel out via a standard Tascam connectionFront panel audio displayIncludes support for the Apple M1 chip and the latest OS versionsXLR 12V power for battery or AC use (AC adapter included)Headphone jack and level control for mobile and live environmentsRS-422 VTR control, Reference, LTC Input and LTC Output
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Features

  • 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 connectivity for working with 4K or UltraHD over a single cable up to 60p
  • SDI output supports 12G-SDI, 6G-SDI, 3G-SDI, 1.5G-SDI and 270Mbit
  • 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD/SD Output/Monitoring up to 50/60p
  • 1x 12G-SDI BNC with 16-channel embedded audio
  • 1x HDMI 2.0 with 8-channel embedded audio
  • 1x Thunderbolt 3 connector
  • Compact, silent, mobile form-factor with Front-panel Audio Levels Reference Display
  • RGB 4:4:4 12-bit, YCbCr 4:2:2 10-bit and HFR workflows supported
  • 12-bit and 10-bit LUT support (.cube)
  • 4K Closed Caption Support
  • VPID signaling for SDR/HDR Transfer Characteristics, Colorimetry and Luminance via SDI
  • PQ, HLG, HDR10, HDR 10+ and Dolby Vision Support
  • HDR Metadata Auto Playback Detection
  • Includes support for the Apple M1 chip
  • Compatible with OBS Studio, Telestream Wirecast, Adobe Creative Suite, Apple FCP, Avid Media Composer, and many more
  • Headphone jack and quick access audio level control for mobile or live environments
  • Thunderbolt, Power and Bitfile Connection Status Indicators
  • Power Supply Included
  • 3 Year Warranty

T-TAP Pro Overview Video

Learn how T-TAP Pro is the perfect fit across multiple production scenarios, including on-set, remote, in an editing bay, at a live event or wherever you and your team need high-quality and reliable video output that offers next generation workflow compatibility.

Apple M1 Chip Support

Desktop Software v16.1 and above is optimized for the Apple M1 chip with native support for AJA macOS drivers, application plug-ins, AJA Control Room, AJA Control Panel, AJA System Test and AJA NMOS software.

10- and 12-bit,up to UltraHD and 4K 60p

AJA's T-TAP Pro provides video professionals with an inexpensive, extremely compact device that utilizes the power of Thunderbolt 3 to deliver high-quality 10- and 12-bit up to UltraHD or 4K 60p video and embedded audio output from any compatible Mac or PC.

HDR Support

T-TAP Pro directly supports HDR dependent monitoring workflows across a number of HDR formats, including HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma), PQ and HDR10, with support for Dolby Vision possible via additional third party application integration.

AJA’s Desktop software offers HDR over SDI with VPID signaling of SDR and HDR characteristics. The HDR Tab in AJA Control Panel signals HDR over both SDI and HDMI simultaneously.

For playback, AJA Control Room reads HDR metadata embedded in .mov files and uses that to auto-set Control Panel to signal HDR accordingly, simplifying the workflow chain.

With T-TAP Pro and the appropriately captured/rendered HDR files, AJA Control Room can automatically detect the HDR format and T-TAP Pro can automatically adjust it’s output accordingly via both 12G-SDI or HDMI.

 

4K Closed Caption Support

AJA Control Room

  • Supports CEA-608 or 608-in-708 via ANC extraction firmware

Avid & Adobe Plugins

  • All SMPTE-291 (ANC) based captions supported
  • Adobe Premiere supports native 708 if the raw data is available. For instance in the Adobe plug-ins we handle the case where Premiere hands us full 708 data, we just pass it through to the device
  • Avid Media Composer supports active video ANC (line 21) or ANC via ANC extractor/inserter (up to UHD/4K)

Thunderbolt 3 Connectivity

Simple to set up and use, T-TAP Pro’s Thunderbolt 3 port easily connects to a wide range of Apple and Windows laptops and desktops, providing instant professional video and audio output from your favorite creative application.

Thunderbolt 3 is ubiquitous across both Mac and Windows computers, and supports the massive bandwidth needed for professional 4K video, audio, data and more.

 

Professional Outputs

T-TAP Pro features 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 outputs. The SDI output can be used to feed professional monitors or recording gear, while the HDMI output is able to feed directly into consumer HDMI monitors. Both HDMI and SDI are active at all times, so you can simultaneously work with professional and consumer monitors.

Extensive Software Support

T-TAP Pro is compatible with a broad array of software, including but not limited to Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Applications such as Premiere Pro and After Effects, plus Avid Media Composer and Pro Tools. AJA’s driver support ensures that you are up and running with the latest releases, with an ongoing commitment to future updates and enhancements via free, new firmware updates.

T-TAP Pro Operating Systems Compatibilities

  • macOS Support for 12.x (Monterey), 11.0 (Big Sur), 10.15 (Catalina), 10.14 (Mojave).

  • Windows11, 10 and updates.

Host Systems Compatibilities

Desktop Software v16.1 comes with a wide range of tested configurations to help you make an informed choice based on requirements.

Industry-Leading Support

AJA’s technical support is recognized as among the best in the industry and is available to all AJA customers. If you need assistance with any aspect of your T-TAP Pro installation, configuration, operation or encounter any technical issue,  AJA Support will work with you to get up and running.

T-TAP Pro is covered by a generous three year warranty.

 
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mCODER is a professional multi-channel, multi-format, and real-time transcoding system that can automatically transcode assets to internal house formats for a wide variety of media workflows. By default, it supports up to 2 simultaneous media operations, but it is widely scalable to meet your needs. These operations can be a combination of up to 2 transcoding operations and previewing of 1 file.
mREC is a powerful and flexible multi-format SDI recording system. Optimize media creativity for enterprise, digital media, sports, and broadcast markets with a streamlined file-based capture system, with full support for recording 4K UHD and HDR live video channels in different file formats. It supports simultaneous media operations that can be a combination of recording and previewing files. The kit includes a 12G-SDI or 3G-SDI video signal card and a MOG peripheral box.

Features

  • 8K/UltraHD2/4K/UltraHD/2K/HD/SD up to 50/60p
  • 4x bidirectional 12G-SDI connections with 16-channel embedded audio
  • HDMI 2.0 output, 4K/UltraHD HFR, plus 8K to 4K downsampling
  • RGB 4:4:4 12-bit (4K/UltraHD) workflows supported
  • YCbCr 4:2:2 10-bit and HFR workflows supported
  • Up to 12-bit LUT support (.cube)
  • 8K support for Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer
  • MultiChannel support with OBS Studio, vMix and Telestream Wirecast
  • 8K or multi-channel 4K support for OEM applications with AJA SDK
  • Dynamic FPGA Firmware Reconfiguration
  • 4K Closed Caption Support
  • VPID signaling for SDR/HDR Transfer Characteristics, Colorimetry and Luminance via SDI
  • PQ, HLG, HDR10, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision Support
  • HDR Metadata Capture and Auto Playback Detection
  • Includes support for the Apple M1 chip
  • Reference Input on card (Analog black burst or Tri-level)
  • Included breakout cable for LTC, RS-422, 8-ch AES/EBU
  • Three year warranty

Apple M1 Chip Support

Desktop Software v16.1 and above is optimized for the Apple M1 chip with native support for AJA macOS drivers, application plug-ins, AJA Control Room, AJA Control Panel, AJA System Test and AJA NMOS software.

Professional Connectivity:12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0

KONA 5 boasts 4x bidirectional 12G-SDI spigots and a Reference Input directly on the card bracket. The 4x HDBNC SDI connections can be used in a wide variety of configurations to support your creative needs; use four cables simultaneously to support either 8K/UltraHD2 (via 4x 12G-SDI) or 4K/UltraHD (via 3G-SDI), alternatively use a single cable for input and a single cable for simultaneous pass-through/output for either 4K/UltraHD (via 1x 12G-, or 6G-SDI) or HD/2K (via 1x 3G-SDI, or even single/dual link 1.5G-SDI).

A full-sized HDMI 2.0 connection offers monitoring and output, with HDR , Deep Color and HFR support. Across the board, KONA 5 is the professionals choice for post, broadcast, graphics, virtual sets, pre-viz, live compositing and more.

Extended Connectivity

KONA 5 ships with an included breakout cable that offers extensive connectivity for AES, RS-422 control support and Reference:

  • 8-Channels of AES/EBU (BNC) In

  • 8-Channels of AES/EBU (BNC) Out

  • RS-422 9-pin connector for control

  • LTC In and Out

KONA 5 also ships with 5x HDBNC to full-size BNC “pigtails” to ensure out-of-the box compatibility with your SDI infrastructure.

Apple Mac Pro Compatible

AJA offers full compatibility for the new Apple Mac Pro, including support for AJA Control Room with Metal compatibility as well as extensive support for a range of applications. macOS support for 11.0 (Big Sur), 10.15 (Catalina), 10.14 (Mojave) is also offered with KONA 5. For productions handling high resolution workflows all the way up to 8K, KONA 5* is a perfect companion for the new desktop offering multi-channel 4K and 8K support. *Special Note for ordering KONA 5 for use with a Mac Pro 2019 There are two choices:(1) PN: KONA-5-R0-S01 will use PCIe slot power in Mac Pro 2019, but this KONA model should not be used in any other Mac or PC host system.(2) PN KONA-5-R0 uses ATX power, and so can be used in other relevant Mac or PC host systems. However, a 3rd party ATX cable kit for the Mac Pro 2019will be required > There are no caveats for other KONA or Io products.

HDR

HDR (High Dynamic Range) provides the ability to display a wider and richer range of colors, much brighter whites, and much deeper, darker blacks than standard signals allow. This gives your imagery a more ‘dynamic’ look and allows for natural true to life colors to be communicated to your audience.

KONA 5 HDR workflows can also benefit from AJA's Control Room application and it's companion, AJA Control Panel, which comes complete with built-in HDR test patterns. AJA Control Room provides VPID signaling for SDR/HDR Transfer Characteristics, Colorimetry and Luminance transfer characteristics over SDI, bringing flexible output options to your KONA 5. HDMI ports that were already HDR compatible will work simultaneously, for HDR output via both SDI and HDMI. AJA Control Room software adds support for HDR metadata capture from an incoming SDI or HDMI signal. The captured .mov video file will have embedded HDR metadata, allowing the file to be played back at its intended dynamic range. AJA Control Room software also provides the KONA 5 with HDR Auto Playback Detection. Embedded HDR metadata in a recorded .mov file, is read and used to automatically set the HDR format on the monitor(s) connected to the KONA 5 HDMI and/or SDI outputs. Support for file-based .mov HDR outputs with metadata from Adobe Premiere Pro/Adobe Media Encoder HDR files is also available. Screening those rendered outputs is a simple and hi-quality experience with AJA Control Room. Every frame is presented in its full-quality, at the timing intended, and with the proper HDR format set correctly and automatically.

Explore more of our HDR Solutions here:

HDR NLE / VFX Software Support

  • HDR NLE / VFX Software Support

  • Desktop Software supports HDR across many third-party professional video softwares applications, including Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer

  • Take advantage of HLG, PQ, HDR10 workflows in broadcast and post

  • Work between 709, BT2020 and P3 with ease

8K NLE / VFX Software Support

The latest AJA Desktop Software v16 advances 8K workflows with KONA 5 by providing native support for 8K video in Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer. KONA 5 offers the broadest video format of any AJA product, meaning you can confidently transition to larger format video workflows for Sports, eSports, Virtual Production, and other cutting-edge workflows. For those who hop between 8K visual effects sequences and 4K live action footage, KONA 5 now also supports fast-bitfile-switching. In under 10 seconds you can flip between a KONA 5 personality tuned for 8K operations, to one dedicated to 4K and below. No waiting for firmware to update, no reboots required. Just powerful options to make your day go that bit faster and easier.

8K Capture and Playback

At a time when 8K recording devices are prohibitively expensive, unlock the next generation power of 8K capture and playback via KONA 5 and use a more cost effective workstation. Capture 8K ProRes on Windows, Linux or macOS for example, and use the file immediately in your NLE or other application of choice.

Dynamic FPGA Firmware Reconfiguration

KONA 5 now supports fast bitfile-switching. In under 10 seconds you can flip between a KONA 5 personality tuned for 8K operations, to one dedicated to 4K and below. No waiting for firmware to update, no reboots required.

4K Closed Caption Support

AJA Control Room

  • Supports CEA-608 or 608-in-708 via ANC extraction firmware

Avid & Adobe Plugins

  • All SMPTE-291 (ANC) based captions supported
  • Adobe Premiere supports native 708 if the raw data is available. For instance in the Adobe plug-ins we handle the case where Premiere hands us full 708 data, we just pass it through to the device.
  • Avid Media Composer supports active video ANC (line 21) or ANC via ANC extractor/inserter (up to UHD/4K)

Workflow

Connect your digital sources via 12G-SDI to KONA 5 for capture to and playback from a wide variety of formats. Master to destinations using high quality professional SDI outputs, machine control and analog or tri-level reference.Monitor via HDMI 2.0 output for 4K or HD, or utilize as a 4K down sample from 8K SDI, so you can make use of your existing 4K monitors for 8K work. KONA 5 also supports VPID signaling for SDR/HDR Transfer Characteristics, Colorimetry and Luminance via SDI.

  • PQ, HLG, HDR10, HDR10+* and Dolby Vision* Support
  • HDR Metadata Capture and Auto Playback Detection

*Dolby Vision and HDR10+ integration available when using the AJA SDK, or using compatible 3rd party software.

 

AR support with Unreal Engine 4.22

Capture real time footage with KONA 5 over SDI from high quality cameras, meld your footage with your virtual environment created by the Unreal Engine and send it back out in real time to air - a growing need for broadcasters, augmented reality (AR) needs and more.

Digital film makers also benefit with these new workflows: On set, enhance your live action VFX work with the ability to see a full composite live during the course of the shoot. This results in fewer reshoots, the ability for actors to understand the virtual environment they are working within for stronger performances and ultimately leads to a range of efficiencies and cost savings with the added benefit of a smoother transition into post production.

KONA 5 Operating Systems Compatibilities

  • macOS support for 12.x (Monterey), 11.0 (Big Sur), 10.15 (Catalina), 10.14 (Mojave).

  • Linux Ubuntu support for 20.04 LTS, 18.04 LTS.

  • Linux Redhat/CentOS (8) and (7) support.

  • Windows 11, 10 and updates.

Host Systems Compatibilities

Desktop v16.1 comes with a wide range of tested configurations to help you make an informed choice based on requirements.  

Industry Leading Support

AJA’s technical support is recognized as among the best in the industry and is available to all AJA customers. If you need assistance with any aspect of your KONA installation, configuration, operation or encounter any technical issue,   will work with you to get up and running. KONA products are covered by a generous three year warranty. Please see the individual Product’s Manual for additional specifics around warranty conditions for the product itself.

Features

  • 2K/HD/SD I/O up to 50/60p
  • 4x bidirectional 3G-SDI BNC with 16-channel embedded audio
  • HDMI I/O with 8-channel embedded audio
  • Two Thunderbolt 3 ports with loop through
  • Multi-channel workflow support for OBS/Wirecast/vMix and other applications
  • YCbCr 4:2:2 10-bit up to 60p
  • RGB 4:4:4 12-bit up to 30p
  • VPID signaling for SDR/HDR Transfer Characteristics, Colorimetry and Luminance via SDI
  • PQ, HLG, HDR10, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision Support
  • HDR Metadata Capture and Auto Playback Detection
  • Multiview output over HDMI, to view up to 4-channels on one screen
  • Analog audio flexibility with a choice of 8-channel In or 8-channel Out or 4-channel In and 4-channel out via a standard Tascam connection
  • Front panel audio display
  • Includes support for the Apple M1 chip and the latest OS versions
  • XLR 12V power for battery or AC use (AC adapter included)
  • Headphone jack and level control for mobile and live environments
  • RS-422 VTR control, Reference, LTC Input and LTC Output

Versatile and Practical Connectivity

The Io X3 rear panel offers a wealth of easy to access connectivity for almost any need in SD/HD/2K video pipelines. Power is supplied via industry standard 4-pin XLR with either the included AC adapter or battery power. Dual Thunderbolt 3 ports provide host connectivity to a laptop or desktop PC or Mac, with the second port for loop through to other Thunderbolt devices. RS-422 is included for machine control of external devices so they can be synchronized for editing. Analog audio is offered via a DB-25 port, with all 8-channels configurable to be in or out. HDMI in and out ports allow for easy monitoring or video input sources to be accessed, including HDR and SDR video. Reference input connects the Io X3 to any master clock source alongside LTC input and output for timecode. Finally, 4 bidirectional 3G-SDI ports can be configured as multi-channel inputs or outputs to suit the video application of choice, offering immense flexibility in the field, editing suite or on-set.

Universal Compatibility:Thunderbolt™ 3 via USB-C

Io X3 Plus provides two Thunderbolt 3 ports for true Thunderbolt flexibility. Thunderbolt 3 doubles the speed of the previous Thunderbolt 2 standard with up to 40 Gps of throughput and utilizes the universal USB-C connection standard for true simplicity over a single cable for today's leading Mac and PC workstations and laptops. Thunderbolt™ 3 features:
  • Thunderbolt™ and power on one cable
  • USB-C connector and cables (small, reversible)
  • 40 Gb/s: Thunderbolt™ 3 – double the speed of Thunderbolt™ 2
 

HDR

HDR or High Dynamic Range, provides the ability to display a wider and richer range of colors, much brighter whites, and much deeper, darker blacks than standard signals allow. This gives your imagery a more ‘dynamic’ look and allows for natural true to life colors to be communicated to your audience. Io X3 provides this support for your 2K and HD HDR pipelines to HDMI and SDI compatible displays in software v16.2 with HLG and HDR10 support with HDR Infoframe metadata, in accordance with HDMI 2.0a/CTA-861.3 and HD. AJA Control Room software and Io X3 adds support for HDR metadata capture from an incoming SDI or HDMI signal. The captured .mov video file will have embedded HDR metadata, allowing the file to be played back at its intended dynamic range. AJA Control Room software and Io X3 Plus also provides HDR Auto Playback Detection. Embedded HDR metadata in a recorded .mov file is read and used to automatically set the HDR format on the monitor(s) connected to the HDMI and/or SDI outputs.

Support for file-based .mov HDR outputs with metadata from Adobe Premiere Pro / Adobe Media Encoder HDR files is also available. Screening those rendered outputs is a simple and high-quality experience with AJA Control Room. Every frame is presented in its full-quality, at the timing intended, and with the proper HDR format set correctly and automatically.

v16.2 Desktop Software also offers HDR input from HDMI for capturing HDR gaming content and more. Explore more of our HDR Solutions here:

Use Case: NLE Workflow for Io X3

Io X3 offers broad support for all major NLE applications, including Apple Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere Pro with a host of practical and easy to use features, shown in this NLE workflow diagram. The Io X3 sits at the center of the NLE workflow, connected directly to the host laptop via super fast Thunderbolt 3. The NLE software is running on the host laptop, with the output of the time line being shown via both the HDMI port and the 3G-SDI port simultaneously, with support for HDR and SDR monitoring. The analog audio jack on the front of the unit provides easy headphone monitoring, whilst at the same time a standard Tascam DB-25 loom connects an analog mixer and microphone to the workflow, with the front panel VU meters responding to the independent channel levels. An AJA Ki Pro Ultra 12G is connected for real time recording of the NLE output to Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD codecs for archive or hand-off. Whether editing promos, news footage, sports, long form content or any other demanding video environment content, Io X3 is your perfect partner.

Use Case: OBS Workflow forIo X3

Io X3 is directly compatible with OBS Studio, offering a comprehensive toolkit for mixing live video and taking the program content out to streaming destinations. Io X3 again sits at the center of the workflow pictured opposite, providing the necessary video I/O for a 4 camera source program. Via Io X3's multi-channel support, the 4 HD cameras are connected directly to the 3G-SDI ports of the Io X3 which is connected via Thunderbolt 3 to the host PC or laptop. The host computer runs the OBS Studio software and allows you to view all incoming HD sources in a single multiview via the HDMI port to any display. Audio can be monitored via the built-in analog headphone port. The final PGM stream is output from our switched sources via the host computer.

Use Case: Streaming Timeline Workflow for Io X3

A popular way to stream for NLE and 3D modelling applications is to utilize the timeline output and offer commentary in real time as edits or models are created. Following the same base set up as the NLE workflow and by utilizing AJA’s HD streaming device, the HELO Plus, we can combine two high quality AJA devices to create an extremely robust solution. It is easy to connect a 3G-SDI output from the Io X3 to the 3G-SDI input of the HELO Plus and take the content directly from the timeline playhead to a live stream, with voiceover provided by a USB microphone. A very simple but powerful set up that can be utilized by streaming for both entertainment, remote collaboration and educational purposes, allowing viewers to better contextualize the content.

Use Case: Video and Key Workflow for Io X3

Io X3 fully supports video and key workflows up to HD 60p as shown in the adjacent diagram. The first instance shows Io X3 connected to a laptop or desktop computer running Ross XPression software. The XPression software is receiving live statistics and weather data as metadata via the internet. It is also receiving two live IP video inputs. The IP video is assigned as video 1 and video 2 out with the incoming statistics and weather metadata assigned as key 1 and key 2 out. Io X3 provides an HDMI out for multiview of all four sources on one monitor. The Io X3 can then pass the groups of video and key 1 and video and key 2 via 3G-SDI onto a router or other SDI destination. The second diagram also shows the same set up but this time all inputs are IP video sources that are assigned in Ross XPression as video and key 1 and video and key 2, with the Io X3 again providing multiview monitoring via HDMI, whilst simultaneously passing the video and key pairs out via 3G-SDI to a router or other SDI destination.

Integrated Digital Audio,Analog Audio Flexibility

Embedded 16-channel SDI and 8-channel HDMI audio are supported as well as analog audio inputs, outputs or both via a standard Tascam DB-25 connection. Stereo monitoring is also possible with a front panel 3.5mm mini-TRS headphone jack. The flexible analog audio I/O can be configured to record voice overs and more with the ability to choose how the DB-25 connection on Io X3 is configured:
  • 8-channel, 24 and 16-bit D/A analog audio, 48 kHz sample rate, balanced, using industry standard 8x XLR or TRS on DB-25 breakout cable (cable not included)
  • Balanced Analog Audio I/O:
    • Input across Ch. 1-8, Ch. 1-4, or Ch. 5-8
    • Output across Ch. 1-8, Ch. 1-4, or Ch. 5-8

High Density, Rack Mountable

Io X3's compact design offers easy rack mounting, allowing for two Io X3 devices to sit comfortably in just 1RU. This allows for high channel density for up to 8-channels of fully configurable video I/O for applications such as OBS Studio.

Multiview Output

Io X3 offers multi-channel I/O, and the HDMI output port can display all of these sources to one display. Io X3 is fully compatible with OBS Studio software with multiview output offered for clear monitoring of incoming or outgoing video via the convenient HDMI output. OBS Studio can be configured with Io X3 to make monitoring easy, all from a single I/O device.

Apple M1 Chip Support

Desktop Software v16.1 and above is optimized for the Apple M1 chip with native support for AJA macOS drivers, application plug-ins, AJA Control Room, AJA Control Panel, AJA System Test and AJA NMOS software.

Host Systems Compatibilities

Io X3 and Desktop Software v16.2 come with a wide range of tested configurations to help you make an informed choice based on requirements.

Industry Leading Support

AJA’s technical support is recognized as among the best in the industry and is available to all AJA customers. If you need assistance with any aspect of your Mobile I/O installation, configuration, operation or encounter any technical issue,   will work with you to get up and running. Mobile I/O products are covered by a generous three year warranty. Please see the individual Product’s Manual for additional specifics around warranty conditions for the product itself.
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