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AJA At NAB Show 2018, Las Vegas…

At NAB 2018, AJA has introduced exciting new products and significant new updates! AJA solutions give professionals more power, speed and flexibility, whether working in Broadcast IP, SDI, HDMI, HDR and/or HFR. Below is a brief rundown of the NAB 2018 news with links to more details. If you’re in Las Vegas at the show, visit booth SL2505 to get hands on!

AJA Kona HDMIKONA HDMI – Multi-Channel 2K/HD or Single Channel 4K/UltraHD HDMI Capture

KONA HDMI is highly flexible PCIe capture card, designed for four simultaneous channels of HD capture, with popular streaming and switching applications including Telestream Wirecast and vMix. KONA HDMI uniquely also offers capture of one channel of UltraHD up to 60p over HDMI 2.0, via AJA Control Room software for file compatibility with most NLE and effects packages. It is also compatible with other popular third party solutions for live streaming, projection mapping and VR workflows. Learn More

AJA Kona 1KONA 1 – 3G-SDI PCIe 2.0 Capture and Playout

KONA 1 is a robust, cost efficient single channel 3G-SDI 2K/HD 60p I/O PCIe card. KONA 1 offers serial control and reference/LTC, and features standard application plug-ins, as well as AJA SDK support, and is perfect for broadcast, post, proAV, and OEM developers. The new card supports 3G-SDI capture, monitoring and/or playback with software from AJA, Adobe, Avid, Apple, Telestream and others, and enables simultaneous monitoring during capture (pass-through). Learn More

AJA IP-10G-HDMI Mini ConverterIPR-10G-HDMI Mini-Converter – Bridge SMPTE 2110 to HDMI over 10 GigE

Easily monitor HD SMPTE ST 2110 signals via HDMI with IPR-10G-HDMI. Our new Mini-Converter receives ST 2110 over 10 GigE and formats the data for output on a full-size HDMI interface. Associated audio is extracted, synchronised and embedded into the HDMI interface and output on an analogue RCA interface. Learn More

AJA Kumo 3232-12GKUMO 3232-12G and KUMO 1616-12G – New 12G-SDI Compact Routers, 32×32 and 16×16 Models

Two new 12G-SDI KUMO routers support large format resolutions, high frame rate (HFR) and deep color formats, while reducing cable runs when transporting 4K/UltraHD over SDI. The routers offer network based and/or physical control, adding a new USB port for configuring IP addresses via AJA’s eMini-Setup software. Multi-port gang-routing also means the new 12G-SDI models are 8K ready! More on KUMO 3232-12G / KUMO 1616-12G

New AJA openGear Cards with DashBoardNew openGear Cards with DashBoard Support – Convenient Configuration, Monitoring and Control over a PC or Local Network

Designed for use in compatible openGear 2RU frames including AJA’s OG-3 2RU frame, the new cards combine the reliability and functionality of AJA Mini-Converters with the high density openGear architecture. New DashBoard software support on Windows, macOS, and Linux provides convenient and industry standard configuration, monitoring and control options over a PC or local network.

Learn More About:
OG-3G-AMA: 3G-SDI Analog Audio Embedder/Disembedder
OG-UDC: 3G-SDI Up, Down, Cross-Converter
OG-4K2HD: 4K/UltraHD-SDI to 3G-SDI Down-Converter
OG-Hi5-4K-Plus: 4K/UltraHD-SDI to HDMI 2.0 Converter
OG-HA5-4K: HDMI to 4K/UltraHD-SDI Converter

AJA FS-HDR 1U Frame Sync Universal Converterv2.5 Firmware for FS-HDR – Streamline your Live HDR Production with New FS-HDR Improvements

New FS-HDR v2.5 firmware will soon be available as a free download, enabling simultaneous delivery of SDR/HDR 4K/UltraHD on FS-HDR’s main SDI outputs as well as 2K/HD/SD with unique SDR/HDR settings on the SDI monitor output. v2.5 also adds new BBC HLG LUTs for specific broadcast installations, and Tangent Element Kb panel support for hardware based parameter controls. The update also includes HDR Infoframe generation on the HDMI monitor output, providing an easy, cost efficient solution for local monitoring on HDR capable displays, in addition to new HDR test patterns. More on FS-HDR

AJA HDR Image Analyzer with ColorfrontAJA Previews HDR Image Analyzer at NAB 2018 – Intuitive new waveform, histogram, vectorscope and Nit level HDR monitoring solution

AJA Video Systems is offering a tech preview of its new HDR Image Analyzer at NAB 2018. A waveform, histogram, vectorscope and Nit-level HDR monitoring solution, HDR Image Analyzer simplifies monitoring and analysis of 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD, HDR and WCG content in production, post, quality control (QC) and mastering. Press Release

AJA Ki Pro Ultra PlusAJA Adds Avid DNxHR Support to Ki Pro Ultra and Ki Pro Ultra Plus with v3.0 Firmware

AJA Video Systems today announced v3.0 firmware for Ki Pro Ultra and Ki Pro Ultra Plus, adding Avid® DNxHR codec support to the file-based 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD recording and playback devices. Available soon as a free software download, v3.0 allows users to record above HD rasters with Avid codecs within a native .MXF wrapper. Press Release – Check Out Ki Pro Solutions

AJA HELO ConnectionsAJA Announces HELO v2.1 Firmware

HELO v2.1 firmware feature highlights include: Closed Captioning (CC) streaming from SDI input, HLS streaming for direct interoperability with Apple® iPads® and other consumer devices and Chinese, Japanese and Korean language support in HELO’s web UI. Press Release – Check Out HELO

AJA Desktop Software v13 for KONA Io T-TAP

AJA Introduces Desktop Software v14.2

Desktop Software v14.2 introduces support for KONA HDMI and KONA 1, in addition to a new SMPTE ST 2110 IP video mode for KONA IP with support for AJA Control Room, Adobe Premiere® Pro CC, part of the Adobe Creative Cloud, and Avid Media Composer®. The free software update also brings 10GigE support for 2K/HD video and audio over IP (uncompressed SMPTE 2022-6/7) to the new Thunderbolt™ 3-equipped Io IP and Avid DNxIP, as well as additional enhancements to other KONA, Io and T-TAP products, including HDR capture with Io 4K Plus. Io 4K Plus and DNxIV users also benefit from a new feature allowing all eight analogue audio channels to be configured for either output, input or a 4-In/4-Out mode for full 7.1 ingest/monitoring, or I/O for stereo plus VO and discrete tracks. Press Release

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AJA Product Ranges


Flawless, 1080p HD at 60 frames, encoded in H.264/MPEG-4 in real time, from any SDI or HDMI source. Recorded to any USB storage device or SD Card. Streamed via RTSP and RTMP to any server or CDN. Quick to configure. Simple to operate. AJA quality and reliability.


USB 3.0 Powered capture from 3G-SDI or HDMI v1.4. Compact and Simple. Plug in the USB cable at both ends. Plug the source in at the other end of the U-TAP. Ingest. If you need help, support is always there!

AJA RovoCam

Start with a precision Sony Ultra HD block camera lens and sensor, then add AJA’s best-in-class interface conversion and control and you have RovoCam: The magic of HDBaseT delivering 4K/UHD video, power, audio and RS-232 control over a single Cat 5e/6 cable. A compact, UHD block camera easily integrated, with minimal infrastructure planning and broad industry application.


CION is the result of AJA’s years of manufacturing expertise and customer focused design. A production camera delivering incredible technical specifications and functional design, culminating in stunning images, recorded and ready to edit in flawless Apple ProRes 4444 and AJA RAW at up to 120 FPS in 4K.

AJA FS Series

1RU Rack. Anything in, anything out. Frame Synchroniser. Up / Down / Cross converter. Signal converter. Format converter. Frame rate converter. From SD to 4K and back again, with a powerful audio re-routing matrix amd video and audio correction tools.

AJA Mini-Converters

A converter for every occasion! AJA has a standalone mini converter that will accept pretty much any signal out there and give you what you need back again. From 4K and UltraHD to 2K, HD or SD video, with analogue and digital audio and providing broadcast and consumer connectivity options. AJA Mini converters deliver uncompromising performance, flexibility and reliability in a tiny package.

AJA Rackframes

openGear compatible, analogue and digital interface conversion modules and 1RU or 2RU, high density frames. Broadcast standards. Broadcast quality. Broadcast reliability. Backed by a 5 year, advance replacement, global warranty.


Need a compact 3G-SDI router? Need one that guarantees SMPTE standard compatibility, has dual-link 2K/HD and quad-link 4K/UHD support, redundant power supplies and is backed by the best warranty and support in the industry? KUMO.

AJA Ki Pro Ultra

The latest and greatest addition to the respected Ki Pro range of file based players and recorders. Up to 4K 60p in pristine Apple ProRes 4444 as well as Avid DNxHD support. Flexible connectivity options with SDI, Fibre and HDMI supporting 16 channels of audio. Network and RS422 VTR-like control. Rock solid Pak media for reliability and transfer performance.

AJA Ki Pro Rack

The ideal transition tool, delivering VTR-like interface and control in a compact 1RU frame, perfect for diverse environments across post, broadcast and live event production. Flexible SD and HD format and interface support, reliable storage medium and the AJA focus on build and image quality.

AJA Ki Pro Quad

4K / UltraHD. 4:4:4 ProRes and RAW workflow, including real-time, hardware RAW debayering. Solid state, high performance, incredibly durable storage with Thunderbolt drive interface. All the words you want to read in a cost effective device compact enough to mount on your camera.

AJA Ki Pro Mini

Designed to smooth and accelerate the path from acquisition to post production, the Ki Pro Mini mounts to any camera from DSLR to broadcast camcorder. Recording in ProRes or DNxHD, it allows you to avoid the compression artefacts and conversion delays inherent in so many camera codecs today. 


KONA has set the standard for video I/O performance, reliability and compatibility. Never compromising on quality, always exceeding industry standards. From SD to HD to 4K, with options for analogue, SDI and even SMPTE 2022-6 IP, You might find cheaper I/O cards, but you won’t find better.


AJA Io brings the unrivalled features and performance of KONA to the portable world. External Thunderbolt or PCIe interfaces, connecting to compact devices that do not compromise on the professional standards and connectivity expected of AJA.


Sometimes all you want to do is output broadcast standard video from your Thunderbolt enabled computer. You don’t want fancy processing. You could do without bulky boxes and power supplies. But it has to deliver the pictures the way they were intended and it has to guarantee compatibility with any broadcast device it connects to. T-TAP compromises where you want and delivers what you need.

About AJA

AJA was founded by engineer John Abt in 1993. Today the company employs over 200 people worldwide, building industry-leading video capture cards, digital recording devices, video routers, frame syncs and scalers, digital converters and professional 4K cameras.

After great success initially with an industry-leading line of Mini- Converters, AJA expanded into the burgeoning desktop video market in 2000. The company’s inaugural line of KONA video capture and playback cards quickly established AJA’s reputation for delivering the highest-quality desktop video products. In addition to the KONA family of video I/O cards for the Mac and Windows PCs, AJA’s growing product line also extended to include the innovative “Io” Thunderbolt desktop video products and trend-setting Ki Pro family of portable and rack-mountable file-based recorders.

AJA’s engineering has consistently supported advancements in broadcast technologies as well as format standards to provide video professionals with future-proof workflow solutions. From the FS family of frame syncs, frame rate and format converters, to the powerful TruZoom for real-time scaling of 4K footage, broadcasters are increasingly relying on AJA gear to simplify the way image files are captured, converted, monitored and distributed. Combining over four years of development and groundbreaking innovation, the release of CION marks AJA’s entry into the professional camera marketplace.

AJA provides its unique technology to leading manufacturers and developer partners across the professional video industry for integration into their product lineups. High-profile media companies around the globe, along with broadcasters, networks, post-production houses, mobile truck operators, cinematographers, film editors and more, rely on the reliability, flexibility and performance of AJA technologies.

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