Ki Pro Ultra Plus
AJA Ki Pro Ultra Plus is a Multi-Channel HD (up to 1080p60 per channel) or Single Channel 4K (up to 4Kp60) Recorder and Player
AJA Ki Pro Ultra Plus Gives Melbourne Rebels Rugby Union a Leg Up on Performance Analysis
Head Performance Analyst Eoin Toolan lives by a mantra of “Educate Through Video” as he works with coaches and staff at Super Rugby’s Melbourne Rebels to execute performance gains for the club. Drawing on former experience as a rugby player and developing video workflows for Irish Rugby’s analysis group, Toolan understands the benefits of high quality video in performance analysis and has transformed the Rebels’ video analysis workflow since his arrival at AAMI Park in Australia…
“Rather than relying on memory, coaches and players have visual evidence to reference and can make more informed adjustments. I’ve been really happy with the quality and fidelity of the video Ki Pro Ultra Plus has brought to the table; it makes it far easier to identify players, touches and ball movement on the field. The difference from our previous solution is as dramatic as when I first went from SD to HD frame content sizes.” – Head Performance Analyst, Eoin Toolan
AJA Releases Ki Pro Ultra Plus v4.0 Firmware
(and v4.1 Maintenance Release)
Packed with new features, the update advances recording customisation – supporting file naming, time code super out controls, and audio channel mapping! The following features have been added or revised for v4.0 firmware:
- Forced Rollover: when rollover mode is enabled, the SLOT button can now be held down to activate the rollover at any time, allowing continuous recording to a second Pak drive and providing rollover conditions are met.
- Analogue/AES audio mapping: users are able to select pairs of Analogue and AES audio and assign them by input, according to their needs, in addition to the previous options of SDI, AES or Analogue.
- Move-able time code burn-in: There are now six user select-able positions available for the time code burn-in feature.
- Independent multi-channel fle naming: Users can now add a ‘channel identifier’ to each clip, in addition to the previously available naming options.
- RS-422 ID selection: Ki Pro Ultra Plus now offers three user selections for the RS-422 ID; Ki Pro Ultra, Ki Pro Rack and Sony’s SRW-5500.
Ki Pro Ultra Plus is a Multi-Channel recorder offering up to 4-Channels of simultaneous HD recording, or in Single Channel mode a 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD Apple ProRes, Avid DNxHR, or Avid DNxHD MXF recorder and player supporting the latest connectivity including 3G-SDI, Fibre and HDMI 2.0.
New v3.0 firmware offers HDR playback support for HLG and HDR10, as well as HDR recording for HDR10 and HDR10+.
Designed to be both portable with a built-in carry handle or rack-mountable with half rack wide 2RU high dimensions, Ki Pro Ultra Plus suits a wide range of production and post environments.
Multi-Channel HD Recording
Record 1, 2, 3 or 4-Channels of beautiful HD up to 1080p 50/60 in Apple ProRes simultaneously with Ki Pro Ultra Plus.
Simplify your multi-camera productions by running up to four cameras per Ki Pro Ultra Plus and save power, space, time and effort on set,
in the studio and when setting up OB trucks.
Ki Pro Ultra Plus even allows independent profile support per channel in Multi-Channel mode; select high resolution Apple ProRes HQ for high quality finishing and use a second input to record Apple ProRes (Proxy) for an efficient editing pipeline.
Starting with input 1, add channels as needed in order when utilizing like raster size and frame rate, and record your HD Apple ProRes files on the same AJA Pak media*. Ki Pro Ultra Plus even allows rollover to a second Pak for hours of uninterrupted multi-channel recording.
*Pak Media 1000 modules with an -R0 module designation and all Pak Media modules with -R1 designations supported for multi-channel recording.
Edit Ready, Independent ProRes Files
Multi-Channel recording with Ki Pro Ultra Plus provides individual, discrete recordings for each input that are time code accurate and ready to be imported directly into a multi-channel editing sequence. No additional conversion or software is required, just drag and drop the files directly from the Pak media into your edit. The clip naming convention is yours to customise to suit your needs, but each multi-channel file is always appended with .1, .2, .3 or .4, making it very easy to track assets in post.
Continuous Record and Rollover, Even in Multi-Channel Mode
Losing one or even several feeds during a multi-channel shoot can cause major sync issues during the editing process that can be lengthy to resolve, if they can be resolved at all. But Ki Pro Ultra Plus is designed so that as soon as a loss in signal is detected on any of the inputs, a colour bars frame with the legend “Loss Of Signal” is recorded until the input is restored or the shoot ends. In this way, all multi-channel clips have the same time code duration and will align perfectly within any NLE. The editor then just simply cuts away from any recording that lost signal, without any heavy lifting to insert frames, or adjust audio to compensate. This function works with each input to Ki Pro Ultra Plus and will even function in Rollover mode, meaning that a loss of signal that spans separate media will pose no issues in editing, the time code of each file recorded being equal.
Ki Pro Ultra Plus includes Ki Protect, a feature that helps to ensure data integrity if a media drive is accidentally removed or loses power during recording. The Ki Protect feature automatically pre-allocates recording space on the media drive for video, audio and timecode when the record button is pressed.
While recording, the file header is then continuously updated every time new data is written. That way, the only loss that should be incurred is the last few frames that were in transit to the media drive to be recorded when the operation was interrupted. Frames that are already recorded will be preserved and are recoverable, providing greater peace-of-mind on set and in the studio, essential for multi-channel recording.
HDMI 2.0: One Cable, Multiple Formats
Full HDMI 2.0 support on Ki Pro Ultra Plus offers deep colour support all the way up to 4:4:4 12-bit RGB, perfect for rich colour capture from affordable HDMI cameras and beautiful playback on the latest HDMI 2.0 displays.
A single cable can affordably transport both UltraHD or HD video and clean 24-bit 48hz 8-Channel audio to or from common HDMI 2.0 devices for a simple setup; perfect for independent producers, editors, ProAV, and anyone seeking to utilise the latest affordable capture and monitoring tools.
HDR or High Dynamic Range, provides the ability to display a wider and richer range of colours, 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 colours to be communicated to your audience.
Ki Pro Ultra Plus provides this support for your 4K/UltraHD/HD HDR pipelines to HDMI compatible displays, in free v2.0 firmware, by generating HDR metadata in accordance with HDMI v2.0a/CTA-861.3. Ki Pro Ultra Plus also provides support for Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) HDR displays over HDMI.
4K, 12-bit Full Raster Workflows for Professionals
Next generation 4K/UltraHD 50/60p recording and playback are attainable all the way up to Apple ProRes HQ when using AJA Pak media with Ki Pro Ultra Plus.
4K/UltraHD is supported through 4x 3G-SDI, HDMI 2.0 or optional Fibre inputs and outputs.
Ki Pro Ultra Plus not only supports true 4K at 4096 x 2160p for digital cinema and high quality UltraHD for broadcast production, it also offers the colour depth to match.
Any shoot or project benefits from the fabulously rich colours and smooth gradations across the luminance and chroma range that 12-bit makes possible with full 4:4:4 support including Apple ProRes 4444 XQ up to 2K 50/60p.
VFX work benefits from Ki Pro Ultra Plus’ 12-bit support on 4x 3G-SDI input to captured Apple ProRes 444 files, resulting in clean green screen plates across the 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD raster landscape for easy and detailed post-production manipulation. With full HDMI 2.0, you can monitor it all from 4:2:2 YCbCr to full 4:4:4 RGB in 12-bit.
ProRes 422 and 444 Recording
Big on quality – but not on file size.
Ki Pro Ultra Plus records 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD to six quality levels of Apple ProRes including Apple ProRes 4444 XQ with support up to 2K 50/60p. This lets you choose the balance of image fidelity and file size that’s right for each individual production as well as having the flexibility to record directly to native file formats that are understood by most major editing systems.
Next generation UltraHD 60p and 4K 60p recording is attainable all the way up to Apple ProRes HQ when using AJA Pak1000, or AJA Pak512-R1 and Pak256-R1 SSD media.
By utilising Apple ProRes, your project will have the best image quality available, with manageable and affordable file sizes.
Avid DNxHR Recording
New Ki Pro Ultra v3.0 firmware allows users to record 4K and UltraHD rasters with Avid codecs within a native .MXF wrapper, supporting Avid editors and native .MXF workflows with more flexible options.
Ki Pro Ultra Plus v3.0 offers Avid DNxHR codecs in an .MXF wrapper for the following formats:
- DNxHR HQX
- DNxHR SQ
- DNxHR LB
- (4K) 4096 x 2160p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97
- (UltraHD) 3840 x 2160p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97
Avid DNxHD MXF Recording
Ki Pro Ultra Plus offers native Avid MXF support for HD workflows. Record and playback DNxHD files with an OP1a profile within an MXF container for DNxHD HQX (220x), DNxHD SQ (145) and DNxHD LB (36) codecs.
This provides a native MXF workflow for Avid pipelines, free of transcoding.
- DNxHD HQX (220x)*
- DNxHD SQ (145)*
- DNxHD LB (36)**
- (HD) 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94
- (HD) 1080i 25, 29.97
- (HD) 1080PsF 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97
- (HD) 720p 50, 59.94
*Avid DNxHD only supported for 1080 and 720 resolutions
**Avid DNxHD 36 only supported for 1080p
*** Added with Firmware Version 3.0
exFAT and HFS+ Support
Ki Pro Ultra Plus allows you to use the file system that suits your needs. Full flexibility is provided to format your recording media as either exFAT or HFS+ within Ki Pro Ultra Plus itself or from your desktop computer, ensuring wide OS compatibility.
2SI (Two Sample Interleave)
Ki Pro Ultra Plus supports both Square Division Quad Split format and Two Sample Interleave giving a wide number of options to both record and playback 4K and UltraHD.
Set up is easy, with Ki Pro Ultra Plus sensing the format being delivered in its “Follow Input” mode. Ki Pro Ultra Plus also allows you to select separate quad modes for both in and out, giving an additional conversion feature for when you need it.
Up to 64-Channels of Audio
Ki Pro Ultra Plus offers up to 16-Channels of audio support embedded over SDI or Fibre per input, bringing a total of 64 channels of high quality recording. Flexible routing options mean that 8-Channel only outputs like HDMI, Analogue and Digital carry options for selecting the 8-Channel group required. Monitoring via the headphone jack on the front of the unit is split into easy 2-Channel groupings by input for on-set checks.
Closed Caption Support
If you need to record or playout video with Closed Captioning embedded, Ki Pro Ultra Plus is fully compatible with your needs.
Ki Pro Ultra Plus recognises CEA-708 within incoming SDI Inputs and encodes the Closed Captioning to your Apple ProRes recorded file. Upon playback, you can utilise the Closed Captioning within a recorded file over Ki Pro Ultra Plus’ 4 x 3G-SDI outputs.
Reliable Storage Media
Ki Pro Ultra Plus captures directly to rugged and reliable AJA Pak SSD media. Pak media is available in a variety of capacities to best suit the demands of your production.
Pak1000 is the perfect companion for Ki Pro Ultra Plus offering 1TB of fast SSD media for up to 4K recording at 60p in ProRes HQ. Pak512-R1 and Pak256-R1 models offer equal performance in smaller capacities when needed.
The twin media drive bays on the Ki Pro Ultra Plus allow extremely fast media changes and rollover recording even for multi-channel recording, which allows a recording to start on one media module and seamlessly continue onto the second module once the first has reached capacity.
Pak media may also be used with the optional Pak Dock which features USB3 and Thunderbolt™ connectors for lightning-fast data transfers from and to your desktop or laptop.
Pak-Adapt-eSATA (sold separately) is a Pak Media sized adaptor with an eSATA connector that allows the user to attach a qualified RAID or single volume storage via an eSATA cable so that it may be used as a recordable drive. eSATA connectivity provides the bandwidth needed for 4K 422 HQ at up to 30fps. You can even connect two Pak-Adapt-eSATAs to the Ki Pro Ultra Plus for more flexibility in the field.
NOTE – Multi-channel mode on Ki Pro Ultra Plus is not supported by Pak-Adapt-eSATA
High Quality LCD with Onscreen Intuitive UI
Ki Pro Ultra Plus features a beautiful high resolution HD display for pristine monitoring of your material, and serves as your interface to Ki Pro’s familiar and intuitive menu system. The detailed overlay UI includes onscreen keyboard functionality and a clear view of the powerful yet simple to operate UI, all pristinely presented on the 4.8” 720p LCD display.
The large LCD provides detailed playback and monitoring perfect for onset use, the O.B truck, helicopter or studio and it’s transparent menu overlays can be set at just the level the user prefers. Ki Pro Ultra Plus offers control over brightness of the display for flexible control to suit your working environment.
Anyone familiar with the operation of a tape deck will feel immediately comfortable when working with Ki Pro Ultra Plus.
Just like a traditional tape deck, Ki Pro Ultra Plus features straightforward and dedicated transport buttons – record, play, stop, rewind, fast forward – making the device easy to operate with minimal training time.
The current status of the system and key configuration information is clearly displayed on the beautiful built-in high resolution LCD screen. Additional operational information can be found in the STATUS menu which can be accessed even when recording or playing back.
The Ki Pro Ultra Plus operating system offers users a logical menu structure that is easy to navigate with menu parameters presented in clear and understandable language.
The video and audio connections on the rear panel of the Ki Pro Ultra Plus offer next generation connectivity with 3G-SDI, Fibre and HDMI inputs and outputs, AES and analogue XLR balanced audio, LTC, RS-422 and LAN.
4K and HD Monitoring
Ki Pro Ultra Plus provides full resolution outputs for 4K, UltraHD and HD over 3G-SDI, Fibre and HDMI, including the latest affordable UltraHD monitors using HDMI for on-set quality checks. An additional dedicated 2K and HD-SDI monitor output can be fed to any affordable and existing HD-SDI display.
Ki Pro Ultra Plus’ fully integrated fibre inputs and outputs means Ki Pro Ultra Plus can be integrated directly to a dedicated fibre network alongside many other fibre products. Fibre allows outgoing and incoming video signals to be transmitted as far as 10km away.
RS-422 control allows Ki Pro Ultra Plus to integrate easily with supported editing systems and external controllers allowing it to fulfil several of the functions of a traditional VTR. Supported NLEs can even perform assemble edits directly to the Ki Pro Ultra Plus .
Remote Configuration and Operation
In a truck or a machine room, Ki Pro Ultra Plus is equipped for advanced remote control and configuration. With a standard Ethernet LAN connection to a host computer and any web browser, all Ki Pro Ultra Plus parameter settings, clip selection and transport controls can be controlled; no additional or special software installation is required on the host computer. Multiple Ki Pro Ultra Plus units can even be controlled from a single web interface making Ki Pro Ultra Plus an ideal solution for multi-camera recordings.