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Aja KiPro

ProRes 422 direct to disc

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The AJA Ki Pro is a tapeless video recording device that records high-quality Apple ProRes 422 QuickTime files onto computer-friendly media. Because it features SD/HD-SDI, HDMI, and analog inputs, you can interface with virtually any type of camera you might own or rent. Enjoy monitoring flexibility through Ki Pro's numerous simultaneous outputs, connecting to both professional and consumer monitors.


Ki Pro is portable and rugged; designed for real production environments. With the optional exo-skeleton it can sit below your camera-out of the way of your battery adapters, wireless mics and other accessories. Integration with your other production gear is seamless.


Ki Pro is intuitive to operate. Alongside the camera, the familiar VTR-like buttons provide immediate controls for basic operation. From a distance, use a web browser via ethernet or WiFi to control operations from a laptop or iPhone.



• Simultaneously record to host camera and Ki Pro

• Bridge proprietary compression schemes by recording to Apple ProRes 422

• Bridge media complexity by recording to portable file-based storage

• Bridge format chaos via hardware up/down/cross-conversion

• Extend client review capabilities

• Bridge production and post-production, effectively eliminating log and capture

• Extend productive life of existing cameras

• Embrace future workflows with powerful conversion capabilities



Video Input


• SD and HD-SDI (1xBNC), SMPTE-259/292/296




• SD/HD Component (3xBNCS):

• SMPTE/EBU N10, Betacam 525 line,

• Betacam 525J, RGB, YPbPr

• 12-bit A/D, 2x oversampling


Video Output (all simultaneously active)


• SD and HD-SDI, SMPTE-259/292/296 (1xBNC)




• Composite (1xBNC):


- 12-bit D/A, 8x oversampling

• SD/HD Component (3xBNCs):

- SD: SMPTE/EBU N10, Betacam 525 line,

- Betacam 525J, RGB

- 12-bit D/A, 8x oversampling

• HD: YPbPr, RGB

- 12-bit D/A, 2x oversampling


Audio Input


• 24-bit SDI embedded audio, 8 channel, 48kHz

• HDMI embedded, 2 channel



• 24-bit A/D, 2 channel balanced (2 XLR), 48kHz

• Input level: Line, Mic, Mic + phantom 48Vdc

• 2 channel unbalanced (2 RCA)


Audio Output


• 24-bit SDI embedded audio, 8 channel, 48kHz

• HDMI embedded, 8 channel



• 24-bit D/A, 2 channel balanced XLR, 48kHz

• 2 channel unbalanced (2 RCA)



• 10/100/1000 Ethernet (RJ45)

• 802.11g WiFi

• Embedded webserver for remote control


Panel User Interface

• 2 x 20 character display, with dedicated buttons


• LTC timecode input and output via BNC


• LANC Loop (2 LANC connectors)

• Lens Tap: connects to optional AJA Lens Tap intercept cable placed between camera body and lens for start/stop control

• IEEE-1394a/FireWire 400 for control and timecode data

Machine Control

• RS-422, 9-pin-for future use


• IEEE-1394b, FireWire 800Mb/s connects to Mac Pro or MacBook Pro (mount as harddrive)

Hardware up-conversion - 10-bit

• Anamorphic: full-screen

• Pillar box 4:3: results in a 4:3 image in center of screen with black sidebars

• Zoom 14:9: results in a 4:3 image zoomed slightly to fill a 14:9 image with black side bars

• Zoom Letterbox: image zoomed to fill screen

• Zoom Wide: combination of zoom and horizontal stretch to fill 16:9 screen; this setting can introduce a small aspect ratio change

Hardware down-conversion - 10-bit

• Anamorphic: full-screen

• Letterbox: image is reduced with black top and bottom added to image area with the aspect ratio preserved

• Crop: image is cropped to fit new screen size

Hardware cross-conversion - 10-bit

• 1080i to 720P

• 720P to 1080i

• 720P to 1080PsF

SD to SD aspect ratio conversion

• Letterbox: transforms SD anamorphic to a letterboxed image.

• H Crop: produces a horiztonally stretched effect on the image; transforms anamorphic SD to full frame.

• SD Pillarbox: produces image in screen center with black borders on left and right sides and an anamorphized image in the center.

• V Crop; transforms SD letterbox material to an anamorphic image.