Bryce Button,Director of Product Marketing, AJA Video Systems
Multicam setups have become standard in broadcast, episodic, live, and AV environments. To reduce the complexities that accompany them, we have been working on a new product that we unveiled at NAB 2017. The Ki Pro Ultra Plus is a 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD recorder/player that enables 1, 2, 3 or 4-channel simultaneous HD recording of up to 1080 50/60p to Apple ProRes files, and full HDMI 2.0 (up to 12-bit capture and output) for 4K/UltraHD workflows. We built it in a convenient 2RU half-rack format, and with broad I/O and connectivity options (including 3G-SDI, HDMI 2.0, and optional fiber connections) to give live production professionals greater flexibility. Within a 2RU rack space, end users can record a total of eight channels of HD video and 128 channels of audio over embedded SDI for a compact, efficient solution for a range of needs – from live event recordings to complex broadcast workflows.
Users can run up to four cameras per Ki Pro Ultra Plus while saving power, space, time, and effort on-set, in the studio or in the OB truck. Multi-channel mode also offers independent profile support per channel, allowing users to select high-resolution ProRes 4444 for high-quality finishing and a second simultaneous ProRes (Proxy) recording for a more efficient editing pipeline. All channels are recorded to the same AJA Pak1000 media, with Ki Pro Ultra Plus enabling rollover to a second Pak1000 for hours of uninterrupted multi-channel recording. Ki Pro Ultra Plus' LCD screen can also display four channels as a quad-split during capture for confidence monitoring, and the quad-split or a select camera can be output and switched between HDMI, SDI, and the integrated browser-based web UI during capture.
The device also supports single-cam workflows with 4K/UltraHD 50/60p recording and playback of files up to ProRes XQ with our Pak1000 SSD media, or recording of HD to Avid DNxHD MXF. It enables true 4K at 40962160p for digital cinema and high-quality HD for broadcast production as well as color depth to match with ProRes XQ. Users benefit from rich colors and smooth gradations across the luminance and chroma range that 12-bit makes possible with full 4:4:4 support. And, as HDR workflows steadily gain traction, Ki Pro Ultra Plus pairs with our Hi5-4K-Plus Mini-Converter to enable HDR playback and display on HDMI 2.0 compatible displays.
With proven Ki Protect technology integrated, the device ensures that in the event of power failure or inadvertent withdrawal of a Pak Drive, recently recorded footage is secure. It also includes additional features like multi-channel audio support via embedded SDI with 16 channels per input or HDMI, AES/EBU, and analog; an intuitive web UI for remote monitoring, control, and deployment; and a three-year warranty.
Ki Pro Ultra Plus is a crucial part of our strategy moving forward, as we are committed to bringing broadcast, production, and post and ProAV professional multi-channel HD solutions that will streamline their multi-camera workflows. Additional focuses for us include trends such as HDR and Broadcast IP, among others. At NAB, we previewed our plans for HDR, which include the FS-HDR, a new frame synchronizer and converter combining AJA's production-proven FS technology with Colorfront's Academy award-winning Colorfront Engine to enable breakthrough HDR/SDR workflow conversion capabilities, as well as other tools. We also unveiled a new KONA IP license option for JPEG 2000, KONA IP firmware for SMPTE 2110, and the IPT-1G-HDMI and IPT-1G-SDI mini-converters for flexible and cost-efficient delivery of work to and from creative suites via 1 GB Ethernet. As the transition to IP progresses, we will also continue to collaborate with organizations like AIMS as well as other broadcast technology providers to ensure interoperability. Streaming and 4K/UHD are also a priority, so stay tuned for more to come.