Post-production redefined...during production
Everyone from broadcasters to indie filmmakers can probably agree on one thing: the possible choices for image acquisition are daunting. Different cameras, different formats, different recording media and different compression schemes. Wouldn't it be nice if there was a way to simplify acquisition so that virtually any camera could record the same format and resolution? Solution—the AJA Ki Pro Family, consisting of the Ki Pro and Ki Pro Mini.
The AJA Ki Pro is a tapeless video recording device that records high-quality Apple ProRes 422 QuickTime files onto computer-friendly Storage Module 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. Offering up/down/cross-conversion and a multitude of connections, integration with your other production gear is seamless.
The AJA Ki Pro Mini is similar to the Ki Pro, but instead of Storage Modules, it uses high-speed CompactFlash cards, emphasizing portability for roles where size matters and conversion and I/O option diversity aren't needed.
All Ki Pros are 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 to control operations from a laptop. The standard Ki Pro can even be controlled via Wireless 802.11 with an iPhone or computer.
Ki Pro Overview video
A revolution in production and post
Eliminate the cost and inconvenience of logging and capturing footage. Ki Pro produces Apple ProRes 422 QuickTime files that are ready for immediate use within Final Cut Studio [(Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes (LT), Apple ProRes (Proxy) and Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) supported]. Simply connect the media to a host computer and begin editing. Unify cameras and formats with one superior 10-bit full-raster codec—Apple ProRes 422. The standard Ki Pro features cross-conversion so you can have a 720p camera produce a 1080i recording to match your other camera... or vice versa. And if you've got high-quality SD cameras, it can even help you extend their use since it also up-converts SD camera signals to HD recordings.
- No more digitizing
- No more worrying about which camera to use
- High-quality ready-to-edit video
Ki Pro in the field
All Ki Pros are portable and rugged; designed for production environments. Powered through an industry standard 4-pin XLR, you have flexible AC and battery options.
The Ki Pro Mini is ultra-compact, designed to fit battery accessory plates, hot- shoe adapters and other camera add-ons—especially when used with the optional mounting plate. The standard Ki Pro offers an optional exo-skeleton for use with your camera and tripod—complete with sliding baseplate and slots for 15mm rods.
Ki Pro connects
Capture the full quality of your camera by tapping the direct uncompressed camera output. Connect any digital camera via SDI or HDMI to Ki Pro recorders. Balanced audio connectors, LTC input/output, and even LANC, are provided. On the standard Ki Pro add component analog and unbalanced audio connections. By bypassing tape or media compression, Ki Pro can produce better picture quality than the camera does using it's own recording media.
Ki Pro and Final Cut Studio
From acquisition to delivery, use the codec at the core of Apple's Final Cut Studio suite of applications. All Ki Pros support an Apple file-based workflow by recording standard Apple ProRes 422 QuickTime files on industry standard media. On Ki Pro Mini, record to standard Compact Flash (CF) cards. On the standard Ki Pro, record to a removable HDD Storage Module containing a hard disk drive (standard) or an optional SSD Storage Module with a solid state disk. When removed, the Storage Module functions as a standard bus-powered FireWire 800 drive. If bus power is not available, the Storage Module has a standard DC power connector for a user-supplied AC power adapter.
Ki Pro Options
Exo-skeleton – provides a surrounding chassis for the Ki Pro that can both mount to a tripod and provide a mount for camera on top; this combination allows convenient access to controls.
Ki Pro SSD Storage Module – although the Ki Pro comes standard with a removable HDD Storage Module, an optional SSD Storage Module is also available. The Ki Pro Solid State Storage Module (SSD) is recommended for mobile environments where shock-proof sturdiness may be needed. The Ki Pro SSD Storage Module offers the ultimate in media reliability.
Ki Pro Hard Drive Storage Module – although Ki Pro comes with one removable HDD Storage Module standard, you can buy extras and simply swap them as needed.
Ki Pro Rod Accessory Kit – this kit adds endplates to the Exo-skeleton so you can attach two user-supplied 15mm camera accessory rods. The endplates have knobs for adjusting the height of the rod brackets relative to the camera, as well as a set of knobs for securing the rods in the brackets.
AJA Lens Tap Cable Accessory – allows Ki Pro to connect between the lens tap control connector on a lens and camera body, thereby intercepting the lens control signals for use in simple start/stop Ki Pro recording operations.
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Hardware up-conversion - 10-bit
Hardware down-conversion - 10-bit
Hardware cross-conversion - 10-bit
SD to SD aspect ratio conversion
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