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AJA announce new KiStor Drives, KiStor Dock with Thunderbolt & T-Tap ships

AJA TTAP Dock

We met up with Bryce Button from AJA Video Systems who ran us through the new products and software updates at IBC. The T-Tap Thunderbolt to HMDI & SDI ships too.

Any video tradeshow wouldn't be the same without running though the three main I/O hardware manufacturers that take space on the show floor. Second up is AJA who didn't exhibit any new capture boards or breakout boxes, but did have a couple of products of interest to us in the edit suite. Worthwhile remembering that the Kona 3G already supports 4K in and out, so no Kona 4 needed on the showfloor yet!

A new range of KiStor drives will be released soon. These drives are the storage medium for the KiPro famly and will be available in three capacities: 250GB, 500GB and 750GB. The 750GB drive will allow a maximum recording time of nearly 8 hours of 1080p/24 Apple ProRes 422 HQ material with 4 channels of audio or almost 13 hours of Avid DNxHD 145 quality.

  • KiStor USB3 750 - $495
  • KiStor USB3 500 - $385 (same as the FireWire version price)
  • KiStor USB3 250 - $265 (same as the FireWire version price)

The storage modules have custom SATA connectors to dock with the recording device that have a much longer life than a normal drive connector which isn't designed for multiple insertions. New USB3 ports on the modules mean a lot faster transfer speeds than the original FireWire versions.

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New at the show is the $495 KiStor Dock which accepts the storage modules and connects via Thunderbolt to mount the drive on a Mac or Windows machine. We can see this dock sitting at an ingest point, a part of a DIT setup or just next to the editor. 

"The adoption of AJA's professional tapeless recorders, both our portable and rack-mountable Ki Pro products, continues to proliferate at a rapid pace," said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. "We designed our Ki Pro family of products to stand up to future technical and production workflow demands, and the release of our new KiStor Dock, USB3 KiStor storage modules and frequent firmware updates is evidence of that design."

If you have a Ki Pro Mini or Key Pro Rack, then you will be interested in upgrading the firmware to 4.1

"Version 4.1 firmware for Ki Pro Mini and Ki Pro Rack is also being announced. The new firmware will add time-lapse recordings for interval record, interval frames and interval time, and also new camera data menu parameter additions for ARRI Alexa cameras, Panasonic AG-AF100 series cameras and the Sony PMW-F3 camera enabling start and stop via ancillary SDI data. These new features build on the recent v4.0 firmware for Ki Pro Mini and Ki Pro Rack which introduced support for the Avid DNxHD codec, enabling recording of files at all quality levels; DNxHD 220x, DNxHD 145 and the very efficient DNxHD 36, unlike competitive products which only support a single quality level for Avid DNxHD or Apple ProRes. All Ki Pro devices also support recording to Apple ProRes 422, Proxy, LT and HQ."

Also at the show, AJA announced that the T-Tap was shipping. The $295 Thunderbolt connected & powered HDMI & HD-SDI out mini box is an ideal way to get broadcast monitoring out of your NLE and yes it is fully compatible with Final Cut Pro X.

AJA-T-Tap

  • High-speed Thunderbolt connectivity
  • 10-bit uncompressed 4:2:2 video and embedded audio output
  • HD/SD-SDI and HDMI connectivity supports simultaneous output at incredible 10-bit quality
  • 3D support on HDMI and SDI for real-time muxed stereoscopic review without requiring additional hardware
  • Full 8-channel embedded audio allows for multi-channel playback
  • Powered via Thunderbolt connector so no additional power supply required
  • AJA Mac driver and proven software compatibility

Bryce also reminded us that he produced a video that's a good watch for those not familiar with the transfer speeds and flexibilty of Thunderbolt.

 

 


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