updated 05:10 pm EDT, Mon April 20, 2009
AJA Ki Pro recorder
Professional video interface and conversion hardware maker AJA Video Systems on Monday at NAB show introduced the Ki Pro portable tapeless video device that records files to the Apple ProRes 422 codec directly from camera. The device has a large variety of analog and digital connections, allowing content from nearly any video and audio source to be recorded in the format. These recordings can then be edited without transcoding in Final Cut Studio 2. Media in 4:2:2 HD or SD format is recorded to a removable storage module via a FireWire 800 or 34mm ExpressCard Flash interface.
The AJA Ki Pro is the first hardware product to let video editors access the full raster ProRes 422 codec directly from the camera, says Apple's director of Video Applications Marketing, Richard Townhill.
The Ki Pro is small enough so it can sit between a camera and the tripod it's mounted on thanks to an available accessory. On-set monitoring is ensured thanks to the Ki Pro's ability to access multiple display devices at the same time. Recordings can be made to the camera and Ki Pro at the same time. Digital cameras can be connected via SDI or HDMI ports, while analog cameras can be connected via the analog inputs.
The hardware also allows users to convert videos in real time from standard to high-definition, as well as from or to 720 resolution to or from 1080 in full 10-bit quality. Built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections let users control the Ki Pro for control over a web browser on a computer or portable device, including many smartphones.
The AJA Ki Pro, which includes the Ki Pro Recorder, Ki Pro HDD Storage Module and an AC adapter, will cost $3,995 when it arrives in stores in June. Optional accessories and add-ons will include a faster SSD Storage Module, a Lens Tap Cable Accessory and endplates to the Exo-Skeleton that lets it mount between the camera and a tripod.