On-set and Postproduction Color Management


AJA offers a broad range of products to assist in your color workflow needs. Mobile, compact devices like ColorBox offer a versatile way to add algorithmic and LUT based in-line SDR/HDR color transforms. It fits easily on-set, in the postproduction facility, and in mobile production trucks, with ColorBox offering a single channel of up to 4K processing with ultra-low latency. Rackmounted frame sync and conversion devices like FS-HDR also offer SDR/HDR color transforms, up to 4K or multi-channel HD, perfect for use in OB trucks, mobile studios, facilities and more. HDR Image Analyzer 12G provides a best in class experience for any use case where analysis of HDR and SDR content is highly valuable, including production, mastering pipelines, grading suites, and other applications.


ColorBox from AJA is a compact, high performance converter for color managed workflows designed to specifically meet the conversion needs of broadcast, live events, and on-set applications. Supporting Standard Dynamic Range (SDR), High Dynamic Range (HDR), and Wide Color Gamut (WCG) signals, it utilizes 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 for single wire 4K/UltraHD HDR up to 4:2:2 10-bit 60p or 4:4:4 12-bit 30p with a unique color processing pipeline, now with down-conversion.

Built around the 33pt 3D LUT processor with tetrahedral interpolation, the AJA Color Pipeline provides additional 4x 1D LUTs and 2x 3x3 matrices that are each individually configurable or can be converted to Proc Amps or RGB Color Correctors. All of the color processing options can be easily managed via the web user interface, which can be accessed directly from a wired Ethernet connection or through a wireless connection via a third party WiFi USB adapter.

ColorBox also includes color processing pipelines from Colorfront and NBCU LUTs, as well as the powerful AJA Color Pipeline. ColorBox also expands its capabilities by offering licensable upgrade options for advanced color managed workflows, including the Colorfront Engine, BBC HLG LUTs, and ORION-CONVERT. ORION-CONVERT’s unique real time floating point math approach to color transforms produces higher precision results to get “access to the colors between the colors.” This enables pixel perfect color transforms and round-tripping where maintaining color fidelity is paramount.

The newest color pipeline is the ACES Pipeline with ACES Metadata File (AMF) support.  Internal AMF processing is built on OpenColorIO (OCIO).  

ColorBox can overlay information onto the image, including helpful user definable text fields, user loaded images such as graphic elements and frame lines, and more.

ColorBox also offers a sophisticated 4K test pattern generator and frame store, bringing useful tools to your workflow, including the ability to capture up to a 4K image as a 16-bit .tiff file for the highest quality reference stills. These images can be saved locally on ColorBox or onto a connected computer for collection and referencing wherever needed.

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FS-HDR, a 1RU, rackmount, universal converter/frame synchronizer, is designed specifically to meet the High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Wide Color Gamut (WCG) needs of broadcast, OTT, production, post, and live event AV environments, where real time, low latency processing and color fidelity are required for 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD workflows. Developed in partnership with Colorfront, the FS-HDR’s HDR/WCG functionality is powered by Colorfront Engine™ proprietary video processing algorithms.

In Single Channel Mode, FS-HDR also serves as a full, 1-channel up, down, cross-converter for 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD HDR/WCG transformation. In Four Channel Mode, FS-HDR offers 4x independent channels of 2K/HD HDR/WCG transformations as well as up, down, and cross-conversions.

FS-HDR offers ganged operational control of multiple FS-HDRs supporting 8K/UltraHD2, as well as Colorfront Engine TV, Live, and Film Modes, ACES support, Dynamic Multi-Channel 3D LUT capabilities, BBC HLG LUTs, NBCU LUTs, ability to upload custom 3D LUTs, extensive audio processing, and more.

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HDR Image Analyzer

HDR Image Analyzer 12G delivers a comprehensive array of tools for the effective analysis of up to 4x 4K/UltraHD signals simultaneously, utilizing the latest 4K/UltraHD HDR and SDR standards, over  12G-SDI and NDI, – including HLG, PQ, Rec.2020 and Rec.709 – from 8K/UltraHD2/4K/UltraHD/2K/HD content in a convenient real time 1RU device.

Developed in partnership with Colorfront, AJA HDR Image Analyzer 12G supports a wealth of inputs from camera LOG formats to SDR (REC 709), PQ (ST 2084), and HLG and offers color gamut support for BT.2020 alongside traditional BT.709. AJA hardware prowess ensures high reliability and performance, with 4x 12G-SDI  inputs, dual 10GbE, and DisplayPort connections.

Specifically designed to be used wherever needed, the 1RU form factor fits into a range of environments, providing the confidence you need for consistent and predictable HDR production and mastering.

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