AJA Debuts New Mini Converter Products at NAB 2008

April 8, 2008

3GM, 3GDA, HD10CEA and HA5 Deliver AJA Reliability and Performance for Increased Video and Audio Format Support.  

AJA Video Systems, a leading manufacturer of professional video interface and conversion solutions, is releasing four new mini converters at NAB 2008. The products are designed both for the broadcast and post-production markets and provide support for a wide array of the latest video and audio formats.

The new HD10CEA converter provides a simple and cost effective way for video professionals working with HD-SDI to interface with analog video and audio formats. HA5 allows conversion of HDMI signals to HD-SDI, allowing low-cost HD cameras to be interfaced with professional equipment. AJA's new 3GM and 3GDA converters underscore the company's commitment to adopting emerging broadcast formats with support for 3Gb ("3G") SDI.

"Our converter products have long had a reputation for robust performance, reliability and delivering a lot of power for a low price point," said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. "With these four new mini converters we're responding directly to our customer demands for increased broadcast and post-production workflow flexibility and format support."

About HD10CEA
The HD10CEA converts SDI/HD-SDI video with embedded audio to analog video and 4-channel balanced analog audio. SD inputs are converted to YPbPr (Betacam or SMPTE/EBU-N10), or RGB, or composite/YC (S-Video). HD inputs are converted to YPbPr or RGB. The 4 audio channels can be selected from group 1-4. Audio and video output connections are available on a supplied breakout cable. All video/audio configuration is done by convenient dipswitch selection. This versatile, low-cost, miniature monitoring solution also has two loop-thru SDI/HD-SDI outputs. HD10CEA will be available Q2 of 2008 for an MSRP of $990.00 US Dollars.

About HA5
The HA5 converts HDMI to SDI/HD-SDI. Up to eight channels of HDMI audio are embedded into the SDI/HD-SDI output allowing a convenient single cable audio/video connection. The HA5 provides two SDI/HD-SDI outputs and supports long HDMI cables on the input. The HA5 is ideal for connecting HDMI cameras to SDI/HD-SDI equipment. HA5 will be available in May of 2008 for an MSRP of $490.00 US Dollars.

About 3GM
The 3GM is a versatile and economical tool for interconnecting dual-link 1.5G SMPTE372M and 3G SMPTE425M. 3GM is bi-directional - allowing dual-link 1.5G to 3G or 3G to dual-link 1.5G conversion. Additionally, 3GM's 3G HD-SDI output is configurable for SMPTE425M type A or B. The 3GM can even convert 3G from/to type A or B. 3GM also provides an "always-on" monitor output which is a single link 1.5G HD-SDI. The 3GM is also compatible with SMPTE259M 270Mb SDI. 3GM will be available in Q2 of 2008 for an MSRP of $990 US Dollars.

About 3GDA
The 3GDA is a miniature, low-cost 1x6 3G HD-SDI/HD-SDI/SDI re-clocking distribution amplifier. Featuring six separately buffered outputs, the 3GDA provides automatic input detection, re-clocking and cable equalization. 3GDA will be available in Q2 of 2008 for an MSRP of $690.00 US Dollars.

In addition to launching these new products at NAB, AJA is announcing dramatic price reductions, from 10-40%, on several of the company's most popular converters including the D10CE, D10C2, D10CEA, D10AD, D5DA, HD10C2, HD10MD3, HD10DA, HD5DA, HD10AM, HD10AMA, RH10UC, RH10MD, RD10MD2, RH10DA, R20DA, R20AD, R20ADF, R20CE, R20CEF and the FSG. Contact your local AJA reseller for new product pricing.