AJA Debuts Two New Mini-Converter Products at NAB 2009

AJA Debuts Two New Mini-Converter Products at NAB 2009

April 20, 2009

Hi5-3G and HDP2 Deliver AJA Reliability and Performance for Increased Video and Audio Format Support.   

Las Vegas, NV, NAB Conference, Booth SL2513 — AJA Video Systems,, the leading manufacturer of professional video interface and conversion solutions, is releasing two new Mini-Converters at NAB 2009, the Hi5-3G and the HDP2. These Mini-Converters are designed both for the broadcast and post-production display markets and provide support for a wide array of the latest video and audio formats. These new converters will be showcased at the AJA booth SL2513 during the NAB conference, April 20-23, 2009 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The Hi5-3G converts 3G-SDI, dual or single-link HD-SDI, or SD-SDI to HDMI v1.3a for driving HDMI monitors. HDMI v1.3a capability with Deep Color support at 30 and 36 bits per pixel provides integration with the latest 10-bit monitors. Audio is supported in the HDMI output allowing a convenient single cable audio/video connection. The Hi5-3G provides 2-channel RCA style audio outputs for separate audio monitoring if needed.

The HDP2 is a miniature HD/SD-SDI to DVI-D converter for digital display devices, such as LCD, DLP, and Plasma monitors or projectors. Using a very high quality scaling engine and de-interlacer, the HDP2 will automatically size 4:3 or 16:9 video inputs to many DVI-D monitors. For appropriate monitor configurations, scaling is automatically 1-to-1—for example, displaying 1920x1080 video on a WUXGA (1920x1200) monitor. The HDP2 will also automatically adapt the input frame rate for monitor compatibility. In addition, the HDP2 provides 2-channel audio monitoring and a looping output of the SDI input. The HDP2 is designed for general monitoring, and is perfect for use in applications such as general post-production reference monitoring, client monitoring, presentation, projection, corporate displays, kiosk applications, and much more. The HDP2 also supports HDMI v1.3a Deep Color (with a DVI to HDMI adapter). In the HDMI mode, Deep Color is supported at 30/36 bits per pixel with 8-channel audio. HDP2 replaces the hugely popular HDP.

Both the Hi5-3G and the HDP2 provide USB connectivity to allow for easy PC/Mac setup and field upgrades, and are backed by AJA’s five-year warranty.

“We’ve been making many of the industry’s most popular video converter products for over fifteen years and our Mini-Converters are known for their great price/performance ratio,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems.  “With these two new Mini-Converters we’re building new and unique functionality that responds directly to our customer’s demands.”

Hi5-3G has an MSRP of $690, and HDP2 also has an MSRP of $690. Both products will be available in May via AJA’s worldwide network of channel partners.