Product News

Now Available: ColorBox v2.1.1 (May 21, 2024)


AJA has released v2.1.1 firmware for its high-performance color management device ColorBox. The update includes new improvements, and AJA recommends all users download it today from the AJA ColorBox Support Page, where release notes are also available to view.

AJA Rolls Out ColorBox v2.1 Update (April 10, 2024)


As high-quality, color management and monitoring are becoming the new production standard across film, episodic, broadcast, and live event environments, AJA has launched a feature-rich update for its powerful ColorBox device for real-time color managed workflows ahead of NAB 2024. Available today as a free download from the AJA Support Page, the ColorBox v2.1 update introduces several new features and improvements inspired by customer feedback that deliver new value to users and support emerging workflows – from 4K/UltraHD down-conversion and 4K/2K cropping to a new ACES Metadata File (AMF) support, ARRI Wireless Video Optimized LogC4 (WVO) compatibility, and more. 

Release highlights comprise: 

- A 4K/UltraHD down-conversion feature for SDI and HDMI outputs makes it easy to down convert either or both SDI and HDMI outputs to a lower resolution (i.e., 4K to 2K or UltraHD to HD).

- 4K/2K Crop for the HDMI output crops a 4K to UltraHD or 2K to HD resolution, providing an unscaled image on the HDMI output that is compatible with a broader range of consumer UltraHD and HD displays. 

- An ACES Pipeline with support for AMF processing for high-quality ACES-compatible on-set look monitoring that lets users take advantage of AMF workflows. These AMF workflows support an exchange of information for improved color interoperability across the filmmaking chain. AMF files capture information required for an ACES Pipeline like the IDT, LMT, RRT, and ODT (camera log>look>display output) into a single XML file that can easily be distributed to team members on-set through post and final grade. 

- ARRI Wireless Video Optimized LogC4 (WVO) support solves challenges faced with ARRI Alexa 35 and LogC4 workflows leveraging some wireless Tx and Rx systems. By incorporating the inverse WVO 1D LUT directly incorporated into ColorBox, we are making LogC4 easier to deploy with existing equipment, saving both time and money. 

- SDR Preview for Colorfront Live Mode allows a user to quickly see what an HDR output would look like if it were converted to SDR without reconfiguring the HDR monitor. The Colorfront Engine maps the video to the targeted HDR but with values that will exactly represent the SDR image. This eliminates the time normally required to change the output format to SDR and the wait for the display to reconfigure.  

- BBC HLG LUTs v1.7 keeps users up to date with the latest HLG transform updates from the BBC. 

Download ColorBox v.2.1 today on aja.com and check it out in-person at NAB 2024 in the AJA booth, SL3065. Read our press release for a comprehensive overview of the new release additions.

AJA & Pomfort Announce ACES Joint Logo Product Certification (April 10, 2024)


AJA and our technology partner Pomfort today announced that we’ve been recognized as the first recipients of joint logo product certification status by The Academy Color Encoding System (ACES) for AJA ColorBox and Pomfort Livegrade, which together support ACES color managed workflows. The certification gives professionals the confidence that they’ll be able to achieve the color management goals of the Academy when using both of these tools in tandem. Learn more in our latest ColorBox announcement

AJA FS-HDR v4.3 Update Coming Soon (April 10, 2024)


AJA announced today that its FS-HDR real-time HDR/WCG converter and frame synchronizer is about to get an upgrade with new v4.3 firmware anticipated to release in Q2. NAB 2024 attendees will be able to see the update in action at AJA’s booth (SL3065), which includes the latest BBC HLG LUTs v1.7, as well as a new motion adaptive deinterlacer and updated channel to channel HFR sync controls. 

Updated BBC HLG LUTs v1.7 bring users updates to LUT 9 for improved reproduction of bright saturated colors and LUT 21, which offers a wider color gamut SDR output. A new motion adaptive deinterlacer control improves performance with some interlaced video containing fast motion by adjusting the amount of motion adaptation used. AJA has also updated the channel to channel HFR sync control, first introduced in FS-HDR v3.2, to be user-configurable, so customers can easily turn it on or off depending on their production needs.  

Once the update is available, AJA recommends all users download it from the AJA Support Page. To learn more about these upcoming FS-HDR improvements check out our pre-NAB announcement, and if you’re headed to NAB 2024, check it out in person at the AJA booth (SL3065). 

AJA Announces BRIDGE LIVE v1.16 Update (April 10, 2024)


Today, AJA announced an update for BRIDGE LIVE, the IP video workflow multi-channel transcoder. BRIDGE LIVE v1.16, which will be on display at the AJA NAB 2024 booth (SL 3065), is packed with enhancements, such as SRT bonding, AAC-HE v2 encoding/decoding, 20-bit Dolby E passthrough, and other additions that give users more flexibility in the field. 

Release highlights include: 

- A new Rocky Linux 9 operating system replaces CentOS7.

- SRT v1.5.3 support is now standard with BRIDGE LIVE. With backward compatibility, the addition ensures no interruptions to workflows built on previous SRT versions.

- SRT Bonding for hitless redundancy of MPEG-TS streams helps increase the reliability and quality of live video streams over IP networks and the public internet. Leveraging more than one IP network prevents live video stream disruption in the event of network congestion or outages.

- An NDI v5.6 update with multiple discovery server support.

- SEI timecode insertion lets users insert timecode into SEI for HEVC or H.264 encodes, with the capability to generate timecode from NTP (Network Time Protocol). 

- A 20-bit Dolby E passthrough addition enables users to send and receive Dolby E within SDI or MPEG-TS audio. 

- AAC-HE v2 encode and decode support can be set up as LATM (Low Overhead Audio Transport Multiplex) or ADTS (Audio Data Transport Stream), further expanding the robust list of audio codecs supported in BRIDGE Live. 

- A new monitoring dashboard, accessible via BRIDGE LIVE’s active Settings.ini file, offers a centralized view into pipelines across multiple BRIDGE LIVE devices and Comprimato’s Live Transcoder (LT) instances (on premises or in the cloud). Linking BRIDGE LIVE and LT instances through Comprimato’s server portal, this feature addition must be set up on each BRIDGE LIVE and offers comprehensive insight into each pipeline via a web browser interface. 

BRIDGE LIVE v1.16 will soon be available for download from AJA’s website for current users with an active maintenance agreement. Customers without a maintenance agreement will be able to access bug fixes within v1.16. To learn more about these exciting additions to BRIDGE LIVE, check out our pre-NAB news or pop by the AJA Booth (SL3065) during NAB 2024 to chat with our team. Once live, the update can be downloaded here

Arriving Soon: AJA Desktop Software v17.1 (April 10, 2024)


NAB 2024 is around the corner, and AJA is gearing up to showcase a range of software and firmware updates, including new Desktop Software v17.1 for our desktop and mobile video and audio I/O solutions. Anticipated to release in Q2, Desktop v17.1 for KONA, Io, and T-TAP products debuts new capabilities, including the ability to pass metadata such as SCTE-104, Dolby Vision, Closed Captioning, and SMPTE Time Code. The release also adds support for Thunderbolt on Linux.

The update will be on display at NAB 2024 at the AJA Booth (SL 3065) and more information about the release is available here. Once live, the free update will be available to download here

AJA Reveals New Update for FS4 (April 10, 2024)


With NAB 2024 less than a week away, AJA announced a new update coming to its FS4 four-channel 2K/HD/SD or single-channel 4K/UltraHD frame synchronizer and up/down/cross-converter. Among many improvements included in FS4 v3.1 is a new motion adaptive deinterlacer control that improves performance with some interlaced video containing fast motion by adjusting the amount of motion adaptation used. Also new to the release is an updated channel to channel HFR sync control that was first introduced in FS4 v2.0 and is now user-configurable so customers can easily turn it on or off depending on their production needs.  

AJA encourages all FS4 users to download the free update when it launches in Q2. To learn more about the update, check out AJA’s pre-NAB announcement and/or visit AJA’s booth (SL3065) at NAB 2024. The update will be available for download here

AJA HELO Plus v2.1 to Launch Soon (April 10, 2024)


Prior to NAB 2024, AJA announced an upcoming firmware update for its HELO Plus H.264 streaming and recording device. Anticipated to release in Q2 as a free download, HELO Plus v2.1 features improvements such as a new SRT Stream ID parameter to Caller mode, the addition of SRT Listener mode as a user selection, a view of the B-frame setting of each encoder in the status page, and more. Visit AJA at NAB 2024, booth SL3065, to learn more about the update or check out our What’s New Page. Once live, the update will be available for download from AJA’s support page

AJA Announces Diskover Media Edition v2.2.3 (April 10, 2024)


AJA today revealed new features, plug-ins, and enhancements for AJA Diskover Media Edition data management and curation software, via a new v2.2.3 software update, available now. On display at the AJA NAB booth (SL3065), the latest release delivers an enriched metadata catalog via a new arrival date attribute, a plug-in for Autodesk’s popular Flow Production Tracking creative project management software (previously ShotGrid), and a host of other useful new navigation, host-aware file action, task panel, and analytics improvements designed to streamline workflows. With the update, a trial of the software can now also be set up in minutes using an OVA (open virtual appliance).

Release highlights include:

- A new arrival date attribute that allows the software to collect when a new file is detected in a given location. 

- A new Flow Production Tracking plug-in uses production status metadata to help align data management with production schedules and makes Flow Production Tracking project metadata easily searchable.

- Navigation improvements allow expandable top paths to be reconfigured so that users can re-group volumes by data center and geo-location. The addition of expandable directories, with fill bars by size and number, offer more flexibility when drilling down file trees. Additional navigation enhancements include support for up to 500 top paths and collapsible file trees on the search page.

- New host-aware file actions now recognize distributed file locations for users with multiple geo-facilities. 

- An improved task panel with an updated notification system for warnings and failed tasks provides additional detail about automated tasks.

- Improved analytics such as additional filtering options and an updated dashboard give users more flexibility while enhanced charts on the search page accelerate load times. 

- Intuitive trial set up via OVA (open virtual appliance) makes it easy to get a high-level view of software functionalities, including complete API access, with indexing performance maintained up to 2 million file counts. 

To learn more about the latest update, check out our pre-NAB news or visit our NAB booth (SL 3065) to chat with our team. Download the update here.

AJA Announces Free Stream Deck Plug-in for HELO Plus (April 4, 2024)


AJA has released a new Stream Deck plug-in for its compact HELO Plus H.264 streaming and recording device. The software will be available to check out at AJA’s NAB booth (SL3065) April 14-17, 2024, and allows HELO Plus users to access the popular Elgato Stream Deck desktop controller for simple, immediate hardware-based control of the tool. Compatible with Elgato’s entire line of Stream Deck devices on Windows and macOS, the plug-in is available at no cost to HELO Plus and Stream Deck users on the Elgato Stream Deck Marketplace.

AJA’s new, feature-rich Stream Deck plug-in provides the ability to start and stop HELO Plus recording and enables users to: 

-- Select the input for use in a streaming/recording session – SDI, HDMI, internal test signal, and/or layout engine (allowing simultaneous use of the HDMI and SDI inputs), providing a higher level of operational flexibility

-- Lock stream and record functions for simultaneous operations

-- Initiate AV Mute mode on HELO Plus for manual ‘live’ stream start/stop 

-- Recall up to 10 layouts, helping to improve production value        

Download the free plug-in today from the Elgato Marketplace | Stream Deck, and come see it in action at the AJA NAB 2024 booth (SL3065). A HELO Plus Stream Deck Plugin Guide is available here to assist with configuration and setup. HELO Plus is available through AJA’s worldwide reseller network for $1869 US MSRP. For more information, read our press release

AJA Releases Firmware Updates for Multiple openGear Cards (March 28, 2024)


AJA has rolled out updates for multiple openGear-compatible conversion cards. Available today as a free download, these openGear firmware updates deliver new improvements to a broad range of AJA’s openGear cards, including HDMI 1.4/2.0 output selection for the OG-Hi5-12G 4K/UltraHD 12G-SDI to HDMI 2.0 converter card. With the new addition, OG-Hi5-12G users can convert 4K/UHD High Frame Rate input signals to 4K/UHD Low Frame Rate output signals. AJA recommends all users download the latest updates from the AJA Support Page, where you’ll also find the full release notes.

Now Available: AJA KUMO v4.7.1 (March 14, 2024)


AJA has released a free update for its KUMO router series featuring enhancements like an improved GVG Native Protocol implementation and more. Download the latest KUMO v4.7.1 firmware today here!

Now Available: AJA Desktop Software 17.0.1 for AJA I/O Gear (March 7, 2024)


Today, AJA released a free Desktop Software update for AJA KONA, Io, and T-TAP Pro devices featuring new improvements. The latest v17.0.1 software is available on Mac and Windows, as well as Linux Ubuntu and Rocky. Check out the release notes for more details and download the update here.

AJA Releases Mini-Config v2.26.9 (March 5, 2024)


AJA Mini-Config v2.26.9 is now available as a free download with a new feature for the Hi5-12G 12G-SDI/HDMI 2.0 converter and other enhancements for the AJA Mini-Converter line. With the latest update, Hi5-12G users can now choose between HDMI 2.0, HDMI 1.4, or Auto in the output tab, and when the video source is 4K/UltraHD with a high frame rate (HFR) – including 50, 59.94 or 60 – the Mini-Converter will automatically drop every other video frame, reduce bit depth, or both when connected to an HDMI 1.4 sink device such as a monitor, or if the HDMI 1.4 output option is selected. Read more about the update in our release notes and download Mini-Config v2.26.9 here.

AJA Delivers U-TAP v1.5.7 Firmware (February 8, 2024)


AJA released new free firmware for its U-TAP USB 3.0-powered HDMI and SDI capture devices. Available for download via the AJA support page, U-TAP v1.5.7 features enhanced Zoom software compatibility on Apple silicon and other improvements. Get the update here.

AJA Releases Various New openGear Firmware (January 12, 2024)


AJA has released new openGear firmware, which includes enhancements for some of its popular line of openGear conversion cards, such as the OG-3G-AMA, OG-FS-Mini, OG-HA5-12G, OG-HA5-4K, OG-Hi5-12G, OG-Hi5-4K-Plus, OG-ROI’s, and OG-UDC. Download the latest firmware for your specific openGear card here.

AJA Releases Dante AV 4K v1.1 (January 11, 2024)


AJA Dante AV 4K v1.1 firmware is now available as a free download for 4K-T and 4K-R, AJA’s transmitter/receiver converters that enable the transport and control of ultra-low latency, professional quality 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD/VESA Dante video and audio to/from 12G-SDI or HDMI 2.0 devices over a 1 GigE Dante AV network. The robust update expands AV-over-IP workflows, delivering user-inspired features like support for HDR, Dante Domain Manager, external Reference In, and more. To learn what’s new in the release, read our announcement. We encourage all users to download it today here.

 

AJA System Test Lite v17.0.1 Hits the macOS App Store (January 8, 2024)


AJA System Test Lite v17.0.1 is now available as a free download from the Apple macOS App Store. AJA encourages all app users to download the latest version for access to new user interface improvements and other enhancements. Newly added support for custom test file sizes lets users easily run media speed tests on custom disk sizes for multi-terabyte disk system testing. Get the free update here.

 

Now Shipping: AJA KONA X and Desktop Software v17 (December 14, 2023)


AJA KONA X is now shipping! Compatible with free AJA Desktop Software v17 and AJA Developer SDK v17 (also available today), KONA X is a blazingly fast 4-lane PCIe 3.0 I/O card offering as low as sub-frame latency video capture and playback for a broad range of applications from virtual production, to post, OEM development, and beyond. 

KONA X combines bi-directional dual, full-size BNC 12G-SDI and dual HDMI 2.0 ports with Streaming DMA, VESA HDMI I/O support, and much more to ensure professionals are equipped with all the tools they need to meet evolving I/O demands in the field. An optional KONA Xpand board is also available to purchase for even more flexible connectivity (AES/EBU audio, LTC, REF, and more).

KONA X is packed with exciting features, including: 

  • Built-in Streaming DMA for ultra-low latency: DMA operation bypasses the KONA X on-card memory so that users can achieve as low as sub-frame latencies. This is especially crucial for eSports and live production environments that demand the synchronization of AR graphics and where split-second reaction times for viewer interactions matter. In virtual production, it keeps camera tracking, the LED wall, and the game engine in sync, while in broadcast, it simplifies dynamic video management. Streaming DMA is application dependent.
  • Flexible connectivity with VESA HDMI I/O support: Dual full-size BNC, 12G-SDI bi-directional connections and dual, full-size HDMI 2.0 connections (one for input and one for output) with VESA HDMI I/O support provide KONA X users with more versatility. VESA HDMI I/O compatibility ensures the video subsystem timing is agnostic, supporting capture and playback of multiple different HDMI formats.
  • In-firmware Microcontroller: KONA X users and OEM developers can leverage this feature to run code directly on the card and achieve ultra-low latency or functionality that might need to exist before the system containing the card fully boots.
  • Optional KONA Xpand Breakout Board: A complementary, optional breakout PCIe I/O board extends KONA X’s connectivity to support: two channels of balanced analog audio (via a user-supplied DB15 to XLR cable); Bi-level/Tri-level Video Reference (BNC); eight channels of unbalanced AES/EBU audio (Supplied Breakout Cable - BNC); LTC In/Out (Breakout Cable - BNC) and RS-422 (Breakout Cable - DB-9).
  • Desktop Software and AJA SDK v17 Compatibility: KONA X also harnesses the proven feature set of AJA’s Desktop Software, including new enhancements in the latest v17 update, such as improved closed caption support, performance improvements for Apple silicon systems, support for Rocky Linux, and more. Available on macOS, Windows, and Linux, AJA Desktop Software includes robust and reliable application plug-ins for the most popular creative tools, including Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Apple Final Cut Pro, among others. AJA Control Room, Control Panel, and System Test applications are also included.

Learn more about KONA X here. Download Desktop Software v17 here.

AJA Releases Ki Pro GO v4.1 (December 12, 2023)


AJA rolled out free v4.1 firmware for its popular multi-channel H.264 recorder/player Ki Pro GO, bringing new feature improvements to users. With the update, users can now select the video to be displayed on the front panel LCD and choose between a single channel’s video or a Quad Split of all four channels. The Ki Pro GO web browser UI also now features a confidence monitor, a size-reduced copy of the video displayed on the front panel LCD. Users can easily opt to turn the information overlay on or off. Available today as a free download, Ki Pro GO v4.1 can be found on the Ki Pro GO Support page.

Now Available: FS4 v.3.0.3 (December 12, 2023)


AJA today released v3.0.3 firmware for its FS4 four-channel 2K/HD/SD or single-channel 4K/UltraHD frame sync and up/down/cross-converter. The free update features several new enhancements, including improved VPID management for overriding HDMI EOTF and Colorimetry infoframes. Download it today from aja.com.

AJA Rolls Out HDR Image Analyzer 12G v3.0 (December 5, 2023)


AJA HDR Image Analyzer 12G v3.0 is now available! The free, feature-packed update unlocks simultaneous multi-channel signal analysis, and Dolby Vision dynamic metadata inspection and presentation, with support for Dolby Vision v4.0 and v2.9, through automatic detection. It also broadens connectivity options by supporting NDI, introduces ARRI LogC4 analysis, and expands 8K/UHD2 compatibility for high-resolution workflows. Download it today from the AJA Support Page.

 

AJA OG-12GM v1.5 is Here Today (November 16, 2023)


AJA OG-12GM v1.5 is available as a free download today. The new update brings improvements to the compact openGear 12G-SDI to/from SDI Muxer/DeMuxer. Find out more here.

AJA Launches DRM2 Frame for AJA Mini-Converters (November 14, 2023)


AJA today unveiled the DRM2, a rackmount frame that can house and power up to 12 AJA Mini-Converters of any kind, or up to 24 AJA FiDO Mini-Converters with a new optional DRM2 Y-Cable. With a 200-watt fanless power supply and sleek 3RU design, AJA DRM2 makes it easy to rack mount multiple AJA Mini-Converters for signal conversion needs across production, post, and proAV environments. 

Building on the success of AJA’s popular DRM Mini-Converter rackframe, AJA DRM2 boasts customer-requested features like a removable faceplate for quick frame access. Mini-Converters can be mounted to small carriers, which can be easily installed or taken out without removing the frame from the rack. The frame’s power cable harness has 13x D5/10-PC connectors and plugs into a connector on the power supply frame, enabling the creation of custom cabling to power whatever users require. A DRM2-AP model includes an optional active faceplate featuring four fans for maximum cooling in higher ambient temperature environments, facilitating high density installation without heat soak concerns. Learn more in our latest announcement, or come visit us in Tokyo at Inter BEE 2023 in the AJA Booth (#3209).

Now Available: AJA Mini-Config v2.26.7 (November 9, 2023)


AJA launched Mini-Config v2.26.7 today. The free update features new drop down menu functionality for AJA 12GM, HA5-12G and Hi5-12G Mini-Converters as well as other improvements across the AJA Mini-Converter line.

New drop down menus in 12GM, HA5-12G and Hi5-12G let users control non-PCM audio processing and unsupported non-PCM while a new menu feature in HA5-12G provides control over SDI output bit depth. With the update, 12GM users now have a new menu option for controlling the extraction of individual or both data streams of a 3G B-Dual Stream input that can be sent to individual outputs.

For more information, read the release notes and download Mini-Config v2.26.7 from the AJA support page.

AJA Releases New Firmware Update for HELO Plus (November 2, 2023)


AJA HELO Plus v2.0.2 is now available via AJA’s support page. Download the free update today to access new improvements for the H.264 streaming and recording device. 

AJA ColorBox v2.0.1 Out Now (October 31, 2023)


AJA ColorBox v2.0.1 is out today with new improvements for the compact, high performance color converter. ColorBox v.2.0.1 can be downloaded for free from the Colorbox Support page.

AJA Rolls Out AJA OG-DANTE-12GAM v1.2.9/1.3 (October 24, 2023)


AJA OG-DANTE-12GAM Software v1.2.9/ Firmware v1.3 are available as free downloads today. The new updates bring improvements to the Dante audio embedder/disembedder. Find out more here.

AJA Ki Pro GO v4.0.4 is Now Available (September 14, 2023)


A free update is now available for the AJA Ki Pro GO multichannel H.264 recorder/player with new enhancements. Download Ki Pro GO v4.0.4 here for optimal performance.

AJA Debuts KONA X and Desktop Software v17 (September 6, 2023)


Today, AJA ushered in the next generation of its popular KONA desktop I/O technology with the debut of KONA X. A 4-lane PCIe 3.0 card with built-in Streaming DMA, KONA X offers ultra-low latency video capture and playback for applications spanning media and entertainment, live production, OEM development, and more. It boasts bi-directional dual, full size BNC 12G-SDI and dual HDMI 2.0 connections to meet a broad range of I/O demands, and is compatible with new AJA Desktop Software v17 and version 17 of the AJA SDK.

KONA X feature highlights include: 

Ultra-low latency and built-in Streaming DMA: DMA operation occurs between the video I/O and KONA X user buffer, bypassing the KONA X on-card memory. This functionality allows users to achieve as low as sub-frame latencies, which is important for eSports and live production environments, where the synchronization of AR graphics and graphical overlays, and split second reaction times for viewer interactions are required. For virtual production, it keeps camera tracking, the LED wall, and the game engine in sync, while in broadcast applications, it provides a simpler way to manage dynamic video.

Flexible connectivity with VESA HDMI I/O support: KONA X includes dual full-size BNC, 12G-SDI bi-directional connections, and dual, full-size HDMI 2.0 connections (one for input and one for output) with VESA HDMI I/O support. With VESA HDMI I/O compatibility, the video subsystem timing is agnostic, enabling capture and playback of a myriad of HDMI formats.

In Firmware Microcontroller: This feature lets KONA X users and OEM developers run code directly on the card and achieve ultra-low latency or functionality that might need to exist before the system containing the card fully boots.

Optional KONA Xpand Break-out-Board: KONA Xpand is a complementary, optional breakout PCIe I/O board for expanding the connectivity of KONA X. Key KONA Xpand features include: two channels of balanced analog audio (via user-supplied DB15 to XLR cable); Bi-level/Tri-level Video Reference (BNC); eight channels of unbalanced AES/EBU audio (Supplied Breakout Cable - BNC); LTC In/Out (Breakout Cable - BNC) and RS-422 (Breakout Cable - DB-9).

For more details, pricing, and availability, check out the full announcement or visit: www.aja.com/kona-x. KONA X will also be on display at IBC 2023 in Amsterdam September 15-18 at the AJA stand (7.C19). 

AJA Announces HDR Image Analyzer 12G 3.0 (September 6, 2023)


Announced today, the new free HDR Image Analyzer 12G v3.0 update adds powerful workflow capabilities to AJA’s HDR monitoring and analysis solution that are designed to help professionals keep pace with evolving demands across live, on-set, quality control (QC), and post production environments. The update increases the number of video channels that can be analyzed simultaneously, integrates new Dolby Vision tools, adds NDI connectivity options, expands support for the latest ARRI color science with ARRI LogC4 analysis, and enhances 8K/UHD2 compatibility for high-resolution workflows. 

Read more about it in our latest announcement. The free update will be accessible on the HDR Image Analyzer 12G downloads page in September. IBC visitors can check out HDR Image Analyzer 3.0 in action September 15-18, 2023 at the AJA stand (7.C19).

AJA Introduces New 12G-SDI openGear Cards (September 6, 2023)


AJA unveiled several new 12G-SDI openGear cards in the lead up to IBC 2023 that pack the functionality of its popular 12G-SDI audio and HDMI conversion solutions into an openGear rack frame-compatible form factor. The OG-12G-AM and OG-12G-AMA enable sixteen channels (eight two-channel pairs) of AES/EBU and analog audio embedding/disembedding respectively, and support 12G-SDI input and output up to 4K/UltraHD. New OG-Hi5-12 and OG-HA5-12G cards facilitate 12G-SDI conversion to/from HDMI 2.0, and models are also available with LC or ST Fiber. Each hot-swappable card is built for use in high-density openGear 2RU frames, including AJA OG-X-FR, offers intuitive remote control via support for Ross DashBoard software on Windows®, macOS®, and Linux®, and includes a five-year warranty. 

OG-12G-AM and OG-12G-AMA Feature Highlights

The OG-12G-AM includes eight AES/EBU configurable inputs/outputs for audio embedding and/or disembedding, while OG-12G-AMA features eight configurable (four pairs) analog audio inputs/outputs. Both cards support 12G-SDI input and output up to 4K/UltraHD, with user-selectable embedding/disembedding on a channel pair basis. Users can pass 12G-SDI input audio or embed input audio from the BNC (OG-12G-AM) or three-pin terminal block connectors (OG-12G-AMA). 

OG-Hi5-12G and OG-HA5-12G Feature Highlights

OG-Hi5-12G converts 12G-SDI to HDMI 2.0, providing pristine image fidelity and HFR support up to 60p for 4K/UltraHD, with single cable simplicity. It generates HDR metadata in accordance with HDMI 2.0 and CTA-861-G, and lets users deploy a monitoring connection from 4K 12G-SDI equipment to cost-efficient HDMI 2.0 displays. Fiber SFP-equipped OG-Hi5-12G models are also available, including the OG-Hi5-12G-R receiver, the OG-Hi5-12G-TR transceiver, and the OG-Hi5-12G-R-ST receiver with a locking ST fiber connector.

The OG-HA5-12G converts HDMI 2.0 to 12G-SDI and includes two 12G-SDI distribution amplifier outputs, supporting up to eight channels of embedded audio from an HDMI source or two channels of embedded analog audio. Built-in Extended Display Identification Data (EDID) emulation compatibility ensures the connected source continuously supplies custom preferred video formats on output. Fiber SFP-equipped models include the OG-HA5-12G-T transmitter with LC fiber connections and the OG-HA5-12G-T-ST transmitter with ST fiber connections. All AJA openGear fiber products can extend HDMI 4K/UltraHD signals over long distances, up to 10km over a single fiber link. 

For more details, check out our press release or visit: www.aja.com/family/opengear. The new openGear solutions will also be available to see at IBC in Amsterdam September 15-18, 2023 at the AJA stand (7.C19). 

 

AJA Unveils KONA XM I/O Card for Medical Market (September 6, 2023)


AJA today introduced KONA XM, a new ultra-low latency video capture/playback solution designed for medical equipment manufacturers. Developed in close collaboration with NVIDIA and Dedicated Computing, the card supports the NVIDIA IGX artificial intelligence (AI) platform and the NVIDIA Holoscan software development kit (SDK). Featuring dual, full-size BNC 12G-SDI connections and dual HDMI 2.0 connections, it delivers reliable, ultra-low latency video I/O for AJA Developer Partners building artificial intelligence (AI) tools for medical procedures and surgeries. 

KONA XM feature highlights include:

Built-in support for NVIDIA IGX and Holoscan: The recommended video I/O solution for NVIDIA’s IGX edge computing AI hardware platform, KONA XM integrates seamlessly with NVIDIA Holoscan, a deployable software solution targeting IGX and other NVIDIA platforms. The combination of NVIDIA IGX and Holoscan makes it easy for medical device manufacturers to apply real-time, low-latency, high-performance AI-driven overlays to live video in a variety of medical devices.

Ultra-low latency: KONA XM lets users achieve as low as sub-frame latencies with GPUDirect RDMA technology, which provides a direct path for data exchange with the GPU. Avoiding unnecessary writes to and from CPU system memory greatly reduces perceptible end-to-end visual delays on processed video that the card outputs — a crucial feature for AI-enhanced medical procedures with instructional and information overlays that must be tracked precisely.

60601-1-2 EMI/ESD certification: Rigorous testing certifies KONA XM for use in medical devices.

Robust connectivity including VESA HDMI I/O support: The 4-lane PCIe 3.0 KONA XM includes dual full-size BNC 12G-SDI connections (one for input and one for output), and dual, full-size HDMI 2.0 connections (one for input and one for output). VESA HDMI I/O support enables more HDMI formats for capture and playback with agnostic subsystems video timing.

In Firmware Microcontroller: KONA XM customers can run code directly on the card for supervisory and safety purposes and achieve ultra-low latency or functionality that might need to exist before the system containing the card fully boots.

Intuitive programming and configuration: AJA’s robust and proven software development kit (SDK) is available on Windows, Linux, and macOS.

Two cooling options: KONA XM is available in both active (with fan) and passive (fanless) cooled versions.

Learn more about KONA XM, pricing, and availability here or visit: www.aja.com/kona-xm.

AJA Mini-Config v2.26.6 Now Available for Download (August 16, 2023)


AJA Mini-Config v2.26.6 software for AJA’s complete range of Mini-Converters is now available as a free download. More information about the improvements in this update is available in the release notes.

AJA Releases openGear Firmware v2.26.5 (August 16, 2023)


Today, AJA launched new v2.26.5 firmware for its line of openGear compatible converter cards for use in openGear frames including the AJA OG-X-FR. Download the free update today via the AJA Downloads page and check out the release notes for a complete list of enhancements available via the latest release.

AJA Launches BRIDGE NDI 3G v1.8 (August 3, 2023)


AJA BRIDGE NDI 3G v1.8 firmware is available to download today. The new release includes enhancements for AJA’s popular IP video workflow bridge and can be found on the downloads page.

AJA IPT/IPR-10G2 Series v2.5 Available for Download (July 27, 2023)


New AJA IPT/IPR-10G2 Series v2.5 firmware releases today with feature additions and improvements for AJA IPT-10G2-SDI, IPR-10G2-SDI, IPT-10G2-HDMI, and IPR-10G2-HDMI Mini-Converters. Available as a free download from the AJA downloads page, the update includes 2Kp (2048x1080) support on receiver units and 16-channel audio support. AJA recommends that all users update to the latest firmware for an optimal experience.

 

Now Available: AJA BRIDGE LIVE v1.14 (June 27, 2023)


AJA BRIDGE LIVE v1.14, first announced ahead of NAB 2023, is now available for download from the AJA support page. The powerful update delivers new customer-requested feature improvements and optional add-on JPEG XS I/O licenses. Release highlights include RTMP input, support for ST 2022-7 hitless redundancy, and input auto-reconfiguration, which further streamline user workflows and automate workflow tasks. AJA recommends all users download the update today for optimal performance. For more details about the release, read our original announcement.

AJA Ki Pro Rack v6.9 Now Available (June 14, 2023)


Available to download today, AJA Ki Pro Rack v6.9 delivers new improvements for the file based 1RU recorder and player. Ki Pro Rack users can now download the new firmware from AJA’s support page.

 

AJA Releases HELO Plus v2.0 (June 8, 2023)


AJA has released v2.0 firmware for its popular HELO Plus H.264 streaming, encoding, and recording device, which includes new improvements that streamline the delivery of compelling live-streamed content. With the release, users can also now opt to purchase two new licensable features, including simultaneous multi-channel stereo audio streaming/recording and PlayToStream, which lets users use a previously recorded program for a future streaming event. HELO Plus v2.0 is now live on the AJA support page. Download it today to unlock new improvements. 

 

AJA Releases FS-HDR 4.2.1 (June 1, 2023)


AJA has released v4.2.1 firmware for its FS-HDR real time HDR/WCG conversion device including Colorfront Engine™ video processing. The free update includes performance enhancements and can be downloaded here.

AJA Desktop Software v16.2.5 is Here (June 1, 2023)


AJA Desktop Software v16.2.5 for AJA KONA, T-TAP, and U-TAP products releases today. Download the free update from the AJA Support Page.

AJA Rolls Out New Dante AV 4K-T and 4K-R Converters (April 12, 2023)


AJA has announced Dante AV 4K-T and 4K-R Converters ahead of NAB 2023. The new transmitter/receiver devices enable seamless transport and control of ultra-low latency, professional quality 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD/VESA Dante video and audio to/from 12G-SDI or HDMI 2.0 devices over a 1 GigE Dante AV network. Audio and video streams from both devices can be easily managed using the popular Dante Controller software. With these new devices, AV professionals and systems integrators can easily incorporate high-quality, visually lossless video into AV-over-IP environments like stadiums, theaters, churches, schools, office complexes, hotels, and more.

AJA Dante AV 4K-T converts 4K/UHD/2K/HD/VESA SDI and HDMI to Dante AV Ultra signals while Dante AV 4K-R converts Dante AV Ultra signals to 4K/UHD/2K/HD/VESA SDI and HDMI. Both provide unprecedented low latency and time synchronization, ensuring perfect lip sync to in-venue screens and for external broadcasts and streams, and allow AV teams to leverage existing IP infrastructure and digital AV equipment across multiple physical locations for seamless video and boardroom conferencing technology integration. With built-in networked control and flexibility, deploying and managing video walls and digital signage at a lower cost is more straightforward, with end-user routing to screens or speakers supported in-venue. 

AJA Dante AV 4K-T and 4K-R are available to purchase today through AJA’s network of worldwide resellers. For more information and pricing, read our press release, or come see AJA Dante AV 4K-T and 4K-R at NAB 2023 in-person in the west hall, booth #2600.  

 

AJA Debuts HELO Plus v2.0 Firmware (April 12, 2023)


AJA has announced v2.0 firmware for its popular HELO Plus H.264 streaming and recording device, which includes a broad range of free user-inspired improvements, including full integration with Facebook Live, SDI and HDMI status overlays, and more. The update also introduces two new licensable features, including simultaneous multi-channel stereo audio streaming/recording and PlayToStream, which lets users use a previously recorded program for a future streaming event.

To ensure optimal performance, AJA recommends all customers download HELO Plus v2.0 firmware upon release next month. Read more about the update here, or come visit AJA at NAB 2023 in the west hall, booth #2600, to learn more.  

 

AJA Colorbox v2.0 Arrives (April 12, 2023)


AJA’s compact, high-performance color transform converter Colorbox just got a host of exciting new upgrades via new v2.0 firmware, available for download today from the AJA support page. The latest release introduces an optional license to expand ColorBox’s Colorfront Engine™ video processing options with all-new TV Mode and Live Mode. Along with adding support for the latest v1.6 BBC HLG LUTs, it also includes an ORION-CONVERT update with a gamma compensation function to ensure compatibility between different color conversion philosophies. Customers can also access a host of additional, free user-requested features, including support for overlaying frame lines or other graphics, and five additional built-in test patterns. 

To help professionals keep pace with evolving color management strategies, ColorBox’s Colorfront TV Mode license gives users access to an intuitive color processing engine, providing new Brightness, Highlight, Super Highlight, and Colorfulness tools that enable greater control over critical elements in color conversions. Sony S-Log3 conversions are also supported in the new mode as part of the license upgrade, which have proven advantageous in modern live production applications. The same license also enables Colorfront Live Mode, which includes several camera log formats beyond SDR, HLG, and PQ like the ARRI Log C4 color space. 

ORION-CONVERT v1.1 adds new compatibility with alternate LUT-based broadcast conversions through ORION’s new Gamma Compensation, which is supported via ColorBox v2.0. This Gamma Compensation applies the optional OOTF to compensate for the subjective change in appearance between SDR and HDR. BBC HLG LUTs are also updated to the latest v1.6, including a new combination LUT that fuses two LUTs into one for camera shading applications and a new downmapping LUT based on the Color Appearance Model (CAM) or human visual system that attempts to preserve the artistic intent of original HDR content.

Additional upgrades include a User Overlay feature that gives users the ability to import and overlay custom images onto the output. Those images (i.e. frame lines, logos, etc.) can be imported as .png files to the new Overlay library and recalled along with or without the already available overlay information. Five new test patterns – comprising three BT.2111 HDR variants, NBCU Fancy Bars, and a circle pattern – have been added for a total of 14 to aid users in getting ready quickly. Using ColorBox’s SDK, Light Illusion ColourSpace display calibration software, Portrait Displays Calman display calibration software, and QTAKE Video Assist software recently completed integrations with ColorBox, enabling more markets and supported applications to take advantage of ColorBox’s professional featureset.

AJA recommends all customers upgrade to Colorbox v2.0 firmware today. Read more about the update here, or visit with an AJA representative at NAB 2023 in the west hall, booth #2600. 

AJA Announces BRIDGE LIVE v1.14 (April 12, 2023)


AJA today unveiled new firmware for BRIDGE LIVE, its multi-channel UltraHD (UHD) and HD live video solution for remote production, contribution, collaboration, streaming, and delivery. The update delivers user-requested feature improvements that help streamline workflows, as well as two optional licenses for JPEG XS I/O, which support a single HD channel, or a single UltraHD channel/four HD channels.

With the latest release, BRIDGE LIVE now includes an RTMP input with H.264 4:2:0 8-bit support for ST 2022-7 hitless redundancy via packet-by-packet comparison of RTP encapsulated traffic. This feature enables the seamless reconstruction of a stream of RTP datagrams based on the transmission of multiple streams of identical content over potentially diverse paths. Also new, input auto-reconfiguration for video and audio formats ensures that incoming formats are automatically recognized and passed through to the output. The output setting then determines if the formats (i.e., frame size, bit rate, etc.) will remain the same or change. 

The update will be available soon as a download from the AJA support page. Read our press release for an overview of the latest feature improvements, or come visit AJA at NAB 2023 in the west hall, booth #2600.

 

Now Available: AJA FS-HDR v4.2 Firmware (April 12, 2023)


AJA today rolled out free v4.2 firmware for its popular FS-HDR real-time HDR/WCG converter/frame synchronizer. Available today as a free download from the AJA support page, the release introduces several new improvements, including an all new Colorfront TV Mode, utilizing the latest color science advancements. It also features powerful updates to the Live and Film modes, including support for ARRI LogC4 transforms. Furthermore, BBC HLG LUTs have been updated to v1.6, including a new combination LUT for camera shading in live productions and a new CAM (Color Appearance Model) based LUT, making it easier for artists to preserve the artistic intent of original HDR content.

FS-HDR’s new TV Mode is a simple-to-use color processing engine that provides access to new Brightness, Highlight, Super Highlight, and Colorfulness tools, enabling greater control over critical elements in color conversions. The new mode also introduces Sony S-Log3 conversions, which have proven advantageous in modern live production applications. Users can also experience updated BBC v1.6 HLG LUTs, including a new combination LUT that fuses two LUTs into one for camera shading applications and a new downmapping LUT based on the Color Appearance Model (CAM) or human visual system that attempts to preserve the artistic intent of original HDR content.

AJA recommends all users download FS-HDR 4.2 today. Read more about the update here, or visit with an AJA representative at NAB 2023 in the west hall, booth #2600. 

 

New Diskover Media Edition Updates Now Available (April 12, 2023)


New updates for AJA’s sustainable data management and curation software AJA Diskover Media Edition have arrived. Core software enhancements provide advanced security, enrich metadata with business context, bring users live insights into their data, and streamline deployment. Also new to the software are expanded search capabilities and new platform integrations that save facilities time and afford more flexibility.  

AJA Diskover Media Edition Updates include:  

  • OKTA Integration: Users at facilities employing OKTA SSL Authentication now benefit from enhanced security. 

  • Live-View Access Mode: A read-only live view of volumes lets users access content pre-indexing, allowing for proactive monitoring/search and copy/paste of paths.

  • Oxagile IMF Validator Plug-in: IMF packages can be scanned and validated before delivery – from any location, regardless of the data location of the IMF package.

  • Xytech Media Operations Platform Order Status Plug-in: This new plug-in automates the correlation of order management and storage systems, harvesting key business contexts (i.e., order phase, status dates, account manager) from Xytech and applying them within AJA Diskover Media Edition.

  • CineSys CineViewer Player Plug-in: Through seamless third-party platform access via the Diskover UI, users can instantly preview and validate media assets in a web browser, regardless of where their media is stored. 

  • Illegal File Name Plug-in: This new plug-in helps users avoid unnecessary delays and manual processes, automatically analyzing the index of all directories and file names for illegal characters, and long filenames or file paths to proactively find potential files with names that can break applications or file systems types required in the workflow. 

  • Hash Differential Plug-in: This new addition checksums OCF files captured onset and the corresponding transfer, which often involves a combination of tools and data movers, to its cloud destination, and validates that all files have reached their destination without corruption.

  • macOS Installer: A Diskover indexer can easily be deployed on a Mac system and pointed toward the facility’s Diskover instance, allowing on-location machines to quickly index contents on-premises and in the cloud, and even offline media. 

  • Azure Blob and Dropbox Scanner Support: Users can globally view, search, report, and analyze regular and business context metadata with these supported scanners and use file actions to reduce time and complexities in their work, as well as engage the data in workflows.

  • Windows Owner Plug-In: This feature enriches metadata for multiple use cases, adding the Windows file owner and primary group of each file and directory as they’re indexed. 

  • Offline Media Indexer: Offline media storage (Thunderbolt drives, USB drives, memory cards, etc.) containing valuable digital assets that spend most of their time offline can now be connected and scanned, and then searched, analyzed, tagged, exported, and shared. 

  • Qumulo Compatibility: AJA Diskover Media Edition users can index, search, analyze, and take action on data stored within Qumulo workspaces. 

AJA Diskover Media Edition customers with active licenses can access the latest updates for free today. For more information, read our latest announcement or come visit AJA at NAB 2023 in the west hall, booth #2600. 

New from AJA: 1RU Utility Rack (April 12, 2023)


AJA today unveiled its new 1RU Utility Rack, suitable for any broadcast, production, post, or ProAV environment where rack mounting is required. The sleek, durable unit securely houses up to four AJA ColorBox in-line HDR/SDR and LUT color transform boxes; a pair of AJA HELO Plus H.264 streaming and recording devices; or a combination of both. 1RU Utility Rack is available today for $120 US MSRP through AJA’s reseller network. For more details, visit AJA at NAB 2023 in the west hall, booth #2600, or online via: www.aja.com/colorbox#options and www.aja.com/helo-plus#options.

 

AJA Releases New Desktop Software Update (April 10, 2023)


AJA released Desktop Software v16.2.4, bringing new enhancements to its popular KONA, Io, and T-TAP product lines. More details are available in the release notes and the update can be downloaded here.