Kodiak Mobile Television Outfits New HD Truck with Range of AJA Products
September 7, 2012
Half the Weight of Standard Mobile Trucks to Enable Fully Integrated HD Production and Post Workflows with Lower Overhead
Oklahoma-based Kodiak Mobile Television, specializing in live event production,
is building out a new mobile production truck featuring a range of AJA products. The truck will be equipped with FS2 frame synchronizers, Ki Pros and Ki Pro Racks for file-based acquisition and playout, a range of Mini-Converters as well as Io XT and T-TAP™ for editing. Production veterans Paul Bronsteader and David Kearnes started Kodiak Mobile Television in 2011 and sister company Kodiak Production Group four years ago and have since produced posted and live events, from Gymnastics, Grand Prix swimming to pro and college football across the country.
"If there's something that AJA makes a product for, we will use that product over anything else out there," said Kearnes. "They not only have outstanding service and tech support both before and after the sale, but their products just work. We've done some pretty crazy things with AJA products and the performance has always been spectacular." Kodiak's truck will be able to provide full-blown editing capabilities on site if needed, or clients can immediately receive hard drives at the end of each production with all their materials ready-to-edit - no need to digitize thanks to the Ki Pros.
Kodiak has typically rented or used clients' trucks over the years, but recently decided that building their own truck, supporting both live production and produced programming, would be the best way to thrive in the current economy. Kearnes knew that AJA's solutions would be an affordable and reliable choice for Kodiak Mobile Television. Their new truck will house five FS2 units for dual-channel conversion and fiber I/O, 10 Ki Pro Rack units for tapeless recording and playback,
an Io XT and T-TAP for Thunderbolt-enabled editing, and various Mini-Converters for video up/down/cross convert and fiber connectivity.
AJA's tools are not only a reliable choice for Kodiak, but an efficient one. "We love the performance of the FS1, so getting double the capacity in the same amount of rack space with the FS2 is great," said Kearnes. "The Ki Pro Racks allow us to rack mount with dual drive bays, plus the addition of DNxHD codecs allows us to cover all bases whether we're editing in Avid, Final Cut or Premiere Pro. And using the Io XT and T-TAP(TM) allow us to have full edit capabilities at all times, directly on light, compact laptops and iMacs. The bottom line is that AJA's products are not only letting us work more efficiently, they're also saving significant space - our truck's GVW is less than 40,000 lbs. as opposed to the standard 80,000. Lightweight and compact products equals better gas mileage and thus more savings we can pass onto our clients."
Kodiak's new lightweight mobile production truck will hit the road in late November, and can service anywhere in the contiguous U.S. For more information visit www.kodiakmobile.tv.
About AJA Video Systems, Inc.
Since 1993, AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer of high-quality and cost-effective digital video interface, conversion, acquisition and desktop solutions supporting the professional broadcast and post- production markets. With headquarters in Grass Valley, California, AJA maintains an extensive sales channel of dealers and systems integrators around the world. For further information visit www.aja.com.