AJA Ki Pro Rack and FS1 Power Multimedia Productions for Infinity
December 15, 2015
Taiwan-based Infinity Multimedia Production specializes in production and post for live broadcasts, concerts and music videos. In its 30-year history, the studio has contributed its talents to productions like the World Games, Deaflympics, Taiwanese pop star concerts and more. Though Infinity’s projects vary in scope, its AJA gear has been a constant in productions.
With an ample supply of AJA Ki Pro Rack recorders, and AJA FS1 frame synchronizers and converters in-house, Infinity leverages the gear for almost every new project it undertakes. Infinity Manager Chia-Wei Lin shared, “There isn’t room for error in live production, so reliable gear is critical. We’ve been using AJA gear since 2008 and continue to, because it’s durable and stable, and we have quick, easy access to great support if needed.”
When tasked with transforming concert footage of popular Taiwanese girl group S.H.E 2GETHER 4EVER for a Blu-ray home entertainment release, Lin knew that accomplishing the desired high-end aesthetic would require a multicam setup and digital video recorders capable of recording ProRes 422 HQ. Infinity allocated 20 HD cameras and 16 of its Ki Pro Racks to record the concert footage in an edit-ready format, with 4 Ki Pro Racks to be used as a line cut. The studio also leaned on FS1s for audio embedding and frame synchronization. Having packaged the equipment into mobile flightpacks prior to the concert, the Infinity team was able to easily set up, pack up and transport the gear as required.
“Our AJA workflow made it easy to remain flexible and adapt to the dynamic concert environment throughout the project,” said Lin. “With the Ki Pro Racks, we were ready in no time, running a smooth and reliable workflow from production to post. The FS1s allowed us to embed various channels of audio sources, and frame synchronize from the mixer for line cut recording output.”
Lin and crew synchronized all of the Ki Pro Racks in advance, which enabled quick transfer of footage from AJA KiStor drives into Apple Final Cut Pro X for immediate editing. With footage synchronized by time code, the team was able to wrap up post and prepare the Blu-ray release for distribution in under six months. Lam concluded, “The Ki Pro Racks and FS1s kept us on track, allowing our team to produce high quality video, while simplifying our workflow and minimizing costs; they strengthened our pipeline and made the project successful. We plan to continue using them on several forthcoming projects.”
About AJA Video Systems, Inc.
Since 1993, AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer of video interface technologies, converters, digital video recording solutions and professional cameras, bringing high-quality, cost-effective products to the professional, broadcast and post-production markets. AJA products are designed and manufactured at our facilities in Grass Valley, California, and sold through an extensive sales channel of resellers and systems integrators around the world. For further information, please see our website at www.aja.com.