AJA KONA Cards Support Editing Workflow for MTV Australia
December 11, 2008
MTV Australia is the cornerstone of music and youth cultureprogramming throughout the country. Owned by MTV Networks, thebroadcast channel features imported shows as well as locally producedfare such as MTV's The Lair, a cutting-edge weekly live show showcasingestablished and unsigned bands from the music scene down under.Additional local programming includes MTV News and The OfficialMotorola ARIA Chart Show, which provides a current top-20 countdownalong with music news, interviews and reviews.
TechnicalOperations Coordinator Jennifer Crabb is responsible for coordinatingthe production and post production pipeline for all of MTV Australia'slocally produced programs, and relies on AJA's KONA 3 video capture andplayback cards as the backbone of the channel's editing environment.
"AJAKONA cards are a major part of our overall infrastructure solution, andwe've found them to be much more reliable and stable than competingsolutions we've tried in the past," says Crabb. "They allow us toingest and master material without resorting to external facilities,which saves us both time and money."
AJA KONA capture andplayback cards solve a myriad of post-production issues for the busybroadcast facility. Crabb and the rest of the MTV Australia productioncrew utilize KONA to input and output material using various codecs, aswell as to control VTRs and to monitor external devices, among otheruses.
Programs are typically shot with Sony Z1U or JVC HDcameras in various formats, depending on the task at hand. MTVAustralia uses Apple Final Cut Studio — Final Cut Pro, Motion and Color— along with Apple's Shake, Maxon Cinema 4D and Adobe After Effects forediting, graphics, color correction and final mastering.
"Wehave a full workflow set up here at MTV Australia. We shoot, ingest,log and edit, add graphics and motion graphics, conduct viewings andmaster for delivery," Crabb concluded. "AJA's KONA cards are such anintegral part of what we do and we definitely plan on expanding ourcurrent setup in the future."
KONA 3 is the ultimateuncompressed capture card for seamless operation with PCI Express(PCIe) Mac Pro systems and Apple Final Cut Pro. Supporting anyuncompressed SD or HD format, including Dual Link HD and 2K, KONA 3captures and plays back uncompressed 10-bit and 8-bit digital video and24-bit digital audio, providing unparalleled power and workflowefficiency. KONA 3 also includes a variety of 10-bit broadcast-qualityfeatures, such as hardware-based
up-, down-, and cross-conversionto and from HD, and adds a live hardware HD/SD keyer for compositingbugs, live clips, and other elements over video.