HDR Image Analyzer 12G

HDR Image Analyzer 12G

Multi-Channel HDR Waveform, Histogram, and Vectorscope Monitoring

$21599 US MSRP*

* Pricing is for US only. International pricing will vary.

HDR Image Analyzer 12G


HDR Image Analyzer 12G delivers a comprehensive array of tools for the effective analysis of up to 4x 4K/UltraHD signals, utilizing both 12G-SDI and NDI connectivity.

Analyze HLG, PQ, Rec.2020, Rec.709, and native camera Log color spaces – from 8K/UltraHD2/4K/UltraHD/2K/HD content in a powerful, real time, 1RU device. 

Developed in partnership with Colorfront, the AJA HDR Image Analyzer 12G supports a wealth of inputs from camera Log formats to SDR (Rec. 709), PQ (ST 2084), and HLG and offers Wide Color Gamut (WCG) support for BT.2020 alongside traditional BT.709 and P3, with Dolby Vision® dynamic metadata inspection and analysis for advanced HDR mastering and QC applications. AJA hardware prowess ensures high reliability and performance, with 4x 12G-SDI inputs, dual 10 GigE, and DisplayPort connections.

Specifically designed to be used wherever high performance color analysis is needed, the 1RU form factor excels in a range of environments, providing the confidence you need for consistent and predictable HDR production and mastering.


  • HDR Waveform, Histogram, and Vectorscope Monitoring
  • Multi-channel signal analysis of up to 4x 4K/UltraHD HDR/WCG simultaneously via 4x 12G-SDI inputs
  • Single channel signal analysis of 8K/UltraHD2 HDR/WCG
  • Mix and match SDI and NDI signal monitoring and analysis
  • UltraHD UI for high resolution picture display including PQ support for HDR capable displays via integrated DisplayPort
  • Configurable layouts allow you to put the tool you need in the window you need it 
  • Support for display referred SDR (Rec.709), HDR ST 2084/PQ, and HLG analysis
  • Support for scene referred ARRI, Canon, Panasonic, RED and Sony camera color spaces 
  • Dolby Vision dynamic metadata inspection and presentation
  • Precision CIE graph, vectorscope, waveform, and histogram support
  • False color mode to easily spot out of gamut/out of brightness pixels 
  • NIT levels and audio phase metering
  • Line mode to focus a region of interest onto a single horizontal or vertical line
  • File base error logging with timecode
  • Scope LUT applies a 3D LUT to signal being analysed
  • Display LUT applies a 3D LUT to only the monitoring display
  • Three year warranty

HDR and SDR Real Time Monitoring and Analysis 

HDR production demands a reliable and predictable tool for monitoring and analyzing all the steps in the process, to ensure that your artistic vision is followed from camera to the end user's final display.

AJA's HDR Image Analyzer 12G ensures that you fully control your technical choices as you capture, pass on, and deliver your HDR/SDR materials.

HDR Image Analyzer 12G offers powerful monitoring and analysis for:

  • Live Production
  • DIT (Digital Image Technician) Pipelines
  • Broadcast Monitoring
  • Postproduction
  • QC (Quality Control)
  • Final HDR Mastering

8K/UltraHD2 Analysis

HDR Image Analyzer 12G provides the necessary connectivity to support advanced 8K/UltraHD2 HDR/WCG and SDR production monitoring and analysis workflows, including video payload identifier (VPID) analysis.

8K/UltraHD2 workflows are increasing, and so are the products that support them. Ensure your workflow gets set up correctly the first time by validating 8K/UltraHD2 VPIDs before you get started with HDR Image Analyzer 12G.

Providing the same high quality and precision analysis tools available for all other video formats, this powerful analyzer is a smart investment for today's needs as well as ensuring you are ready for tomorrow.

Dolby Vision

Supports Dolby Vision® dynamic metadata inspection and analysis for advanced HDR mastering and QC applications.

  • Display of SDI embedded Dolby Vision dynamic metadata
  • Supports both Dolby Vision v4.0 and v2.9 through automatic detection
  • Presents scene-by-scene/shot-by-shot metadata in various ways:
    • Visually in the waveform showing NIT markers for L1 metadata (Min, Mid, Max)
    • Other Dolby Vision metadata in Dolby Vision tools in human readable text

Multi-Channel Signal Analysis

Simultaneously analyze up to 4x 4K/UltraHD signals side-by-side. Perfect for camera matching and camera testing applications providing the ability to see, in real-time, the matching adjustments made.  This is also helpful for analyzing different cameras in a multi-camera environment, multiple deliverables, or even QCing multiple projects at one time.  Mix and match SDI and NDI signal analysis for ultimate flexibility.

NDI Signal Analysis

The use of Network Device Interface (NDI) is expanding into a wide range of applications from Pro AV to broadcast and postproduction applications. NDI and SDI signals are often being used within the same applications.  

New in version 3.0 is the ability to analyze and monitor NDI signals by adding NDI streams to the list of available source devices for signal analysis. NDI signals can now be analyzed with the same high quality tools as your SDI signals. Applications are endless and HDR Image Analyzer 12G helps to bridge the gap between SDI and NDI workflows.

  • NDI inputs support 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD
  • Supports “Full NDI” (High Bandwidth NDI)
  • Mix and match SDI and NDI signal analysis

HDR Image Analyzer 12G:
Features Spotlight with Colorist Samuel Bilodeau

Colorist Samuel Bilodeau from Mystery Box offers practical and personal insights as a power user of the HDR Image Analyzer. Based on his on-set and in the post suite experiences, he shares his favorite features and why the HDR Image Analyzer is vital to their workflow from end-to-end.

Input Support:
From Cameras to HDR/SDR

Modern cameras are inherently HDR capable with their wide dynamic ranges, and for live events, recording, and broadcasts, it’s crucial to monitor their dynamic range and gamut outputs being employed for HDR delivery.

With input support for both leading camera Log formats as well as SDR, HLG, and PQ monitoring from a range of sources, HDR Image Analyzer 12G takes the pain out of HDR/WCG monitoring. With a wide range of analysis tools and automatic error logging with timecode stamping, HDR Image Analyzer 12G ensures your production achieves the desired final results.

Camera Support

  • ARRI®
  • Canon®
  • Panasonic®
  • RED®
  • Sony®

Color Gamuts

  • BT.2020
  • BT.709
  • P3
  • XYZ
  • Auto Color Gamut Detection

Dynamic Range Inputs

  • SDR (REC 709) 
  • PQ (ST 2084) 
  • HLG
  • Auto Dynamic Range Detections

Video I/O

  • 4x 12G-SDI inputs supporting up to 8K/UltraHD2 60p
  • 4x NDI Inputs up to 4K/UltraHD 60p
  • DisplayPort Outputs for UI, up to UltraHD 60p
  • Auto Source Format Detection

ACES Support

The Academy Color Encoding System (ACES) is becoming an industry standard for managing color throughout the life cycle of a motion picture or television production. From capture through editing, VFX, mastering, public presentation, archiving, and future remastering, ACES ensures a consistent color experience that preserves the creative vision.

HDR Image Analyzer 12G supports an ACES Grading Color Space and offers ACEScct signal analysis for real time integration with ACES workflows.

Configurable Layouts

The HDR Image Analyzer 12G interface provides a quadrant layout for viewing your tools and footage as you work. Quick key shortcuts provide preconfigured common layouts for how your tools and views are presented.

For quick and easy layout customization, you can choose a particular tool to be shown in any of the quadrants by either right clicking on the quadrant itself and choosing your preferred tool or by accessing quadrant choices from the Analyzer Mode menu.  

Each quadrant is individually configurable to present an analysis tool for any of the four channels. Mix and match SDI and NDI signal analysis as needed.  

A four channel view is available to monitor four signals simultaneously, with each channel showing the image, waveform, and vectorscope plus audio metering.

Key Tools and Interface Details

Web Interface

HDR Image Analyzer 12G offers a powerful new Web Interface that can be accessed anywhere on a network from any web browser on any OS. 

This allows configuration from a remote computer and simplifies access when placing HDR Image Analyzer 12G in a rack environment, on set, in facility control rooms, QC departments, and more. This further provides the ability to update HDR Image Analyzer 12G remotely and to download logs and screenshots wherever needed.

Remote Desktop Support

Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) further allows control of a HDR Image Analyzer 12G over a network. Your RDP client presents the Analyzer's GUI in a local window as well as providing keyboard/mouse control. The RDP client computer can be a desktop, laptop, or tablet.

HDR Analysis Tools

Included in HDR Image Analyzer 12G's toolsets are waveform, histogram, and vectorscope monitoring, plus a host of essential image analysis tools:

  • Automated Color Space switching over SDI for SDR/PQ/HLG
  • False Color Modes
    • Brightness
    • Brightness Warning
    • Gamut
    • Gamut Warning
  • Waveform
    • Luminance
    • Lumi Color
    • Color
    • RGB Color
    • RGB
    • YCbCr
    • YRGB
  • Histogram
    • Luminance
    • Color
  • Vectorscope
  • Color Gamut
  • Nit Light Level
  • Frame average Light Level bar
  • File Based Error Logging with Timecode
  • Data Analyzer with Advanced Pixel Picker
  • Dolby Vision dynamic metadata inspection and presentation
  • Advanced, Out of Gamut and Out of Brightness Detection with Error Tolerance 
  • Out of Gamut MAX warning: Provides notice if color goes outside of P3d65

Camera Log Inputs

HDR Image Analyzer 12G provides direct input for a range of camera Log inputs, allowing direct connections from the world’s leading camera manufacturers for immediate analysis of production feeds.

Video Sources

Address your video source setup with quick access from the Video menu. Easy access for setting resolution, color space, transport and pixel mapping or use Auto Detect for automatic configuration using the source signal’s VPID.

Choose Setups

Setups can be saved and recalled quickly when moving between projects and tool configurations.

Screen Capture

Screenshots can be captured for quick recall and saved to be shared with others for a visual representation of any issues that need to be addressed.

Color Space

Several different color spaces can be utilized for analysis, including Rec. 709, P3, XYZ, and BT.2020, as well as camera native color spaces.

HDR Image Analyzer 12G also offers an Auto HDR mode change for automatic HDR color space triggering when possible.

Waveform Lumi Color

HDR Image Analyzer 12G offers a range of views for waveform representations including Waveform Lumi Color. Waveform Lumi Color offers a gorgeous combination of both luminance and colors in the project’s color space.


Vectorscope displays the color saturation of each pixel in the video frame, with the middle of the circle indicating a lower saturation level, and the edge of the circle indicating a higher saturation level.

Vectorscope Targeting

The vectorscope additionally offers a zoom feature and a skin tone line, whose value can be manually set as desired, especially useful for ensuring consistent skin tone results for sequence work and camera matching.


HDR Image Analyzer allows you to set a white point relevant for the project at hand. Choose between DCI, D65 or simply turn off.

CIE XY Gamut View

In HDR mode the CIE XY Gamut View can be used to check the encoded colors, and whether they are within the valid limit of color range. Gamuts for BT.709, DCI P3, and BT.2020 are represented with brightness and gamut bars for measuring maximum, frame, current and average levels against your target.

False Color – Gamut Warning

Out of Gamut False Color mode provides a clear visual representation of areas of your image that may present a problem. The results can be saved automatically within your logged files for QC needs.

Pixel Picker

Precision is key and HDR Image Analyzer 12G makes it simple. Glide your mouse across your footage and use the Pixel Picker to give you a read out of the exact pixels Nit level, Hex or Decimal code values.


HDR Image Analyzer 12G can detect Gamut violations and brightness violations in HDR events and logs them with time stamps in a log file and on screen. Log files can then be collected for sharing with your team as necessary.


Timecode may be overlayed on screen to assist with quickly identifying any areas of concern at particular moments in a sequence or shot.

Audio Metering

An audio level meter is included for up to 16-channels of metered monitoring and display of peak DB levels. An audio phase meter can also be configured to display either 2-channel (stereo) or 8-channel (surround) audio. Audio Level Warnings may be set to generate notes into your logs.

Analyzer Gain

Analyzer Gain allows you to increase or decrease the gain put out to your display simplifying your ability to monitor critical items with dark footage in particular.

Footage courtesy of Spicey Pixels and Nanosys


Working with the HDR Image Analyzer 12G is simple and flexible with its 4x 12G-SDI connections and dual 10 GigE interfaces for media and control.

Connect your SDI sources to one or more of the 12G-SDI connections and connect the dual 10 GigE RJ-45’s to the network with access to your Full NDI sources.

For 8K/UltraHD2 workflows, simply connect your source to all four of the 12G-SDI connections.

Connect a keyboard, mouse, and an UltraHD HDR display (up to 60p) from a DisplayPort connection for the best viewing of both the footage and the HDR Image Analyzer 12G user interface - if necessary, the DisplayPort can drive an HDMI monitor with a DisplayPort to HDMI adapter.

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Extended Features

High raster imagery deserves a high raster interface for keeping a critical eye on your aesthetic elements as you analyze your materials for HDR. HDR Image Analyzer 12G provides pristine imagery and the ability to hone in on the smallest details for an accurate analysis of your materials:

  • High quality, ultra precise UltraHD user interface for native resolution picture display including PQ support for HDR capable displays
  • Scope LUT applies a 3D LUT to signal being analyzed
  • Display LUT applies a 3D LUT to only the monitoring display
  • The ability to arrange tools at will in the four quadrants of the interface
  • Line Mode: Focus Region of Interest onto a single Horizontal or Vertical line
  • Still Store
  • Audio Peak Metering
  • Out of Gamut, Brightness, False Color Mode, Audio Levels, and Phase Metering

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Industry Leading Support

AJA’s technical support is recognized as among the best in the industry and is available to all AJA customers. If you need assistance with any aspect of your HDR Image Analyzer 12G installation, configuration, operation or encounter any technical issue, AJA Support will work with you to get up and running.

HDR Image Analyzer 12G is covered by a generous three year warranty. Please see the individual Product’s Manual for additional specifics around warranty conditions for the product itself.

Tech Specs

Log/SDR/HDR Image Analysis Tool

  • Multi-channel HDR Waveform, Histogram, and Vectorscope monitoring

Video Format

  • (8K) 8192x4320p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 47.95, 48, 50, 59.94, 60
  • (UltraHD2) 7680x4320p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60
  • (4K) 4096x2160p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 47.95, 48, 50, 59.94, 60
  • (UltraHD) 3840x2160p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60
  • (2K) 2048x1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 47.95, 48, 50, 59.94, 60
  • (2K) 2048x1080PsF 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30
  • (HD) 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60
  • (HD) 1080PsF 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30
  • (HD) 720p 50, 59.94, 60

Video Codec

  • NDI SpeedHQ (High Bandwidth)

Audio Streams/Codec

  • NDI (uncompressed float)
  • SDI (PCM)

SDI Video Input Digital

  • 4x 12G-SDI BNC
  • 12G-SDI, SMPTE-259/292/296/424/425/2081/2082/2036, 12-bit, 10-bit, and 8-bit

NDI Video Input

  • 2x 10 GigE RJ-45
  • 4x NDI (approx. 105-250Mbit/s per channel)
    • UYVY, 4:2:2, 10-bit and 8-bit
    • UYVA, 4:2:2, 10-bit and 8-bit


Note: Interlaced formats are not supported

Video Inputs

  • SDI connections are input only
    • 8K/UltraHD2 with 12G-SDI, all four connections are used
    • 4K/UltraHD with 12G-SDI, all four connections can be used
    • 4K/UltraHD with 3G-SDI, all four connections are used
    • 2K/HD with 3G-SDI, all four connections can be used


Note: When connections are configured for 12G-SDI or 6G-SDI, only 8K/UltraHD2/4K/UltraHD formats are supported.

  • NDI connections are input only
    • 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD

Audio Input/Output Digital

  • 16-channel 24-bit SDI embedded, 48 kHz synchronous

NDI Audio Input

  • 16-channel, uncompressed float, 48 kHz sample rate, per NDI connection

Computer Monitor Output

  • 4x Display Port Outputs:
    • Up to UltraHD 60p 
    • Supports HDR10/PQ output

Network Interface

  • 2x RJ-45, 10 GigE
  • Embedded web server for remote control
  • Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP)

Size (w x d x h)

  • 1RU form factor
  • 17.2” x 16.9" x 1.7" (436.88 x 429.26 x 43.18 mm) 


  • 28 lb (12.7kg) in box
  • 18 lb (8.2kg) server only


  • 100-240 VAC 50/60 Hz (Dual, redundant power supplies) 
  • 190W typical, 245W Maximum


  • Safe Operating Temperature: 5 to 35 C (41 to 95 F) 
  • Safe Storage Temperature (Power OFF): -40 to 60 C (-40 to 140 F) 
  • Operating Relative Humidity: 8-90% noncondensing 
  • Non Operating Relative Humidity: 5-95% noncondensing 

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