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Io® 4K

Powerful Mobile Thunderbolt I/O

Io 4K is the next evolution of capture and output hardware offering a full set of professional video and audio connectivity with support for the latest 4K and UltraHD devices and High Frame Rate workflows. The power of Thunderbolt 2 enables Io 4K to handle a wide range of formats from SD to HD, UltraHD and full 4K over both 3G-SDI and HDMI and support 4K frame rates up to 60p, plus HDR 10 and HLG support over HDMI for emerging HDR workflows.

Professional connectivity

Have the connectivity required for today’s variety of productions. Io 4K supports 4K, UltraHD, 3G-SDI, Dual Link, HD-SDI and SD-SDI as well as UltraHD and HD over HDMI 1.4a for both capture and output. The HDMI output is also able to accurately display HDR 10, HLG to support emerging HDR workflows.

Thunderbolt 2 technology allows even greater bandwidth between host computer systems and properly engineered Thunderbolt devices. AJA’s Io 4K takes full advantage of this improved throughput to allow capture and output of video signals from SD to 4K and everything in between.

Futureproof

Io 4K offers broad and futureproof support for formats all the way from SD to 4K.  The realtime down-converter also means you can work at higher resolutions and easily create lower resolution deliverables without the need to recapture or re-edit.

With applicable streaming software, you can utilize all 4x 3G-SDI connections for live stream switching from multiple input sources.  

HDR

HDR or High Dynamic Range, provides the ability to display a wider and richer range of colors, much brighter whites, and much deeper, darker blacks than standard signals allow. This gives your imagery a more ‘dynamic’ look and allows for natural true to life colors to be communicated to your audience.

Io 4K provides this support for your 4K/UltraHD/2K and HD HDR pipelines to HDMI compatible displays in software v12.5 and above by offering HDR 10 support with HDR Infoframe metadata, in accordance with HDMI 2.0a/CTA-861.3. Desktop Software v13 introduces HLG support over HDMI for the latest versions of Adobe Premiere CC.

Monitor 4K in HD

When working at 4K resolutions, Io 4K outputs a high quality HD-SDI down-converted signal on a dedicated BNC connector. This HD signal can be used to output 4K projects directly to HD recorders for broadcast and for easy viewing of 4K images on HD monitors during postproduction.

Powerful

Thunderbolt 2 technology increases the available bandwidth that can be carried on a single Thunderbolt cable. Io 4K capitalizes on this increased capacity to allow up to 4K signals to be captured and output.

With dual Thunderbolt 2 ports, compatible with Thunderbolt 3, Io 4K can daisy chain additional devices together such as high resolution displays and high capacity storage for a complete, portable solution that’s powerful enough to meet the demands of professional production.

Extensive software support

AJA hardware is supported by an extensive list of professional software for editing, visual effects, graphics and more allowing the same AJA device to be used by many different applications on the same system. In addition, AJA provides several free applications that enable you to utilize the power of your AJA hardware even without having to run a particular software package. This allows you to create unique workflows without tying up valuable resources unnecessarily.

Compatibility

Integrated Audio

Embedded 16-Channel SDI and 8-Channel HDMI audio are supported as well as analog audio outputs via a standard DB-25 connection. Stereo monitoring is also possible with 2 x RCA outputs and a front panel mini-TRS headphone jack.

 

Sync up

Io 4K can be locked to an external reference for integration into larger productions, or feed LTC in and out to ensure footage captured with Io 4K has the proper timecode.

Machine control

An RS-422 port allows control of tape decks for frame accurate captures and layoffs.


Features

  • 4 x bidirectional 3G-SDI
  • 4K/UltraHD HDMI I/O
  • Simultaneous SDI and HDMI outputs
  • Realtime 4K to HD downconversion for HD-SDI and HDMI monitoring
  • 10-bit high quality 4:2:2, 4:4:4 and High Frame Rate workflow support
  • Two Thunderbolt™ 2 ports
  • Use with any Thunderbolt 2 system for up to 4K at 10-bit quality and up to 50p/60p
  • Backwards compatible with existing Thunderbolt hosts
  • 16-Channel embedded audio on SDI
  • 8-Channel embedded audio on HDMI
  • DB-25 analog audio output connector
  • XLR 12V power for battery or AC use
  • RS-422 VTR control, Reference, LTC Input
  • Headphone jack and level control for mobile environments

Tech Specs


Video Formats

• (4K) 4096 x 2160P 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60
• (4K) 4096 x 2160PsF 23.98, 24, 25
• (UltraHD) 3840 x 2160P 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60
• (UltraHD) 3840 x 2160PsF 23.98, 24, 25
• (2K) 2048 x 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60
• (2K) 2048 x 1080PsF 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30
• (HD) 1080i 50, 59.94, 60
• (HD) 1080PsF 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30
• (HD) 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60
• (HD) 720p 50, 59.94, 60
• (SD) 625i 25
• (SD) 525i 29.97

 

Note: High Frame Rate support is dependent on Thunderbolt speed. Not all systems will support all frame rates.


Video Inputs

• 3G-SDI, SMPTE-259/292/296/424/425, 8-bit, 10-bit and 12-bit*
• 4K/UltraHD 4:4:4 (4 x BNC)
• 2K HSDL (High Speed Data Link) 4:4:4 (2 x BNC)
• Dual Link HD 4:4:4 (2 x BNC)
• Single Link 4:2:2 or 4:4:4 (1 x BNC)
• HDMI v1.4
  • 30/36 bits/pixel, RGB or YUV, 2.25 Gbps.
  • UltraHD, 2K, HD and SD

 

*Bit depth support is application dependent. Check with your software manufacturer for compatibility.


Video Outputs

• 3G-SDI, SMPTE-259/292/296/424, 8-bit, 10-bit and 12-bit*
• 4K/UltraHD 4:4:4 (4 x BNC)
• 2K HSDL (High Speed Data Link) 4:4:4 (2 x BNC)
• Dual Link HD 4:4:4 (2 x BNC)
• Single Link 4:2:2 or 4:4:4 (1 x BNC)
• HDMI v1.4b
  • 30/36 bits/pixel, RGB or YUV, 2.25 Gbps
  • 2K, HD, and SD, UltraHD with HFR support up to 60p 4:2:0
  • HDR10 Support - HDR Infoframe metadata, in accordance with HDMI 2.0a/CTA-861.3
  • HLG Support - in accordance with HDMI 2.0b/CTA-861-G**

 

*Bit depth support is application dependent. Check with your software manufacturer for compatibility.
**HLG support is application dependent. Check with your software manufacturer for compatibility.


Audio Inputs Digital

• 16-Channel, 16- and 24-bit SDI embedded audio, 48 kHz sample rate, synchronous
• 8-Channel, 16- and 24-bit HDMI embedded audio, 48 kHz sample rate, synchronous


Audio Outputs Digital

• 16-Channel, 16- and 24-bit SDI embedded audio, 48 kHz sample rate, synchronous
• 8-Channel, 16- and 24-bit HDMI embedded audio, 48 kHz sample rate, synchronous


Audio Outputs Analog

• 8-Channel, 16- and 24-bit D/A analog audio, 48 kHz sample rate, balanced, using industry standard 8 x XLR on DB-25 breakout cable (Breakout cable not include)
• +24 dBu full scale digital (0dbFS)
• +/- 0.2 dB 20 to 20 kHz frequency response


Downstream Keyer

• Supports graphics with alpha channel over video, matte or framebuffer, or framebuffer content over incoming video or matte


Down-Conversion

• Realtime, dedicated 4K down-conversion output (1 x BNC)
• 4K to 2K down-conversion
• UltraHD to HD down-conversion


Reference and LTC I/O

• 1 x BNC LTC output
• 1 x BNC assignable to Reference video or LTC input


Reference

• Analog Color Black (1V) or Composite Sync (2 or 4V)
• Nonterminating


Electrical Interface

• Thunderbolt 2 (2 x)


Machine Control

  • RS-422, Sony 9-pin protocol
  • 9-pin D-connector pinout is as follows:

  1

GND

2

RX-

3

TX+

4

GND

5

No Connection

6

GND

7

RX+

8

TX-

9

GND

Shell

GND


Size (w x d x h)

• 8.74" x 7.09" x 1.65" (222mm x 180mm x 42mm)


Weight

• 3.1 lbs (1.5 kg)


Power

• 10-20V, 23W typical, 28W max


Environment

• Safe Operating Temperature Range: 0 to 35C (32F to 95F)

• Safe Storage Temperature (Power OFF): -40 to 60 degrees C (-40 to 140 degrees F)

• Operating Relative Humidity: 10-90% noncondensing

• Operating Altitude: <3,000 meters (<10,000 feet)