KONA 5

KONA 5

Ultimate Performance

Compatibility Configuration

$2995 US MSRP*

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

Overview

Take command of the most challenging projects using the immense power of KONA 5, AJA’s blazingly fast, 8-lane PCIe 3.0 I/O card, designed for today’s most demanding video and audio workflows. 

Whether you are working with HFR 8K/UltraHD2, 4K/UltraHD, 2K/HD, SD, Deep Color and/or HDR, experience the quality and peace of mind that KONA 5 brings to your world. Supporting 4:2:2, 10-bit 4:2:2 and 4:4:4, 12-bit color spaces for pristine imagery, KONA 5 allows the flexibility to ingest and output with 12G/6G/3G-SDI and monitor with a full-size HDMI 2.0 port. The bidirectional 12G-SDI ports provide immense flexibility for capture and simultaneous pass through, and with the appropriate software, multi-channel capture and streaming.

KONA 5 works with AJA's Control Room, Control Panel software and SDK tools, providing support for leading content creation applications, such as Adobe® Premiere® Pro, Apple® Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer®, FilmLight products and more.

For HDR* workflows, KONA 5 supports HDR10, HLG, PQ and Dolby Vision for  rich color delivery over SDI and/or HDMI. KONA 5 has the power for the work you do today and into the future. 

*Application dependent

 

Features

  • 8K/UltraHD2/4K/UltraHD/2K/HD/SD up to 50/60p
  • 4x bidirectional 12G-SDI connections with 16-channel embedded audio
  • HDMI 2.0 output, 4K/UltraHD HFR, plus 8K to 4K downsampling
  • RGB 4:4:4 12-bit, YCbCr 4:2:2 10-bit and HFR workflows supported 
  • 8K support for Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer
  • 8K or multi-channel 4K support for OEM applications with AJA SDK
  • Dynamic FPGA Firmware Reconfiguration
  • 4K Closed Caption Support
  • VPID signaling for SDR/HDR Transfer Characteristics, Colorimetry and Luminance via SDI
  • PQ, HLG, HDR10, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision Support
  • HDR Metadata Capture and Auto Playback Detection
  • Compatible with leading creative apps
  • Includes support for the new Apple M1 chip
  • Supports 12G and 6G I/O for Telestream Wirecast
  • Supports AES Audio I/O for Telestream Wirecast
  • Reference Input on card (Analog black burst or Tri-level)
  • Included breakout cable for LTC, RS-422, 8-ch AES/EBU
  • Three year warranty

 

 

New Apple M1 Chip Support

Desktop Software v16.1 and above is optimized for the new Apple M1 chip with native support for AJA macOS drivers, application plug-ins, AJA Control Room, AJA Control Panel, AJA System Test and AJA NMOS software.

Professional Connectivity:
12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0

KONA 5 boasts 4x bidirectional 12G-SDI spigots and a Reference Input directly on the card bracket. The 4x HDBNC SDI connections can be used in a wide variety of configurations to support your creative needs; use four cables simultaneously to support either 8K/UltraHD2 (via 4x 12G-SDI) or 4K/UltraHD (via 3G-SDI), alternatively use a single cable for input and a single cable for simultaneous pass-through/output for either 4K/UltraHD (via 1x 12G-, or 6G-SDI) or HD/2K (via 1x 3G-SDI, or even single/dual link 1.5G-SDI).

A full-sized HDMI 2.0 connection offers monitoring and output, with HDR , Deep Color and HFR support. Across the board, KONA 5 is the professionals choice for post, broadcast, graphics, virtual sets, pre-viz, live compositing and more.

Extended Connectivity

KONA 5 ships with an included breakout cable that offers extensive connectivity for AES, RS-422 control support and Reference:

  • 8-Channels of AES/EBU (BNC) In

  • 8-Channels of AES/EBU (BNC) Out

  • RS-422 9-pin connector for control

  • LTC In and Out

KONA 5 also ships with 5x HDBNC to full-size BNC “pigtails” to ensure out-of-the box compatibility with your SDI infrastructure.

Apple Mac Pro Compatible

AJA offers full compatibility for the new Apple Mac Pro, including support for AJA Control Room with Metal compatibility as well as extensive support for a range of applications. macOS support for 11.0 (Big Sur), 10.15 (Catalina), 10.14 (Mojave) is also offered with KONA 5.

For productions handling high resolution workflows all the way up to 8K, KONA 5* is a perfect companion for the new desktop offering multi-channel 4K and 8K support.

*Special Note for ordering KONA 5 for use with a Mac Pro 2019

There are two choices:
(1) PN: KONA-5-R0-S01 will use PCIe slot power in Mac Pro 2019, but this KONA model should not be used in any other Mac or PC host system.
(2) PN KONA-5-R0 uses ATX power, and so can be used in other relevant Mac or PC host systems. However, a 3rd party ATX cable kit for the Mac Pro 2019
will be required > Link Here.

There are no caveats for other KONA or Io products.

HDR

HDR (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.

KONA 5 HDR workflows can also benefit from AJA's Control Room application and it's companion, AJA Control Panel, which comes complete with built-in HDR test patterns. 

AJA Control Room provides VPID signaling for SDR/HDR Transfer Characteristics, Colorimetry and Luminance transfer characteristics over SDI, bringing flexible output options to your KONA 5. HDMI ports that were already HDR compatible will work simultaneously, for HDR output via both SDI and HDMI.

AJA Control Room software adds support for HDR metadata capture from an incoming SDI or HDMI signal. The captured .mov video file will have embedded HDR metadata, allowing the file to be played back at its intended dynamic range.

AJA Control Room software also provides the KONA 5 with HDR Auto Playback Detection. Embedded HDR metadata in a recorded .mov file, is read and used to automatically set the HDR format on the monitor(s) connected to the KONA 5 HDMI and/or SDI outputs. Support for file-based .mov HDR outputs with metadata from Adobe Premiere Pro/Adobe Media Encoder HDR files is also available. Screening those rendered outputs is a simple and hi-quality experience with AJA Control Room. Every frame is presented in its full-quality, at the timing intended, and with the proper HDR format set correctly and automatically.

Explore more of our HDR Solutions here:

HDR Solutions

HDR NLE / VFX Software Support

  • Desktop Software v16 now supports HDR across more third-party professional video softwares applications than ever, including Adobe Premiere Pro 

  • Take advantage of HLG, PQ, HDR10 workflows in broadcast and post.

  • Work between 709, BT2020 and P3 with ease.

8K NLE / VFX Software Support

The latest AJA Desktop Software v16 advances 8K workflows with KONA 5 by providing native support for 8K video in Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer. KONA 5 offers the broadest video format of any AJA product, meaning you can confidently transition to larger format video workflows for Sports, eSports, Virtual Production, and other cutting-edge workflows.

For those who hop between 8K visual effects sequences and 4K live action footage, KONA 5 now also supports fast-bitfile-switching. In under 10 seconds you can flip between a KONA 5 personality tuned for 8K operations, to one dedicated to 4K and below. No waiting for firmware to update, no reboots required. Just powerful options to make your day go that bit faster and easier.

8K Capture and Playback

At a time when 8K recording devices are prohibitively expensive, unlock the next generation power of 8K capture and playback via KONA 5 and use a more cost effective workstation. Capture 8K ProRes on Windows, Linux or macOS for example, and use the file immediately in your NLE or other application of choice.

Dynamic FPGA Firmware Reconfiguration

KONA 5 now supports fast bitfile-switching. In under 10 seconds you can flip between a KONA 5 personality tuned for 8K operations, to one dedicated to 4K and below. No waiting for firmware to update, no reboots required

4K Closed Caption Support

AJA Control Room

  • Supports CEA-608 or 608-in-708 via ANC extraction firmware

Avid & Adobe Plugins

  • All SMPTE-291 (ANC) based captions supported
  • Adobe Premiere supports native 708 if the raw data is available. For instance in the Adobe plug-ins we handle the case where Premiere hands us full 708 data, we just pass it through to the device.
  • Avid Media Composer supports active video ANC (line 21) or ANC via ANC extractor/inserter (up to UHD/4K)

Workflow

Connect your digital sources via 12G-SDI to KONA 5 for capture to and playback from a wide variety of formats. Master to destinations using high quality professional SDI outputs, machine control and analog or tri-level reference.
Monitor via HDMI 2.0 output for 4K or HD, or utilize as a 4K down sample from 8K SDI, so you can make use of your existing 4K monitors for 8K work. 

KONA 5 also supports VPID signaling for SDR/HDR Transfer Characteristics, Colorimetry and Luminance via SDI.

  • PQ, HLG, HDR10, HDR10+* and Dolby Vision* Support
  • HDR Metadata Capture and Auto Playback Detection


*Dolby Vision and HDR10+ integration available when using the AJA SDK, or using compatible 3rd party software.

 

Download Workflow

Sync Up

KONA 5 can be locked to an external reference for integration into larger productions, or feed LTC in and out to ensure footage captured with KONA 5 has the proper timecode.

Machine Control

A 9-pin RS-422 port on the included breakout cable allows control of a range of external devices for frame accurate captures and layoffs.


AR support with Unreal Engine 4.22

Capture real time footage with KONA 5 over SDI from high quality cameras, meld your footage with your virtual environment created by the Unreal Engine and send it back out in real time to air - a growing need for broadcasters, augmented reality (AR) needs and more.

Digital film makers also benefit with these new workflows: On set, enhance your live action VFX work with the ability to see a full composite live during the course of the shoot. This results in fewer reshoots, the ability for actors to understand the virtual environment they are working within for stronger performances and ultimately leads to a range of efficiencies and cost savings with the added benefit of a smoother transition into post production.

Quick Start Guide on using KONA 5 with Unreal Engine

Hardware Keying

The built-in hardware downstream keyer allows graphics and images up to 4K/UltraHD to be easily overlaid on the input video in realtime. 

Legendary Support

AJA Technical Support is recognized as one of the best in the industry and is provided at no additional charge. Our support team will work with you to solve any issues you might encounter and get you working as quickly as possible.


KONA 5 Operating Systems Compatibilities

  • macOS support for 11.0 (Big Sur), 10.15 (Catalina), 10.14 (Mojave).

  • Linux Ubuntu support for 20.04 LTS, 18.04 LTS, 16.04  LTS.

  • Linux Redhat/CentOS (8) and (7) support.

  • Windows 10 and updates.

Host Systems Compatibilities

Desktop v16.1 comes with a wide range of tested configurations to help you make an informed choice based on requirements.

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 KONA installation, configuration, operation or encounter any technical issue,  AJA Support will work with you to get up and running.

KONA products are 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


Video Formats

  • (8K) 8192 x 4320p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 47.95, 48, 50, 59.94, 60
  • (UltraHD2) 7680 x 4320p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60
  • (4K) 4096 x 2160p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 47.95, 48, 50, 59.94, 60
  • (UltraHD) 3840 x 2160p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60
  • (2K) 2048 x 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 47.95, 48, 50, 59.94, 60
  • (2K) 2048 x 1080PsF 23.98, 24, 25
  • (HD) 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60
  • (HD) 1080PsF 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30
  • (HD) 1080i 50, 59.94, 60
  • (HD) 720p 50, 59.94, 60
  • (SD) 625i 50
  • (SD) 525i 59.94

 

Note: High Frame Rate and 8K/UltraHD2 capabilities are dependent on host system attributes. Not all systems and configurations will support all frame rates and raster sizes.


Video Inputs Digital

  • 12G-SDI, SMPTE-2082, 12-bit*, 10-bit
  • 6G-SDI, SMPTE-2081, 10-bit
  • 3G-SDI, SMPTE 425
    • RGB 4:4:4 12-bit*, YCbCr 4:2:2 10-bit
  • 1.5G-SDI, SMPTE 292M
    • Single Link HD-SDI YCbCr 4:2:2 10-bit
    • Dual Link RGB 4:4:4 12-bit*, Dual Link YCbCr 4:2:2 10-bit
  • 270 Mbps SDI, SMPTE 259M-C
    • YCbCr 4:2:2 10-bit, 8-bit 

 

*Bit depth support is application dependent. Check with your software manufacturer for compatibility.
Note: KONA 5 SDI connectors are HD BNC


Video Outputs Digital

  • 12G-SDI*, SMPTE-2082, 12-bit*, 10-bit
  • 6G-SDI*, SMPTE-2081, 10-bit
  • 3G-SDI, SMPTE 425
    • RGB 4:4:4 12-bit*, YCbCr 4:2:2 10-bit
  • 1.5G-SDI, SMPTE 292M
    • Single Link HD-SDI YCbCr 4:2:2 10-bit
    • Dual Link RGB 4:4:4 12-bit*, Dual Link YCbCr 4:2:2 10-bit
  • 270 Mbps SDI, SMPTE 259M-C
    • YCbCr 4:2:2 10-bit, 8-bit
  • HDMI v2.0
    • 30/36-bits/pixel, RGB or YUV, 6 Gbps per color component
    • 4K, UltraHD, 2K, HD and SD with HFR support up to 60p (4:2:2), 10-bit and 8-bit

 

*Bit depth support is application dependent. Check with your software manufacturer for compatibility.
Note: KONA 5 SDI connectors are HD BNC


HDR

  • SDI: VPID signaling for SDR/HDR Transfer Characteristics, Colorimetry and Luminance
  • HDMI: HDR10 Support - HDR Infoframe metadata, compatible with HDMI 2.0a/CTA-861.3
  • HDMI: HLG Support - compatible with HDMI 2.0b/CTA-861-G 

 

Note: HDR support is application dependent. Check with your software manufacturer for compatibility.


SDI I/O

  • SDI connections are bidirectional
    • 2K/HD, capture and monitoring is simultaneous
    • 4K/UltraHD with 12G-SDI, capture and monitoring is simultaneous.  
    • 4K/UltraHD with 3G-SDI, all four connections must be used for either Input or Output. 
    • 8K/UltraHD2 with 12G-SDI, connections must be used for either Input or Output. 

 

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


Audio Inputs Digital

  • 16-channel, 24 and 16-bit SDI embedded audio, 48 kHz sample rate, synchronous
  • 8-channel, 16 and 24-bit AES/EBU audio, 48 kHz sample rate, synchronous or nonsynchronous, internal sample rate conversion (via 4x BNC on breakout cable)

Audio Outputs Digital

  • 16-channel, 24-bit SDI embedded audio, 48 kHz sample rate, synchronous
  • 8-channel, 24-bit HDMI embedded audio, 48 kHz sample rate, synchronous
  • 8-channel, 16 and 24-bit AES/EBU audio, 48 kHz sample rate, synchronous or nonsynchronous, internal sample rate conversion (via 4x BNC on breakout cable)

Downstream Keyer

  • Supports graphics up to 2K/HD with alpha channel over video, matte or framebuffer, or framebuffer content over incoming video or matte

Reference

  • Analog Color Black (1V) or Composite Sync (2 or 4V) or HD Tri-Level Sync (1V) (via 1x HD-BNC at PCIe bracket)
  • Reference input is terminated into 75 ohms when Genlock is set to Ref In

Timecode

  • LTC timecode input and output (via 2x BNC on breakout cable)
  • LTC timecode input (via 2-pin header on PCIe card)
  • LTC timecode input (via HD-BNC at PCIe bracket)

Electrical Interface

  • 8-lane PCIe 3.0

Machine Control

  • RS-422, Sony 9-pin protocol (via breakout cable)
  • 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


Noise

  • <50dBA (A-weighted at 1m in free air)

Size (w x d x h)

  • 0.75" x 6.9" x 5.0" (19.05 x 175.26 x 127.00 mm)

Weight

  • PCIe Card:  0.6 lbs (0.3 kg)
  • Cables (all combined): 1.3 lbs (0.6 kg)

Power

  • 28W typical, 35W maximum via ATX power.
  • PC Internal ATX Power Connector (Molex p/n 45559-0002)

 

Note: Unlike other KONA cards, KONA 5 uses PCIe power from a 6 pin ATX connector, rather than the PCIe slot.


Environment

  • Safe Operating Temperature: 0 to 40 C (32 to 104 F)
  • Safe Storage Temperature (Power OFF): -40 to 60 C (-40 to 140 F)
  • Operating Relative Humidity: 10-90% noncondensing
  • Operating Altitude: <3,000 meters (<10,000 feet)