KONA 5

Ultimate Performance

Take command of the most challenging projects using the immense power of the newest member of the KONA product line. KONA 5 is 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 10-bit 4:2:2 and 4:4:4, or even 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.

For HDR workflows, KONA 5 supports HDR10 and HLG* for rich color delivery over HDMI 2.0.
KONA 5 has the power for the work you do today and into the future.
*Application dependent

$2995 US MSRP*

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

Features

  • Supports 8K/UltraHD2/4K/UltraHD/2K/HD/SD ingest and output at frame rates up to 50/60 fps
  • Supports RGB 4:4:4 and YCbCr 4:2:2 workflows
  • 10-bit 4K/UltraHD and 2K/Dual Link/HD/SD input and output
  • 12-bit color support (application dependent)
  • HDMI 2.0 output (4K/UltraHD HFR 4:2:2 10-bit)
  • HDR10 support - HDR Infoframe metadata, in accordance with
  • HDMI 2.0a/CTA-861.3
  • HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) support
  • 8-Ch AES/EBU, 8-Ch embedded HDMI, and 16-Ch embedded SDI digital audio I/O
  • Reference Input on card (Analog black burst or Tri-level)
  • Extend external connectivity with included breakout cable
  • RS-422 support on 9-pin connector
  • macOS, Windows and Linux support
  • Free AJA Control Room and AJA Control Panel software to get you up and running with up to 8K HFR workflows right out of the box.

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. 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.

*Please note that when ordering a KONA 5 for the Apple Mac Pro, to specify model number KONA-5-R0-S01 which supports PCIe bus power.

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 delivers robust HDR compatibility to HDMI displays with support for HLG and HDR10 with HDR Infoframe metadata, in accordance with HDMI2.0a/CTA-861.3 and HD.

And, using AJA Control Panel and AJA Control Room, (free software provided for capture and playback along with the AJA Desktop Software package) you can get to work right away with HDR ingest, pass through and monitoring.

Explore more of our HDR Solutions here:

HDR Solutions

Workflow

Connect your digital sources via 12G-SDI to KONA 5 for capture to a wide variety of formats. 

Monitor via HDMI 2.0 output (HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision* and HDR10+*), and master to destinations using high quality professional SDI outputs, machine control and analog or tri-level reference. 

*Dolby Vision and HDR10+ integration available when using the AJA SDK.

 

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.


Integration

KONA 5 supports macOS, Windows and Linux, providing incredible 4K
and multi-channel power for a wide range of creative applications.

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 and 8-bit
  • 6G-SDI, SMPTE-2081, 10-bit and 8-bit
  • 3G-SDI, SMPTE-259/292/296/424/425, 12-bit*, 10-bit and 8-bit
  • 4K/UltraHD 4:4:4 (4x BNC)
  • 1.5G-SDI, SMPTE 372M, Dual Link HD 4:4:4 (2x BNC), 12-bit*, 10-bit and 8-bit
  • 1.5G-SDI, SMPTE 292M, Single Link 4:2:2 (1x BNC), 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


Video Outputs Digital

  • 12G-SDI*, SMPTE-2082, 12-bit*, 10-bit and 8-bit
  • 6G-SDI*, SMPTE-2081, 10-bit and 8-bit
  • 3G-SDI, SMPTE-259/292/296/424, 12-bit*, 10-bit and 8-bit
  • 4K/UltraHD 4:4:4 (4x BNC)
  • 1.5G-SDI, SMPTE 372M, Dual Link HD 4:4:4 (2x BNC), 12-bit*, 10-bit and 8-bit
  • 1.5G-SDI, SMPTE 292M, Single Link 4:2:2 (1x BNC), 10-bit and 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
  • HDR10 Support** - HDR Infoframe metadata, compatible with HDMI 2.0a/CTA-861.3
  • HLG Support** - compatible with HDMI 2.0b/CTA-861-G

 

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

 

Note: KONA 5 SDI connectors are HD BNC


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)