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 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 4K and UltraHD ingest and output at frame rates up to 50/60 fps
  • Supports 4:4:4 and 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

Professional Connectivity:
12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0

KONA 5 boasts 4x bidirectional 12G-SDI spigots with a Reference Input and 4K/UltraHD I/O can be achieved with either a single 12G-SDI or 6G-SDI cable, or quad 3G-SDI cables. 2K/HD I/O can be achieved with a single 3G-SDI cable, or dual link 1.5G-SDI, while allowing capture and monitoring via SDI to take place simultaneously.

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

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.

Explore more of our HDR Solutions here:

HDR Solutions

Workflow

KONA 5 offers powerful next generation performance for a range of workflows. Extensive and flexible connectivity will put KONA 5 at the center of your multi-format projects.

 

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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.


Hardware Keying

The built-in hardware downstream keyer allows graphics and images 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.


Tech Specs


Video Formats

  • (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, 47.95, 48, 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, 29.97, 30
  • (HD) 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 47.95, 48, 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 capabilities are dependent on host system attributes. Not all systems and configurations will support all frame rates.


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

 

*SDI connections are bidirectional. For 2K/HD, capture and monitoring can be simultaneous. For 4K/UltraHD with 12G-SDI, capture and monitoring can also be simultaneous.  For 4K/UltraHD with 3G-SDI, all four connections must be used for either Input or Output. Additionally, 12G-SDI, 6G-SDI configured inputs support UltraHD / 4K only.

 

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

 


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***

 

*SDI connections are bidirectional. For 2K/HD, capture and monitoring can be simultaneous. For 4K/UltraHD with 12G-SDI, capture and monitoring can also be simultaneous.  For 4K/UltraHD with 3G-SDI, all four connections must be used for either Input or Output. Additionally, 12G-SDI, 6G-SDI configured outputs support UltraHD / 4K only.

 

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

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 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

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)