22 Dec 2017

AJA goes Thunderbolt 3 with the Io 4K Plus

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The new Io 4K Plus provides portable 4K and HD/SD capture and playback across Thunderbolt 3 The new Io 4K Plus provides portable 4K and HD/SD capture and playback across Thunderbolt 3 AJA

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AJA has added the Io 4K Plus a Thunderbolt 3 device to its capture and output range, while simultaneously updating the software for its family of KONA and Io products to v14.

The $2495 Io 4K Plus is an interesting looking unit that makes the most of Thunderbolt 3 connectivity to provide portable 4K and HD/SD capture and playback while maintaining backwards compatibility with Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 hosts.

Providing realtime 4K/UltraHD to 2K/HD down-conversion for both monitoring and output, the unit inevitably really comes into its own with the Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. This features 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 I/O for 4K and 2K/HD/SD with HFR support up to 60p at 4:2:2, as well as 8-, 10- and 12-bit 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 over 12G-SDI or HDMI 2.0 workflow support. Not content with just one T3 port either, two allow up to six Thunderbolt devices to be daisy-chained.

Featuring support for Premiere Pro, FCP X and Media Composer, among other standard creative tools, audio is looked after with 6-channel embedded SDI; 8-channel embedded HDMI; 4-channel analog audio In and 4-channel audio Out via XLR break-out

One of the main tasks of the new Desktop Software v14 is to introduce support for the Io 4K Plus, but it has some nice new features for existing AJA KONA and Io owners, chiefly on the audio front.

The aim is to provide greater control and integration between timeline audio, host system application audio and microphone inputs, which it does by providing new audio controls to adjust the monitoring mix between NLE timeline audio playback, host system audio and voice over / punch-in mic input. Audio files can now be reviewed and played from multiple locations – including locally stored files, or via a MAM or web browser – in project timelines, while users can also now record voiceovers with low latency, full duplex audio punch-in to existing media on the timeline.

Desktop Software v14 is a free download and available immediately. The Io 4K Plus is available immediately too.

Press release follows on the next page.



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Andy Stout

Andy has spent over two decades writing about all aspects of the broadcast and film industries for a variety of high-profile industry publications on both sides of the Atlantic. During that time the industry has moved from 4:3 SD to 16:9 SD to HD and now on to 4K HDR. He's getting kind of curious to see where it goes next.

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