AJA's Ki Pro Ultra 4K recorder gets Avid DNxHD support

Written by Patrick Jong Taylor

AJA / RedShark NewsAJA Ki Pro Ultra

AJA's powerful recorder adds Avid DNxHD codec support to enable more workflows.

We first profiled AJA's powerhouse 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD video recorder and playback device, the AJA Ki Pro Ultra, about a year ago. At the time, we were floored by all the available I/O options and overall versatility of the Ki Pro Ultra (for more information, check out our initial coverage HERE). Recently, AJA released a firmware update that expands the Ki Pro Ultra's functionality, specifically supporting Avid workflows.

Ki Pro Ultra v2.0 Firmware adds the following codecs and the following frame rates:

Avid DNxHD codecs
-- DNxHD HQX (220x)
-- DNxHD SQ (145)
-- DNxHD LB (36)

Video frame rates
-- 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97
-- 1080i 25, 29.97
-- 1080PsF 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97
-- 720p 50, 59.94

In addition, the v2.0 software includes Ki Protect, which helps maintain drive integrity, in case the media drive is removed accidentally or loses power. This features works by pre-allocating drive space for video, audio and timecode at record start. The file header continuously updates as it receives new data, ensuring that recorded frames are recoverable.

Ki Pro Ultra v2.0 is available for Ki Pro Ultra, Ki Pro Rack and Ki Pro Mini products and can be downloaded from the product's Support Page.

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