Re: Rumours? by Bob Zelin on Mar 11, 2009 at 2:53:41 am
Hi Pat -
this will make you feel better. Let's say there is a Kona 4 at NAB2009. Guess what - at NAB2010, there will be a Kona 5, and at NAB 2011, there will be a Kona 6. And all your VTRs will be outdated, all your hard drives will be too small, all your SD cards will be tiny compared to next years model. And the new incredible Apple MAC Nehalem - well, this will be a slow dinosaur in 2011 - just 2 years from now.
Your investment in April 2009 will be worthless in just 2 years from now. This is not a rumor. However I do understand that at NAB2009, Blackmagic will PAY FCP users $100 to just take their cards - why pay $1700 for a Kona LHe when Blackmagic will PAY YOU to use their cards. Now, that's an incentive !
If there is a Kona 4, it won't come out until September 2009, and by then, something else will come out (like the Matrox MXO3, and the MOTU V5).
Get a job, go back to work, and stop worring about your "future purchases". With a one year life span, you will be buying new products like this for the rest of your career.
My response is: If someone has to pay you to use their products, what is that saying? ouch.
I have to say that other companies can certainly make products that appear to do the same functions as what AJA offers but it is only when you start looking under the hood that it becomes apparent why they can be sold for less.
We have been working with AJA for 10 years now, John, seems like yesterday :)
and I have to say that their engineering has made it easier for us to do what we do. Other products pale in comparison when it comes to this. An example that you all will grasp. AJA has a hefty buffer on their boards. In the world of video, especially high-end video, this is rather important. Now go compare that to what others are doing. AJA doesn't seem to cut corners when it comes to engineering and design, something we greatly appreciate.
In a generic video sense you may not deem these items important but in the high-end world we know the importance of good engineering and latch onto it. I am happy to pay that 3K, and you don't have to pay me to use it.
[Bob Zelin]"However I do understand that at NAB2009, Blackmagic will PAY FCP users $100 to just take their cards - why pay $1700 for a Kona LHe when Blackmagic will PAY YOU to use their cards. Now, that's an incentive !"
[Bob Zelin]"this will make you feel better. Let's say there is a Kona 4 at NAB2009. Guess what - at NAB2010, there will be a Kona 5, and at NAB 2011, there will be a Kona 6."
Actually THIS will make Pat feel better.
Kona 3 came out 2 or 3 years ago and has been improved almost continuously by free updates. The Kona 3 today has many more features and stability than when it first came out. This has cost all of us end users Zero, as in no money at all.
The Kona 3 works in the new Mac Pros. So any Kona purchase is going to pay dividends down the road because you will have them for a long life cycle. We have three of them running strong. There would have to be a really, REALLY good reason for me to jump to another card. In fact the only thing that would make me jump would be the addition of realtime features like my old CinéWave card.
So you can buy with confidence with any AJA product that you're not buying something that's already outdated when you open the box.
Re: Rumours? by Pat McGowan on Mar 16, 2009 at 1:57:29 pm
We bought into AJA because when we did a straw poll on the COW the response was overwhelming support for their products and support. The KONA LHe we started with (need analog I/O in at least one machine) seems like good technology. We are planning on adding several more FCP stations and I could place the order today but I realize the timing could be dicey, which is why i am fishing for any indications of new product release plan for KONA.
Re: Rumours? by Pat McGowan on Mar 16, 2009 at 2:42:22 pm
We'll wait on the AJA but we'll place the Apple orders.
Here's a question that might apply: Can you open an AJA encoded project on a non-AJA machine in FCP? Same for AE? If so do you need AJA drivers or codecs on the Non-AJA machine? We may just use this method to get us through for the next 30-60 days for a few projects.