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Pat DeFilippo
Which AJA Card or will Io LA continue to work?
on Nov 29, 2011 at 6:49:14 pm

Hello,

I just bought Avid MC 5.5 (which I'll upgrade to 6 by the end of the year) and am re-learning it. I'm just moving in to Adobe Premiere Pro as well, and took advantage of the Production Premium upgrade to CS5.5 sale that ends today. I also plan to continue to edit with Final Cut Studio 3.

I need to replace my G5 Quad and am leaning toward an 8-core Mac Pro over the 4-core MacBook Pro.

What AJA card is best for a BetaSP deck (albeit rarely used!) and HD monitoring? I currently have the AJA Io LA (SD component/composite/S-Video I/O via FW400).

Can I continue to use the AJA Io LA and add a monitoring-only solution?

Thanks in advance for your advice!
-Pat

G5 Quad Desktop with 4GB Ram, 750GB HD & eSata ~ 30" Cinema Display & 17" Sony SVGA
~ Swift Data 200 Internal 1.6TB SATA II RAID 0 ~
2.33gz Intel MacBook Pro with 3GB Ram, 500GB HD
AJA Io LA
Final Cut Studio 2 on G5 & 3 on MBP
Sony UVW-1800 Beta-SP
Sony DSR-40 DVCam

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TV~DVD~WEB-Device
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Website http://www.PDPost.com
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AJA Sales Department
Re: Which AJA Card or will Io LA continue to work?
on Nov 29, 2011 at 7:48:32 pm

The AJA Io LA is now an end-of-life product. It was specifically designed to work with Final Cut Pro. If you are considering a new computer and card purchase, AJA offers two choices that would support ingest from Betacam SP and HD video monitoring via a variety of applications.

The first choice is the KONA LHe Plus. It provides analog and digital i/o and would allow you to ingest from Betacam SP via component analog connection. You can also use the KONA LHe Plus for HD monitoring via SDI or component analog. You can learn more about the product here:
http://www.aja.com/products/kona/konalheplus/

AJA also offers the KONA LHi. Like the KONA LHe Plus, it provides analog and digital i/o, but in addition to SDI digital connectivity, it also offers HDMI i/o. In addition to this connectivity difference, the AJA KONA LHi can perform up/down/crossconversions. You can learn more about the product here:
http://www.aja.com/products/kona/konalhi/

A comparison of the various AJA KONA card offerings is provided at this link:
http://www.aja.com/products/kona/kona_comparison.php

Please feel free to contact the AJA Sales Department if you have additional pre-sales questions.

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AJA Video Systems
+1 (530) 274-2048 Intl.
(800) 251-4224 US
sales@aja.com


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Pat DeFilippo
Re: Which AJA Card or will Io LA continue to work?
on Nov 29, 2011 at 9:41:43 pm

Thanks very much, AJA Sales!

It does sound like the LHi would be the best bet.

In addition to the HDMI output for monitoring, will the component outputs work simultaneously or is it either/or? I have older component monitors now but plan to add at least one HDMI monitor soon.

Will the LHi work with all Final Cut, Premier and Avid software well? Will the LHi provide the mercury engine that Premier needs to play HD footage smoothly or is that a different animal NVIDEA 4000?

Would your Kona 3G add a great deal for me if I'm mostly editing EX1 and P2 footage?

Thanks again,
-Pat

G5 Quad Desktop with 4GB Ram, 750GB HD & eSata ~ 30" Cinema Display & 17" Sony SVGA
~ Swift Data 200 Internal 1.6TB SATA II RAID 0 ~
2.33gz Intel MacBook Pro with 3GB Ram, 500GB HD
AJA Io LA
Final Cut Studio 2 on G5 & 3 on MBP
Sony UVW-1800 Beta-SP
Sony DSR-40 DVCam

P D Post Productions, Inc.
TV~DVD~WEB-Device
for Corporate Communications, Commercials, Infomercials, Television Programs and Family Occasions since 1983
E-mail PD@PDPost.com
Website http://www.PDPost.com
Business/Cell Phone (847) 275-5671


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AJA Sales Department
Re: Which AJA Card or will Io LA continue to work?
on Nov 29, 2011 at 11:04:10 pm

You asked:
"In addition to the HDMI output for monitoring, will the component outputs work simultaneously or is it either/or?"

The AJA KONA LHi outputs are all active at the same time. (Note: there is an exception for PsF material since HDMI does not normally support PsF, but rather 1080p - true progressive - or 1080i interlaced.)

For example, you could route signal out of the AJA KONA LHi via the SDI, the HDMI and the component analog connectors all at the same time to various monitors if you were working with 1080i, 1080p, 720p, or SD. 1080PsF would be supported on SDI and component, but not HDMI as noted. Additionally, each output can be configured independently. Let's say you have an older SD component monitor that you want to use along with a newer HD monitor. You could configure the HDMI output for HD and configure a downconvert from HD to SD for use on your legacy analog monitor; both outputs would happen simultaneously.

You asked:
"Will the LHi work with all Final Cut, Premier and Avid software well?"
The KONA LHi works with a variety of softwares including Final Cut Pro 7, Adobe Premiere Pro CS 5.5 and Avid Media Composer 6. Support for Final Cut Pro 7 is supplied as part of the driver installation and plug ins specific to Adobe and Avid are also available.

You asked:
"Will the LHi provide the mercury engine that Premier needs to play HD footage smoothly or is that a different animal NVIDEA 4000?"
Adobe Mercury Playback Engine support is provided via interaction with specific graphics cards when used in conjunction with Adobe applications. You can read more about it here:
http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere/performance.html
and here
http://www.nvidia.com/object/adobe_PremiereproCS5.html

You asked:
"Would your Kona 3G add a great deal for me if I'm mostly editing EX1 and P2 footage?"
It seems like the KONA LHi would be the best fit for your needs because you have some analog legacy VTRs that you would like to ingest material from. The KONA 3G does not offer analog input; a converter would be required to use analog input with the KONA 3G.

Again, don't hesitate to contact the AJA Sales Department via phone or email if you have additional pre-sales questions.

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AJA Video Systems
+1 (530) 274-2048 Intl.
(800) 251-4224 US
sales@aja.com


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Pat DeFilippo
Re: Which AJA Card or will Io LA continue to work?
on Nov 29, 2011 at 11:28:20 pm

That's all great info, thanks AJA Sales Department!

Kona LHi it is!

If you know where I can get one at a great price, please let me know!

Thanks again,
-Pat

G5 Quad Desktop with 4GB Ram, 750GB HD & eSata ~ 30" Cinema Display & 17" Sony SVGA
~ Swift Data 200 Internal 1.6TB SATA II RAID 0 ~
2.33gz Intel MacBook Pro with 3GB Ram, 500GB HD
AJA Io LA
Final Cut Studio 2 on G5 & 3 on MBP
Sony UVW-1800 Beta-SP
Sony DSR-40 DVCam

P D Post Productions, Inc.
TV~DVD~WEB-Device
for Corporate Communications, Commercials, Infomercials, Television Programs and Family Occasions since 1983
E-mail PD@PDPost.com
Website http://www.PDPost.com
Business/Cell Phone (847) 275-5671


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AJA Sales Department
Re: Which AJA Card or will Io LA continue to work?
on Nov 30, 2011 at 12:08:00 am

AJA products are offered through a channel of AJA Value Added Resellers. You can find more information about the resellers closest to you at the AJA website:
http://www.aja.com/where-to-buy/

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AJA Video Systems
+1 (530) 274-2048 Intl.
(800) 251-4224 US
sales@aja.com


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