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News: AJA Announces Io 4K Plus at IBC 2017; Will Form Basis for New Avid Artist DNxIV Hardware
on Sep 15, 2017 at 10:19:04 am

Streamlines 4K/UltraHD Thunderbolt Workflows with Advanced Connectivity Options; Technology Partnership with Avid® to design and manufacture Avid Artist | DNxIV, a new hardware interface option for Avid Media Composer®

(Amsterdam, Netherlands--September 15, 2017) AJA Video Systems today announced the new Io 4K Plus capture and output device with support for Thunderbolt™ 3. Io 4K Plus offers the latest 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 I/O connectivity, advanced audio features and 4K/UltraHD support up to 50p/60p frame rates.



Io 4K Plus is the next generation of AJA’s capture and output hardware devices and AJA’s first Thunderbolt 3 product. Offering a range of connectivity, including 12G/6G/3G/1.5G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 I/O, Io 4K Plus is compatible with the latest 4K/UltraHD devices. Using AJA’s proven drivers and application plug-ins for Mac or PC, Io 4K Plus integrates with standard creative tools such as Adobe® Premiere® Pro, Apple® FCP X and Avid® Media Composer®. AJA’s proven conversion technology facilitates real time, high-quality scal¬ing of 4K and UltraHD to HD for monitoring and output. Io 4K Plus also includes an additional Thunderbolt 3 port for daisy-chaining flexibility.

Thunderbolt 3’s broad bandwidth allows Io 4K Plus to support 4K/UltraHD and HD large raster, high frame rate, deep color and HDR projects to Thunderbolt 3 via USB-C equipped workstations or laptops.

“Tight deadlines and technology shifts have introduced a new layer of complexity to post-production workflows. Io 4K Plus with Thunderbolt 3 support reduces that complexity by moving high resolution, high frame rate files through a single cable with ease,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems.

Io 4K Plus feature highlights include:

  • Portable 4K/UltraHD and HD/SD capture and playback across Thunderbolt 3
  • Backwards compatibility with existing Thunderbolt hosts
  • 12G/6G/3G/1.5G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 I/O for 4K, UltraHD, 2K, HD and SD with HFR support up to 60p at 4:2:2
  • Real time 4K/UltraHD to 2K/HD down-conversion
  • 8-, 10- and 12-bit 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 over 12G-SDI or HDMI 2.0 workflow support
  • Two Thunderbolt 3 ports allow easy daisy-chaining of up to six Thunderbolt devices
  • 16-channel embedded audio on SDI; 8-channel embedded audio on HDMI; 8-channel analog audio via XLR break-out
  • Downstream keyer
  • Standard 12v 4-pin XLR for AC or battery power
  • Compatibility with creative applications including Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple FCP X, Avid Media Composer; FilmLight products; AJA Control Room and more
  • 3-year international warranty




AVID DNxIV Hardware Interface for Avid Media Composer
AJA also today announced a technology partnership with Avid® to design and manufacture Avid Artist | DNxIV, a new hardware interface option for Avid Media Composer®. The Thunderbolt™ 3 capture and output device offers the latest 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 I/O connectivity, advanced audio features and 4K/UltraHD support up to 50p/60p frame rates.



DNxIV is similar to AJA’s newly announced Io 4K Plus, but built to Avid’s specifications adding a built-in audio input for an analog microphone on the front of the device. This new feature simplifies direct 16-bit analog recording for audio punch in. The Thunderbolt 3-enabled DNxIV also offers a range of connectivity, including 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 I/O, and is compatible with the latest 4K/UltraHD devices. AJA’s proven conversion technology facilitates real time high-quality scaling of 4K and UltraHD to HD for monitoring and output. DNxIV also includes an additional Thunderbolt 3 port for daisy-chaining to other Thunderbolt devices.

“Partnering with AJA and leveraging their years of expertise in video hardware engineering has enabled us to deliver a portable, yet powerful video interface that offers a huge range of connectivity options for HD to 4K projects,” said Alan Hoff, V.P. of Market Solutions for Avid.

“Avid has been a trusted partner for many years, and we’re pleased to continue our ongoing collaboration with the development of DNxIV,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “This product marks the first of several next-generation Avid hardware options to come from our combined development efforts.”



Pricing and Availability
Io 4K Plus will be available mid-October 2017 for US MSRP $2495. For more information, please visit: https://www.aja.com/products/io-4k-plus.

DNxIV will be available mid-October 2017 for US MSRP $2999 through authorized Avid resellers. For more information about this product, visit http://www.avid.com/avid-artist-io .


About AJA Video Systems, Inc.
Since 1993, AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer of video interface technologies, converters, digital video recording solutions and professional cameras, bringing high-quality, cost-effective products to the professional broadcast, video and post production markets. AJA products are designed and manufactured at our facilities in Grass Valley, California, and sold through an extensive sales channel of resellers and systems integrators around the world. For further information, please see our website at http://www.aja.com.

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