File-based 1RU
Recorder/Player
Only $3,995 US MSRP*
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AJA’s Ki Pro Rack simplifies the
transition from traditional tape to
file-based workflows. Professional
video and audio connections and
a straightforward interface ensure
it’s fast to adopt and easy to integrate
into your existing infrastructure.
File-based 1RU Recorder/Player
The power of Ki Pro in a 1RU format, the perfect fit for broadcasters transitioning away from tape.
For video facilities transitioning from tape to file-based workflows for
recording and playback, Ki Pro Rack offers high-quality, ‘ready-to-edit’
file capture, designed to get material from source to editorial as quickly
as possible.
With a wealth of professional connections, Ki Pro Rack will fit right into
your existing cabling and routing system without the requirement for
special converters. Ki Pro Rack records Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD
files at your choice of quality level direct to removable hard disk or
SSD KiStor Storage Modules, eliminating the need for time-consuming
logging and capturing.
Like Ki Pro, Ki Pro Rack features AJA’s industry leading conversion
technology, enabling you to perform broadcast-quality up/down/
cross conversion during recording or playback without the need for
additional conversion hardware.
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Anyone familiar with the operation of a tape deck will feel immediately
at home with Ki Pro Rack’s tactile controls, while the flat onscreen
menu structure ensures quick setup and a rapid learning curve.
The twin media drive bays on the Ki Pro Rack allow extremely fast
media changes - you can switch drives and start recording straight
away, without having to swap out the drive modules.
Ki Pro Rack’s network connectivity opens up new methods for
integrating into your facility. Mounted KiStor drives can be accessed via
the remote web interface built into Ki Pro Rack from a web browser on
any computer on the network. This allows files to be transferred to and
from Ki Pro Rack without having to remove the storage media.
* Pricing is for US only. International pricing will vary. Please contact a local AJA Reseller for pricing details.
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10-bit, full raster recording
RS-422 Control
Familiar controls and operation
Big on quality - but not on file size.
RS-422 control allows Ki Pro Rack to integrate
easily with supported editing systems and
external controllers allowing it to fulfill
several of the functions of a traditional VTR.
Supported NLEs can even perform assemble
edits directly to the Ki Pro Rack.
Anyone familiar with the operation of a tape
deck will feel immediately comfortable
when working with Ki Pro Rack.
Compared to 8-bit recording devices, 10-bit
4:2:2 recording (when supported by the
codec) provides better quantization, giving
a superior representation of the original
scene and allowing for more flexibility in post
production when adjusting color and balance.
By utilizing efficient ProRes and DNxHD
codecs, file sizes are kept in check so you
won’t need to blow your production budget
on extra storage.
Just like a traditional tape deck, Ki Pro Rack
features straightforward and dedicated
transport buttons - record, play, stop, rewind,
fast forward - making the device easy to
operate with minimal training time.
The current status of the system and key
configuration information is clearly displayed
on the built-in screen. Additional operational
information can be found in the STATUS menu
which can be accessed even when recording
or playing back.
The Ki Pro Rack operating system offers users
a flat menu structure that is easy to navigate
with menu parameters presented in clear and
understandable language.
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3 | Ki Pro Rack
Reliable storage media
Ethernet connectivity
Professional connections
Ki Pro Rack captures directly to reliable AJA
KiStor modules. KiStor modules are available
as HDDs or SSDs in a variety of capacities to
best suit the demands of your production
environment. KiStor modules also feature
either a built-in FireWire 800 or USB 3.0
connector for direct connection to your
editing system. Alternately, KiStor modules
may also be used with the optional KiStor
Dock which features USB3 and Thunderbolt™
connectors for lightning-fast data transfers.
Once established on a local network, Ki Pro
Rack’s parameter settings, clip selection and
transport controls can be accessed from any
computer and web browser; no additional or
special software installation is required on the
host computer. Multiple Ki Pro Rack units may
even be networked together and controlled
from a single interface making them ideal
recorders for multi-camera projects or to
allow centralized control and configuration
within a facility.
The video and audio connections on the
rear panel of the Ki Pro Rack offer the same
standard connectors found on traditional tape
decks, allowing Ki Pro Rack to integrate easily
with your current cabling and routing.
The rear connections include SDI, HDMI,
component analog, AES and analog XLR
balanced audio, LTC, RS-422 and LAN.
Integrated AJA
hardware conversion
Ki Pro Rack has AJA’s industry-leading
conversion technology built in so you
can perform high-quality up/down/cross
conversion during recording or playback
without having to use a second device.
The twin media drive bays on the Ki Pro Rack
allow extremely fast media changes - you
can switch drives and start recording right
away, without having to wait to eject the
first drive.
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4 | Ki Pro Rack
Connections
Level Meters 2-CH
Headphone output
Headphone
volume
Alphanumeric and
Graphics Display
Transport and Menu Buttons
Ethernet
10/100/1000
RJ45
Storage Module
(slides into slot)
Storage Module
(slides into slot)
Storage Module
Release Button
Ref Loop In/Out
Storage Module
Release Button
Power ON/OFF
LTC In/Out
Left
Power Supply
Input 1
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RS-422
(machine
control)
HDMI
In/Out
SDI
In/Out
Component
In/Out
AES
In/Out
Right
Balanced
Audio In
Left
Right
Balanced
Audio Out
Power Supply
Input 2
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5 | Ki Pro Rack
AJA Ki Pro Rack
and Hi5-3D Power
Broadcast Production
for Hong Kong-Based
Video Channel
Hong Kong-based production company Video Channel has been
facilitating live broadcasts and providing post production services
for sports, music and entertainment programming along with blu-ray
disc releases, corporate video and event-based productions across
Hong Kong, Macau, China and Asia for over 11 years. Recent notable
productions include the Beijing Olympic Torch Relay, The Hong
Kong Anniversary Celebration, East Asian Games Opening Ceremony
and Closing Ceremony, The New Year Countdown, The Hong Kong
Marathon and more. They specialize in HD/SD multi-camera outside
broadcasts (OB) covering concerts, live events and sports.
"AJA products are very robust
and they’ve always delivered
reliable performance."
Video Channel provides flexible and scalable HD production solutions,
with equipment that includes AJA’s KONA cards, Io products, MiniConverters and Ki Pro recorders. "We chose to integrate AJA gear
because they provide the best stability for our production workflows,"
explained by Eric Yeung, the Operations Manager.
"We heard about AJA online and through our local system integrators,
Viewcon. AJA has been so supportive for our Asia-based projects.
Working with AJA equipment, Video Channel has also been able
to provide an extraordinary, reliable video assist solution for many
different productions."
Video Channel has also recently started using AJA Ki Pro Rack for
tapeless recording. Footage is recorded onto Ki Pro Racks as Apple
ProRes 422 HQ files for a seamless and immediate transition into Apple
Final Cut Pro to edit broadcast promotional content. This workflow has
proven to be a huge timesaver for the Video Channel team.
In addition to traditional broadcast production, Video Channel also
produces 3D stereo content for broadcast. "In the past when we
recorded our 3D projects, the pipeline was very complex and time
consuming. With the AJA Hi5-3D Mini-Converter and KONA cards,
it’s become a much simpler process. We also use three Hi5-3Ds to have
the ability to view projects side by side and for 3D monitoring."
Yeung concluded, "We’ve been very satisfied with the overall
performance of our AJA gear. The Ki Pro Rack, Io products, KONA cards
and Mini-Converters have supported our local projects with incredible
stability and optimized performance."
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6 | Ki Pro Rack
Tech Specs
Video Formats
Video Input Digital
Video Output Analog
Audio Input Analog
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525i 29.97
625i 25
720p 23.98*, 25*, 29.97*, 50, 59.94, 60
* Note: These formats require a valid camera source
and the use of the Record Type>VFR selection
1080i 25, 29.97, 30
1080PsF 23.98, 24, 25*, 29.97*
* Note: These formats require a valid camera source
and the use of the Record Type>PsF selection
1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97
Codec Support
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Apple ProRes 422
Apple ProRes 422 (HQ)
Apple ProRes 422 (LT)
Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy)
Avid DNxHD 220x
Avid DNxHD 145
Avid DNxHD 36
Note: Avid DNxHD 36 only provides support
for the 1080p format
Removable Storage
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SD/HD SDI, SMPTE-259/292/296, 10-bit
Single Link 4:2:2 (2 x BNC, input selection
in software)
HDMI v1.3
Video Input Analog
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SD/HD Component (3 x BNC)
SMPTE/EBU N10, Betacam 525 line, Betacam 525J
12-bit A/D, 2x oversampling
+/- .25 dB to 5.5 MHz Y Frequency Response
+/- .25 dB to 2.5 MHz C Frequency Response
.5% 2T pulse response
<2 ns Y/C delay inequity
or
Composite (1 x BNC – CVBS on Y)
Video Output Digital
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SD/HD SDI, SMPTE-259/292/296, 10-bit
Single Link 4:2:2 (2 x BNC)
HDMI v1.3
Note: HDMI requires 1080i, 720p or 1080p to be
active; HDMI does not provide support for PsF
AJA KiStor modules – 2 slots
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Component (3 x BNC)
HD: YPbPr, RGB
SD: YPbPr, RGB (component mode)
SMPTE/EBU N10, Betacam 525 line, Betacam 525J,
RGB
12-bit D/A, 8x oversampling
+/- .2 dB to 5.5 MHz Y Frequency Response
+/- .2 dB to 2.5 MHz C Frequency Response
.5% 2T pulse response
<1 ns Y/C delay inequity
or
Composite (1 x BNC – CVBS on Y)
NTSC, NTSCJ, PAL
12-bit D/A, 8x oversampling
+/- .2 dB to 5.0 MHz Y Frequency Response
+/- .2 dB to 1 MHz C Frequency Response
.5% 2T pulse response
<1% Diff Phase
<1% Diff Gain
Audio Input Digital
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2-channel or 8-channel user selectable
8-channel, 24-bit SDI embedded audio,
48kHz sample rate, Synchronous
2-channel, 24-bit HDMI embedded audio,
48kHz sample rate, Synchronous
8-channel, 24-bit AES/EBU audio, 48KHz
sample rate, Synchronous or Non-synchronous,
Internal sample rate conversion (4 x BNC)
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2-channel, 24-bit A/D analog audio,
48kHz sample rate, balanced (2 x XLR)
+24 dBu Full Scale Digital
+/- 0.2 dB 20Hz to 20kHz Frequency Response
Note: Line or Mic selection via CONFIG menu
parameters
Audio Output Digital
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48kHz sample rate, Synchronous
8-channel, 24-bit HDMI embedded audio,
48kHz sample rate, Synchronous
8-channel, 24-bit AES/EBU audio, Synchronous or
Non-synchronous, Internal sample rate conversion
(4 x BNC)
Audio Output Analog
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sample rate, balanced (2 x XLR)
+24 dBu Full Scale Digital
+/- 0.2 dB 20Hz to 20kHz Frequency Response
Stereo unbalanced headphone (1 x 3.5mm mini jack)
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7 | Ki Pro Rack
Tech Specs (Continued)
Up Conversion
Cross Conversion
Reference Input
Physical
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Hardware 10-bit
Anamorphic: full-screen
Pillar box 4:3: results in a 4:3 image in the center of
the screen with black sidebars
Zoom 14:9: results in a 4:3 image zoomed slightly
to fill a 14:9 image with black side bars
Zoom Letterbox: results in image zoomed to fill
full screen
Zoom Wide: results in a combination of zoom and
horizontal stretch to fill a 16:9 screen; this setting
can introduce a small aspect ratio change
Down Conversion
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1080i to 720p
720p to 1080i
Timecode
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SDI RP188/SMPTE 12M via SDI BNC
HDMI (when used with compatible cameras)
LTC input (1 x BNC)
LTC output (1x BNC) (Note: active during playback
not during record or EE)
Hardware 10-bit
Anamorphic: full-screen
Letterbox: image is reduced with black top and
bottom bars added to the image area with the
aspect ratio preserved
Crop: image is cropped to fit new screen size
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Analog Color Black (1V) or Composite Sync (2 or 4V)
Looping, non-terminating.
Network Interface
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10/100/1000 Ethernet (RJ-45)
Embedded web server for remote control
User Interface
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Width: 19" (48.26cm)
Depth: 12.5" (37.74cm) from front panel to back of
deepest connector
Height: 1.75" (4.45cm)
Power: 100-240 VAC 50/60Hz (Dual, redundant
power supplies), 40W typical; 10A Max
Machine Control
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RS-422, Sony 9-pin protocol
9-pin D-connector pinout is as follows:
2 x 20 character display, with dedicated buttons
1
GND
2
RX-
3
TX+
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GND
5
No Connection
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GND
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RX+
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TX-
9
GND
Shell
GND
For full product specifications visit www.aja.com/ki-pro-rack/techspecs
8 | Ki Pro Rack
Incredible 3-year warranty
AJA Video warrants that Ki Pro products, except
for Storage Modules, will be free from defects in
materials and workmanship for a period of three
years from the date of purchase. Storage Modules
are warranted for one year.
About AJA Video Systems, Inc.
Since 1993, AJA Video has been a leading
manufacturer of video interface and conversion
solutions, bringing high-quality, cost-effective
digital video products to the professional
broadcast and post-production markets.
AJA offers the Io and KONA desktop video
products, Ki Pro family of recorders, miniature
standalone converters, and a complete line of rack
mount interface and conversion cards and frames.
With a headquarters and design center located
in Grass Valley, California, AJA Video offers its
products through an extensive sales channel of
dealers and systems integrators around the world.
For further information, please see our website at
www.aja.com
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AJA Video Systems Inc.
Grass Valley, California
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