AJA | kona3 | AJA KONA3 Brochure Jan 2006

AJA KONA3 Brochure Jan 2006
Dual Link
Meet KONA 3, the new heavyweight champion capture card for uncompressed
SD, HD, and Dual Link HD on OSX. Visualize uncompressed video, 8-channel AES and embedded audio,
up/down HD/SD format conversion, hardware downstream keyer, and HD/SD component analog output—all yours on a stateof-the-art 4-lane PCI Express card. Intrigued? Like other members of the KONA family, KONA 3 is designed for no-holds-barred
design and editing —with support for Apple Final Cut Studio—plus hardware acceleration for the DVCPROHD and HDV
codecs, and Dynamic RT Extreme effects in Final Cut Pro 5. It’s a knockout—KONA 3—the new standard bearer for quality,
flexibility, and future-safe architecture in a QuickTime I/O card.
KONA 3 Features:
SDI, HD-SDI, Dual Link HD-SDI 4:4:4, and 4:4:4:4
4-Lane PCI-Express Bus Interface
DVCProHD hardware acceleration
HDV hardware acceleration
Dynamic RT Extreme hardware acceleration
Broadcast Quality hardware 10-bit Up-convert
Broadcast Quality hardware 10-bit Down-convert
12-bit HD component and SD
component/composite analog output
10-bit HD/SD Video/Key Output
Internal HD/SD Live Hardware Keyer
8-Channel 24-bit AES and Embedded Audio
AJA QuickTime™ Drivers
Apple Final Cut Pro 5™ Support
Adobe AfterEffects, PhotoShop Support…
and Much More!
RS-422 Machine Control
Cables Standard—K3-Box Breakout Optional
3-year Warranty
KONA 3’s 4-Lane PCI-Express bus
interface with our own integrated AJA
QuickTime™ drivers team up perfectly
with the new Apple PowerMacs to give
you unparalleled power and efficiency
within Final Cut Pro. Supporting any
uncompressed SD or HD format,
including Dual Link, KONA 3 captures
and plays back uncompressed 10-bit and
8-bit digital video and 24-bit 48kHz
digital audio in standard definition
(SMPTE 259M), high definition (SMPTE
292M), and Dual Link high definition
(SMPTE 372M). KONA 3 also includes a
variety of 10-bit broadcast-quality
features, such as hardware-based upand-down-conversion to and from
HD—and adds a live hardware keyer
for compositing bugs, live video, and
other elements over your video.
Dual Link
KONA 3 supports Dual Link 4:4:4
HD-SDI, a new technology on the
Macintosh platform. Commonly known
as Sony HDCAM SR or Thompson
Viper Format, KONA 3 Dual Link
supports full bandwidth 4:4:4 RGB at
10-bits (12-bit capable) for 1080i,
1080p, and 720p formats. KONA 3 can
also convert between 4:4:4 and 4:2:2
formats for single link HD-SDI output.
KONA 3’s extensive audio support
makes installation a breeze, working
with 8-channel 24-bit 48kHz AES audio
via XLR (balanced) connections, and
8-channel embedded 24-bit 48kHz
embedded SDI/HD-SDI audio. KONA 3
also features high-quality input sample
rate conversion on AES inputs, which
eliminates the need for audio source
Broadcast-Quality Conversion
KONA 3 features full 10-bit, broadcastquality, motion-adaptive SD to HD
up-conversion, HD to SD downconversion, and automatic HD/SD
2-bit component analog output.That’s
the equivalent of rolling AJA’s standalone HD D/A converter, HD to SD
downconverter, and our SD to HD
up-converter into one convenient, costefficient KONA 3 board — at half the
price.The quality is identical to AJA’s
award-winning stand-alone products,
and all functionality is hardware-based,
making it available full time, all the time,
on digitize or playback.
If you’re using a digital Betacam deck,
even an HDCAM SR, you’ll have the
proper connections.
Internal HD/SD
Live Hardware Keyer
Available for the first time on any
QuickTime capture card is a powerful
hardware keyer that can place graphic
files with an alpha channel over video
in, a selectable matte, or the contents of
the card’s framebuffer (KONA TV/Final
Cut Pro). If that weren’t enough, you
can also key video that has an alpha
channel over video input or a matte.
For example, you could load a
QuickTime clip that has an alphachannel—a flying logo perhaps—into
KONA TV and then place it over live
video coming into the card.
Flexible I/O
KONA 3 boasts two HD/SD SDI video
inputs and outputs and a component
analog output, each independently
switchable between HD and SD (SD
analog can be configured as composite).
For example, if you are working in HD,
you can have simultaneous HD-SDI, SDI,
and HD or SD component analog
output.You can also use the two SDI
outputs for a split video and key output
for use with switchers, DVEs, and other
professional equipment. Using KONA 3’s
full-time format conversion features,
monitoring can be as simple as a single
composite monitor for both SD and
HD projects. Dual Link can be
monitored via Dual Link HD-SDI
outputs, Single Link HD-SDI, or HD
component analog.
Looking for unsurpassed cable
connectivity? Well look no further,
because when you plug in KONA 3’s
breakout cables, they automatically
configure. For SDI video, the card
features two HD/SD inputs and two
outputs for Single or Dual Link, one
connection for Genlock input, and
three for HD/SD component analog
video out. Also included is a 9-pin
D connector for RS-422 machine
control. The SDI inputs and outputs use
a separate cable with special mini-BNC
connectors on one end and full-sized
BNCs on the other for ease of
connection and superior reliability.
KONA 3 Control Panel
The K3-Box for KONA 3 simplifies
interfacing by offering a 19-inch, 1RU
rack-mountable breakout box that
attaches to the KONA 3 with just two
cables.This option offers all the same
inputs and outputs as the standard
breakout cable, and can be easily rackmounted or placed on top of a
broadcast monitor or editing desk.
Additional functionality includes
simultaneous XLR and BNC AES
output, 2-channel RCA analog audio
monitoring, and looping BNC Genlock
reference connectors.
KONA Desktop
Most users run multiple applications
to create their video projects. So in
addition to Final Cut Pro 5 support,
the KONA Desktop feature allows
broadcast design elements to be viewed
with the proper aspect ratio and color
depth on a broadcast monitor via the
KONA card. KONA Desktop is available
supporting Adobe After Effects,Adobe
Photoshop, Apple Motion, Apple Shake,
Discreet Combustion and more.
K3-Box for KONA 3
AES/EBU Audio In
Channels 1 through 8
AES/EBU Audio Out
Channels 1 through 8
All AES/EBU audio connectors have two channels
per connector
AES/EBU Audio In
Channels 1 through 8 Digital In
Machine Control
AES/EBU Audio Out Serial External Component/ Analog Audio
Channels 1 through 8 Digital Reference Composite
Out (loop) Video Output
Video Input
HD-SDI/SDI, SMPTE-259/292/296
Dual-link HD 4:4:4, 4:4:4:4
Video Formats
525i 29.97
625i 25
720p 50
720p 59.94
720p 60
1080i 25
1080i 29.97
1080i 50
1080psf 23.98
1080psf 24
1080p 50
1080p 59.94
1080p 60
KONA 3 Standard XLR
Breakout Cable
Installs in
PCI-Express Slot (any)
4-mini BNCs
to 4 standard
Video Output
SDI Out1/Link A BNC
SD-SDI, SMPTE, 259M, 10-bits, BNC
HD-SDI SMPTE, 292/296, 10-bits, BNC
Dual-link HD 4:4:4
Analog: SD and HD Output, 12-bits, BNC
SD: YPbPr, RGB (component mode)
Composite/YC (composite mode)
SDI Out2/Link B BNC
Downstream Keyer:
Will output graphics with alpha channel over video, matte
or framebuffer, or framebuffer content over video or matte
24-bit embedded HD audio
20-bit SD embedded audio
24-bit AES audio
SDI In1/Link A BNC
SDI In2/Link B BNC
Machine Control
3 BNCs (Analog Connections):
In SD Can be Configured
for Component,
Composite, or S-Video
In HD Can Only
Be Component
Hardware 10-bit
Anamorphic: full-screen
Pillar box 4:3: results in a 4:3 image in center of screen
with black sidebars
Zoom 14:9: results in a 4:3 image zoomed slightly
to fill a 14:9 image with black sidebars
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
Reference Input BNC
SDI cable
KONA 3 Specifications
KONA 3 Hardware Acceleration
Final Cut Pro 5 users will love our
DVCPROHD, HDV, and Apple Dynamic
RT Extreme hardware acceleration,
developed in close cooperation with
Apple and available exclusively on highend KONA cards. KONA 3 hardware
takes a portion of the codec processing
load off the CPU, allowing more Real
Time effects in Final Cut Pro 5 when
outputting. KONA 3 also has hardware
support when capturing.This brings
amazing RealTime HD production
power to the desktop.With KONA 3,
any source can be captured using the
DVCPROHD codec—giving you online
HD quality at remarkably low data
rates, allowing the internal PowerMac
SATA storage to be used for HD
capture, playback, and RT effects.
Of course, you’ll obtain still better
performance and more RT when using a
fast SCSI or Fibre array, but this feature
allows HD to be used where only SD
would have been considered due to
budget or time constraints. KONA 3
even supports the DVCPROHD and
HDV codecs with up or downconversion—allowing projects to be
downconverted to SD, or even
upconverted for DVCPROHD capture.
How does KONA Accelerate
and Apple’s Dynamic RT?
Because KONA’s precision hardware
does part of the work, the G5 has more
time available to process RT effects.
This means more RT effects power, and
more RT streams. Most broadcast
codecs, including DVCPROHD and
HDV, use a two-step process. First the
video is scaled to a lower horizontal
pixel count, and then the video is
compressed.This is done because the
slightly scaled video results in a
favorable trade-off between resolution
and codec efficiency. KONA 3’s hardware
not only dramatically speeds up the
scaling part of the job, but it’s also done
with full 10-bit broadcast quality.
adjusts.This allows more playback power
– and because KONA handles it seamlessly,
the Dynamic RT you see on the Mac
monitor is the same as that shown on
your professional broadcast monitor.
When using the Final Cut Pro 5 HDV
codec, the KONA 3 hardware
acceleration allows instantaneous realtime playback for both monitoring and
recording. Even KONA’s downconverter
works in real-time with HDV, allowing
SD monitoring, dubs, or mastering.This
KONA 3 functionality makes HDV a
fully professional solution.
Incredible 3 Year Warranty
The Panasonic DVCPROHD format
takes advantage of KONA hardware as
well. KONA’s precision hardware allows
capture and playback of HD-SDI video
to/from the DVCPROHD codec at a
quality level virtually indistinguishable
from native FireWire, while freeing up
valuable RT processing power.
For Final Cut Pro 5’s Dynamic RT
feature, KONA’s hardware is used to
offload the video scaling as the
“Playback Video Quality” dynamically
All of this adds up to the most reliable,
feature rich, and highest performnce
card available for OSX and Final Cut
Pro. KONA 3 represents the next
generation of technology from AJA.
AJA Video warrants that KONA products
will be free from defects in materials and
workmanship for a period of three years
from the date of purchase.
About AJA Video
Systems, Inc.
Since 1993, AJA Video has been a
leading manufacturer of high-quality and
cost-effective digital video interface,
conversion and Desktop solutions
supporting the professional broadcast
and post-production markets.
With headquarters in Grass Valley,
California, AJA maintains an extensive
sales channel of dealers and systems
integrators around the world. For
further information, please see our
website www.aja.com.
Audio Output XLRs
Channels 1-8
(2 channels/connector)
Hardware 10-bit
Anamorphic: full-screen
Letterbox: image is reduced with black top and bottom added
to image area with the aspect ratio preserved
Crop: image is cropped to fit new screen size
Audio Input XLR’s
Channels 1-8
(2 channels/connector)
Reference Input
Analog Color Black (1V) or Composite Sync (2 or 4V)
Non terminating, Looping, 75 ohm
Machine Control
RS-422, Sony 9-pin protocol.
KONA 3 Breakout Cables
AJA Video Systems Inc.
P.O. Box 1033 • Grass Valley, California 95945
800.251.4224 • 530.274.2048 • www.aja.com
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