Io XT and Io Express Power to Go
Io XT and Io Express
Power to Go
AJA’s Io family of devices bring
desktop I/O power to a portable size
and shape. Move between desktop
and mobile, Mac and Windows with
a single device that has all the power
and functionality your work requires.
Io XT and Io Express
Power to Go
Io XT and Io Express deliver powerful workflows in the most compact form, bringing flexible I/O
and high performance to any compatible workstation or laptop.
The needs of video professionals are becoming more and more mobile.
With more editorial and graphics being done on set and the ability
to run full-featured software on laptop computers, the need for a
compact video and audio I/O solution has rapidly increased. AJA Io XT
and Io Express answer that call by providing desktop-level functionality
in a portable form factor that’s powerful enough to deliver in the edit
suite, and sturdy enough to handle life in the field.
Housed in a rugged chassis, Io XT and Io Express are small and light
enough to carry in a backpack along with a laptop, giving editors a
fully-functional editing system to carry with them at all times without
having to transport large racks of additional gear. For times when you
need a rackmounted solution, both units are a standard 1RU high and
only half the width of a standard 19” rack space. This allows two Io units
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to be mounted in a single rack space using the available rackmount kit.
With support for major editing and graphics software, the Io family can
give you the mobility you need without compromising functionality
or reliability. Io XT is a Thunderbolt™-enabled I/O device that takes full
advantage of the blazing fast Thunderbolt™ connection to offer high
quality capture and playback. Compatible with PC or Mac, Io Express
can be connected via PCIe card or ExpressCard interfaces, offering the
flexibility to work on any platform, in the software of your choice.
Built to the exacting standards of all AJA hardware, Io XT and Io Express
are backed by our world-class support network, 3-year international
warranty and advanced exchange service.
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Software Compatibility
Io XT
Io Express
Apple FCP X
Apple Motion
Adobe Premiere Pro
Adobe After Effects
Adobe Photoshop
Avid Media Composer
Avid Symphony
Avid NewsCutter
MacCaption/Caption Maker
Autodesk Smoke On Mac
Drastic Media NXS
Sony Vegas
Softron
Gallery
Building4Media
Bug.tv
ToolsOnAir
Telestream Wirecast
Mac
Mac
Mac
Mac
Mac/PC
Mac
Mac/PC
Mac
Mac/PC
Mac/PC
Mac/PC
Mac/PC
Mac/PC
Mac/PC
Mac/PC
Mac/PC
Mac/PC
Mac
-
PC
-
PC
MacMac
MacMac
MacMac/PC
MacMac
MacMac
Mac
Mac/PC
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Only $1,495 US MSRP*
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Turn any Thunderbolt-enabled
system into a professional editing
station for uncompressed HD and SD
Harness the Power of Thunderbolt™
Get desktop-level performance and laptop-level portability without compromise.
4:2:2 and 4:4:4 workflows.
The newest generation of computers feature powerful Thunderbolt
interfaces, offering a mind-blowing 10Gbps available bandwidth.
Taking advantage of this new interface, Io XT is the ideal portable
companion for lightning-fast video capture and playback for
professional post production and on set applications.
Compact, portable and powerful, Io XT is loaded with high-end
features including 3G/Dual Link/HD/SD-SDI, Component Analog,
and HDMI connectivity, to bring true desktop-level power to any
Thunderbolt™-enabled system, with full uncompressed HD and SD
4:2:2 and 4:4:4 capable video and audio connectivity.
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Io XT connects with a single Thunderbolt cable and provides a second
Thunderbolt connector for daisy-chaining other Thunderbolt devices,
such as storage, making it ideal for use on-set or in the edit suite.
Designed for today’s workflows, Io XT provides complete compatibility
with the most popular NLE programs, the newest codecs, video formats,
stereoscopic 3D workflows, and more. Io XT also includes AJA’s industrybest OS X drivers and application plug-ins for integrated workflows with
software from Apple, Avid, Adobe, Autodesk, and many more.
* Pricing is for US only. International pricing will vary. Please contact a local AJA Reseller for pricing details.
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Professional connectivity
Io XT can handle whatever equipment you are working with. With a full compliment of 3G/
HD/SD-SDI and HDMI I/O, HD/SD analog video output, reference and LTC inputs, and digital
and analog audio, Io XT opens up new possibilities for what can be considered a professional
editing system. No longer confined to deskside tower systems, the combination of Io XT and any
Thunderbolt™-enabled computer has all the capability and connectivity of a larger system but in
a more portable size.
Compact professional editing
without compromise
Thunderbolt™
“daisy-chaining”
High Quality
Hardware Processing
The latest generation computers feature
powerful Thunderbolt interfaces, offering a
mind-blowing 10Gbps available bandwidth.
Taking advantage of this new interface, Io XT
is the ideal portable companion for lightningfast video capture and playback for all post
production and on-set applications.
Io XT connects to your computer with a single
Thunderbolt cable and provides a second
Thunderbolt connector for daisy-chaining
other devices, such as storage or displays,
making it perfect for use on set, or in the
edit suite.
Io XT utilizes AJA’s high-quality up/down/
cross-conversion hardware, the same found
in our flagship FS2 converter. Conversion can
be done either on capture or on output. On
capture, this allows you to take mismatched
source media and bring it all to a common
resolution so individual shots don’t have to
be scaled in the edit.
Compact, portable and powerful, Io XT is
loaded with high-end features including 3G/
Dual Link/HD/SD-SDI, Component Analog and
HDMI connectivity, to bring true desktop-level
power to any Thunderbolt™-enabled system
with full uncompressed HD and SD 4:2:2 and
4:4:4 capable video and audio connectivity.
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Disconnecting a device in the middle of a
Thunderbolt chain will disconnect all devices
that come after it. On some jobs, the drive
array may be moved frequently, so it would
be best to have that at the end of the chain,
while other times it may be a monitor that
is being removed periodically. Io XT’s dual
Thunderbolt ports ensure that no matter
what configuration you need, the system can
continue to operate without interruption.
Likewise, Io XT can perform conversions
during output to adapt to different
monitoring or layoff configurations without
having to change the native editorial timeline.
Uniquely, the Io XT can cross-convert 720p
23.98 to 1080PsF 23.98, which is particularly
valuable in today’s multi-format HD post
environment.
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Connections
Level Meters 8-CH
Headphone
volume
Headphone
output
RS-422
Power ON/OFF
Balanced Analog Audio Output 8-Channels
via DB-25 Cable Snake
HDMI Input
2 3G/HD/SD-SDI Outputs
or 1 Dual Link Input
Reference or
LTC Input
Industry Standard
4-pin XLR
For Power
(use Battery Power
or supplied AC
Adapter
LTC Output
Thunderbolt Ports (2) position Io XT anywhere in the Tunderbolt™ chain
for maximum flexibility
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SD or HD Component Output
with Composite Output on
Y Connector
HDMI Output
2 3G/HD/SD-SDI Outputs
or 1 Dual Link Output
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AJA Io XT Fuels Live
Broadcast and Post
for Action Sports
Productions
“AJA’s Io XT is absolutely a
key component to having a
successful workflow.”
Action Sports Productions (ASP) has specialized in live broadcast and
post production services for action sports, music, and entertainment
for over twelve years. Based in Orange County, CA, ASP delivers live
HD webcasts for the world’s biggest events in surfing, skateboarding,
motocross, and much more.
After experiencing repeated failures and frustrations with his old
workflow, ASP founder Jay Johnson began looking for an effective
Mac-based broadcast solution. Jay found ToolsOnAir, a workflow
provider offering efficient and low-cost Mac-based broadcast
production suites, including tools for video, audio, graphics,
automation, and asset management. ToolsOnAir features AJA’s Io
XT in its workflow packages to take advantage of Apple’s powerful
Thunderbolt technology, swiftly passing video between Macs and
external devices.
“I work in very challenging environments, so to have stability in my
workflow is key,” said Jay. “I’m not in a studio, I’m out hanging from
scaffolding 2 miles over the ocean - but my mobile units still need to
deliver the highest quality content. These surfing competitions are a
major production along the lines of an NFL game - very high-end edits,
multiple camera shoots, HD coverage - and I need reliable tools.
AJA’s Io XT is absolutely a key component to having a successful
workflow.”
ASP’s most recent surfing project was broadcasting Nike’s NSSA
(National Scholastic Surfing Association) Championships in Huntington
Beach, CA. “With the new workflow we were able to successfully
produce multiple webcasts for the event, with absolutely no issues,”
said Jay. “The incredible throughput of Thunderbolt paired with these
reliable tools is really the only way this could all be possible.”
ASP’s workflow setup includes 3 Mac Minis and 2 Io XTs. One Io XT
passes video from the first Mac Mini running just:live, ToolsOnAir’s live
production management tool, to the second Mac Mini, equipped with a
recording device. Then a second Io XT takes data from that Mac Mini to a
third, where ASP uses Apple Final Cut and Adobe Premiere Pro to edit.
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Workflow
Thunderbolt™-enabled workflow
Io XT has two Thunderbolt™
Ports, allowing for more,
powerful workflows
3G, HD/SD-SDI,HDMI,Dual Link - even 2k
from camera, deck or telecine
Thunderbolt™-enabled Storage
Thunderbolt™
enabled Mac
Master to VTR or
File-based Recorder
Professional
Broadcast
Output Monitor
2K/HD/SD
Client Monitor
High-quality
Audio Monitoring
Connect your digital sources via SD/HD-SDI or HDMI for capture and editing via a wide variety of formats.
Master to any Digital or Analog device through high-quality professional SDI, HDMI or Component outputs.
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Tech Specs
Video Formats
Video Output Analog
Downstream Keyer
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525i 29.97
525i23.98*
625i 25
720p 23.98*, 24 *, 25 *, 29.97*, 30 *, 50, 59.94, 60
1080i 25, 29.97, 30
1080PsF 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30
1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60
2Kx1080p 23.98, 24, 25
2Kx1080PsF 23.98, 24, 25
* These formats are dependent on specific software
functionality and are not normal ‘over-the-wire’ formats.
Video Input
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3G/SD/HD SDI, SMPTE-259/292/296/424, 10-bits
Single Link 4:2:2 or 4:4:4, (1 x BNC)
Dual Link HD 4:4:4, (2 x BNC)
HDMI v1.3
1D LUT Support (Mac and PC)
Video Output Digital
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3G/SD/HD SDI, SMPTE-259/292/296/424
Single Link 4:2:2 or 4:4:4 (1 x BNC)
Dual Link HD 4:4:4, (2 x BNC)
HDMI v1.4, 30/36 bits/pixel, RGB or YUV, 2.25Gbps
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Composite/S-Video (Y/C) (1 x BNC/2x BNC+adapter)
NTSC, NTSCJ, PAL
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 5.0 MHz Y Frequency Response
+/- .2 dB to 1 MHz C Frequency Response
.5% 2T pulse response
<1% Diff Phase
<1% Diff Gain
<1 ns Y/C delay inequity
Audio Input Digital
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16-channel, 24-bit SDI embedded audio,
48kHz sample rate, Synchronous
8-channel, 24-bit HDMI embedded audio,
48kHz sample rate, Synchronous
Audio Output Digital
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16-channel, 24-bit SDI embedded audio,
48kHz sample rate, Synchronous
8-channel, 24-bit HDMI embedded audio,
48kHz sample rate, Synchronous
Audio Output Analog
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8-channel, 24-bit D/A analog audio, 48kHz sample
rate, balanced (via 8 x XLR on DB-25 breakout
cable)
+24 dBu Full Scale Digital (0 dBFS)
+/- 0.2 dB 20Hz to 20kHz Frequency Response
Supports graphics with alpha channel over video,
matte or framebuffer, or framebuffer content over
incoming video or matte.
SD to SD Aspect Ratio
Conversion
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Up-Conversion
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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 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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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
Cross-Conversion
Hardware 10-bit
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1080i to 720p
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720p to 1080i
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720p to 1080PsF
Physical
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Power: 10-20V, 18-22W
Interface: Thunderbolt x 2
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Letterbox: This transforms SD anamorphic material
to a letterboxed image
H Crop: Will produce a horizontally stretched effect
on the image; transforms anamorphic SD to full
frame
SD Pillarbox: Will produce an image in the center of
the screen with black borders on the left and right
sides and an anamorphized image in the center
V Crop: Will transform SD letterbox material to an
anamorphic image
Reference Input or LTC Input
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1 x BNC assignable to Reference video or LTC input
Reference:
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Analog Color Black (1V) or Composite Sync (2 or 4V)
Non-terminating
Machine Control
•
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RS-422, Sony 9-pin protocol
9-pin D-connector pinout is as follows:
1
GND
2
RX-
3
TX+
4
GND
5
No Connection
6
GND
7
RX+
8
TX-
9
GND
Shell
GND
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Io Express delivers compact,
powerful I/O for Mac or Windows,
laptop or desktop.
Cross-Platform Monitoring and Mastering
Bring the power of desktop I/O anywhere you go with Io Express.
Io Express is the perfect Mac or PC interface for anyone who needs a
quality portable monitoring and mastering solution when working
with Final Cut Pro X, Avid Media Composer/Symphony/Newscutter,
Adobe Creative Suite, and more.
Featuring full 10-bit, broadcast-quality HD to SD hardware downconversion and automatic HD/SD 12-bit component analog output,
Io Express offers conversion flexibility all the time - during ingest
or playback. If you work with a wide variety of formats, frame rates
and video/audio sources, Io Express provides the connectivity you
need. With its small footprint it offers big features, like 10 or 8-bit
uncompressed video, HDMI I/O, HD/SD-SDI I/O with 8 channels of
embedded audio, analog component video (SD/HD) or composite
output, 2-channel unbalanced audio output, and broadcast quality
hardware-based down-conversion for flexible post production. The
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HDMI I/O is v1.3a at 30 bits per pixel, providing ideal support for the
very latest 10-bit monitors.
Io Express integrates with other equipment and software easily,
regardless of platform. The same Io Express unit can be used with PC or
Mac, desktop or laptop - giving users the flexibilty to choose how they
want to work in each scenario. A rear panel PCIe connector enables
use with laptops via an ExpressCard, or with a Mac Pro or Windows
workstation via a PCIe card.
Regardless of your software of choice; from Apple Final Cut Pro X, Avid
Media Composer, Newscutter or Symphony, to Adobe Creative Suite, Io
Express is the ideal cross-platform solution for uncompressed capture
and file-based support.
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Powerful connectivity
Io Express provides a wide variety of formats, frame rates and video/audio sources for the
connectivity you need. For digital video, Io Express features HDMI 1.3a I/O plus 3G/HD/SD-SDI
I/O. In addition there are connections for Genlock or LTC input and a loop-through output, and
component SD/HD analog video output. The high-quality deep color HDMI input and output
provides complete color representation when you need it, while allowing you to interface with
HDMI camcorders and HD monitors. Io Express also offers support for both 8-channel HDMI and
SDI embedded digital audio or 2 channels of unbalanced analog audio via two RCA connectors.
For multi-channel audio mastering, the 8-channel SDI embedded 24-bit 48kHz audio provides
pristine quality.
Software compatibility
Io Express gives creative professionals
the freedom to work with the software of
their choice. Just some of the supported
applications include:
Mac OSX: Apple Final Cut Pro X, Avid Media
Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro*, Adobe After
Effects*, Adobe Photoshop* and more.
Windows 7: Adobe Premiere Pro*, Avid Media
Composer, Adobe After Effects*, CineForm
New 3D, Adobe Photoshop*, CineForm
Neo HD, Sony Vegas, Eyeon Fusion 64 bit,
Autodesk Combustion
*via AJA plug-in
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Switchable reference and LTC
input/output
Many situations require the editing system
to be locked in sync with other devices. Io
Express can accept a reference signal, which
ensures it is locked to any necessary devices
for the best quality capture and output. This
reference signal can then be passed on to
other devices.
Users can select whether timecode is read
off embedded signals or from an external
input so that the proper timecode is always
associated with any captured clips.
Cross-platform flexibility
However you choose to work, PC or Mac,
laptop or desktop, Io Express can integrate
seamlessly with your workflow.
The same Io Express unit can be used with PC
or Mac, desktop or laptop - giving users the
flexibilty to choose how they want to work
in each scenario. A rear panel PCIe connector
enables use with laptops via an ExpressCard,
or with a Mac Pro or Windows workstation via
a PCIe card.
With the ability to rack mount two Io Express
units in a single 1RU space, you can have a
secure setup while still having the mobility to
change locations quickly.
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Connections
Headphone
volume
Headphone
output
Power ON/OFF
HDMI
Input
HD/SD-SDI
Input
LTC Reference
Input
HDMI v1.3a
Output
HD/SD-SDI
Output
LTC Reference
Output
RS-422
Industry Standard
4-pin XLR
For Power
(use Battery Power
or supplied AC
Adapter
Analog Audio
Output
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SD or HD Component Output
with Composite Output on
Y Connector
PCIe Tether Cable
Output
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Workflow
Cross-platform, laptop or desktop workflow
Mac or PC
Laptop with an
ExpressCard slot
Connect to Laptop or Desktop
via PCIe Tether Cable and
PC Adapter
Mac or PC
Desktop
with PCIe slot
HD/SD-SDI, HDMI or
Component Video
Master to VTR or
File-based Recorder
Professional
Broadcast
Output Monitor
High-quality
Audio Monitoring
HD/SD
Client Monitor
Connect your digital sources via SD/HD-SDI or HDMI for capture and editing via a wide variety of formats.
Master to any Digital or Analog device through high-quality professional SDI, HDMI or Component outputs.
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Tech Specs
Video Formats
Video Output Analog
Reference Input or LTC Input
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•
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•
•
•
•
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•
1 x BNC assignable to Reference video or LTC input
Reference:
•
Analog Color Black (1V) or Composite Sync (2 or 4V)
Non-terminating
525i 29.97
625i 25
720p 50, 59.94, 60
1080i 25, 29.97, 30
1080PsF 23.98, 24
1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30
Video Input
•
•
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SD/HD SDI, SMPTE-259/292/296/424, 8- or 10-bit
Single Link 4:2:2 (1 x BNC)
HDMI v1.3 30 bits/pixel, RGB or YUV, 2.25 Gbps,
SD, HD, 1080p-50/60
Video Output Digital
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•
•
SD/HD SDI, SMPTE-259/292/296/424, 8- or 10-bit
Single Link 4:2:2 (1 x BNC)
HDMI v1.3 30 bits/pixel, RGB or YUV, 2.25 Gbps,
SD, HD, 1080p-50/60
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•
•
•
•
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Composite/S-Video (Y/C) (1 x BNC/2x BNC+adapter)
NTSC, NTSCJ, PAL
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 5.0 MHz Y Frequency Response
+/- .2 dB to 1 MHz C Frequency Response
.5% 2T pulse response
<1% Diff Phase
<1% Diff Gain
<1 ns Y/C delay inequity
Machine Control
•
•
RS-422, Sony 9-pin protocol
9-pin D-connector pinout is as follows:
1
GND
2
RX-
3
TX+
4
GND
Audio Input Digital
5
No Connection
6
GND
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7
RX+
8
TX-
9
GND
Shell
GND
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8-channel, 24-bit SDI embedded audio,
48kHz sample rate, Synchronous
8-channel, 24-bit HDMI embedded audio,
48kHz sample rate, Synchronous
Audio Output Digital
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8-channel, 24-bit SDI embedded audio,
48kHz sample rate, Synchronous
8-channel, 24-bit HDMI embedded audio,
48kHz sample rate, Synchronous
Physical
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Power: 12-18V, 11-13W
Interface: PCI Express x1
Interface: ExpressCard/34
Audio Output Analog
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2-channel 24-bit unbalanced audio (via RCA jack)
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Incredible 3-year warranty
AJA Video warrants that Io 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 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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i t
m a t t e r s .™
AJA Video Systems Inc.
Grass Valley, California
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