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Portable Video Audio I/O Interface.
Quality in a Box. For Mac/PC.
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Io Express is the perfect Mac or PC interface for
anyone who needs a quality portable monitoring
and mastering solution when working with Apple
ProRes 422 and Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), XDCAM HD,
DVCPRO HD, and more. Built small and robust, Io
Express is ideal for use with Ki Pro and a laptop for
onset editing and playout.
Featuring full 10-bit, broadcast-quality HD to SD
hardware down-conversion and automatic HD/SD
12-bit component analog output, Io Express offers
conversion flexibility all the time - during ingest or
Io Express
HD/SD-SDI input/output
HDMI v1.3a input/output with Deep Color support at 30 bits per pixel
10-bit HD/SD Component Video Output
10-bit HD to SD Hardware Downconvert
2-Channel RCA audio output
LTC input/output (selectable LTC Input/Reference Video Input)
Available with either Expresscard interface for laptops or 1-lane PCIe
interface for towers
For Mac OSX and Windows 7/XP/Vista
Support for Final Cut Studio and Adobe Creative Suite
Small, portable case design
1-meter PCIe tether cable
12v DC power supply
Rackmount kit optional
AJA 3-year warranty
Pick a Workflow. Pick a Platform. See the Quality.
Io Express with
adapter for laptops
Looking for a portable, rugged, broadcastquality interface for Mac or PC? Io Express
is the ideal any-platform solution for
uncompressed capture and file-based
support. Give yourself the freedom to use
applications on different platforms with a
single interface, or collaborate with users
on opposite platforms, passing assets
without having to render each time.
Io Express with PCIe
adapter for Mac Pro
and PC Towers
Ki Pro
Use Io Express with
Ki Pro for portable
onset editing/playout
Note: Encoding of the Apple ProRes family of codecs is available only on Apple computers; however, playback is possible on a PC with the appropriate QuickTime Windows decoder.
If you work with a wide variety of formats,
frame rates and audio/video 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 AES audio I/O, 2-channel
unbalanced audio output, and broadcast
quality hardware-based down-conversion
for flexible post production. The HDMI I/O
is v1.3a at 30 bits per pixel, providing ideal
support for the very latest 10-bit monitors.
On a Mac
Io Express and its quality AJA OSX QuickTime driver offer support for Final Cut Studio and most
professional video applications (including those needing Core Audio support). Some of the
applications you can use with Io Express include:
Apple Final Cut Pro, Color, and Soundtrack
Adobe Premiere Pro (via AJA plug-in)
Adobe After Effects (via AJA plug-in)
LTC Reference
HDMI v1.3a
LTC Reference
Machine Control
Adobe PhotoShop (via AJA plug-in)
VTR Xchange
In addition to working with 3rd-party OSX applications, Io Express ships with the AJA Control
Panel, an application used to select the input audio/video source, configure down-conversions and
much more. Other useful utilities are also provided, such as the AJA Data Rate Calculator, useful for
calculating storage and bandwidth requirements, and AJA System Test, useful for benchmarking
On a PC
Io Express and its Windows 7, XP and Vista drivers, support a wide array of applications both natively
and via supplied plug-ins. Applications supported include:
Adobe Premiere Pro (via AJA plug-in)
Adobe After Effects (via AJA plug-in)
Adobe PhotoShop (via AJA plug-in)
Drastic Media NXS Sony Vegas
Autodesk Combustion
HDMI v1.3a
Eyeon Fusion 64 bit
CineForm Prospect HD
CineForm Prospect 4K
CineForm Neo HD
CineForm Neo 4K
AJA Machina
AJA Io Express software works with all typical PC file formats—including DPX, Cineon, TGA, TIFF,
BMP, YUV, AVI or QuickTime™. For Windows utilities, AJA provides PC versions of the AJA Data Rate
Calculator and AJA System Test utilities mentioned earlier.
Power Supply
Analog Audio
Analog Audio
Video Connectivity
Io Express provides exactly what you need for portable I/O, without superfluous extras you don’t
need. Connectors on the rear panel support professional broadcast cameras and devices. For SDI
video, the box features HDMI 1.3 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 three BNCs for component SD/HD analog
video output. The high quality deep color HDMI input and output allows interfacing with low-cost
camcorders and HD monitors. A 9-pin connector for RS-422 machine control gives you professional
deck control.
With all these connections you can connect to just about anything—whether you’re using
BetacamSP, Digital Betacam, HDCAM, DVCPro50, DVCPRO HD, D5 —or any other professional video
Audio Connectivity
Io Express offers support for both 8-channel HDMI and SDI embedded digital audio or 2 channels of
consumer analog audio via two RCA connectors. With these connections, it’s easy to hook up a digital
audio mixer or DAW output via BNC connections. For multi-channel audio mastering,
the 8-channel SDI embedded 24-bit 48kHz audio provides pristine quality.
Ideal for all workflows
­­­ Express can go where you go with a laptop or tower and editing software of
your choice. A rear panel PCIe connector connects to laptops via an Expresscard,
or to a Mac Pro or Windows workstation via a PCIe card (either configuration can
be ordered with Io Express).
HD-SDI, HDMI or SD-SDI from Camera
or DVDProHD Deck
Laptop connected via Expresscard
Mac Pro Tower with PCIe card
linked to Io Express
Digital Source
Laptop - connected
via Expresscard adaptor
Master out to HDCamSR
from Io Express via SDI input
Sony SxS or
Panasonic P2
reader with USB bus
DeepColor display
fed from Io Express HDMI
DeepColor display fed
from Io Express HDMI
Monitor connected to
Io Express Component
HD Output
Audio monitoring via powered
speakers fed by Io Express RCA output
Audio monitoring via
powered speakers fed by
Io Express RCA output
Audio monitoring via powered
speakers fed by Io Express RCA output
Connect your digital sources via SD/HD
SDI or HDMI to Io Express for capture to
a variety of formats.
Capture, edit and playback your file-based acquisition
sources with full 10-bit quality to DeepColor monitors.
Capture, edit and playback your filebased acquisition sources with full 10-bit
quality to DeepColor monitors.
Master to any Digital or Analog deck
through high-quality professional SDI
or Component outputs.
Io Express
525i 29.97
625i 25
720p 50
720p 59.94
720p 60
1080i 25
1080i 29.97
1080i 30
1080PsF 23.98
1080PsF 24
1080P 23.98
1080P 24
1080P 25
1080P 29.97
1080P 30
Video Output
HD/SD SDI, SMPTE-259/292/296/424, 1 BNC HDMI v1.3, 30 bits/
pixel, RGB or YUV, 2.25 Gbps, SD, HD
SMPTE/EBU N10, Betacam 525 line, Betacam 525J, RGB
12-bit D/A, 8x oversampling
Analog SD and HD Output, 12 bits, BNC:
HD: YPbPr, RGB SD: YPbPr, RGB (component mode)
Composite/YC (composite mode)
Hardware Down-conversion, 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
Video Input
8- or 10-bit HD/SD SDI, SMPTE-259/292/296/424, 1 BNC
HDMI v1.3, 30 bits/pixel, RGB or YUV, 2.25 Gbps, SD, HD
Audio Input
2-ch 24-bit AES/EBU, 48 KHz sample rate
Synchronous or Non-synchronous
(Internal sample rate conversion)
24-bit SMPTE-259 SDI embedded audio, 8-ch, 48 KHz
Audio Output
2-ch 24-bit AES/EBU, 48 KHz sample rate
24-bit SMPTE-259 SDI embedded audio, 8-ch, 48 KHz
2-channel unbalanced output (RCA-jack)
Reference Input
Color Black or Tri-level sync
LTC Input (on Reference input)
Machine Control
RS-422 9-pin connector
Incredible 3 Year Warranty
AJA Video warrants that Io Express 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, KONA and XENA desktop video products, miniature stand-alone 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.
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Grass Valley, California
www.aja.com • sales@aja.com • support@aja.com
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