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AJA Ki Pro Mini Compact Field Recorder

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Product Highlights

  • ProRes 422 QuickTime Files
  • Records to Standard CF Cards
  • Footage Ready to Edit in Final Cut Pro
  • 10-Bit Capture
  • Mounts to Camera or Tripod
  • HD/SD-SDI, HDMI
  • LANC, Timecode
  • XLR Audio Input
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Sugg Retail Price: $1,495.00

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The Aja Ki Pro Mini Compact Field Recorder adds extreme portability to the Ki Pro family. Bringing a file-based workflow to any production to be edited on Final Cut Pro, this miniature field recorder not only records edit-ready Apple ProRes footage from any SDI or HDMI video camera, it does so on easily available Compact Flash cards. Its small form factor allows it to be mounted on a tripod or camera with industry-standard adapters, while its powerful support of both SD and HD recording--via both SDI and HDMI--makes it an invaluable tool for on-set digital capture.

Simultaneously record to host camera and Ki Pro
Bridge proprietary compression schemes by recording to Apple ProRes 422
Bridge media complexity by recording to portable file-based storage
Extend client review capabilities
Bridge production and post-production, effectively eliminating log and capture
Extend productive life of existing cameras
Embrace future workflows
Follows the camera everywhere, offering a tiny footprint, support for SDI & HDMI cameras, and simple CF card storage. Smaller than some battery packs, it mounts to virtually everything.
Format Apple ProRes 422 (HQ)
Apple ProRes 422
Apple ProRes (LT)
Apple ProRes (Proxy)
Camera Compatibility Any SDI/HDMI-capable Camera
Media Compatibility Compact Flash Cards
Media Card Slots (2) Compact Flash
Input/Output HD/SD-SDI w/24-bit Embedded Audio: BNC (x1)
HDMI w/24-bit Embedded Audio: SMPTE-259/292/296 (x1)
Analog Line/Mic Audio: XLR 24-bit A/D (x2 Output)
Ethernet: RJ-45 (x1)
Timecode: BNC (x1 Input)
Headphones: 3.5mm Mini Jack (x1 Output)
LANC Loop (x2)
Power Requirements 100-240VAC
Power Consumption 12VDC
Dimensions (WxHxD) 1.8 x 5.4 x 3.5" (4.6 x 13.7 x 8.9 cm)
Weight 1.26 lbs (0.57kg)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 3.1 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.8 x 7.2 x 3.3"
AJA Ki Pro Mini Compact Field Recorder
  • 110/220V AC Adapter w/4-pin XLR Connector
  • 3 Year Warranty
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    AJAKi Pro Mini Compact Field Recorder
     
    3.4

    (based on 7 reviews)

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    67%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

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    Cons

    • Difficult to use (3)

    Best Uses

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      • Power user (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (5)

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Great Idea but needs a lot of work

    By dutchy

    from Geraldton WA

    About Me Power User

    Pros

      Cons

      • Difficult To Set Up
      • Difficult To Use

      Best Uses

        Comments about AJA Ki Pro Mini Compact Field Recorder:

        I bought this device to attach to a Sony FS-100 on rails. It has been disappointing from day one. The menu is unintuitive and not user friendly, it's just plain awful. A simple up/down left/right enter button combo would make a massive difference. The unit and CF cards get very hot and chews through the V-lock battery mounted on the back. The battery and mounting plate also add substantial weight to the whole rig, making it rear heavy and cumbersome. After 999 clips it will stop recording until and new clip name is inserted, no auto clip name. It will not jump cards during recording, or warn when a card is full. It takes between 60 and 120 seconds to format a card. The D-Tap plugs into the bottom of the unit, which means the camera can not be placed on a table, when not on a tripod, otherwise the camera will topple over. The record light is very hard to see when outside in full sun. The unit will trigger record via HDMI Timecode, this is good however, if I review vision on the camera this will generate another clip on the CF card! this is bad. I would not recommend this unit to anyone. There are better units out there. I think I will sell this one.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Solid design

        By BP

        from Memphis, TN

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Field
          • Live Events
          • Studio

          Comments about AJA Ki Pro Mini Compact Field Recorder:

          Can't say anything negative about the Ki Pro at all. It records every time without fail, and it's built like a tank. The ability to configure it over an ethernet network is a huge plus.

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          (21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          so so

          By riggraam

          from virginia, usa

          About Me Power User

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use

          Best Uses

          • Television

          Comments about AJA Ki Pro Mini Compact Field Recorder:

          It's a tough one to review. First, Joel Z hit the mark, do NOT activate Custom Take. Although set-up is easy, forget about changing any menu settings in the field without the aja hooked up to a monitor. If you're trying to boost your clip quality with a cam like the AF100, remember you'll still have to record in-camera on memory cards as well as in-aja on CF cards. It will definitely act quirky if it overheats...and it does, and that's bad. I fell-back to the redundant in-camera cards on two occasions. As for quality, yes, of course Apple ProRes HQ is worth it and that's why I bought it. But, there's no realistic downstream noticeable difference unless you need the color space to HD finish, color, or animate. Basically, decide your workflow before you plug-in. And yes, it's a power drain, and a money pit when it comes to customizing or rail mounting. And no warnings when your card is filled, nor when it's time to switch to slot 2? That's bad. All in all, sure, it's an Apple ProRes option (for HD tape users)...but if you have a digital cam, well don't buy the cart before the horse. If you haven't yet bought your camera, put these dollars in to a pro camera, don't custom fit a prosumer digital cam with an aja.

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          (10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Does the Job

          By Joel VanZ

          from San Luis Obispo, CA

          About Me Power User

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Sleek Design

          Cons

          • Difficult To Set Up
          • Difficult To Use

          Best Uses

          • Television

          Comments about AJA Ki Pro Mini Compact Field Recorder:

          We first used this product on a commercial shoot to record ProRes 422 HQ out of the new Sony F3. Not knowing the ins and outs of this product really hurt us.

          Beware of the CUSTOM clip name function, which is a function designed for each clip getting a different clip name. Scrolling through the menus of the Ki Pro, we accidentally turned CUSTOM clip on, which when not renaming each clip, overwrites the last one. The Ki Pro will NOT give you a warning telling you that you are about to overwrite the last recorded clip. We took the card to offload the footage to find only one clip with the name CUSTOM. We lost a half day of production.

          The Ki Pro was also not able to record overcranked. We had to record all of our overcranked material to the internal SxS cards.

          We absolutely hated this thing at the beginning of production. But by the end, we found it does the job when you know it's ins and outs.

          Get familiar with the interface before you go into production.

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          (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Excellent product

          By Tom Gandy

          from Houston

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Complex Projects
            • Independent Films
            • In The Studio

            Comments about AJA Ki Pro Mini Compact Field Recorder:

            I use this product mainly to record footage from my Sony ex1 straight into Apple Prores. It's very light weight and easy to use. I've had it for about 2 weeks and simply love it. I do wish the device were able to automatically switch media slots as cards become full, it's not a deal breaker for me but it would be convenient.
            The Ki Pro does take a little while to boot up and power down as well.

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            (13 of 34 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Great concept, poorly executed

            By MediaShark

            from Miami, FL

            About Me Professional Artist

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Compact Design

            Cons

            • Poor Design

            Best Uses

              Comments about AJA Ki Pro Mini Compact Field Recorder:

              I did a pre-order of a pre-order to get mine, but I may have been too far out in front.

              The Ki Pro Mini's issue? You think you're getting a complete system - but you still have to buy batteries, adaptors, something to mount it on - even something to put it on a table!! Will sell mine, and wait for whatever will be next - and things like this will be coming faster and faster...

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              (20 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Wonderfully versatile/elegantly simple.

              By geekpower

              from Portland, Maine

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Light
              • Professional Quality
              • Small

              Cons

              • Limited availability
              • Slightly awkward

              Best Uses

              • Independent Films
              • Pro Video

              Comments about AJA Ki Pro Mini Compact Field Recorder:

              AJA's Ki Pro Mini is a great little device that will extend the life and usefulness of many pro-sumer and professional video and HDSLR cameras. Simply stated, if your camera can output an HDMI or HDSDI signal then this device can encode it in glorious Apple Pro Res 422. This means that many cameras which natively encode video in low-bitrate, low-color-space formats, such as Sony's EX1, EX3 and F3 and Panasonic's AF100, can now record to a format that preserves much more of the image information these cameras are capable of capturing.

              One of the few drawbacks to the device is that its power connector is located, awkwardly, on the bottom of the device - though this is a very small problem which is easily dealt with. The other issue is that it does not include a camera mounting system - but one is available from AJA for a reasonable price or one can be machined fairly easily.

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              Drives & Storage

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              Required item: A memory card (not included) is required to record your footage.

              SanDisk - 64GB Extreme Pro CompactFlash Memory Card (160MB/s)
              • You Pay: $89.95
               

              Video Cables

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              Connect your recorder to a camera or an external monitor.

              Canare - 2' L-3CFW RG59 HD-SDI Coaxial Cable with Male BNCs (Black)
              • You Pay: $18.49
               

              Audio Cables

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              Connect your recorder to an external microphone or mixer.

              Kopul - Studio Elite 4000 Series XLR M to XLR F Microphone Cable - 3' (0.91 m), Black
              • You Pay: $15.99
               

              Cases & Coverings

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              Carry, store and protect, with quick access to your recorder.

              Porta Brace - SP-1BBAT SP-1BAT Battery Sack Pack (Midnight Black)
              • You Pay: $109.00
               

              Power Accessories

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              Don't get caught without power with external battery options.

              Switronix - 28" PowerTap to 4-Pin XLR Cable
              • You Pay: $29.95
               

              Remote Controllers

              JLCooper - VTC1 Video Transport Controller
              • You Pay: $124.95
               

              Mounts

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              Increase your shooting convenience and flexibility with the aid of additional mounts.

              AJA - Universal Mounting Plate for Ki Pro Mini
              • Sugg Retail Price: $75.00
               
              Zacuto - Zwiss Plate V2
              • You Pay: $166.25
               
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