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AJA Io X3 Professional Video I/O for Thunderbolt 3

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AJA Io X3 Professional Video I/O for Thunderbolt 3
Key Features
  • Up to 2K HD/SD I/O via 3G-SDI & HDMI 1.4
  • Dual Thunderbolt 3 Ports via USB Type-C
  • 8-/10-/12-Bit 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 Support
  • Downstream Keyer
The Io X3 Professional Video I/O for Thunderbolt 3 is a compact capture and output device offering high-quality video and audio connectivity with support for DCI 2K and HD/SD workflows up to 60p over both 3G-SDI and HDMI. The Io X3 connects to your laptop, desktop, or minicomputer via a single Thunderbolt 3 cable and provides a second Thunderbolt connector for flexibility.

Video connections consist of four bidirectional 3G-SDI inputs/outputs and individual HDMI 1.4b input and output with multiviews available via SDI or HDMI. The Io X3 supports HDR (high dynamic range), embedded 16-channel SDI and 8-channel HDMI audio, and analog audio output via a standard DB-25 connection. A 4-pin XLR power input is incorporated for powering the Io X3 with batteries or the included AC adapter.

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AJA lo-X3 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2HD/SD Video over Thunderbolt 3
  • 33G-SDI and HDMI Input/Output
  • 4HDR and Dolby Vision Support
  • 5Versatile Connectivity
  • 6Audio Options
  • 7Compact Form
  • 8Multiview Output
  • 9Apple M1 Chip Support
  • 10Software Compatibility

The Io X3 Professional Video I/O for Thunderbolt 3 is a compact capture and output device offering high-quality video and audio connectivity with support for DCI 2K and HD/SD workflows up to 60p over both 3G-SDI and HDMI. The Io X3 connects to your laptop, desktop, or minicomputer via a single Thunderbolt 3 cable and provides a second Thunderbolt connector for flexibility.

Video connections consist of four bidirectional 3G-SDI inputs/outputs and individual HDMI 1.4b input and output with multiviews available via SDI or HDMI. The Io X3 supports HDR (high dynamic range), embedded 16-channel SDI and 8-channel HDMI audio, and analog audio output via a standard DB-25 connection. A 4-pin XLR power input is incorporated for powering the Io X3 with batteries or the included AC adapter.

HD/SD Video over Thunderbolt 3
Capture, display, and convert HD/SD video at rates up to DCI 2K60 using a single USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 cable with an identical loop-through. Supports all major NLE systems plus OBS Studio, vMix, Telestream Wirecast, and similar applications. Thunderbolt 3 supplies both Thunderbolt and power using a single cable with double the speed of Thunderbolt 2 at 40 Gb/s.
3G-SDI and HDMI Input/Output
Input and output video using the four bidirectional 3G-SDI BNC ports and the single HDMI input and HDMI output connectors.
HDR and Dolby Vision Support
Capture rich, true-to-like HDR (high dynamic range) images with support for HLG, HDR10, and Dolby Vision standards. HDR auto-playback detection automatically sets the HDR format on a monitor connected to the BNC or HDMI output ports. The Io X3 also supports .mov HDR outputs from Adobe Premier Pro/Media Encoder, setting the proper HDR format automatically.
Versatile Connectivity
Practical connections include a 4-pin XLR power input, RS-422 (DB-9) machine control, and a DB-25 port for analog audio breakout via a separately available cable. Video connections include HDMI input and output, four bidirectional BNC 3G-SDI connectors, a BNC reference port, and individual LTC timecode BNC input and output connectors.
Audio Options
Embedded digital audio is available via both the BNC SDI (16-ch) and HDMI (8-ch) ports with analog audio supported via a DB-25 connection.
Compact Form
Two Io X3 units can be mounted side by side in just 1 RU space.
Multiview Output
The Io X3 offers multichannel input and output and the HDMI output's ability to display all of these sources to one display and is fully compatible with OBS Studio software.
Apple M1 Chip Support
Desktop Software v16.1 and higher is optimized for the Apple M1 chip with native support for AJA macOS drivers, application plug-ins, AJA Control Room, AJA Control Panel, AJA System Test and AJA NMOS software.
Software Compatibility
UPC: 812321032611

AJA lo-X3 Specs

Inputs / Outputs
System Connection
USB-C (Thunderbolt 3) with Addition Pass-Through Port
Inputs/Outputs
4x BNC (3G-SDI) Female (Switchable)
Video Inputs
1x HDMI (1.4b) Female
Audio Inputs
No
Video Outputs
1x HDMI (1.4b) Female
Audio Outputs
1x DB-25 8-Channel
Other I/O
1x BNC Timecode Input
1x BNC Timecode Input/Output
1x BNC Reference
1x DE-9/DB-9 RS-422
Format Support
Input Video Format
SDI (10/12-Bit 4:4:4/4:2:2 RGB, YCC)
DCI 2K at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/47.95/48/50/59.94/60 fps
DCI 2KPsF at 23.98/24/25 fps
1080p at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps
1080PsF at 23.98/24/25/30 fps
1080i at 50/59.94/60 fps
720p at 50/59.94/60 fps
576i / 625 lines at 50 fps
480i / 525 lines at 59.94 fps
HDMI
DCI 2K at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/47.95/48/50/59.94/60 fps
DCI 2KPsF at 23.98/24/25 fps
1080p at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps
1080PsF at 23.98/24/25/29.97 fps
1080i at 50/59.94 fps
720p at 50/59.94 fps
576i / 625 lines at 50 fps
480i / 525 lines at 59.94 fps
Output Video Format
SDI (10/12-Bit 4:4:4/4:2:2 RGB, YUV)
DCI 2K at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/47.95/48/50/59.94/60 fps
DCI 2KPsF at 23.98/24 fps
1080p at 23.98/24/25/30/50/59.94/60 fps
1080PsF at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30 fps
1080i at 50/59.94/60 fps
720p at 50/59.94/60 fps
576i / 625 lines at 50 fps
480i / 525 lines at 59.94 fps
HDMI
DCI 2K at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/47.95/48/50/59.94/60 fps
DCI 2KPsF at 23.98/24/25 fps
1080p at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps
1080PsF at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30 fps
1080i at 50/59.94/60 fps
720p at 50/59.94/60 fps
576i / 625 lines at 50 fps
480i / 525 lines at 59.94 fps
Output Audio Format
Analog: 48 kHz / 24-Bit
Embedded Audio
SDI: 16-Channel
HDMI: 8-Channel
Standards
Video Standard Compliance
SMPTE 259M-C/292M/425M
HDR Support
,
Hardware
Power I/O
1x XLR 4-Pin (10 to 20 VDC) Input
Power Consumption
28 W
Environmental
Operating Temperature
32 to 67°F / 0 to 35°C
Storage Temperature
-40 to 140°F / -40 to 60°C
Operating Humidity
10 to 90%
General
Certifications
ICES-3(A), CE, FCC-A, Kcc, VCCI-A
Dimensions
8.7 x 7.09 x 1.65" / 222 x 180.09 x 41.91 mm
Weight
3.3 lb / 1.5 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight
3.685 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
10.1 x 10 x 4"

AJA lo-X3 Reviews

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Can I have 4 inputs and 1 output all going at the ...

Can I have 4 inputs and 1 output all going at the same time with this card?
Asked by: Brian
The AJA Io X3 Professional Video I/O for Thunderbolt 3's four bidirectional BNC connectors can be configured in a variety of ways via the AJA Control Panel, including: • Two HD/SD inputs (SDI 1 and SDI 2) and two outputs (SDI 3 and SDI 4) • Four HD/SD inputs (SDI 1, SDI 2, SDI 3, SDI 4) Unfortunately 4 inputs and 1 output is not possible by defualt, but some third-party applications (examples: OBS Studio, Wirecast, Vmix) may support other input/output configurations.
Answered by: Paige K
Date published: 2023-11-20

What would be the right DB25 cable suggested by ...

What would be the right DB25 cable suggested by the manufacturer or the community for audio input (embedding) and output? Thanks
Asked by: Martin
The AJA Io X3 Professional Video I/O for Thunderbolt 3 can use the recommended. Hosa Technology DBD-303 Male DB-25 to Male DB-25 Cable- 3' (0.9 m) BH #HODB25DB253 • MFR #DBD-303.
Answered by: Dennis L
Date published: 2024-05-21
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