AJA KONA 3G SDI Video I/O Card

AJA KONA 3G SDI Video I/O Card

AJA KONA 3G SDI Video I/O Card

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Product Highlights

  • Supports 10-bit 4:4:4 Video Capture
  • Four Configurable 3G-SDI Connectors
  • Simultaneous Input and Output Possible
  • Supports 24p & 25p 4K via Quad-link SDI
  • HDMI 1.4a Output for Monitoring
  • Supports 16-channel Embedded Audio I/O
  • Real-Time Hardware-based Conversion
  • SD/HD Hardware Downstream Keyer (DSK)
  • RS-422 Port for Device Control
  • Supports Optional K3G 1 RU Breakout Box
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AJA KONA 3G overview

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The AJA KONA 3G HD/SD SDI 3D Card is a flexible SDI input/output (I/O) card that supports multiple SD, HD, and 2K formats, as well as 4K at 24p and 25p. It features four SDI connectors that can be configured for input, output, or a mixture of both. In addition, connectors can be paired to support dual-link and 3D signals. In the case of 4K, all four connectors will be used in quad-link configuration, and in this mode 4K SDI support will be limited to input or output, but not both at the same time.

In addition to SDI I/O, the card features two types of dedicated output, HDMI 1.4a and analog video. The HDMI output can be used for monitoring or evaluation on consumer grade devices such as TVs, and features support for 3D as well as SD and HD. The analog output uses a proprietary multi-pin connector, and a breakout cable terminating in BNCs is included. You can choose between SD or HD component (3 x BNC), S-video ("Y/C" on 2 x BNC), or composite (single BNC). As an alternative to the breakout cable, the optional K3G-Box, available separately, installs in a 1RU rack space and provides dedicated connectors for all of the inputs and outputs on the device. It also enables support for an additional 8 AES audio channels and adds two RCA analog audio outputs for monitoring.

Embedded and AES and EBU Audio Support
The KONA 3G can handle up to 16 channels of SDI-embedded audio as well as output 8 channels of HDMI-embedded audio. It also features an 8-channel AES/EBU I/O with that can be embedded or de-embedding audio from the SDI stream, or to allow your computer to interface with dedicated digital audio hardware. An additional 8 channels of AES/EBU I/O, for a total of 16, can be added with the addition of the K3G-Box, an optional 1RU rackmountable breakout box available separately
Extensive Third Party Software Support
The KONA 3G is supported by a wide range of digital content creation software for both the Windows and OS X platforms. Supported software includes, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut X, Avid Media Composer, Avid ProTools, and Telestream Wirecast. For a full list of applications that are tested to work, please visit the AJA website
4K Capture and Output Support
The four SDI connectors can be grouped in quad-link configuration to support 4K. Because all four are used, it is not possible to capture and output 4K SDI at the same time. The KONA 3G will support both the DCI 17:9 aspect ratio (4096 x 2160) and broadcast UltraHD 16:9 aspect ratio (3840 x 2160) formats at 23.98, 24, or 25 fps
Captures 10-bit uncompressed video at up to 4:4:4 chroma sub-sampling
Supports stereoscopic 3D workflows, allowing you to monitor in 3D via the HDMI output
Supports audio resolutions up to 24-bit at 48 kHz audio
Offers real-time, hardware-based motion-adaptive SD to HD up-conversion, HD to HD cross-conversion, HD to SD down-conversion, and automatic HD/SD 12-bit component analog output
Allows placement of graphic files with an alpha channel over the video being input to the board, a selectable color matte, or the contents of the card's frame buffer via an internal SD/HD downstream keyer (DSK)
Simultaneously records 2K DPX files and 2K QuickTime reference movies using the AJA VTR Xchange application
Provides machine control using a master/slave configurable RS-422 (Sony Protocol) via a 9-pin connector
In the Box
AJA KONA 3G SDI Video I/O Card
  • Breakout Cable
  • 2 x BNC to S-video Adapter
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    AJA KONA 3G specs

    Video Input 3G/HD/SD-SDI, SMPTE-259/292/296/424, 8- or 10-bit
    Single-link: 4:2:2 or 4:4:4
    Dual-link HD 4:4:4 and 2K HSDL 4:4:4
    Quad-link 4K/QuadHD and 4:4:4
    1D LUT Support (Mac and PC)
    Video Output Digital
    3G/HD/SD-SDI, SMPTE-259/292/296/424
    Single-link: 4:2:2 or 4:4:4
    Dual-link HD 4:4:4 and 2K HSDL 4:4:4
    Quad-link 4K/QuadHD and 4:4:4
    HDMI v1.4, 30/36 bits/pixel, RGB or YUV, 2.25Gbps (SD and HD only)

    SD and HD Output, 12-bits, BNC
    HD: YPbPr, RGB
    SD: YPbPr, RGB (component mode) or Composite +
    Y/C (composite mode with simultaneous Y/C)
    Connectors On Device
    4 x 3G-SDI on DIN 1.0 connectors -- can be configured for input, output, or a mixture
    1 x HDMI 1.4a -- output only
    1 x Multi-pin connector for breakout cable

    On Breakout Cable
    1 x Component/Composite/S-video (Y/C) output on 3 x BNC
    1 x AES/EBU input on BNC
    1 x AES/EBU output on BNC
    1 x LTC timecode input on BNC
    1 x LTC timecode input on BNC
    1 x RS-422 on 9-pin D-sub -- Sony protocol
    Video Formats SD
    480i 29.97 (PC)
    525i 23.98 (intermediate format only)
    525i 29.97
    625i 25

    720p 23.98 (intermediate format only)
    720p 24 (PC)
    720p 25 (PC)
    720p 29.97 (PC)
    720p 30 (PC)
    720p 50
    720p 59.94
    720p 60
    1080i 25
    1080i 29.97
    1080i 30
    1080psF 23.98
    1080psF 24
    1080psF 25 (PC)
    1080psF 29.97 (PC)
    1080psF 30 (PC)
    1080p 23.98 (PC)
    1080p 24
    1080p 25
    1080p 29.97
    1080p 30
    1080p 50
    1080p 59.94
    1080p 60

    2048 x 1080p 23.98
    2048 x 1080p 24
    2048 x 1080psF 23.98
    2048 x 1080psF 24
    2048 x 1556p 15 (PC)
    2048 x 1556psF 14.98
    2048 x 1556psF 15
    2048 x 1556psf 23.98
    2048 x 1556psF 24

    3840 x 2160p 23.98, 24, 25
    4096 x 2160p 23.98, 24, 25
    3840 x 2160psF 23.98, 24, 25
    4096 x 2160psF 23.98, 24, 25
    Downstream Keyer Will output graphics with alpha channel over video, matte or framebuffer, or framebuffer content over incoming video or matte
    Audio 24-bit SDI embedded audio, 16 channel, 48kHz

    24-bit AES audio, 8 channel w/breakout cable or 16 channel with optional K3G-Box, 96kHz or 48kHz 24- or 16-bit capable
    Conversion Up-Conversion
    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

    Hardware 10-bit
    1080i to 720p
    720p to 1080i
    720p to 1080psF

    SD to SD Aspect Ratio Conversion
    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 anamorphic image in the center

    V Crop: Will transform SD letterbox material to an anamorphic image.
    Reference Input Analog Color Black (1V) or Composite Sync (2 or 4V) Non terminating, Looping, 75 ohm on K3G-Box, terminated on supplied breakout cable
    Timecode Linear Timecode Input and Output: 2 BNCs
    Control RS-422, Sony 9-pin protocol
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.1 x 9.8 x 3.2"

    AJA KONA 3G reviews

    KONA 3G SDI Video I/O Card is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kona 3G 3D Display with Ease So far so good, easy set up and rock solid performance no glitches and a lot cheaper than my last Kona card. I like the fact that the same card with different drivers can work for for OSX or Windows. This card is worth every penny
    Date published: 2011-01-26
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