Aja’s Io4K, taking Thunderbolt to a new level.

Aja’s Io4K, taking Thunderbolt to a new level.

Aja Video Systems released their newest addition, called the io4k in conjunction with Apple’s recent release of the New Mac Pro. The Io4K is Aja’s first Thunderbolt2 enabled device, capable of handling formats from standard definition all the through the latest 4K  and Ultra HD formats including the bandwidth intensive 50p and 60p versions, designed to engross users with the higher frame rates (HFR) found in features like the Hobbit@ or in the upcoming versions of James Cameron’s Avatar series. The Io4k supports only digital interfaces, an issue for some but not this writer. Being able to handle the wide range of formats allows me to capture from virtually any type of device, then supply output or monitoring in 4K’s 4096 x 2160 or UltraHD’s more convenient 3840 x 2160 frame size without the added hassle of  that extra 256 pixels that define 4K, but make monitoring and encoding considerably more difficult. Designed as the next level from their existing hardware, powered by the Thunderbolt 2 interface and wrapped in an aluminum shell for better heat dissipation the original IoXT and powered via the same production style 4pin XLR power connector.   The Io4K is a truly simple  tool, enabled via the most powerful computer buss available, bringing the ease, portability and simplicity of use that is Thunderbolt2 right onto your desktop. 4K formats

  • 3840 x 2160P 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60
  • 3840 x 2160PsF 23.98, 24, 25
  • 4096 x 2160P 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60
  • 4096 x 2160PsF 23.98, 24, 25

Outputs available for the Io4K

  • 3G/SD/HD SDI, SMPTE-259/292/296/424, 8 -or 10-bits
  • Single Link 4:2:2 or 4:4:4 (1 x BNC)
  • Dual Link HD 4:4:4 (2 x BNC)

    Input and outputs for nearly every task imaginable are available with the Io4K

    Input and outputs for nearly every task imaginable are available with the Io4K

  • 2K HSDL (High Speed Data Link) 4:4:4, (2 x BNC)
  • 4K/QuadHD 4:4:4 (4 x BNC)
  • HDMI v1.4
    • 30/36 bits/pixel, RGB or YUV, 2.25Gbps.
    • SD, HD, 1080p-50/60, 4K, 2K and stereoscopic HD support

The Io4K  is shipping now at an MSRP  $ 1995.00

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Contributor Gary Adcock specializes in creating and streamlining workflows for Episodic and Feature Production and Post-Production. Gary's extensive knowledge in Camera Technology, Image Acquisition and OnSet Data workflows is regarded by many as one of the most knowledgeable resources in the industry. With emphasis on understanding camera and production technologies and how they relate to post production and delivery. Gary assisted in writing the Data Handling Procedures and Best Practices documentation for IATSE Local 600 (Cinematographers Guild) as part of an ongoing education initiative project. Gary also regularly contributes to Macworld Magazine, as well as now being a regular contributor on Zacuto.com, he is also a moderator and blogger at CreativeCow.net Gary’s client list includes: Adobe, Aja Video, Apple, Arri, Autodesk, Sony, Panasonic, and JVC. Media outlets like CNN, MSNBC, Discovery Networks, MTV, WGBH (Antiques Roadshow), FOX, National Geographic Inc. and the Nat Geo Networks worldwide. Commercial clients include such prestigious brands as McDonalds, Taco Bell, HBO, MLB, NASA, Citibank, NBA Entertainment and NFL Films. Recent Production Work has included Transformers Dark Side of the Moon 2011 (3nd unit), Just Like a Women (2012) (data and dailies colorist), NBC's Playboy Club (camera tech), ABC's Detroit 187 (remote recording technologies). Gary can be followed on Twitter @garyadcock or on his new Wordpress blog about Technology and the Chicago food scene at http://garyadcock.com

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