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Aja Digital File Recorder

Wouldn't it be nice if there was a way to simplify acquisition so that virtually any camera, digital or analog, could record the same format and resolution? Enter the AJA Ki Pro.

The AJA Ki Pro is a tapeless video recording device that records high-quality Apple ProRes 422 QuickTime files onto computer-friendly media. Because it features SD/HD-SDI, HDMI, and analog inputs, you can interface with virtually any type of camera you might own or rent. Enjoy monitoring flexibility through Ki Pro's numerous simultaneous outputs, connecting to both professional and consumer monitors.

Ki Pro is portable and rugged; designed for real production environments. With the optional exo-skeleton it can sit below your camera-out of the way of your battery adapters, wireless mics and other accessories. Integration with your other production gear is seamless.

Ki Pro is intuitive to operate. Alongside the camera, the familiar VTR-like buttons provide immediate controls for basic operation. From a distance, use a web browser via ethernet or WiFi to control operations from a laptop or iPhone.

A Revolution In Production And Post

Eliminate the cost and inconvenience of logging and capturing footage. Ki Pro produces Apple ProRes 422 QuickTime files that are ready for immediate use within Final Cut Studio. Simply connect the media to a host computer and begin editing. Unify SD, 720 and 1080 cameras and formats with one superior 10-bit full-raster codec-Apple ProRes 422. Ki Pro features cross-conversion so you can have a 720p camera produce a 1080i recording to match your other camera... or vice versa. And if you've got high-quality SD cameras, Ki Pro can even help you extend their use since it also up-converts SD camera signals to HD recordings.

- No more digitizing

- No more worrying about which camera to use

- High-quality ready-to-edit video

Ki Pro In The Field

Ki Pro is portable and rugged; designed for a variety of production environments. Powered through an industry standard 4-pin XLR, you have flexible AC and battery options. An optional exo-skeleton can be used with your camera and tripod-complete with sliding baseplate and slots for 15mm rods.

Ki Pro Connects

Capture the full quality of your camera by tapping the direct uncompressed camera outputs. Connect any digital camera or VTR via component analog, SDI or HDMI to Ki Pro. Balanced and unbalanced audio connectors, LTC input/output, and even LANC, are provided. By bypassing tape or recordable media compression, Ki pro maintains the best possible image quality your camera produces.

Ki Pro And Final Cut Studio

From acquisition to delivery, use the codec at the core of Apple's Final Cut Studio suite of applications. Ki Pro supports an Apple file-based workflow by recording standard Apple ProRes 422 QuickTime files on industry standard media. Record to removable 34mm ExpressCards, or a removable HDD Storage Module containing a hard disk drive (standard) or an optional SSD Storage Module with a solid state disk. When removed, the Storage Module functions as a standard bus-powered FireWire 800 drive. If bus power is not avaialble, the Storage Module has a standard DC power connector for a usersupplied AC power adapter.

Unify formats - speed workflows

AJA's high-quality up/down/cross-conversion makes it easy to unify SD, 720p, and 1080i and create a single desired format for your project. The multitude of video and audio connections such as SDI, HDMI and analog make integrating Ki Pro with other production equipment easy.

RS-422 Control

RS-422 control allows Ki Pro to integrate easily with supported editing systems and external controllers allowing it to fulfill several of the functions of a traditional VTR. Supported NLEs can even perform assemble edits directly to the Ki Pro.

Ki Pro's RS-422 control can also be used to link a traditional VTR with Ki Pro for direct editing control. Use the editing controls on properly equipped VTRs to control Ki Pro for machine-to-machine transfer of video and audio. This allows tape footage to be captured directly as files on Ki Pro without the need for a separate edit controller.

10-bit, full raster recording

Big on quality - but not on file size. Recording 10-bit, full raster files, Ki Pro gives you high quality images that easily stand up to post processing requirements - and client scrutiny.

Compared to 8-bit recording devices, 10-bit 4:2:2 recording (when supported by the codec) provides better quantization, giving a superior representation of the original scene and allowing for more flexibility in post production when adjusting color and balance.

By utilizing efficient ProRes codecs, file sizes are kept in check so you won't need to blow your production budget on extra storage.


Ki Pro's extensive connectivity ensures that you will be able to interface with virtually any gear in your production workflow. The rear panel is packed with connectors which include: SDI input/output, HDMI input/output, component analog input/output, balanced and unbalanced analog audio input/output, LTC input/output as well as LANC.Content

Reliable storage media

Ki Pro captures directly to reliable AJA KiStor media. KiStor media are available as HDDs or SSDs in a variety of capacities to best suit the demands of your production environment. KiStor modules also feature built-in FireWire 800 or USB 3.0 connectivity for direct connection to your editing system using standard interfaces. KiStor media may also be used with the optional KiStor Dock which features a Thunderbolt™ connection for lightning-fast data transfers.

Remote configuration and operation

On set or in a machine room, Ki Pro is equipped for advanced remote control and configuration. With a standard Ethernet LAN connection to a host computer and any web browser, all Ki Pro parameter settings, clip selection and transport controls can be controlled; no additional or special software installation is required on the host computer. Multiple Ki Pro units can even be controlled from a single web interface making Ki Pro an ideal solution for multi-camera recordings. Complete developer tools are also available allowing advanced users to script and automate Ki Pro for custom applications.

Familiar controls and operation

Just like a traditional tape deck, Ki Pro features straightforward and dedicated transport buttons - record, play, stop, rewind, fast forward - making the device easy to operate with minimal training time. The current status of the system and key configuration information is clearly displayed on the built-in screen. Additional operational information can be found in the STATUS menu which can be accessed even when recording or playing back.

The Ki Pro operating system offers users a flat menu structure that is easy to navigate with menu parameters presented in clear and understandable language.

Automatic Camera Control

Using the Camera Data menu parameter, record start/stop operation can be trigged automatically with select cameras. Even file names can be reproduced on the Ki Pro to match the camera native recordings. Automated start/stop can also be accomplished via LANC when connected to properly equipped cameras.

Ethernet file transfer

Because of its network connectivity, media can be copied to and from Ki Pro over the Ethernet connection. This allows for fast file transfers without the need to physically remove the media from the Ki Pro, which can be especially useful in larger facilities and can cut down on machine room traffic by eliminating the number of people that have to be in the machine room.


- 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

- Bridge format chaos via hardware up/down/cross-conversion

- Extend client review capabilities

- Bridge production and post-production, effectively eliminating log and capture

- Extend productive life of existing cameras

- Embrace future workflows with powerful conversion capabilities





Video Formats

525i 29.97

625i 25

720P 23.98, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94, 60 (Note: 720p 23.98 (24), 720p 25 and 720p 29.97 require a valid camera source and the use of the Record Type VFR selection)

1080i 25, 29.97, 30

1080PsF 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30

1080PsF 23.98, 24, 25*, 29.97* (Note: 25 and 29.97 require a valid camera source and the use of the Record Type PsF selection)

1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97

Codec Support

Apple ProRes 422

Apple ProRes 422 (HQ)

Apple ProRes 422 (LT)

Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy)

Removable Storage

AJA Ki Stor modules - 1 slot

ExpressCard/34 - 2 slots

Video Input Digital

SD/HD SDI, SMPTE-259/292/296, 10-bit

Single Link 4:2:2 (1 x BNC)

HDMI v1.1

Video Input Analog

SD/HD Component (3 x BNC)

SMPTE/EBU N10, Betacam 525 line, Betacam 525J

12-bit A/D, 2x oversampling

+/- .25 dB to 5.5 MHz Y Frequency Response

+/- .25 dB to 2.5 MHz C Frequency Response

.5% 2T pulse response

2 ns Y/C delay inequity

Video Output Digital

SD/HD SDI, SMPTE-259/292/296, 10-bit

Single Link 4:2:2 (1 x BNC)

HDMI v1.1

Note: HDMI requires 1080i, 720p or 1080p to be active; HDMI does not provide support for PsF

Video Output Analog

Composite (1xBNC)


12-bit D/A, 8x oversampling

+/- .2 dB to 5.0 MHz Y Frequency Response

+/- .2 dB to 1 MHz C Frequency Response

.5% 2T pulse response

1% Diff Phase

1% Diff Gain

Note: Composite output requires that the Component Analog output be set to SD; composite output does not support HD

Component (3 x BNC)


SD: YPbPr, RGB (component mode)

SMPTE/EBU N10, Betacam 525 line, Betacam 525J, RGB

12-bit D/A, 8x oversampling

+/- .2 dB to 5.5 MHz Y Frequency Response

+/- .2 dB to 2.5 MHz C Frequency Response

.5% 2T pulse response

1 ns Y/C delay inequity

Audio Input Digital

2-channel or 8-channel user selectable

8-channel, 24-bit SMPTE-259 SDI embedded audio, 48kHz sample rate, Synchronous

2-channel, 24-bit HDMI embedded audio, 48kHz sample rate, Synchronous

Audio Input Analog

2-channel, 24-bit A/D analog audio, 48kHz sample rate, balanced (2 x XLR)

Input level: Line, Mic, Mic+phantom 48Vdc

+24dbu Full Scale Digital

+/- 0.2db 20 to 20kHz Frequency Response

2-channel unbalanced (2 x RCA)

Audio Output Digital

8-channel, 24-bit SMPTE-259 SDI embedded audio, 48kHz sample rate, Synchronous

2-channel, 24-bit HDMI embedded audio, 48kHz sample rate, Synchronous

Audio Output Analog

2-channel, 24-bit D/A analog audio, 48kHz sample rate, balanced (2 x XLR)

+24dbu Full Scale Digital (0dbFS)

+/- 0.2db 20 to 20kHz Frequency Response

2-channel unbalanced (2 x RCA)

Stereo unbalanced headphone (1 x 3.5mm mini jack)


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

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


Hardware 10-bit

1080i to 720P

720P to 1080i



LTC input (1 x BNC)

LTC output (1x BNC) (Note: active during playback not during record or EE)

Network Interface

10/100/1000 Ethernet (RJ-45)

802.11g Wireless

Embedded web server for remote control

Computer Interface


User Interface

2 x 20 character display, with dedicated buttons


LANC Loop (2 LANC Connectors) (Note: requires a LANC enabled camera)

Lens Tap (Note: Not activated)

IEEE-1394a/FireWire400 for control and timecode data

Machine Control

RS-422, Sony 9-pin protocol.

9: -pin D-connector pinout is as follows:

1: GND

2: RX-

3: TX+

4: GND

5: No Connection

6: GND

7: RX+

8: TX-

9: GND

Shell: GND


9.00" (22.86cm)


6.12” (15.56cm) from front antenna cover to back of handles


3.25" (8.25cm)


100-240 VAC 50/60Hz (adapter), 12-18Vdc 4-pin XLR (chassis), 3.3A max, 30W typical


3.7 lb. (1.67kg)


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