KI PRO PORTABLE DIGITAL DISC RECORDER

November 20th, 2009 | Tags: , , ,

Ki Pro Portable Disc Recorder from AJA Video.

Ki Pro Portable Disc Recorder from AJA Video.

by Leslie Parks

Everyone know, from broadcasters to indie filmmakers, how daunting the possible choices for image acquisition can be. Various cameras, formats, recording media and compression schemes can be confusing even to veteran video pros, leading many of them to ask, “Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to simplify acquisition so that virtually any camera could record the same format and resolution?”

First introduced at NAB 2009, the Ki Pro portable disc recorder from AJA Video may just be the answer, attracting a lot of attention among HD professionals and winning five major industry awards, as well as endorsements from camera manufacturers including Arri, Canon, JVC and RED. AJA also conducted a 24-city global tour in support of Ki Pro’s launch this past summer, which kicked off in Paris in May, and traveled throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas, ending in Sao Paulo in July.

Ki Pro is a portable tapeless video recording device that records files to the Apple ProRes 422 codec directly from camera, providing a new way of connecting production and post. With its extensive analog and digital connectivity, virtually any video and audio source can be fed into Ki Pro to record pristine 10-bit ProRes 422 media that is then immediately available to edit within Apple’s Final Cut Studio. Because Ki Pro features SD/HD-SDI, HDMI, and analog inputs, users can interface with virtually any type of camera, and numerous simultaneous outputs provide flexible monitoring options, connecting to both professional and consumer monitors.

Core Ki Pro features include the ability to record hours of pristine Apple ProRes 422 QuickTime media to a removable storage module that offers built-in FireWire 800 for immediate editing and file access on OS X, as well as bridging proprietary compression schemes by recording to the edit-friendly Apple ProRes 422 codec. Ki Pro can connect to any digital camera via SDI or HDMI, or any analog camera with multiple input options, and can convert real time from SD to HD, or 720 to/from 1080, in full 10-bit quality.

The Ki Pro Exoskeleton for mounting between camera and tripod is also available.

The Ki Pro Exoskeleton for mounting between camera and tripod is also available.

With simultaneous recording to camera and the device, Ki Pro also extends client review capabilities, and can prolong the productive life of existing cameras while embracing future workflows with powerful conversion capabilities. Even better, Ki Pro has built-in 802.11 wireless and Ethernet for complete control via web browser or iPhone.

Developed in conjunction with longtime AJA partner Apple, Ki Pro marks the company’s first foray into the acquisition side of video production, bridging the gap between lens and post. The device, which provides significant workflow efficiencies for everyone from cinematographers and filmmakers to editors and post professionals, began shipping in September, and will continue to receive regular firmware updates with increased features and support for new ProRes formats.

Ki Pro allows filmmakers, broadcasters, video professionals and prosumers to skip the process of re-rendering to an editing codec by giving immediate access to full raster edit-ready Apple ProRes 422 files directly from camera. Ki Pro records hours of media to a removable storage module. The device is a small, portable unit that can sit on a table, in a bay or mounted between a camera and tripod. Ki Pro is also ideal for on-set monitoring, providing instant access to multiple display devices simultaneously.

Priced at $3,995 US MSRP, the standalone unit includes the Ki Pro recorder, HDD Storage Module and an AC adapter. Also available is the Ki Pro Exoskeleton made from aircraft-grade aluminum for mounting between camera and tripod, SSD Storage Modules, a Rod Accessory Kit which adds endplates to the exoskeleton, and an AJA Lens Tap Cable Accessory allowing Ki Pro to connect between a camera body and the lens tap control connector.  

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