A revolution. From production to post.
AJA Ki Pro models are file-based recording and playback devices that create high-quality files on computer-friendly media. With extensive video and audio connectivity, you can interface with virtually any type of camera you might own or rent and connect seamlessly with your post production hardware. All Ki Pros are intuitive to operate, with familiar VTR-like buttons and a clear, easy-to-understand user interface.
Four models of Ki Pro are available. Whether you need on-set capture and playback, 4K recording and monitoring or simply an alternative to traditional tape-based devices, AJA offers a Ki Pro that best suits your workflow requirements.
Ki Pro Ultra, Ki Pro Rack and Ki Pro Quad include Ki Protect, a feature that helps to ensure data integrity if a media drive is accidentally removed or loses power during recording. The Ki Protect feature automatically pre-allocates recording space on the media drive for video, audio and timecode when the record button is pressed.
While recording, the file header is then continuously updated every time new data is written. That way, the only loss that should be incurred is the last few frames that were in transit to the media drive to be recorded when the operation was interrupted. Frames that are already recorded will be preserved and are recoverable, providing greater piece-of-mind on set and in the studio.
Record 'ready-to-edit' footage
Eliminating the cost and inconvenience of logging and capturing footage, Ki Pro models produce files that are ready to use right away in most popular NLEs.
Designed to integrate with your system, whatever the workflow, Ki Pro models feature powerful connectivity and capture full quality footage to reliable storage media.
When it's time to edit, just remove the media, connect to your computer, transfer the files, and the footage is ready to use straight away in your editing software, without the need for additional import or transcoding steps.
Quality that fits your production
Big on quality - but not on file size. All Ki Pro units record high quality images that easily stand up to post production 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. With support for ProRes (all models) and DNxHD (Ki Pro Mini and Ki Pro Rack only) at your choice of quality level, Ki Pro hardware allows you to achieve the perfect balance of image quality and storage capacity for your production.
Unify formats - speed workflows
Because productions often have to use different formats this can lead to inefficiencies in the editing process when converting files to a working format. Connected to a camera or housed in a machine room, Ki Pro units unify source material to a single file format that can be used by most major editing systems without additional transcoding, streamlining the edit process and facilitating savings in time and resources.
Simple controls and setup
With simple controls and an intuitive operating system, all Ki Pro models are easy to incorporate in your existing setup without having to worry about the learning curve. Just like a traditional tape deck, each Ki Pro features straightforward dedicated Record, Play, Rewind and FastForward buttons - making the transition easy with minimal training time. The current status of the system and all configuration information is clearly displayed on the built-in screen. The embedded OS uses a fast, flat menu structure that allows full configuration to be done directly on the device with no need to connect to a laptop to access operational parameters.
Remote configuration and operation
On set or in a machine room, Ki Pro models are equipped for advanced remote control and configuration. On the set, Ki Pro requires minimal direct user interaction. Record start/stop operation can be triggered automatically by detecting information in the SDI signal or, on Ki Pro and Ki Pro Mini, by using a separate LANC control on properly equipped cameras.
In a networked environment, Ethernet connectivity of Ki Pro hardware allows control and configuration to be performed via standard web browser. Multiple Ki Pro units can all be controlled from a single interface for group operation.