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AJA KI Pro: real-world operation

Sidney Lobb, Project Engineer using this device on location

AJA Ki Pro: real-world operation

Recorded in Rome, this interview with Project Engineer, Sidney Lobb of Creative Technology, gives insight as to how AJA's Ki Pro can be used in a professional situation. Designed as a ProRes recorder, the Ki Pro can be used to replace traditional decks, and also to enable up conversion, down conversion, cross conversion of video signals. One can use the Ki Pro to bypass the compression of the affordable cameras and achieve superior results to highly compressed codecs.

Read below for thoughts on the Ki Pro, by Sidney Lobb.


Here are my initial thoughts on the Ki Pro. I have ‘borrowed’ the Ki Pro to record the General Session today with it.

First off it is powered by a 4pin XLR, I have this connected using a Power supply but you can also connect a wide range of batteries, allegedly outputting anything from 12-18v will power the device! It comes with a removable storage unit containing a 250gb drive although you can purchase additional 250gb or 500gb modules too. The storage unit has a FireWire 800 socket on the back for connecting straight to your edit system. The connection to the system is SATA.

From getting it out of the box I have found it incredibly intuitive. There would certainly be no need to initiate a formal training programme with this. Freelancers will very quickly pick up the menu system with little to no training needed at all. It manages to be an extremely functional device without adding lots of options that you aren’t sure what they do. Everything is clearly labelled and understandable

I took in our 16:9 SD/SDI TX. I knew the editor was working in 1280x720 so I set the incoming source to be up-converted to this format. You can up or down convert both the incoming and outgoing signals. You have the option for either embedded SDI audio (8ch), XLR or Phono. If you use the analogue inputs you get some nice level meters. Additionally it will do all kinds of aspect ratio conversion and embed Timecode into the file. Signal Inputs are HD/SDI, Component and HDMI.

At the moment it will record either ProRes (standard) or ProRes (HQ) but will offer all 5 ProRes versions in the future which will be useful for making the hard drives last longer.

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