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AJA Announces OEM Relationship with FilmLight

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At NAB 2013, AJA Video Systems announced an OEM relationship with FilmLight through which its KONA 3G capture and playback card will support multi-channel ingest and playout for FilmLight’s new FLIP real-time image processor. FilmLight will bundle AJA’s KONA 3G as part of FLIP, which is designed to take the power of complex Baselight color correction live on set. Leveraging KONA 3G, FLIP users will be able to easily preview the color grading of live raw footage with a range of HD video I/O channel combinations and can set FLIP to record or playback multiple HD-SDI streams such as 1 in and 3 out, 2 in and 2 out, 3 in and 1 out.

“FilmLight sets a high standard of excellence for our products, and our customers demand the best on-set technology,” said Steve Chapman, co-founder, FilmLight. “AJA has paved the way with production-proven products for HD postproduction and we intend to offer a future software option to support the KONA 3G’s 4K capabilities, which is why we’ve selected to bundle KONA 3G with FLIP.”

FilmLight’s FLIP applies lookup tables, grades and filter effects to the live output of a camera while shooting on set. Inserted directly in the single or dual-link HD-SDI feed between camera and monitor, it uses GPU accelerated hardware, Baselight grading and Truelight 3D LUT technology to apply looks to raw footage to preview how the final grade will appear in post. Features include real-time complex color correction, multiple streams of HD video in and out, support for CDL and ARRI Look oriented workflows.

“It is important to AJA that our products support all facets of HD post-production,” said Nick Rashby, president, AJA Video Systems. “FLIP is advancing the ways professionals create real-time dailies, and with the KONA 3G, users can reap the benefits of on-set HD monitoring with ease.”

KONA 3G is AJA’s professional video and audio desktop I/O card with 10-bit uncompressed video 3G/HD/SD SDI I/O, HDMI 1.4a output for stereographic monitoring to consumer 3D displays, 4K I/O, 8-channel AES digital audio I/O (16-channel AES with optional K3G-Box) and 16-channel SDI embedded audio I/O. The system also includes real-time hardware-based up/down/cross conversion to support a wide range of formats, a hardware-based downstream keyer.

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