NAB: AJA offers I/O box as Final Cut Pro 6 companion

In debuting Final Cut Studio 2 at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show on Sunday, Apple also introduced the IoHD, a new hardware-based audio and video IO box that connects to the Mac using a single FireWire 800 connection. AJA Video Systems, developers of the Io product line, have posted additional details on their Web site.

Co-developed with Apple, the Io HD is designed to work with Final Cut Pro 6. It provides video and audio capture, editing and production capabilities and includes special Final Cut Pro presets. It also supports RGB, so it can be used for direct video ouytput using After Effects, Combustion and Motion. Look for it to debut in July for $3,495.

the Io HD rests horizontally but uses a case design that’s somewhat reminiscent of Apple’s Mac Pro, although it’s considerably smaller. Equipped with a carrying handle on one side, it spports beveled edges and a vented aluminum chassis. The backplane of the Io HD is filled with input and output jacks, while the front of the device has an LED display, level meters and indicator lights.

The Io HD works with Apple’s newly introduced ProRes 422 codec in hardware. Apple claims that ProRes 422 provides High Definition (HD) quality at Standard Definition (SD) file sizes, working with full raster 10-bit 4:2:2 content. So far, Io HD is the only device to support ProRes 422 and ProRes 422 (HQ) in hardware.

The Io HD features two SD-SDI and HD-SDI inputs and outputs, component SD and HD I/O, HDMI, 16-channel embedded SDI 24-bit audio I/O, AES/EBU 8-channel unbalanced audio I/O, XLR and RCA analog audio, genlock with loopthrough, RS-422 machine control and LTC timecode I/O.

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