MWSF: AJA releases KONA 3 video capture card

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AJA Video announced KONA 3, its new top-of-the-line video capture card. The company states the new card offers 40 percent more power than its predecessor the KONA 2.

The KONA 3 is an uncompressed capture card for SD, HD and Dual Link 4:4:4:4 HD for PCI Express (PCIe) Apple G5 Power Macs and Apple Final Cut Pro. KONA 3 makes its worldwide debut this week at Macworld Expo at the AJA booth (booth #1449). The new card will ship worldwide on Jan. 30, 2006.

KONA 3’s all new extensible architecture features a 4-Lane PCI-Express bus interface with integrated AJA QuickTime drivers that work with the new Apple Power Mac G5s and Final Cut Pro designed for power and workflow efficiency. Supporting any uncompressed SD or HD format, including Dual Link, KONA 3 captures and plays back uncompressed 10-bit and 8-bit digital video and 24-bit 48kHz digital audio. KONA 3 also includes a variety of 10-bit broadcast-quality features, such as hardware-based up-and-down-conversion to and from HD-and adds a live hardware keyer for compositing bugs, live clips, and other elements over video.

KONA 3 features an Internal HD/SD Live Hardware Keyer intended for video editors and broadcast designers to achieve sophisticated keyed video effects. Users can load a QuickTime clip with an alpha-channel and place it over live video coming into the card in real time.

KONA 3 is priced at $2990. KONA3’s I/O connections are supported with supplied breakout cables. AJA’s K3-Box, a rack-mountable IRU enclosure, is available as an option for $299.

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