AJA Video Systems today announced that its KONA-SD A/V capture card has been qualified by Apple for use with Final Cut Pro 3, Apple’s popular digital video editing software for professionals. Apple has tested and analyzed the card in 8 bit mode to make sure that the KONA-SD is compatible with current Apple hardware and software, according to AJA.
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AJA Video Systems president John Abt said that the new KONA cards were designed specifically to work with Mac OS X to ensure optimal interoperability. “We are proud that our KONA-SD is the first uncompressed capture card to be qualified by Apple for Final Cut Pro 3 and Mac OS X.”
KONA-SD is a QuickTime-compatible capture card that sports what AJA calls “seamless capture” to Final Cut Pro 3 using the software’s OfflineRT format. This enables users to capture video from a 601 support for Final Cut Pro using its 40 minutes per gigabyte offline format.
The KONA-SD captures either 8 or 10-bit uncompressed SDI video with 6 channel 24 bit AES digital audio. The card works in conjunction with QuickTime drivers developed by Blackmagic Design. It supports editing, real time effects, offline and video second monitor capabilities. The hardware is also programmable, and can be upgraded with new features using a software download.
In addition to Final Cut Pro 3, KONA-SD supports Adobe After Effects, Photoshop and Premier, Discrete Logic Combustion, and Alias|Wavefront Maya.