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AJA KiPro Ultra Plus
Multi-Channel HD Recorder4K/UltraHD/2K/HD Recorder and Player
(September 2017: Ki Pro Ultra Plus 2.0 Firmware)
HLG and HDR 10 Playback over HDMI 2.0, support for ProRes 4444 XQ
New v2.0 firmware for our Ki Pro Ultra Plus multi-channel HD recorder and 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD recorder/player enables the latest HDR formats with HLG and HDR10 playback support with infoframe metadata over HDMI. It also introduces support for recording and playing ProRes 4444 XQ up to 2K60p, among several other feature enhancements.
Firmware Update is Free – Available October 2017
Ki Pro Ultra Plus is a Multi-Channel Apple ProRes recorder offering up to 4-Channels of simultaneous HD recording, or in Single-Channel mode a 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD MXF recorder and player supporting the latest connectivity including 3G-SDI, Fiber and HDMI 2.0, as well as large raster high frame rate workflows, including 4K 60p.
Designed to be both portable with a built-in carry handle or rackmountable with half rack wide 2RU high dimensions, Ki Pro Ultra Plus suits a wide range of production and post environments.
Multi-Channel HD Recording
Record 1, 2, 3 or 4-Channels of beautiful HD up to 1080p 50/60 in Apple ProRes simultaneously with Ki Pro Ultra Plus.
Simplify your multi-camera productions by running up to four cameras per Ki Pro Ultra Plus and save power, space, time and effort on set,
in the studio and when setting up OB trucks.
Ki Pro Ultra Plus even allows independent profile support per channel in Multi-Channel mode; select high resolution Apple ProRes HQ for high quality finishing and use a second input to record Apple ProRes (Proxy) for an efficient editing pipeline.
Starting with input 1, add channels as needed in order when utilizing like raster size and frame rate, and record your HD Apple ProRes files on the same AJA Pak1000 media. Ki Pro Ultra Plus even allows rollover to a second Pak1000 for hours of uninterrupted multi-channel recording.
Ki Pro Ultra Plus includes Ki Protect, a feature that helps to ensure data integrity if a media drive is accidentally removed or loses power during recording. The Ki Protect feature automatically pre-allocates recording space on the media drive for video, audio and timecode when the record button is pressed.
While recording, the file header is then continuously updated every time new data is written. That way, the only loss that should be incurred is the last few frames that were in transit to the media drive to be recorded when the operation was interrupted. Frames that are already recorded will be preserved and are recoverable, providing greater peace-of-mind on set and in the studo, essential for multi-channel recording.
HDMI 2.0: Colorful Simplicity
Full HDMI 2.0 support on Ki Pro Ultra Plus offers deep color support all the way up to 4:4:4 12-bit RGB, perfect for rich color capture from affordable HDMI cameras and beautiful playback on the latest HDMI 2.0 displays.
A single cable can affordably transport both UltraHD or HD video and clean 24-bit 48hz 8-Channel audio to or from common HDMI 2.0 devices for a simple setup; perfect for independent producers, editors, ProAV, and anyone seeking to utilize the latest affordable capture and monitoring tools.
4K, 12-bit Full Raster Workflows for Professionals
Next generation 4K/UltraHD 50/60p recording and playback are attainable all the way up to Apple ProRes HQ when using AJA Pak1000 SSD media with Ki Pro Ultra Plus.
4K/UltraHD is supported through 4x 3G-SDI, HDMI 2.0 or optional Fiber inputs and outputs.
Ki Pro Ultra Plus not only supports true 4K at 4096 x 2160p for digital cinema and high quality UltraHD for broadcast production, it also offers the color depth to match.
Any shoot or project benefits from the fabulously rich colors and smooth gradations across the luminance and chroma range that 12-bit makes possible with full 4:4:4 support including Apple ProRes 4444 XQ.
VFX work benefits from Ki Pro Ultra Plus’ 12-bit support on 4x 3G-SDI input to captured Apple ProRes 444 files, resulting in clean green screen plates across the 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD raster landscape for easy and detailed postproduction manipulation. With full HDMI 2.0, you can monitor it all from 4:2:2 YCbCr to full 4:4:4 RG in 12-bit.
ProRes422 and 444 Recording
Big on quality – but not on file size.
Ki Pro Ultra Plus records 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD to six quality levels? of Apple ProRes including Apple ProRes 4444 XQ. This lets you choose the balance of image fidelity and file size that’s right for each individual production as well as having the flexibility to record directly to native file formats that are understood by most major editing systems.
Next generation UltraHD 60p and 4K 60p recording is attainable all the way up to Apple ProRes HQ when using AJA Pak1000 SSD media.
By utilizing Apple ProRes, your project will have the best image quailty available, with manageable and affordable file sizes.
Avid DNxHD MXF Recording
Ki Pro Ultra Plus offers native Avid MXF support for HD workflows. Record and playback DNxHD files with an OP1a profile within an MXF container for DNxHD HQX (220x), DNxHD SQ (145) and DNxHD LB (36) codecs.
This provides a native MXF workflow for Avid pipelines, free of transcoding.
DNxHD HQX (220x)*
DNxHD SQ (145)*
DNxHD LB (36)** (HD) 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94
(HD) 1080i 25, 29.97
(HD) 1080PsF 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97
(HD) 720p 50, 59.94
*Avid DNxHD only supported for 1080 and 720 resolutions
**Avid DNxHD 36 only supported for 1080p
exFAT and HFS+ Support
Ki Pro Ultra Plus allows you to use the file system that suits your needs. Full flexibility is provided to format your recording media as either exFAT or HFS+ within Ki Pro Ultra Plus itself or from your desktop computer, ensuring wide OS compatability.
2SI (Two Sample Interleave)
Ki Pro Ultra Plus supports both Square Division Quad Split format and Two Sample Interleave giving a wide number of options to both record and playback 4K and UltraHD.
Set up is easy, with Ki Pro Ultra Plus sensing the format being delivered in its Follow Input mode. Ki Pro Ultra Plus also allows you to select separate quad modes for both in and out, giving an additional conversion feature for when you need it.
16-Channel Audio Support
Ki Pro Ultra Plus provides full 16-Channel audio support embedded over SDI or Fiber. Flexible routing options mean that 8-Channel only outputs like HDMI, Analog and Digital carry options for selecting the 8-Channel group required. Monitoring via the headphone jack on the front of the unit is split into easy 2-Channel groupings for on-set checks.
Closed Caption Support
If you need to record or playout video with Closed Captioning embedded, Ki Pro Ultra Plus is fully compatible with your needs.
Ki Pro Ultra Plus recognizes CEA-708 within incoming SDI Inputs and encodes the Closed Captioning to your Apple ProRes recorded file. Upon playback, you can utilize the Closed Captioning within a recorded file over Ki Pro Ultra Plus’ 4 x 3G-SDI outputs.
Reliable Storage Media
Ki Pro Ultra Plus captures directly to rugged and reliable AJA Pak SSD media. Pak media is available in a variety of capacities to best suit the demands of your production.
Pak1000 is the perfect companion for Ki Pro Ultra Plus offering 1TB of fast SSD media for up to 4K recording at 60p in ProRes HQ and is required for Multi-Channel HD capture. Pak512 and Pak256 media is ideal for lower frame rate projects.
The twin media drive bays on the Ki Pro Ultra Plus allow extremely fast media changes and rollover recording even for multi-channel recording, which allows a recording to start on one media module and seamlessly continue onto the second module once the first has reached capacity.
Pak media may also be used with the optional Pak Dock which features USB3 and Thunderbolt connectors for lightning-fast data transfers from and to your desktop or laptop.
Pak-Adapt-eSATA (sold separately) is a Pak Media sized adapter with an eSATA connector that allows the user to attach a qualified RAID or single volume storage via an eSATA cable so that it may be used as a recordable drive. eSATA connectivity provides the bandwidth needed for 4K 422 HQ at up to 30fps. You can even connect two Pak-Adapt-eSATAs to the Ki Pro Ultra Plus for more flexibility in the field.
High Quality LCD with Onscreen Intuitive UI
Ki Pro Ultra Plus features a beautiful high resolution HD display for pristine monitoring of your material, and serves as your interface to Ki Pro’s familiar and intuitive menu system. The detailed overlay UI includes onscreen keyboard functionality and a clear view of the powerful yet simple to operate UI, all pristinely presented on the 4.8 720p LCD display.
The large LCD provides detailed playback and monitoring perfect for onset use, the O.B truck, helicopter or studio and it’s transparent menu overlays can be set at just the level the user prefers. Ki Pro Ultra Plus offers control over brightness of the display for flexible control to suit your working environment.
Anyone familiar with the operation of a tape deck will feel immediately comfortable when working with Ki Pro Ultra Plus.
Just like a traditional tape deck, Ki Pro Ultra Plus features straightforward and dedicated transport buttons – record, play, stop, rewind, fast forward – making the device easy to operate with minimal training time.
The current status of the system and key configuration information is clearly displayed on the beautiful built-in high resolution LCD screen. Additional operational information can be found in the STATUS menu which can be accessed even when recording or playing back.
The Ki Pro Ultra Plus operating system offers users a logical menu structure that is easy to navigate with menu parameters presented in clear and understandable language.
The video and audio connections on the rear panel of the Ki Pro Ultra Plus offer next generation connectivity with 3G-SDI, Fiber and HDMI inputs and outputs, AES and analog XLR balanced audio, LTC, RS-422 and LAN.
4K and HD Monitoring
Ki Pro Ultra Plus provides full resolution outputs for 4K, UltraHD and HD over 3G-SDI, FIber and HDMI, including the latest affordable UltraHD monitors using HDMI for on-set quality checks. An additional dedicated 2K and HD-SDI monitor output can be fed to any affordable and existing HD-SDI display.
Ki Pro Ultra Plus’ fully integrated fiber inputs and outputs means Ki Pro Ultra Plus can be integrated directly to a dedicated fiber network alongside many other fiber products. Fiber allows outgoing and incoming video signals to be transmited as far as 10km away.
Optional Fiber SFP Modules supported?:
Dual LC 3G Fiber Tx SFP AJA – Part # FIBERLC-2-TX
Dual LC 3G Fiber Rx SFP AJA – Part # FIBERLC-2-RX
CWDM Fiber Options
The optional fiber transmitters let you to choose from multiple wavelength CWDM SFPs, allowing advanced multiplexing of signals over a single fiber connection.
Possible CWDM options:
Dual TX 1271/1291 Dual TX 1311/1331
Dual TX 1351/1371 Dual TX 1391/1411
Dual TX 1431/1451 Dual TX 1471/1491
Dual TX 1511/1531 Dual TX 1591/1611
Dual TX 1551/1571
RS-422 control allows Ki Pro Ultra Plus to integrate easily with supported editing systems and external controllers allowing it to fulfill several of the functions of a traditional VTR. Supported NLEs can even perform assemble edits directly to the Ki Pro Ultra Plus .
Remote Configuration and Operation
In a truck or a machine room, Ki Pro Ultra Plus is equipped for advanced remote control and configuration. With a standard Ethernet LAN connection to a host computer and any web browser, all Ki Pro Ultra Plus parameter settings, clip selection and transport controls can be controlled; no additional or special software installation is required on the host computer. Multiple Ki Pro Ultra Plus units can even be controlled from a single web interface making Ki Pro Ultra Plus an ideal solution for multi-camera recordings.