AJA Announces Support for Latest Adobe Premiere Pro CC Spring Release

AJA Announces Support for Latest Adobe Premiere Pro CC Spring Release

New AJA Desktop Software v13 for KONA 4, Io 4K and KONA IP Brings Support for HLG Playout and JPEG 2000 Workflows to Adobe Premiere Pro Including Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) HDR Workflows

AJA Video Systems today announced support for exciting new HDR and JPEG 2000 workflows with the new spring releases of Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC, part of Adobe Creative Cloud®. AJA’s new Desktop Software v13 brings new HDR support, which will enable HLG playout from Adobe Premiere Pro with the AJA KONA 4 desktop I/O card or an AJA Io 4K Thunderbolt enabled I/O device. Additionally, AJA’s next-generation KONA IP desktop card and new optional firmware, support uncompressed input from JPEG 2000 streams, and real time encoding of JPEG 2000 streams from Adobe Premiere Pro. Both of these workflows will be demonstrated at NAB, April 24-27 at the AJA booth (SL2505) in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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New support for HLG affords Adobe Premiere Pro editors using AJA’s KONA 4 or Io 4K hardware more flexibility when working with HDR material. HLG is the latest HDR format that is gaining wide industry acceptance. Now KONA 4 and Io 4K users can accurately monitor in HDR while using the powerful new workflow tools within Premiere Pro.

The new JPEG 2000 firmware license option for KONA IP enables real time input and output from and to JPEG 2000, encoded within an MPEG 2 transport stream. Adobe Premiere Pro editors using KONA IP will now have the ability to participate within IP-based JPEG 2000 workflows and connect around the globe with AIMS Broadcast IP interoperability compliance.

“AJA has been a long-standing provider of reliable and flexible companion I/O hardware for our video solutions,” said Sue Skidmore, head of partner relations for professional video at Adobe. “We’re excited that AJA is introducing technology updates that will help our users make the transition to HDR and IP-based workflows.”

“Adobe is a leader supporting advanced video workflows, and the addition of support for HLG enables a seamless path to HDR for Premiere Pro editors,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “AJA has also been an early supporter of IP-based post and broadcast ecosystems, and we’re pleased to offer JPEG 2000 capture and playout from Premiere Pro with our KONA IP cards.”

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New Desktop Software v13 featuring support for HLG playout from Premiere Pro will be available as a free download from AJA’s support page soon. Optional JPEG 2000 license support for KONA IP will sell for $250 US MSRP with an availability date to be announced soon.

About KONA IP
KONA IP is desktop video and audio I/O for professional IP based workflows, including TR-01 compliant JPEG 2000. KONA IP is the next generation of AJA’s industry leading KONA line of PCIe capture and playback cards that also support HDR10 and HLG. KONA IP works with a wide range of professional video and audio software, plus with AJA's Control Room, supports robust SDK tools used by leading third party content creation applications.

About KONA 4
KONA 4 is a powerful 8-lane PCIe 2.0 video and audio desktop I/O solution. It boasts unparalleled features for handling everything from SD to HD, 2K and 4K, HDR10 and HLG with full 10-bit 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 sampling for fantastic image clarity.

About Io 4K
Io 4K is AJA’s capture and output device offering a full set of professional video and audio connectivity with support for the latest 4K and UltraHD devices and High Frame Rate workflows. The power of Thunderbolt 2 enables Io 4K to handle a wide range of formats from SD to HD, UHD, full 4K, HDR10, and HLG over both SDI and HDMI and support 4K frame rates up to 50p/60p.

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AJA Announces Free Desktop Software v13 for KONA™, Io™ and T-TAP™

AJA Video Systems unveiled Desktop Software v13 for its KONA, Io and T-TAP families of video and audio input/output devices, which will be on display at NAB 2017 in the AJA Booth, SL2505. The new update expands HDR and IP pipelines with support for Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) and JPEG 2000 workflows. In addition to HDR-10, HLG playout is now also possible from Adobe® Premiere Pro® with AJA KONA 4, Io 4K and KONA IP. New KONA IP firmware for JPEG 2000 brings TR-01 compliant capabilities, which will be available soon as an optional license purchasable from www.aja.com. In addition, Desktop Software v13 offers Linux compatibility in AJA Control Room software for the KONA and Io families, along with several other feature enhancements.

AJA Announces Free Desktop Software v13 for KONA™, Io™ and T-TAP™

Introduces HLG Support for HDR workflows, 12-Bit/BT.2020 Support for Apple® Final Cut Pro® X, ProRes XQ Playback, KONA IP Support for JPEG 2000 and More

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“Our customers are looking for new ways to simplify their 4K and IP workflows, and this software update enhances the functionality of our most popular Desktop products,” said AJA President Nick Rashby. “Desktop Software v13 is packed with new features that customers have requested including the addition of HLG support for HDR workflows, and the option to upgrade your KONA IP with new JPEG 2000 support.”

Desktop Software v13 feature highlights include:
-- HLG compatibility for HDR workflows, adding HLG playout from Adobe Premiere Pro with KONA 4, KONA IP and Io 4K.
-- Support for a new KONA IP firmware license option for JPEG 2000 workflows (JPEG 2000 firmware for KONA IP is a separate license that can be purchased directly on www.aja.com).
-- 2-Bit/BT.2020 support in Apple Final Cut Pro X for KONA 4, KONA IP and Io 4K.
-- 4K/UltraHD down-convert for KONA 4 and Io 4K during capture for pass through to monitors or HD based offline editorial on a second workstation.
-- 48p support for Avid Media Composer with KONA IP, KONA 4 and Io 4K.

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-- 12-bit ProRes 4444 XQ playback support via free AJA Control Room software, for KONA IP, KONA 4 and Io 4K with Adobe Premiere Pro and Apple FCP X.
-- New AJA Control Room software features:

  • Linux support for KONA and Io products.
  • “Burn-in” option on output for timecode and closed captioning for KONA and Io products.
  • Route audio tracks in QuickTime files to desired output/monitor channels with KONA and Io products.
  • :30 increase to maximum deck pre-roll time for the KONA and Io.­

Desktop Software v13 will be available soon as a free download, as well as KONA IP’s JPEG 2000 license option, from AJA’s website: https://www.aja.com/support


About AJA Video Systems, Inc.
Since 1993, AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer of video interface technologies, converters, digital video recording solutions and professional cameras, bringing high-quality, cost-effective products to the professional broadcast, video and post production markets. AJA products are designed and manufactured at our facilities in Grass Valley, California, and sold through an extensive sales channel of resellers and systems integrators around the world.

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