Filament Productions Takes AJA Ki Pro On Tour with Dave Matthews Band

Ki Pro facilitates live event production and tapeless recording on the road for acts including Dave Matthews Band and more

Filament Productions provides touring video and production design services for top-drawing acts. For the last three years, AJA Ki Pro digital video recorders have played an integral role for the company's tapeless recording and live production workflow. Filament is using them once again for the Dave Matthews Band (DMB) 2012 summer tour, which kicked off May 18th in Houston, Texas.

Filament’s video director Mike Lane captures the concert in HD Apple ProRes 422 for the camera feeds that project on both house screens and custom LED video walls. Dave Matthews Band shows are shot with five high definition cameras fed into six Ki Pros. Each camera is isolated and a copy of the director’s cut is kept for post-production reference. DMB typically plays a two and a half hour set, accruing up to two terabytes per show.

The cost savings of moving to a tapeless workflow were significant. Each of these shows are archived on external drives and catalogued back at DMB’s studio in Charlottesville, VA. After the content is captured it is then considered for future uses that include web videos, social media and potential live show releases.


Lane commented, “I love the Ki Pro. It’s a tremendously versatile, high quality machine at a very reasonable price.”

Filament VP Ryan Gall said, “The Ki Pros give us instant access to the show’s footage. We have the ability to review and edit videos on the spot. With Ki Pro, it’s just as easy to capture, store, and archive that same footage without adding significantly to your gear footprint or budget.”


Bryan Bieber, GM at Filament, said his team has used their Ki Pros for three years, averaging about sixty shows a year. “We don’t have time for gear failure on the road. The AJA Ki Pro has been very consistent for us,” said Bieber.

“Filament Productions has been using our products in really inventive ways, and we’re glad that their Ki Pros have stood the test of time and life on the road,” said Nick Rashby, president, AJA Video Systems. “It’s customers like Filament who inspired us to release our Ki Pro Rack, a 1RU rack mount version of Ki Pro, to continue making tapeless production that much easier.”


About Filament Productions
A Production Design and Touring Video company based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Founded in 1991 by Fenton Williams, Filament Productions has grown alongside of the Dave Matthews Band over the past 20 years providing the band with Production Design and Touring Video. Because of its success with the Dave Matthews Band, the third highest grossing touring band in the world and the highest attended and grossing touring band in the past decade in North America, Filament Productions is one of the top Production Design and Touring Video companies in the industry. For the past two years, Filament has been working with Tim McGraw who, according to Nielsen BDS, is the most played artist on the radio over the last decade. Filament’s list of clients continues to expand and now includes the Zac Brown Band, for whom Filament provides Production Design, Lighting Design, & Custom Video Content for their 2011 Tour.

About AJA Video Systems, Inc.
Since 1993, AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer of high-quality and cost-effective digital video interface, conversion and desktop solutions supporting the professional broadcast and post-production markets. With headquarters in Grass Valley, California, AJA maintains an extensive sales channel of dealers and systems integrators around the world.