AJA Video Systems Inc KONA-LHI

HD/SD 10-bit Digital and 12-bit Analog PCIe Card, HDMI I/O

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The AJA KONA® LHi bridges the gap between legacy analog devices and the latest 3G SDI and HDMI v1.3a enabled products.
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The AJA KONA® LHi bridges the gap between legacy analog devices and the latest 3G SDI and HDMI v1.3a enabled products. KONA LHi interfaces with the latest PCIe Apple Mac OSX hardware and QuickTime software applications. AJA drivers offer integrated support for Apple Final Cut Studio. KONA LHi allows editing, monitoring and mastering of professional quality video in an affordable, easy to use product.

KONA LHi offers a full host of no-compromise features: 10 or 8-bit uncompressed video, 3G/HD/SD SDI I/O including support for 1080p50/60, analog composite/S-Video/SD-HD component video I/O, 2-channel AES/8-channel SDI embedded audio I/O, 2-channel balanced audio I/O, and broadcast-quality hardware-based up/down/cross-conversion for flexible SD and HD post production. Also, HDMI v1.3a capability at 30 bits per pixel allows full support of the latest 10-bit monitors.

The KONA LHi comes standard with a breakout cable and can also be connected to an optional breakout box for rack mounted I/O convenience and added connectivity in the form of additional BNC digital AES/EBU connectors and RCA monitoring jacks.

Use the KONA LHi hardware-based flexible connectivity to capture to QuickTime at 10-bit and 8-bit uncompressed formats as well as Apple ProRes422, DVCPRO HD and more.

AJA Control Panel Application -As a member of the AJA KONA family of products, the KONA LHi uses the AJA Control Panel application to configure various hardware parameters. The AJA Control Panel application can auto detect input format and frame rate, configure hardware-based up/down/cross-conversions, and more.

Connectivity -If your post production facility works with a wide variety of formats, frame rates and audio/video sources, the AJA KONA LHi provides the connectivity you need. Connect everything from an HDMI enabled camera to an HD-SDI VTR to KONA LHi. Connection to any of your legacy analog video signals is also possible. Via an input Pass Through mode, you can even configure the card to act as a converter within your computer, allowing you to embed or disembed audio or convert a signal like HDMI to HD-SDI.

Broadcast-Quality Conversions -Like the AJA KONA 3 product, the KONA LHi features full 10-bit, broadcast-quality, motion-adaptive SD to HD up-conversion, HD to HD cross-conversion, HD to SD down-conversion, and automatic HD/SD 12-bit component analog output. Since all of KONA LHi's conversions are hardware-based, they are available all the time - during ingest or playback. Outputs can be configured independently allowing you to have simultaneous HD and SD output - or two different types of HD - 720 or 1080 - output at the same time via cross-conversion.

AJA KONA LHi Features:

  • 3G/HD/SD SDI input/output
  • HDMI v1.3a w/Deep Color at 30/36 bits per pixel input/output
  • 12-bit HD analog component input/output
  • 12-bit SD analog component, composite, or S-Video input/output
  • 10-bit Hardware-based real time up/down/cross-conversions
  • DVCPRO HD hardware acceleration
  • Dynamic RT hardware acceleration
  • 2-ch balanced XLR AES digital audio and 2-ch balanced XLR analog audio input/output
  • 8-ch SDI embedded audio input/output
  • HD/SD Genlock and RS-422 machine control
  • LTC Input (on Reference input)
  • Support for Final Cut Studio applications, Adobe applications, and more
  • Breakout cables standard
  • Affordable KLHi-Box breakout box optional (sold separately)
  • 3-year warranty

AJA KONA LHi Specifications:

Video Input

  • Digital:
    • 3G/HD/SD SDI
    • SMPTE-259/292/296/424
    • HDMI v1.3
    • 30/36 bits/pixel
    • RGB or YUV
    • 2.25Gbps
    • SD
    • HD
    • 1080p50/60
  • Analog:
    • Composite/S-Video(Y/C): NTSC, NTSCJ, PAL 12-bit A/D 2x oversampling, 3 line adaptive comb filter decoding
    • SD Component: SMPTE/EBUN10, Betacam 525 line, Betacam 525J, RGB, 12-bit A/D, 2x oversampling
    • HD Component: YPbPr, 12-bit A/D

Video Formats

  • 525i 29.97
  • 625i 25
  • 720p 50
  • 720p 59.94
  • 720p 60
  • 1080i 25
  • 1080i 29.97
  • 1080i 30
  • 1080PsF 23.98
  • 1080PsF 24
  • 1080P 23.98
  • 1080P 24
  • 1080P 25
  • 1080P 29.97
  • 1080P 30
  • 1080P 50
  • 1080P 59.94
  • 1080P 60

Video Output

  • Digital:
    • 3GB SD and HD-SDI
    • SMPTE-259/292/296/424
    • HDMI v1.3
    • 30/36 bits/pixel
    • RGB or YUV
    • 2.25Gbps
    • SD
    • HD
    • 1080p50/60
  • Analog:
    • Composite/S-Video(Y/C): NTSC, NTSCJ, PAL, 12-bit D/A, 8x oversampling
    • SD Component: SMPTE/EBU N10, Betacam 525 line, Betacam 525J, RGB, 12-bit D/A, 8x oversampling
    • HD Component: YPbPr, RGB, 12-bit D/A, 2x oversampling


  • Digital: 24-bit SDI embedded audio, 8 channel, 48kHz,24-bit AES audio, 2 channel, 48kHz, 16-bit capable
  • Analog: 24-bit A/D and D/A, 2 channel balanced XLR, 48kHz, +24dBu full scale digital, +/-0.2dB 20 to 20kHz frequency response


  • Hardware 10-bit
  • Anamorphic: full-screen
  • Pillar box 4:3: results in a 4:3 image in center of screen with black sidebars
  • Zoom 14:9: results in a 4:3 image zoomed slightly to fill a 14:9 image with black side bars
  • Zoom Letterbox: results in image zoomed to fill full screen
  • Zoom Wide: results in a combination of zoom and horizontal stretch to fill a 16:9 screen; this setting can introduce a small aspect ratio change


  • Hardware 10-bit
  • Anamorphic: full-screen
  • Letterbox: image is reduced with black top and bottom added to image area with the aspect ratio preserved
  • Crop: image is cropped to fit new screen size


  • Hardware 10-bit
  • 1080i to 720P
  • 720P to 1080i
  • 720P to 1080PsF

SD to SD Aspect Ratio Conversion

  • Letterbox: This transforms SD anamorphic material to a letter boxed image
  • H Crop: Will produce a horizontally stretched effect on the image; transforms anamorphic
  • SD to full frame
  • SD Pillar box: Will produce an image in the center of the screen with black borders on the left and right sides and an anamorphized image in the center
  • V Crop: Will transform SD letterbox material to an anamorphic image

Reference Input

  • Color Black or Tri-Level sync (Ref input is looping/non-terminating on the KLHi-Box; terminated on supplied breakout cable)

Machine Control:

  • RS-422, Sony 9-pin protocol (via DB-25 breakout cable or optional KLHi-Box (sold separately))
  • 9-pin D-connector pinout is as follows:
    • Pin 1=GND
    • Pin 2=RX-
    • Pin 3=TX+
    • Pin 4=GND
    • Pin 5=No Connection
    • Pin 6=GND
    • Pin 7=RX+
    • Pin 8=TX-
    • Pin 9=GND
    • Shell=GND

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