KONA3X [RESTOCK ITEM] PCI-X Video Capture Card for Mac OSX, Requires PCI-X Slot

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  • SDI, HD-SDI, Dual Link HD-SDI 4:4:4, and 4:4:4:4, 2K
  • Apple ProRes 422 and Apple ProRes 422 HQ supported
  • DVCProHD hardware acceleration
  • HDV hardware acceleration
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Visualize uncompressed video, 8-channel AES and embedded 16-channel audio, up/cross/down HD/SD format conversion, hardware downstream keyer and HD/SD component analog output - all your's on a state-of-the-art PCI-X card. Like other members of the KONA family, KONA 3X is designed for no-holds-barred design editing - with support for Apple Final Cut Studio 2 and Apple's ProRes 422 and ProRes 422 HQ - plus hardware acceleration for the DVCPROHD and HDV codecs, and Dynamic RT Extreme effects in Final Cut Pro 6. It's a knockout - KONA 3X - the new standard-bearer for quality, flexibility and future-safe architecture in a QuickTime I/O card.

Supporting any uncompressed SD or HD format including Dual Link and 2K, KONA 3X captures and plays back uncompressed 10-bit and 8-bit digital video and 24-bit digital audio, providing unparalleled power and workflow efficiency. KONA 3X also includes a variety of 10-bit broadcast-quality features, such as hardware-based up-, down- and cross-conversion to and from HD, and adds a live hardware HD/SD keyer for compositing bugs, live clips and other elements over video.

Dual Link

KONA 3X supports Dual Link 4:4:4 HD-SDI, a new technology of the Macintosh platform. Commonly known as Sony HDCAM SR or Thompson Viper Format, KONA 3X Dual Link supports full bandwidth 4:4:4 RGB at 10-bits (12-bit capable) for 1080i, 1080p and 720p formats. KONA 3X can also convert between 4:4:4 and 4:2:2 formats for Single Link HD-SDI output.

2K Workflow

The KONA3X 2K path offers significant cost and labor savings over a tape-based approach to 2K. In a unique development for customers on the Macintosh platform, you can go straight from telecine to disk with 2K media and eliminate the steps of using tape stock and then digitizing those tapes for the nonlinear editor. The added 2K support in KONA 3 v2 will benefit large, full-service facilities as well as boutique facilities entering the 2K "film as digital" landscape.

2K telecine to KONA 3X saves time and steps in the process by directly and simultaneously creating 2K DPX files and 2K QuickTime reference movies. Material can be played out at 2K via HSDL (High Speed Data Link), offering further synergy with other 2K products available and already in use.

Additionally, KONA 3X v2 allows 2K files to be viewed on HD 1080 24P-supported video monitors, lowering the price barrier for recording to tape and viewing 2K material. This 1080 HD playout can also be down-converted to SD in real time, fiving the 2K DI pipeline a powerful solution for multi-format video playout of 2K material.

By generating 2K DPX files during the digitize phase, different parts of the process (delivery of full-resolution media for shots intended for visual effects, for example) can be done much earlier. Offline editing can be done in Final Cut Pro and, because of the flexibility of Final Cut Pro and QuickTime, even a 2K online is possible.

Broadcast-Quality Conversion

KONA 3X features full 10-bit, broadcast-quality, motion-adaptive SD to HS up-conversion, HD to HD cross-conversion, HD to SD down-conversion and automatic HD/SD 12-bit component analog output. That's the equivalent of rollig AJA's stand-alone HD D/A converter, our HD to SD downconverter and our SD to HD up-converter into one convenient, cost-efficient KONA 3X board - at half the price. The quality is identical to AJA's award-winning stand-alone products, and all functionality is hardware-based, making it available full time, all the time, on digitize or playback. KONA 3X will address users' needs with support for hardware-based 1080-to-720 or 720-to-1080 cross-conversion. This desirable feature further streamlines dailies and deliverables creation at true broadcast-picture quality in real time.

Internal HD/SD Live Hardware Keyer

Available for the first time on any QuickTime capture card is a powerful hardware keyer that can place graphic files with an alpha channel over video input, a selectable matte or the contents of the card's framebuffer (KONA TV/Final Cut Pro). Even more than that, you can also key video that has an alpha channel - a flying logo perhaps - into KONA TV, then place it over live video coming into the card.


KONA 3's extensive audio support makes installation a breeze, working with 8-channel 24-bit 96kHz AES audio via XLR (balanced) connections, and 16-channel embedded 24-bit 48kHz embedded SDI/HD-SDI audio. KONA 3X also features high-quality input sample-rate conversion on AES inputs, which eliminates the need for audio source synchronization.


Looking for unsurpassed cable connectivity? Well, look no further, because when you plug in KONA 3X's breakout cables, they automatically configure. For SDI video, the card features two HD/SD inputs and two outputs for Single or Dual Link, one connection for Genlock input and three for HD/SD analog video out. Also included is a 9-pin D-connector for RS-422 machine control. The SDI inputs and outputs use a separate cable with special mini-BNC connectors on one end and full-sized BNCs on the other for ease of connection and superior reliability.

The K3-Box for KONA 3X simplifies interfacing by offering a 19", 1RU rack-mountable breakout box that attaches to the KONA 3X with just two cables. This option offers all the same inputs and outputs as the standard breakout cable, and can be easily rack-mounted or placed on top of a broadcast monitor or editing desk. Additional functionality includes simultaneous XLR and BNC AES output, 2-channel RCA analog audio monitoring, and looping BNC Genlock reference connectors. If you're using a digital Betacam deck, HDCAM, DVCPRO HD, D5, D9 or even an HDCAM SR, you'll have the proper connections.

KONA Desktop

Most users run multiple applications to create their video projects. So, in addition to Final Cut Pro support, the KONA Desktop feature allows broadcast design elements to be viewed with the proper aspect ratio and color depth on a broadcast monitor via the KONA card. KONA Desktop supports Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, Apple Motion, Apple Shake, Discreet Combustion and more.

KONA 3 Hardware Acceleration

Final Cut Pro users will love the DVCPROHD, HDV and Apple Dynamic RT Extreme hardware acceleration, developed in close cooperation with Apple and available exclusively on high-end KONA cards. KONA 3X hardware takes a portion of the codec processing load off the CPU, allowing more RealTime (RT) effects in Final Cut Pro when outputting. KONA 3X also has hardware support when capturing. This brings amazing RealTime HD production power to the desktop. With KONA 3X, any source can be captured using the DVCPROHD codec - giving you online HD quality at remarkably low data rates, allowing the internal Mac Pro SATA storage to be used for HD capture, playback and RT effects. Of course, you'll obtain still better performance and more RT when using a fast SCSI or Fibre array, but this feature allows HD to be used where only SD would have been considered because of budget or time constraints. KONA 3X even supports the DVCPROHD and HDV codecs with up- or down-conversion - allowing projects to be down-converted to SD, or even up-converted for DVCPROHD capture.

How Does KONA Accelerate DVCPROHD, HDV & Apple's Dynamic RT?

Because KONA's precision hardware does part of the work, the Mac Pro or G5 has more time available to process RT effects. This means more RT-effects power, and more RT streams. Most broadcast codecs, including DVCPROHD and HDV, use a two-step process. First, the video is scaled to a lower horizontal pixel count, and then the video is compressed. This is done because the slightly scaled video results in a favorable trade-off between resolution and coden efficiency. KONA 3X's hardware not only dramatically speeds up the scaling part of the job, but it's also done with full 10-bit broadcast quality.

When using the Final Cut Pro HDV codec, the KONA 3X hardware acceleration allows instantaneous real-time playback for both monitoring and recording. Even KONA's down-converter works in real-time with HDV, allowing SD monitoring, buds or mastering. This KONA 3X functionality makes HDV a fully professional solution.

The Panasonic DVCPROHD format takes advantage of KONA hardware as well. KONA's precision hardware allows capture and playback of HD-SDI video to and from the DVCPROHD codec at a quality level virtually indistinguishable from native FireWire, while freeing up valuable RT processing power.

For Final Cut Pro 5's Dynamic RT feature, KONA's hardware is used to offload the video scaling as the "playback video quality" dynamically adjusts. This allows more playback power - and because KONA handles it seamlessly, the Dynamic RT you see on the Mac monitor is the same as that shown on your professional broadcast monitor.

All of this adds up to the most reliable, feature-rich and highest-performance card available for OS X and Final Cut Pro. KONA 3X represents the next generation of technology.

AJA KONA3X Features:

  • SDI, HD-SDI, Dual Link HD-SDI 4:4:4, and 4:4:4:4, 2K
  • Apple ProRes 422 and Apple ProRes 422 HQ supported
  • DVCProHD hardware acceleration
  • HDV hardware acceleration
  • Dynamic RT Extreme hardware acceleration
  • Broadcast-quality hardware 10-bit up-/cross-/downconversion
  • 12-bit HD component and SD component/composite analog output
  • 10-bit HD/SD video/key output
  • Internal HD/SD live hardware keyer
  • 8-channel 24-bit AES and 16-channel embedded audio
  • RS-422 machine control
  • AJA QuickTime drivers
  • Apple Final Cut Studio, Adobe After Effects, Photoshop and more
  • Cables standard, K3-Box breakout optional
  • 3-year warranty
  • Available in PCI-X as KONA 3X
  • Minimum KONA 3X System Requirements: Apple Power Mac G5 (dual) 2GHz with 1GB or more RAM, PCI-X slot required (later G5s have these slots)
  • Recommended KONA 3X System Requirements: Apple Xserve 3GHz Quad Xeon or Power Mac G5 (dual) 2.5 GHz or better with 2 GB or more RAM, PCI-X slot required (later G5s have these slots)


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