AJA Video Systems Io 4K Thunderbolt I/O
10-bit 4K, UHD, 3G/Dual Link HD/SD I/o via Thunderbolt
Harness Thunderbolt 2 power in 4K, HD and SD.
The AJA Io 4k is a mobile capture and output device providing broadcast quality video and audio connectivity supporting 4K and UltraHD workflows. Formats from SD to full 4K over SDI and HDMI are all compatible. Thunderbolt technology affords the Io 4K extra bandwidth between host computer systems and Thunderbolt devices. Dual Thunderbolt 2 ports permit “daisy chaining” peripherals like high-capacity storage and high resolution displays.
The Io 4K is capable of capturing and outputting 4K signals over quad link SDI or HDMI thanks to four 3G-SDI inputs and outputs, as well as an HDMI 1.4 input and output. To work with 4K content, it outputs an HD-SDI down-converted signal on a dedicated BNC connector. Of course, the AJA Io 4K is also perfectly capable of handling UltraHD, 2K, HD and SD resolutions and its HD signal can output to recorders or monitors.
Embedded 8-channel HDMI and 16-channel SDI audio are supported, as well as analog audio outputs through a DB-25 connection. Two RCA outputs and a front panel headphone jack mean make stereo monitoring possible. A 4-pin XLR power input is available for powering the AJA Io 4k with batteries or the included AC adapter.
Io 4K has the connectivity required for today’s variety of productions. With full-sized BNC connectors for 4K input and output as well as HDMI in and out, Io 4K can handle professional 4 x SDI 4K signals as well as capturing and outputting 4K over HDMI for use with more affordable 4K equipment.
With more affordable high-resolution cameras available, many productions are opting to shoot at a higher resolution even if final delivery is still in SD or HD. This offers the flexibility to re-master at higher resolutions in the future.
Io 4K can support your current SD and HD workflows and provides a path to move to higher resolution productions and also higher frame rate support whenever the need arises. The realtime downconverter also means you can work at higher resolutions and easily create lower resolution deliverables without the need to recapture or re-edit. All at a size that’s small enough to easily take on-set or in the field.
Monitor 4K in HD
When working at 4K resolutions, Io 4K outputs a high-quality HD-SDI down-converted signal on a dedicated BNC connector. This HD signal can be used to output 4K projects directly to HD recorders for broadcast and for easy viewing of 4K images on HD monitors during post-production.
Thunderbolt 2 technology provides an incredible amount of bandwidth on a single Thunderbolt cable. Io 4K capitalizes on this increased capacity to allow up to 4K signals at frame rates up to 50p/60p to be captured and output.
With dual Thunderbolt 2 ports, Io 4K can daisy chain additional devices together such as high-resolution displays and high-capacity storage for a complete, portable solution that’s powerful enough to meet the demands of professional production.
Additionally, use Io 4K to capture AJA Raw over SDI at 4K up to 50/60 fps to provide outstanding post production quality for even the most demanding color or visual FX requirements.
Embedded 16-channel SDI and 8-channel HDMI audio are supported as well as analog audio outputs via a standard DB-25 connection. Stereo monitoring is also possible with 2 x RCA outputs and a front panel mini-TRS headphone jack.
Io 4K can be locked to an external reference for integration into larger productions, or feed LTC in and out to ensure footage captured with Io 4K has the proper timecode.
An RS-422 port allows control of tape decks for frame-accurate captures and layoffs.
Extensive software support
AJA hardware is supported by an extensive list of professional software for editing, visual effects, graphics and more allowing the same AJA device to be used by many different applications on the same system. In addition, AJA provides several free applications that enable you to utilize the power of your AJA hardware even without having to run a particular software package. This allows you to create unique workflows without tying up valuable resources unnecessarily.
- 4 x bi-directional 3G-SDI
- 4K/UHD HDMI I/O
- Simultaneous SDI and HDMI outputs
- Real time 4K to HD downconversion for HD-SDI and HDMI monitoring
- 10-bit high-quality 4:2:2, 4:4:4 and High Frame Rate workflow support
- Two Thunderbolt 2 ports
- Use with any Thunderbolt 2 system for up to 4K at 10-bit quality and up to 50p/60p
- Backwards compatible with existing Thunderbolt hosts
- 16-channel embedded audio on SDI
- 8-channel embedded audio on HDMI
- DB-25 analog audio output connector
- XLR 12V power for battery or AC use
- RS-422 VTR control, Reference, LTC Input
- Headphone jack and level control for mobile environments
Note: High Frame Rate support is dependent on Thunderbolt speed. Not all systems will support all frame rates.
Audio Input Digital
Audio Output Digital
Audio Output Analog
Reference and LTC I/O
* Note: Nominal power is 30W. However, multiple connected Thunderbolt devices may place additional power demands on Io 4K, which could increase the power draw to 60W.