Ki Pro® Mini

From Lens to Post. In a Flash.

Compact, lightweight and designed to fast track your footage from camera to editorial. Ki Pro Mini mounts easily to any SDI/HDMI camera and records ‘ready-to-edit’ files in Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD formats.

Ki Pro Mini speeds your footage from camera to editorial, connecting to virtually any SD or HD camera and capturing files in Apple ProRes 422 and Avid DNxHD formats at your choice of quality level, direct to removable CompactFlash media.

 

Description

Compact, lightweight and designed to fast track your footage from camera to editorial.

Ki Pro Mini speeds your footage from camera to editorial, connecting to virtually any SD or HD camera and capturing files in Apple ProRes 422 and Avid DNxHD formats at your choice of quality level, direct to removable CompactFlash media.
Lightweight and rugged, Ki Pro Mini is designed for a life in the field. The Mini Mounting Plate attaches to the sides of the Ki Pro Mini and provides almost endless mounting possibilities when used in combination with battery plates, hot shoe mounts, articulated arms and more.
Ki Pro Mini works equally well whether your gear uses SDI or HDMI. The SDI and HDMI outputs are always both active, making the Ki Pro Mini not just a recorder but a useful converter as well. Two XLR analog mic/line audio inputs allow on-set audio to be recorded directly into the ProRes or DNxHD files, meaning less work in the edit to synchronize audio and video from separate sources. Ki Pro Mini vastly extends your on-set capabilities. For rapid playback, recorded shots can be viewed immediately without the need for separate video assist equipment.
If you’re using a mobile editing system, footage from Ki Pro Mini can be edited while you’re still on the set, letting you make sure you have the right shots before moving on.
Once connected to a camera, Ki Pro Mini requires minimal direct user interaction. With direct support for Canon®, Sony® and RED® camera data, record start/stop, timecode and clip naming (if available) can be read from the SDI signal. On properly equipped cameras, LANC control can be used for start/stop detection as well. Ethernet connectivity of Ki Pro Mini allows control and configuration to be performed via web browser at distances up to 100 feet.

 

Specifications

Features

The fastest path from camera to editorial

Designed to mount easily to virtually any SDI or HDMI equipped video camera, Ki Pro Mini connects directly to your camera’s digital output and captures full quality footage to Compact Flash (CF) media in Apple ProRes 422 or Avid DNxHD formats. When it’s time to edit, just remove the CF media, transfer to your computer via card reader, and the footage is ready to use straight away in your editing software, without the need for additional import or transcoding steps.

10-bit, full raster recording

Big on quality – but not on file size. Recording 10-bit, full raster files, Ki Pro Mini gives you high quality images that easily stand up to post processing requirements – and client scrutiny.

Compared to 8-bit recording devices, 10-bit 4:2:2 recording (when supported by the codec) provides better quantization, giving a superior representation of the original scene and allowing for more flexibility in post production when adjusting color and balance.

By utilizing efficient ProRes codecs, file sizes are kept in check so you won’t need to blow your production budget on extra storage.

Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD

While many cameras record directly to digital files, most native camera formats aren’t designed for efficient non-linear editorial work. Ki Pro Mini solves this problem by recording direct to the formats you edit in, using a variety of Apple ProRes 422 or Avid DNxHD codecs.

Different cameras each record to their own native formats, which can lead to inefficiencies in the editing process. Recording each camera to a Ki Pro Mini unifies production to a single file format, streamlining the edit process.

Familiar controls and operation

With simple controls and an intuitive operation, Ki Pro Mini is easy to incorporate into your existing setup without worrying about a learning curve.

Just like a traditional tape deck, Ki Pro Mini features straightforward and dedicated transport buttons – record, play, stop, rewind, fast forward – making the device easy to operate with minimal training time. The current status of the system and key configuration information is clearly displayed on the built-in screen. Additional operational information can be found in the STATUS menu which can be accessed even when recording or playing back.

Ready for action

Compact but rugged, Ki Pro Mini is designed to withstand the rigors of real world use, shoot after shoot, day after day. We use the highest quality components to ensure it’s ready to go to work every time you are.

It may be small, but Ki Pro Mini is made of lightweight, strong aluminum, with a robust construction that allows it to support the growing amount of extra gear that is attached to today’s cameras.

Playback and edit on-set

Ki Pro Mini vastly extends on-set capabilities for smaller productions and fast-moving shoots. Recorded shots can be played immediately without the need for separate video assist equipment.

If you’re using a mobile editing system, footage from Ki Pro Mini can be edited while you’re still on the set, letting you make sure you have the right shots and allowing the talent to see their performances in context to give them better insight into the scene.

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