Ki Pro® Quad

4K/UltraHD/2K/HD Solid State File Based Recorder

Ki Pro Quad enables 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD workflows with efficient Apple ProRes capture and playback in a compact, file based recording and playback device that easily mounts directly behind a variety of cameras.

 

Description

Futureproof Your Workflow

Ki Pro Quad enables 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD workflows with efficient Apple ProRes capture and playback in a compact, file based recording and playback device that easily mounts directly behind a variety of cameras.

The ideal solution for any project from HD to 4K

Ki Pro Quad serves as a central gathering point for the main needs of 4K production; capture efficient, edit friendly 4K Apple ProRes files with pristine image quality and output to 4K and HD monitors with real time downconversion simultaneously. Work on HD and 2K resolution projects now with full 4:4:4 or 4:2:2 quality and switch Ki Pro Quad to record 4K any time the need arises. Ki Pro Quad covers your portable recording and playback needs today and into the future.

Ki Pro Quad enables breakthrough 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD workflows with the efficiencies of Apple ProRes and the flexibility of RAW data in a compact, file based recording and playback device that easily mounts directly on a variety of cameras. For the first time, a true realtime lens to post workflow exists for 4K projects on the same device you can use for HD projects today. Ki Pro Quad serves as a central gathering point for the main needs of 4K production; bring camera signals into Ki Pro Quad and then simultaneously create efficient, edit friendly 4K Apple ProRes files with pristine image quality, output to 4K and HD monitors at the same time and record RAW data directly to a Thunderbolt enabled computer storage system.

Realtime scaling from 4K/UltraHD to 2K/HD allows you to shoot 4K but record 2K or HD and monitor 4K/UltraHD to HD displays. Ki Pro Quad eases the transition to 4K. Work on HD and 2K resolution projects now with full 4:4:4 or 4:2:2 quality and switch Ki Pro Quad to record 4K any time the need arises. Ki Pro Quad is a single device that covers your needs today and into the future.

Specifications

Features

Transition to File-based Workflows

For video facilities transitioning from tape to file-based workflows for recording and playback, Ki Pro Rack offers high-quality, ‘ready-to-edit’ file capture, designed to get material from source to editorial as quickly as possible.

With a wealth of professional connections, Ki Pro Rack will fit right into your existing cabling and routing system and record 10-bit Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD files direct to removable hard disk or SSD Storage Modules, eliminating the need for time-consuming logging and capturing. The files can be used in most editing systems without the need for additional transcoding or importing processes.

Unify Formats – Speed Workflows

AJA’s high-quality up/down/cross-conversion makes it easy to unify SD, 720p, and 1080i and create a single desired format for your project. The multitude of video and audio connections such as SDI, HDMI and analog make integrating Ki Pro Rack with other production equipment easy.

RS-422 Control

RS-422 control allows Ki Pro Rack to integrate easily with supported editing systems and external controllers allowing it to fulfill several of the functions of a traditional VTR. Supported NLEs can even perform assemble edits directly to the Ki Pro Rack.

Ki Pro Rack’s RS-422 control can also be used to link a traditional VTR with Ki Pro Rack for direct editing control. Use the editing controls on properly equipped VTRs to control Ki Pro Rack for machine-to-machine transfer of video and audio. This allows tape footage to be captured directly as files on Ki Pro Rack without the need for a separate edit controller.

10-bit, Full Raster Recording

Big on quality – but not on file size. Recording 10-bit, full raster files, Ki Pro Rack 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.

Ki Protect

Ki Pro Rack includes Ki Protect, a feature that helps to ensure data integrity if a media drive is accidentally removed or loses power during recording. The Ki Protect feature automatically pre-allocates recording space on the media drive for video, audio and timecode when the record button is pressed.

While recording, the file header is then continuously updated every time new data is written. That way, the only loss that should be incurred is the last few frames that were in transit to the media drive to be recorded when the operation was interrupted. Frames that are already recorded will be preserved and are recoverable, providing greater peace-of-mind on set and in the studio.

Reliable Storage Media

Ki Pro Rack captures directly to reliable AJA KiStor media. KiStor media are available as HDDs or SSDs in a variety of capacities to best suit the demands of your production environment. KiStor modules also feature built-in USB 3.0 connectivity for direct connection to your editing system using standard interfaces. KiStor media may also be used with the optional KiStor Dock which features a Thunderbolt™ connection for lightning-fast data transfers.

Utilizing the rollover recording capability with the dual media drive bays, recording can start on one media module and seamlessly continue onto the second module once the first has reached capacity. This makes Ki Pro Rack ideal for long-form recording needs while maintaining incredibly image high quality.

Familiar Controls and Operation

Anyone familiar with the operation of a tape deck will feel immediately comfortable when working with Ki Pro Rack.

Just like a traditional tape deck, Ki Pro Rack 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.

The Ki Pro Rack operating system offers users a flat menu structure that is easy to navigate with menu parameters presented in clear and understandable language.

Automation

Ki Pro Rack goes beyond traditional tape decks with sophisticated play out and automation capabilities. Because Ki Pro Rack is file-based, any clip can be instantly queued up and played either from the front panel or via the built-in Ethernet connection – with no seek time. Complete developer tools are available, allowing advanced users to script and automate Ki Pro Rack and other Ethernet-equipped AJA products for custom applications.

Closed Caption Support

If you need to record or playout video with Closed Captioning embedded,
Ki Pro Rack is fully compatible with your needs.

Ki Pro Rack recognizes CEA-708 within incoming SDI Inputs and encodes
the Closed Captioning to your Apple ProRes recorded file. Upon playback, you can utilize the Closed Captioning within a recorded file over Ki Pro Rack’s SDI outputs.

Professional Connections

The video and audio connections on the rear panel of the Ki Pro Rack offer the same standard connectors found on traditional tape decks, allowing Ki Pro Rack to integrate easily with your current cabling and routing. The rear connections include SDI, HDMI, component analog, AES and analog XLR balanced audio, LTC, RS-422 and LAN.

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