AJA Introduces KONA 3, Setting a New Standard in Video Capture for PCIe Power Mac G5s

KONA 3's new extensible architecture and high-bandwidth design debuts at MacWorld 2006, offering optimal video capture solutions for SD, HD and Dual Link HD

KONA 3's new extensible architecture and high-bandwidth design debuts at MacWorld 2006, offering optimal video capture solutions for SD, HD and Dual Link HD


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MacWorld Expo, San Francisco, CA, (January 10, 2006)—AJA Video, a leading manufacturer of professional video interface and conversion solutions, today announced KONA 3, AJA's new top-of-the-line HD/SD video capture card. Offering 40% more processing power than the industry-leading KONA 2, the new KONA 3 is truly the ultimate uncompressed capture card for SD, HD and Dual Link 4:4:4:4 HD for PCI Express (PCIe) Apple G5 Power Macs and Apple Final Cut Pro. KONA 3 makes its worldwide debut this week during MacWorld Expo San Francisco at the AJA booth, #1449; the new card will ship worldwide on January 30th, 2006.

KONA 3's all new extensible architecture features a 4-Lane PCI-Express bus interface with integrated AJA QuickTimeЄ drivers that work seamlessly with the new Apple Power Mac G5s and Final Cut ProЄ providing unparalleled power and workflow efficiency. Supporting any uncompressed SD or HD format, including Dual Link, KONA 3 captures and plays back uncompressed 10-bit and 8-bit digital video and 24-bit 48kHz digital audio. KONA 3 also includes a variety of 10-bit broadcast-quality features, such as hardware-based up-and-down-conversion to and from HD-and adds a live hardware keyer for compositing bugs, live clips, and other elements over video.

Another first for any QuickTime capture card, KONA 3's Internal HD/SD Live Hardware Keyer makes it easier than ever for video editors and broadcast designers to achieve sophisticated keyed video effects. Now users can load up a QuickTime clip with an alpha-channel, perhaps a flying logoСand then place it over live video coming into the cardСall in real time.

"KONA 3 furthers the AJA commitment of offering the highest quality, production-proven, reliable solutions that bring professional digital video to the desktop," said John Abt, CEO of AJA Video Systems. "Editors are increasingly demanding more versatile and cost-effective solutions for postproduction on Final Cut Pro and Power Mac G5s, and the KONA 3 is the best new product to meet their needs."

KONA 3 Features
SDI, HD-SDI, Dual Link HD-SDI 4:4:4, and 4:4:4:4
4-Lane PCI-Express Bus Interface
DVCProHD hardware acceleration
HDV hardware acceleration
Dynamic RT Extreme hardware acceleration
Broadcast Quality hardware 10-bit Up-convert
Broadcast Quality hardware 10-bit Down-convert
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 Embedded Audio
AJA QuickTimeЄ Drivers
Apple Final Cut Pro 5 Support
Adobe After Effects, PhotoShop Support... and Much More!
RS-422 Machine Control
Cables Standard-K3-Box Breakout Optional
3-Year warranty

KONA 3 Pricing and Availability
KONA 3 is priced at US $2990.00. KONA3's I/O connections are supported with supplied breakout cables, AJA's K3-BoxСa rackmountable IRU enclosure is available as an option for US $299.00. KONA 3 will be available worldwide as of January 30th, 2006 through AJA's network of worldwide channel sales partners.

About AJA Video Systems, Inc.
Since 1993, AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer of high-quality and cost-effective digital video interface, conversion and Desktop solutions supporting the professional broadcast and post- production markets. With headquarters in Grass Valley, California, AJA maintains an extensive sales channel of dealers and systems integrators around the world. For further information, please see