AJA Io X3 Introduced – Multi-Channel 2K Video & Audio I/O by way of Thunderbolt 3

Publish-production and residential studio clothing store AJA has introduced the brand new AJA Io X3 audio/video breakout field, designed to seize and playback high-quality indicators for a wide range of skilled eventualities, together with OBS streaming, modifying, and on-set monitoring.

Having the ability to faucet right into a high-end laptop system for modifying/grading/delivering content material is one factor, getting the precious footage into (and out of) the machine is kind of one other. Particularly when a real-time answer, relatively than a tough drive switch, is required.

Enter stage: the brand new AJA Io X3. With this compact answer, AJA affords the whole lot you have to arrange an expert I/O interface for a wide range of eventualities.

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AJA Io X3 with Thunderbolt 3

First issues first: to attach the AJA Io X3 to the host laptop, solely a Thunderbolt 3 cable is required (plus energy, 12 V by way of commonplace XLR-4 energy adapter or battery). It turns into evident that the AJA Io X3 was designed with portability in thoughts.

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On the rear panel, we discover a multitude of connectors, which might be prolonged by one other 8 balanced analog audio inputs/outputs by way of the AJA typical DB-25 breakout port. On the video aspect, we discover 4 bidirectional 3G-SDI video connectors (might be configured as inputs or outputs) with 16-channel embedded audio in addition to a reference enter and LTC I/O. HDMI inputs and outputs are additionally current, in addition to a typical RS-422 port for controlling exterior gadgets. After which there’s an extra Thunderbolt 3 port for daisy-chaining with different gadgets (comparable to an extra AJA Io X3).

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The AJA Io X3 helps 2k(2048 x 1080p)/HD/SD video in varied framerates and scan modes (i/p/PsF). Moreover, the Io X3 helps each SDR and HDR codecs (PQ, HLG, HDR10, HDR10+ and Dolby Imaginative and prescient). VPID signaling for SDR/HDR switch traits, colorimetry and luminance by way of SDI can also be supported.

The HDMI out helps multi-view output, to view as much as 4-channels on one display, which could are available in fairly useful when a number of video sources are linked.

On the entrance of the Io X3 you’ll discover a 3.5 mm headphone jack and degree management for cell and reside environments, in addition to audio meters for checking the degrees.

Right here’s a listing of the headlining video specs:

  • Video codecs:
    • (2K) 2048 x 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 47.95, 48, 50, 59.94, 60
    • (2K) 2048 x 1080PsF 23.98, 24, 25
    • (HD) 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60
    • (HD) 1080PsF 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30
    • (HD) 1080i 50, 59.94, 60
  • Digital enter:
    • 3G-SDI, SMPTE 425 (RGB 4:4:4 12-bit*, YCbCr 4:2:2 10-bit)
    • 1.5G-SDI, SMPTE 292M (Single Hyperlink HD-SDI YCbCr 4:2:2 10-bit)
    • 270 Mbps SDI, SMPTE 259M-C (YCbCr 4:2:2 10-bit, 8-bit)
    • HDMI v1.4b (30/36-bits/pixel, RGB or YUV, 2.25 Gbps, 2K, HD, and SD)

Audio is being supported as follows:

  • Digital in/out: as much as 16-channels, 16 and 24-bit SMPTE-259 SDI embedded audio, 48 kHz pattern fee, synchronous
  • Analog in/out: as much as 8-channel, 24 and 16-bit D/A analog audio, 48 kHz pattern fee, balanced, utilizing trade commonplace 8x XLR on DB-25 breakout cable (cable not included)

There’s additionally a downstream keyer on board, which, in keeping with AJA “helps graphics as much as 2K/HD with alpha channel over video, matte or framebuffer, or framebuffer content material over incoming video or matte”.

Two units in 1RU.
Two Io 3X in 1 RU (by way of non-obligatory rackmount equipment). Picture credit score: AJA

The entire unit is 8.74″ x 7.09″ x 1.65″ (222.0 x 180.09 x 41.91 mm) in measurement, and it weighs 3.1 lbs. (1.5 kg). For all of the specs, please seek advice from AJA’s official documentation.

New Desktop Software program

For tapping into the total potential of the AJA Io X3, you’ll must obtain and set up their newest Desktop Software program v16.2, which might be discovered right here. This software program is used to work together with all KONA, Io and T-TAP Professional merchandise.

Desktop Software v16.2
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The brand new model 16.2 consists of the next new options and enhancements:

  • macOS Monterey and Home windows 11 help
  • Multi-channel help for OBS Studio (v2.27 onwards) at as much as 4K/UltraHD 30p and 2K/HD 60p for KONA 5, KONA 4, KONA HDMI, Io 4K Plus, Io X3, and T-TAP Professional
  • 12-bit, 4:4:4, RGB 4K/UltraHD firmware for KONA 5 and Corvid 44 12G
  • 12-bit LUT help and .dice LUT compatibility enhancements for AJA Management Panel
  • H.264 and H.265 seize and playback for AJA Management Room
  • Deep reminiscence buffers for sustained playback for AJA Management Room
  • MultiView on HDMI output, providing show of a number of sources to at least one monitor, by way of SDK v16.2 and KONA 5
  • Entry to the core AJA SDK for the open supply developer group
  • 64/32 channel audio help for KONA 5, Corvid 44 12G, Corvid 88, and Corvid 44

Pricing and availability

The brand new AJA Io X3 is offered now, and it sells for $1,599. it formally helps Apple’s newest M1 chips in addition to their newest working techniques. Microsoft Home windows is supported too, after all. For a full record of appropriate functions, please seek advice from AJA’s official compatibility chart.

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If you happen to want 4K, the AJA Io 4K Plus may be an choice, however that one sells for $2,999, so double the value of the Io X3.

Hyperlink: AJA web site

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