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AJA Ki Pro Rental - Tapeless Video Recording Device (500GB)

Everyone from broadcasters to indie filmmakers can probably agree on one thing: the possible choices for image acquisition are daunting. Different cameras, different formats, different recording media and different compression schemes. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to simplify acquisition so that virtually any camera, digital or analog, could record the same format and resolution? Enter the Ki Pro Rental.

AJA Ki Pro Rental are tapeless video recording devices that record high-quality files onto computer-friendly media. With SD/HD-SDI, HDMI, and analog inputs, you can interface with virtually any type of camera, or connect seamlessly with your post production hardware. All Ki Pro models are easy to operate, with familiar VTR-like buttons and intuitive interfaces. Ki Pro Rental are available now to suit your workflow requirements, from onset capture and playback through to replacing traditional tape units within a broadcast environment.

Key Features

    • Record ‘ready-to-edit’ footage – Eliminating the cost and inconvenience of logging and capturing footage, Ki Pro Rental produce files that are ready to use right away in most popular NLEs.
      Designed to integrate with your system, whatever the workflow, Ki Pro Rental feature powerful connectivity and capture full quality footage to reliable storage media.
      When it’s time to edit, just remove the media, connect to your computer, transfer the files, 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 files – Big on quality – but not on file size. Recording 10-bit, full raster files, all Ki Pro Rentals record high quality images that easily stand up to post production processing requirements – and client scrutiny.Compared to 8-bit recording devices, 10-bit 4:2:2 recording provides greater dynamic range, giving a superior representation of the original scene and allowing for more flexibility in post production when adjusting color and balance. Utilizing efficient codec families such as ProRes, Ki Pro hardware allows you to achieve the perfect balance of image quality and storage capacity for your production.

    • Unify formats-speed workflows – Because productions often have to use different formats this can lead to inefficiencies in the editing process when converting files to a working format. Connected to a camera or housed in a machine room, Ki Pro units unify source material to a single file format that can be used by most major editing systems without additional transcoding, streamlining the edit process and facilitating savings in time and resources.
      Ki Pro Rental also feature AJA industry-leading conversion, allowing source inputs be converted to a common format and frame size.

    • Simple controls and setup – With simple controls and an intuitive operating system, all Ki Pro Rental are easy to incorporate in your existing setup without having to worry about the learning curve.Just like a traditional tape deck, each Ki Pro features straightforward dedicated Record, Play, Rewind and Fast Forward buttons – making the transition easy with minimal training time. The current status of the system and all configuration information is clearly displayed on the built-in screen. The embedded OS uses a fast, flat menu structure that allows full configuration to be done directly on the device with no need to connect to a laptop to access operational parameters.

    • Remote configuration and operation – On set or in a machine room, Ki Pro Rentals are equipped for advanced remote control and configuration.
      On the set, Ki Pro requires minimal direct user interaction. Record start/stop operation can be triggered automatically by detecting information in the SDI signal or by using a separate LANC control on properly equipped cameras.
      In a networked environment, Ethernet connectivity of Ki Pro hardware allows control and configuration to be performed via standard web browser. Multiple Ki Pro units can all be controlled from a single interface for group operation.

  • Reliable storage media – The Ki Pro model capture 10-bit footage direct to reliable storage media. Ki Pro use AJA Storage Modules, available in spinning disk or SSD variants that connect directly to your editing system via a built-in FireWire 800 connection. AJA Storage Modules are engineered with reinforced connections and thoroughly tested, ready for intensive use. Record times are longer than standard tapes as well, minimizing the number of media changes needed.
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Specification for AJA Ki Pro Rental – Tapeless Video Recording Device (500GB)
Video input


  • SD and HD-SDI (1xBNC), SMPTE-259/292/296
  • HDMI


  • SD/HD Component (3xBNCs)
    • SMPTE/EBU N10, Betacam 525 line, Betacam 525J, YPbPr 12-bit A/D, 2x oversampling
Video Output (all simultaneously active)


  • SD and HD-SDI, SMPTE-259/292/296 (1xBNC)
  • HDMI


  • Composite (1xBNC)
    • NTSC, NTSCJ, PAL, 12-bit D/A, 8x oversampling
  • SD/HD Component (3xBNCs)
    • SD: SMPTE/EBU N10, Betacam 525 line, Betacam 525J, RGB 12-bit D/A, 8x oversampling
    • HD: YPbPr, RGB 12-bit D/A, 2x oversampling
Audio Input


  • 24-bit SDI embedded audio 2 channel or 8 channel
  • 48kHz (2 or 8 channel via menu selection)


  • 24-bit A/D, 2 channel balanced (2 XLR), 48kHz
  • Input level: Line, Mic, Mic + phantom 48Vdc
  • 2 channel unbalanced (2 RCA)
Audio Output


  • 24-bit SDI embedded audio, 8 channel, 48kHz
  • HDMI embedded, 8 channel
  • Mini TRS headphone jack
  • 24-bit D/A, 2 channel balanced XLR, 48kHz
  • 2 channel unbalanced (2 RCA)
  • 10/100/1000 Ethernet (RJ45)
  • 802.11 Wireless
  • Embedded webserver for remote control
Panel User Interface
  • 2 x 20 character display, with dedicated buttons
  • SDI RP188 via SDI BNC connection, LTC input and output via BNCs (non-looping)
  • LANC Loop (2 LANC connectors)
  • Lens Tap: connects to optional AJA Lens Tap intercept
    cable placed between camera body and lens for start/
    stop control (future feature)
  • IEEE-1394a/FireWire 400 for control and timecode data
Machine Control
  • RS-422, 9-pin
  • IEEE-1394b, FireWire™ 800Mb/s connects to Mac Pro or MacBook Pro (future feature)
Hardware up conversion – 10-bit
  • Anamorphic: full-screen
  • Pillar box 4:3: results in a 4:3 image in center of screen with black sidebars
  • Zoom 14:9: results in a 4:3 image zoomed slightly to fill a 14:9 image with black side bars
  • Zoom Letterbox: image zoomed to fill screen
  • Zoom Wide: combination of zoom and horizontal stretch to fill 16:9 screen; this setting can introduce a small aspect ratio change
Hardware down conversion – 10-bit
  • Anamorphic: full-screen
  • Letterbox: image is reduced with black top and bottom
    added to image area with the aspect ratio preserved
  • Crop: image is cropped to fit new screen size
Hardware cross conversion – 10-bit
  • 1080i to 720P
  • 720P to 1080i
  • Height: 3.25″ (8.25cm)
  • Width: 9.00″ (22.86cm)
  • Depth: 6.12″ front panel antenna cover to back handles (15.56cm)
  • Operating Temperature Range: 5C to 40C
  • Safe Storage Temperature Range (power OFF):-20C to 60C
  • 100-240 VAC (to supplied AC Adapter)
  • 12Vdc to power connector input on side of chassis