Ki Pro Ultra is a next generation file based 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD video recorder and player with a built-in HD LCD monitor; supports edit ready Apple ProRes files in a range of video formats and frame rates up to 4K 60p, or Avid DNxHD MXF files at HD resolutions.
Ki Pro Ultra offers flexible input and output connectivity including 3G-SDI, HDMI and even fiber, for powerful and efficient large raster and high frame rate workflows.
Designed to be both portable with a built-in carry handle or rackmountable with half rack wide 2RU high dimensions, Ki Pro Ultra suits a wide range of production and post environments.
ProRes® 422 and 444 Recording
Big on quality - but not on file size.
Ki Pro Ultra records 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD to five quality levels
of Apple ProRes® including Apple ProRes 4444. This lets you choose the balance of image fidelity and file size that’s right for each individual production as well as having the flexibility to record directly to native file formats that are understood by most major editing systems.
Next generation UltraHD 60p and 4K 60p recording is attainable all the way up to Apple ProRes HQ when using AJA Pak1000 SSD media.
By utilizing Apple ProRes, your project will have the best image quailty available, with manageable and affordable
Avid DNxHD MXF Recording
Ki Pro Ultra v2.2 firmware offers native Avid MXF support for HD workflows. Record and playback DNxHD files with an OP1a profile within an MXF container for DNxHD HQX (220x), DNxHD SQ (145) and DNxHD LB (36) codecs.
This provides a native MXF workflow for Avid pipelines, free of transcoding.
- DNxHD HQX (220x)*
- DNxHD SQ (145)*
- DNxHD LB (36)**
- (HD) 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94
- (HD) 1080i 25, 29.97
- (HD) 1080PsF 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97
- (HD) 720p 50, 59.94
*Avid DNxHD only supported for 1080 and 720 resolutions
**Avid DNxHD 36 only supported for 1080p
exFAT and HFS+ Support
Ki Pro Ultra allows you to use the file system that suits your needs. Full flexibility is provided to format your recording media as either exFAT or HFS+ within Ki Pro Ultra itself or from your desktop computer, ensuring wide OS compatability.
Ki Pro Ultra 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.
2SI (Two Sample Interleave)
Ki Pro Ultra supports both Square Division Quad Split format and Two Sample Interleave giving a wide number of options to both record and playback 4K and UltraHD.
Set up is easy, with Ki Pro Ultra sensing the format being delivered in its “Follow Input” mode. Ki Pro Ultra also allows you to select separate quad modes for both in and out, giving an additional conversion feature for when you need it.
16-Channel Audio Support
Ki Pro Ultra provides full 16-Channel audio support embedded over SDI or Fiber. Flexible routing options mean that 8-Channel only outputs like HDMI, Analog and Digital carry options for selecting the 8-Channel group required. Monitoring via the headphone jack on the front of the unit is split into easy 2-Channel groupings for on-set checks.
Closed Caption Support
If you need to record or playout video with Closed Captioning embedded, Ki Pro Ultra is fully compatible with your needs.
Ki Pro Ultra 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 Ultra's 4 x 3G-SDI outputs.
Reliable Storage Media
Ki Pro Ultra captures directly to rugged and reliable AJA Pak SSD media. Pak media is available in a variety of capacities to best suit the demands of your production. Pak1000 is the perfect companion for Ki Pro Ultra offering 1TB of fast SSD media for up to 4K recording at 60p in ProRes HQ. Ki Pro Ultra also offers compatibility with Pak512 and Pak256 media, ideal for lower frame rate projetcs.
The twin media drive bays on the Ki Pro Ultra allow extremely fast media changes and rollover recording, which allows a recording to start on one media module and seamlessly continue onto the second module once the first has reached capacity.
Pak media may also be used with the optional Pak Dock which features USB3 and Thunderbolt™ connectors for lightning-fast data transfers from and to your desktop or laptop.
Pak-Adapt-eSATA (sold separately) is a Pak Media sized adapter with an eSATA connector that allows the user to attach a qualified RAID or single volume storage via an eSATA cable so that it may be used as a recordable drive. eSATA connectivity provides the bandwidth needed for 4K 422 HQ at up to 30fps. You can even connect two Pak-Adapt-eSATAs to the Ki Pro Ultra Plus for more flexibility in the field.
High Quality LCD with Onscreen Intuitive UI
Ki Pro Ultra features a beautiful high resolution HD display for pristine monitoring of your material, and serves as your interface to Ki Pro's familiar and intuitive menu system. The detailed overlay UI includes onscreen keyboard functionality and a clear view of the powerful yet simple to operate UI, all pristinely presented on the 4.8” 720p LCD display.
The large LCD provides detailed playback and monitoring perfect for onset use, the O.B truck, helicopter or studio and it’s transparent menu overlays can be set at just the level the user prefers. Ki Pro Ultra offers control over brightness of the display for flexible control to suit your working environment.
Anyone familiar with the operation of a tape deck will feel immediately comfortable when working with Ki Pro Ultra.
Just like a traditional tape deck, Ki Pro Ultra 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 beautiful built-in high resolution LCD screen. Additional operational information can be found in the STATUS menu which can be accessed even when recording or playing back.
The Ki Pro Ultra operating system offers users a logical menu structure that is easy to navigate with menu parameters presented in clear and understandable language.
The video and audio connections on the rear panel of the Ki Pro Ultra offer next generation connectivity with 3G-SDI, Fiber and HDMI inputs and outputs, AES and analog XLR balanced audio, LTC, RS-422 and LAN.
4K and HD Monitoring
Ki Pro Ultra provides full resolution outputs for 4K, UltraHD and HD over 3G-SDI, FIber and HDMI, including the latest affordable UltraHD monitors using HDMI for on-set quality checks. An additional dedicated 2K and HD-SDI monitor output can be fed to any affordable and existing HD-SDI display.
Ki Pro Ultra’s fully integrated fiber inputs and outputs means Ki Pro Ultra can be integrated directly to a dedicated fiber network alongside many other fiber products. Fiber allows outgoing and incoming video signals to be transmited as far as 10km away.
Optional Fiber SFP Modules supported:
Dual LC 3G Fiber Tx SFP AJA – Part # FIBERLC-2-TX
Dual LC 3G Fiber Rx SFP AJA – Part # FIBERLC-2-RX
CWDM Fiber Options
The optional fiber transmitters let you to choose from multiple wavelength CWDM SFPs, allowing advanced multiplexing of signals over a single fiber connection.
Possible CWDM options:
• Dual TX 1271/1291
• Dual TX 1311/1331
• Dual TX 1351/1371
• Dual TX 1391/1411
• Dual TX 1431/1451
• Dual TX 1471/1491
• Dual TX 1511/1531
• Dual TX 1591/1611
• Dual TX 1551/1571
RS-422 control allows Ki Pro Ultra 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 Ultra.
Remote Configuration and Operation
In a truck or a machine room, Ki Pro Ultra is equipped for advanced remote control and configuration. With a standard Ethernet LAN connection to a host computer and any web browser, all Ki Pro Ultra parameter settings, clip selection and transport controls can be controlled; no additional or special software installation is required on the host computer. Multiple Ki Pro Ultra units can even be controlled from a single web interface making Ki Pro Ultra an ideal solution for multi-camera recordings.
AJA Data Calc
Calculate your storage needs before digitizing even begins and keep your team on track.
Gatekeeper certified for OS X.
Note: the AJA Data Rate Calculator is provided as part of the system installation for all KONA cards, Io Express, and the Io HD.