AJA Introduces Miniature Converter for HDMI

AJA Video – Grass Valley, CA (November 15, 2006)
New HI5 Offers Small Footprint and High Value for Viewing SDI and HD-SDI Material on HDMI Displays

AJA Video, a leading manufacturer of professional video interface and conversion products, announced today HI5, a miniature converter with full support for High-Definition Multimedia Interface, or HDMI. AJA is introducing HI5 and showcasing it this week at the DV Expo in Los Angeles, November 15-17th at LA Convention Center from booth #617, and at the Inter BEE Expo in Japan at the Makuhari Messe convention complex from November 15th-17th at booth #6307. HI5 offers cost-effective conversion and a small footprint for viewing SDI and HD-SDI material on HDMI displays.

The uncompressed, all-digital audio/video HMDI interface has become more and more popular for set-top boxes, DVD players, A/V receivers and audio and video monitors. HI5 allows for media conversion via a single-cable audio/video connection, with embedded SDI/HD-SDI audio, two-channel RCA-style audio outputs for separate audio monitoring if needed, and looping to connect or “daisy chain” multiple monitors to the same SDI/HD-SDI source.

Key features include:

  • SDI/HD-SDI to HDMI conversion
  • Full HDMI support, including audio
  • Additional two-channel, RCA audio output
  • Looping SDI/HD-SDI output
  • Input Formats: 525i, 625i, 720p 50/59.94/60, 1080i 50/59.94/60
  • Video Inputs: HD-SDI/SDI, SMPTE-259/292/296

“With the new HI5 miniature converter, we are making it easy and convenient for customers to convert SDI or HD-SDI content for viewing, with full audio, on HDMI monitors and displays,” said Nick Rashby, Director of Sales and Marketing, AJA Video. “The HI5 supports a wide range of formats and allows several display devices to be connected to the same SDI/HD-SDI source. This converter comes with all of the reliability of AJA’s converters and provides a streamlined and cost-efficient solution as HDMI is increasingly adopted.”

Pricing and Availability

The HI5 miniature converter provides streamlined and convenient conversion from SDI or HD-SDI to HDMI. The converter is priced at $490 (US MSRP) and requires an AJA power supply. HI5 will begin shipments worldwide on December 15.

AJA offers a wide array of miniature standalone and rack-mount video and audio converters, available in SD and HD. AJA converters are known for uncompromised quality, reliability, modularity, and value. Like all of AJA’s miniature converters, the HI5 includes a five-year international warranty.

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 retail sales channel of dealers and system integrators around the
world. For further information, please see our website www.aja.com.