AJA Releases Highly Anticipated Io HD for 10-bit HD Editing in Apple’s ProRes 422 Format

AJA Io HD Natively Supports Apple’s New ProRes 422 Format Enabling
HD editing on MacBook Pro and Mac Pro

Grass Valley, CA (October 12, 2007) AJA Video, a leading manufacturer of professional video interface and conversion solutions, today announced first customer shipments of Io HD, delivering HD editing to the MacBook Pro and Mac Pro Pro via its unique Firewire 800 (IEEE-1394b) interface. Io HD is the first device to natively support Apple’s ProRes 422 video format in hardware, and has been recognized with six industry awards for technical innovation from Broadcast Engineering, TV Technology, Millimeter, Digital Content Producer Videography magazines and ChinaHDnet.com.

“The response to Io HD has been overwhelming and we are so excited to deliver this product to our customers,” commented Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video. “We worked very closely with Apple to embed support for ProRes 422 directly into the Io HD, and the effort is yielding an incredible level of performance and video format flexibility to Final Cut Pro editors.”

Along with unparalleled video and audio connectivity, Io HD includes a similar feature set to AJA’s industry-leading KONA lineup; 10-bit hardware-based up-conversion, cross-conversion, and down-conversion, all performed in real time. Io HD runs on a new AJA-built driver, supporting features such as core audio, and very low latency. Within its portable and high style chassis, Io HD offers SD/HD analog inputs and outputs, SD/HD digital I/O including HD-SDI and HDMI, as well as RS-422, Genlock, Balanced analog and AES audio, and even LTC time code connections.

Io HD is available now through AJA’s global channel of dealers and integrators at an MSRP of $3495.00 US, and includes AJA’s 3-year international warranty and support.