Io HD and KONA Video Capture Cards Allow Users to Maximize Powerful New System Architecture

Grass Valley, CA (January 10, 2008) AJA Video, a leading manufacturer of professional video interface and conversion solutions, today announced that its Io HD and KONA line of video capture and playback cards will provide support for Apple’s new 8-core Mac Pro which features the latest Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5400 series processors.

AJA’s Io HD, the next generation of the company’s popular Io video ingest and output devices, provides 10-bit quality video over Firewire for Apple’s Final Cut Studio, and natively supports Apple’s ProRes 422 format, enabling portable HD editing on MacBook Pro and Mac Pro computers.

The KONA line of video capture and playback cards from AJA, including the KONA 3, KONA LHe and KONA LSe, also offer support for the new Mac Pro, allowing users to take full advantage of a new system architecture that delivers up to twice the performance of its predecessor.

“We’re very excited about this newest development, and make it a priority to support the latest technical advancements in Apple’s systems,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “With faster processing speed and a new PCI Express 2.0 slots standard, the newest Mac Pro is sure to again raise the performance bar for video professionals.”

About Io HD
The Io HD provides a simple and elegant plug-in solution for working with Final Cut Pro on a Mac system. Co-developed with Apple, Io HD works with Final Cut Pro to provide a seamless non-linear editing experience, with all the features of proprietary systems-but without the expense and hassle. 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 brings HD editing to the MacBook Pro and Mac Pro utilizing Apple’s ProRes 422 technology, while also supporting SD editing workflows.

About KONA
KONA video capture cards offer the highest quality uncompressed QuickTime, SD, HD, 2K and Dual Link HD via the PCIe-based KONA 3, KONA LHe (SD, HD and Analog only) and KONA LSe (SD and Analog only). Combined with Apple’s Final Cut Studio, a KONA card delivers all the quality and function of a full-featured nonlinear editing suite at a fraction of the price. Supporting a range of uncompressed SD or HD formats, including Dual Link and 2K, KONA cards capture and play back uncompressed 10-bit and 8-bit digital video and 24-bit digital audio, providing unparalleled power and workflow efficiency.

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.