CineForm has been working with AJA to offer stereo 3D workflow support for the new
KONA 3G card, AJA’s multi-format SD/HD/Dual Link/3G/2K video I/O hardware for Mac.
As part of the collaboration, AJA released updated version 8.1 KONA software which adds 3D video controls to the KONA 3G’s Control Panel software interface allowing direct ingest into, and playout from, CineForm 3D files. During ingest, KONA 3G enables simultaneous real-time capture of separate left eye and right eye sources through HD-SDI – including sources previously recorded in stereo mode on HDCAM SR – directly into CineForm 3D files. Each individual eye is multiplexed together into a CineForm 3D file, available for immediate editing with CineForm’s Neo3D software when used with Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro and other compatible applications. The new KONA software also adds support for recording and playout of CineForm 4:2:2 2D media.
CineForm Neo3D lets users edit 3D projects in real time with full frame rate playback to an external 3D monitor. With CineForm First Light 3D as the enabling 3D workflow and production engine, Neo3D users are provided comprehensive control of the 3D image processing workflow.
KONA 3G, now shipping, was designed to give editors more workflow possibilities by supporting a wider range of video formats including 10-bit uncompressed video 3G/HD/SD SDI I/O, and new HDMI 1.4a output for stereographic monitoring to consumer 3D displays. Also, 8-channel AES digital audio I/O (16-channel AES with optional K3G-Box) and 16-channel SDI embedded audio I/O are supported. Real-time broadcast quality hardware-based up/down/cross conversion supports various SD and HD formats, dual-link HD, 2K formats, a hardware-based downstream keyer and others.
On the Mac platform, the card will integrate with Apple Final Cut Studio and Adobe CS5. Uncompressed QuickTime and DPX file formats are supported, plus compressed file formats such as Apple ProRes 422 and ProRes 4444. It has FCP Dynamic RT Extreme and DVCPro HD / HDV hardware scaling acceleration. RED Epic and ARRI Alexa workflows are possible with 2K playback and LUT support in real time, and 3D workflow s include discrete left and right eye output over SDI and HDMI 1.4a.
On the PC, editors have integration with Adobe CS5, Sony Vegas and Autodesk Combustion with native real-time QuickTime, DPX, TIFF, TGA, AVI file format support, and real-time DVCProHD capture and playback.
To extend the connectivity of KONA 3G, AJA has also released an optional K3G-Box. This is a 19-inch, 1RU rack-mountable breakout box and adds eight additional AES audio channels, 2-channel RCA analog audio monitoring jacks and looping BNC Genlock reference connectors. www.aja.com The AJA KONA 3G card featuring support for CineForm Neo3D is available immediately. www.cineform.com