First Sundance Film Cut On AJA Video

The First Amendment Films/Alterity Films' "White of Winter" is the first HD feature film shown at Sundance cut entirely on AJA Video Systems' Kona-HD capture card.

"White of Winter" was shot in HD using a Sony HDW-F900 CineAlta HD 24p camera from HD Cinema. It was cut with the Kona-HD video card on a Mac G4 Dual 1 GHz CPU with OS-X and Final Cut Pro 3. An array of eight Maxtor Ultra 320 drives provides data rates from uncompressed HD editing. The Kona card lets users batch capture footage uncompressed.

Joseph Chase, the producer, and Robert Saitzyk, the editor, did the editing using Final Cut Pro and AJA's Kona-HD card for the online. "As filmmakers, what was thrilling was to have no middleman," they said in a statement. "We were able to really control the color timing of the film completely on our own without having to rely on a film laboratory."