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AJA Introduces KONA 3, Setting a New Standard in Video Capture for PCIe Power Mac G5s

AJA Video, a leading manufacturer of professional video interface and conversion solutions, announced KONA 3, AJA's new top-of-the-line HD/SD video capture card. Offering 40% more processing power than the industry-leading KONA 2, the new KONA 3 is truly the ultimate uncompressed capture card for SD, HD and Dual Link 4:4:4:4 HD for PCI Express (PCIe) Apple G5 Power Macs and Apple Final Cut Pro. KONA 3 makes its worldwide debut this week during MacWorld Expo San Francisco at the AJA booth, #1449; the new card will ship worldwide on January 30th, 2006.

KONA 3's all new extensible architecture features a 4-Lane PCI-Express bus interface with integrated AJA QuickTime drivers that work seamlessly with the new Apple Power Mac G5s and Final Cut Pro providing unparalleled power and workflow efficiency. Supporting any uncompressed SD or HD format, including Dual Link, KONA 3 captures and plays back uncompressed 10-bit and 8-bit digital video and 24-bit 48kHz digital audio. KONA 3 also includes a variety of 10-bit broadcast-quality features, such as hardware-based up-and-down-conversion to and from HD-and adds a live hardware keyer for compositing bugs, live clips, and other elements over video.

Another first for any QuickTime capture card, KONA 3's Internal HD/SD Live Hardware Keyer makes it easier than ever for video editors and broadcast designers to achieve sophisticated keyed video effects. Now users can load up a QuickTime clip with an alpha-channel, perhaps a flying logo, and then place it over live video coming into the card—all in real time.

"KONA 3 furthers the AJA commitment of offering the highest quality, production-proven, reliable solutions that bring professional digital video to the desktop," said John Abt, CEO of AJA Video Systems. "Editors are increasingly demanding more versatile and cost-effective solutions for postproduction on Final Cut Pro and Power Mac G5s, and the KONA 3 is the best new product to meet their needs."