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Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Preacher's Daughter and the AJA Ki Pro

One of the most important choices facing filmmakers these days has come about because of the move to digital image capture. The possible choices for image acquisition are formidable. There are so many different cameras, different formats, different recording media and different compression codecs it can drive a filmmaker crazy just trying to keep up with all of the choices. A dream of many filmmakers is for uniformity so that image acquisition could be the same for virtually any camera, digital or analog. AJA has heard the call and produced the Ki Pro.
It is a tapeless video recording device that records high-quality Apple ProRes 422 QuickTime files onto computer-friendly media. It features SD/HD-SDI, HDMI, and analog inputs, it allows the filmmaker to interface with almost any type of camera that can be purchased or rented. The Ki Pro also allows for monitoring flexibility through several simultaneous outputs allowing the filmmaker to connect to both professional and consumer monitors.
The unit is portable and rugged. It has been designed for the demands of the toughest production conditions.
The Preacher’s Daughter will be using the Ki Pro via HD/SDI to capture a “thicker negative,” with a 10-bit full-raster codec-Apple ProRes 422. Since The Preacher’s Daughter will be edited using FCP the native capture to Apple ProRes 422 QuickTime files for this production was a no brainer. We will be capturing straight to a hard drive. We will also be capturing to the SxS cards in the camera as a backup. Since this will be A Reel Educations’ first production to do this it will be interesting to see the quality difference of the two capture formats back to back.
The unit is powered through an industry standard 4-pin XLR, which makes it flexible with both AC and battery options power options. It also has both balanced and unbalanced audio connectors, LTC input/output, and even LANC, are provided.
A Reel Education will keep you updated on how the Ki Pro works out. There is a lot of good buzz out there and we are excited to find out the truth.
The video is right off of AJA’s website. Hope the hype stands the test of production.

1 comment:

  1. Good post. Good luck with this and look forward to hearing what happens.