Aja announces KONA LHi:

Adds Support for HDMI and 3G SDI, LTC timecode, and 10-bit Up, Down, and Cross-Convert to the massively popular LH platform.

The all-new KONA LHi allows legacy analog devices alongside the newest 3G SDI and HDMI v1.3a enabled products to interface to the latest PCIe Apple Mac OSX hardware, with integrated support for Apple Final Cut Studio and other QuickTime software applications.

Flexible connectivity at an affordable price

The AJA KONA LHi bridges the gap between legacy analog devices and the latest 3G SDI and HDMI v1.3a enabled products. KONA LHi interfaces with the latest PCIe Apple Mac OSX hardware and QuickTime software applications. AJA drivers offer integrated support for Apple Final Cut Studio. KONA LHi allows editing, monitoring and mastering of professional quality video in an affordable, easy to use product.

KONA LHi offers a full host of no-compromise features: 10 or 8-bit uncompressed video, 3G/HD/SD SDI I/O including support for 1080p50/60, analog composite/S-Video/SD-HD component video I/O, 2-channel AES/8-channel SDI embedded audio I/O, 2-channel balanced audio I/O, and broadcastquality hardware-based up/down/cross-conversion for flexible SD and HD post production. Also, HDMI v1.3a capability at 30 bits per pixel allows full support of the latest 10-bit monitors.

The KONA LHi comes standard with a breakout cable and can also be connected to an optional breakout box for rack mounted I/O convenience and added connectivity in the form of additional BNC digital AES/EBU connectors and RCA monitoring jacks.

Use the KONA LHi hardware-based flexible connectivity to capture to QuickTimeâ„¢ at 10-bit and 8-bit uncompressed formats as well as Apple ProRes 422, DVCPRO HD and more.

AJA Control Panel application

As a member of the AJA KONA family of products, the KONA LHi uses the AJA Control Panel application to configure various hardware parameters. The AJA Control Panel application can auto detect input format and frame rate, configure hardware-based up/down/cross-conversions, and more.


If your post production facility works with a wide variety of formats, frame rates and audio/video sources, the AJA KONA LHi provides the connectivity you need. Connect everything from an HDMI enabled camera to an HD-SDI VTR to KONA LHi. Connection to any of your legacy analog video signals is also possible. Via an Input PassThrough mode, you can even configure the card to act as a converter within your computer, allowing you to embed or disembed audio or convert a signal like HDMI to HD-SDI.

Broadcast-quality conversions

Like the AJA KONA 3 product, the KONA LHi features full 10-bit, broadcast-quality, motion-adaptive SD to HD up-conversion, HD to HD crossconversion, HD to SD down-conversion, and automatic HD/SD 12-bit component analog output. Since all of KONA LHi's conversions are hardware-based, they are available all the time - during ingest or playback. Outputs can be configured independently allowing you to have simultaneous HD and SD output - or two different types of HD - 720 or 1080 - output at the same time via cross-conversion.

The KONA LHi is available now for an MSRP of $1495. The optional KLHi-Box is also available now for $349 MSRP

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