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Spotlight on AJA Io X3 and Desktop Software v16.2

As production grows more complex, AJA is rapidly innovating to bring professionals tools that streamline video capture through final delivery, as seen with its latest Io X3 and Desktop Software and SDK v16.2 releases.

A Thunderbolt™ 3-connected I/O device, Io X3 offers HDR or SDR 2K/HD capture and output via 3G-SDI and HDMI, while complementary Desktop Software and SDK v.16.2 deliver new workflow enhancements, including the latest macOS support; OBS Studio compatibility; improved 12-bit, 444, RGB workflows for 4K/UltraHD; upgraded LUT functionality; and more. 

AJA Io X3

Compact, rugged, and portable, Io X3 streamlines high-quality HDR I/O up to 2K/HD 60p on compatible Thunderbolt™ 3-equipped Mac or PC hosts running professional video and audio applications. The device provides a powerful mobile solution for single-, dual-, and multi-channel SDI workflows, offering pristine 2K/HD/SD I/O with HDR directly from any modern laptop or computer.

Lightning-fast, flexible, and whisper-quiet, it’s an ideal capture and output solution for many production environments, including high-end colour grading, audio mixing, on-set monitoring, or playback, and remote editorial and VFX. 

With four independent inputs for workflows with OBS Studio and Telestream Wirecast, together with simultaneous MultiView monitoring for each source, Io X3 is also a perfect fit for streaming workflows.

MultiView allows the four input sources to be displayed to one HDMI monitor. The device also features eight switchable analog audio ports, allowing users to shift between eight channels in or out, or split connectivity between four inputs and four outputs, in addition to a 3.5mm analog audio connection to plug in headphones directly. Up to 16-channel embedded audio is included on each SDI port, and eight channels on HDMI. 

AJA Desktop Software and SDK v16.2

Available as free downloads from the AJA website and Developer page, Desktop Software and SDK v16.2 include a host of new features. Desktop Software v16.2 supports macOS Monterey and Windows 11, and once installed on a system running OBS Studio v27.2 or later, it makes select AJA devices immediately available for multi- or single-channel capture and switching up to 4K/UltraHD 30p and 2K/HD 60p for streaming purposes.

The update also enables more accurate, vivid 4K/UltraHD colour workflows, courtesy of 12-bit, 4:4:4, RGB firmware for KONA 5 and Corvid 44 12G, with support for a full 12-bit pipeline across capture to colour space conversion and output. Workflow options with included AJA Control Room software are expanded through the addition of H.264 and H.265 capture and playback up to 2K/HD 60p, including Timecode and Closed Captioning support. 

In addition to traditional AJA Developer Program enrollment which offers the full SDK and expert technical support, the core AJA SDK v16.2 is also now available via Open Source on GitHub, offering multiple options for developers looking to incorporate powerful AJA technologies into product design and development.

The release brings developers a host of new features, including 64/32 audio channel support with KONA 5, Corvid 44 12G, Corvid 88, and Corvid 44, enabling users to ingest and output up to 64 discrete audio channels across multiple SDI links, perfect for the latest 8K workflows that require 22.2 audio mastering.To learn more about Io X3, Desktop Software and SDK 16.2, and other AJA products and updates, visit: www.aja.com

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