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SGO accelerates 8K production with AJA KONA 5 integration

The AJA KONA 5 I/O cards feature 12G-SDI connectivity, allowing users to streamline 8K capture and playout using Mistika Ultima 8K systems

Post-production software developer SGO has integrated AJA Video Systems’ KONA 5 audio and video I/O cards within its finishing and workflow solution Mistika Ultima, providing “simplified and optimised” 8K production for broadcast clients.

Already deployed for live 8K broadcasts in Asia, the new Mistika Ultima 8K system is designed to provide finishing workflow for 8K full 4K/Ultra HD (UHD) at 60p, even with uncompressed formats, said AJA. Following the collaboration, the system comes along with an AJA KONA 5 card with 12G-SDI I/O connectivity, Mistika Ultima software, an HP Z8 workstation, an SGO storage solution, and other hardware.

Shinpei Takoshima, senior systems engineer at Kyoshin Communications, SGO’s local reseller partner, said: “We are delighted that broadcasters and other facilities in Japan have embraced Mistika Technology to produce content all the way up to 8K. Our clients using the latest Mistika Ultima 8K system with the new AJA KONA 5 are aware that deploying this technology puts them at the forefront of production, and that dependable and high performing solutions like the KONA 5 are a must.”

KONA 5 is an eight-lane PCIe 3.0 capture and output card featuring 12G-SDI I/O and HDMI 2.0 output. The card is supported on AJA’s software development kit (SDK) for macOS, Windows and Linux, offering features such as 8K and multi-channel 4K/UHD. KONA 5 is also compatible with creative tools such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X, and Avid Media Composer, via AJA’s macOS and Windows drivers and applications plug-ins. 

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