Sponsored by AJA

Remote production continues to prevail as one of the leading workflow requirements for video professionals in 2021. Teams and facilities that have pivoted and adopted flexible remote tools have endured throughout the many shutdowns, stay-at-home orders and workplace restrictions enacted during COVID-19. Key to implementing efficient remote workflows are versatile, production-proven solutions that support the highest quality 4K/UltraHD content, with professional 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 connectivity to simplify working with high bandwidth audio and video.

Whether producing blockbuster visual effects, editing, color grading or audio mixing, remote creative professionals are tasked with producing high-end content from home workstations. To turn laptops or desktop computers into robust mobile workstations for professional video production, AJA has just introduced T-TAP Pro, a compact and portable Thunderbolt™ 3 connected device that simplifies 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD/SD monitoring and output over 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 on compatible Mac or PC computers. The lightning fast Thunderbolt 3 connection speeds I/O processes, and the 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 connectivity supports the sharing of latency-free, high-bandwidth files – up to 4K/UltraHD – with single-cable simplicity. Extensive compatibility with popular editorial, coloring, audio and VFX applications further simplifies workflows.

For remote teams that require streamlined review processes, feeding T-TAP Pro’s output directly into AJA’s HELO H.264 streaming device enables users to easily live stream from SDI or HDMI sources. Teams dispersed around the globe can tune into the live stream to view editorial timelines, color grading or VFX renders in real-time and provide feedback during live review sessions. HELO can also record incoming signals to high-quality H.264 files on SD cards, network volumes and more.

When remote productions require delivering multi-source, broadcast-grade live streams or managing up to 8K editorial and VFX, AJA’s KONA 5 PCIe I/O card is designed to support the most demanding projects. KONA 5 enables single-cable 4K/UltraHD, HDR and HFR workflows, with the flexibility to ingest and output 12G-SDI and also monitor via an HDMI 2.0 port. For live streams, KONA 5 features compatibility with popular streaming applications and supports real-time live switching between multiple sources up to 4K/UltraHD. KONA 5 also supports popular creative software tools for post-production, including up to 8K monitoring and output for Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer.

For higher end productions that require enterprise-level transcoding and streaming, AJA’s BRIDGE LIVE is a powerful gateway solution that makes it easy to move UltraHD or multi-channel HD video between uncompressed baseband SDI to/from a wide range of streaming and contribution codecs. Sporting a web-browser based UI, BRIDGE LIVE supports a host of protocols and configuration/monitoring options for remote workflows including REST API and SNMP, greatly reducing the need for personnel at live locations by enabling users to control, configure and route signals from anywhere on a network. Dual 10 GigE network ports provide ample bandwidth to move multiple streams of HD or UltraHD, and SRT ensures secure and reliable transport over the public internet.

For basic production needs, AJA’s U-TAP is an affordable tool that enables users to produce professional-grade video streams from a simple camera setup. U-TAP brings professional SDI or HDMI connectivity for high-quality live video input to any laptop or workstation, via a plug and play USB 3.0 connection, with instant compatibility with popular apps including Zoom, Teams, vMix, Wirecast, and many more. Portable, rugged and bus powered, U-TAP’s USB 3.0 connectivity makes the device universally compatible with virtually any laptop or workstation produced in the last number of years.

For more information, visit: www.aja.com

Jon Creamer