AJA KONA® 5
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Take command of the most challenging projects using the immense power of the newest member of the KONA product line. KONA 5 is AJA’s blazingly fast, 8-lane PCIe 3.0 I/O card, designed for today’s most demanding video and audio workflows.
Whether you are working with HFR 8K/UltraHD2, 4K/UltraHD, 2K/HD, SD, Deep Color and/or HDR, experience the quality and peace of mind that KONA 5 brings to your world. Supporting 10-bit 4:2:2 and 4:4:4, or even 12-bit* colour spaces for pristine imagery, KONA 5 allows the flexibility to ingest and output with 12G/6G/3G-SDI and monitor with a full-size HDMI 2.0 port. The bidirectional 12G-SDI ports provide immense flexibility for capture and simultaneous pass through, and with the appropriate software, multi-channel capture and streaming.
For HDR workflows, KONA 5 supports HDR10 and HLG* for rich colour delivery over HDMI 2.0.
KONA 5 has the power for the work you do today and into the future.
• Supports 8K/UltraHD2/4K/UltraHD/2K/HD/SD ingest and output at frame rates up to 50/60 fps
• Supports RGB 4:4:4 and YCbCr 4:2:2 workflows
• 10-bit 4K/UltraHD and 2K/Dual-Link/HD/SD input and output
• 12-bit colour support (application dependent)
• HDMI 2.0 output (4K/UltraHD HFR 4:2:2 10-bit)
• HDR10 support – HDR Infoframe metadata, in accordance with
• HDMI 2.0a/CTA-861.3
• HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) support
• 8-Ch AES/EBU, 8-Ch embedded HDMI, and 16-Ch embedded SDI digital audio I/O
• Reference Input on the card (Analog black burst or Tri-level)
• Extend external connectivity with included breakout cable
• RS-422 support on 9-pin connector
• macOS, Windows and Linux support
• Free AJA Control Room and AJA Control Panel software to get you up and running with up to 8K HFR workflows right out of the box.
Professional Connectivity: 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0
KONA 5 boasts 4x bidirectional 12G-SDI spigots and a Reference Input directly on the card bracket. The 4x HDBNC SDI connections can be used in a wide variety of configurations to support your creative needs; use four cables simultaneously to support either 8K/UltraHD2 (via 4x 12G-SDI) or 4K/UltraHD (via 3G-SDI), alternatively use a single cable for input and a single cable for simultaneous pass-through/output for either 4K/UltraHD (via 1x 12G-, or 6G-SDI) or HD/2K (via 1x 3G-SDI, or even single/dual-link 1.5G-SDI).
A full-sized HDMI 2.0 connection offers monitoring and output, with HDR, Deep Color and HFR support. Across the board, KONA 5 is the professionals choice for post, broadcast, graphics, virtual sets, pre-viz, live compositing and more.
KONA 5 ships with an included breakout cable that offers extensive connectivity for AES, RS-422 control support and Reference:
• 8-Channels of AES/EBU (BNC) In
• 8-Channels of AES/EBU (BNC) Out
• RS-422 9-pin connector for control
• LTC In and Out
KONA 5 also ships with 5x HDBNC to full-size BNC “pigtails” to ensure out-of-the-box compatibility with your SDI infrastructure.
Apple Mac Pro Compatible
AJA offers full compatibility for the new Apple Mac Pro, including support for AJA Control Room with Metal compatibility as well as extensive support for a range of applications. For productions handling high-resolution workflows all the way up to 8K, KONA 5* is a perfect companion for the new desktop offering multi-channel 4K and 8K support.
*Special Note for ordering KONA 5 for use with a Mac Pro 2019
There are two choices:
(1) PN: KONA-5-R0-S01 will use PCIe slot power in Mac Pro 2019, but this KONA model should not be used in any other Mac or PC host system.
(2) PN KONA-5-R0 uses ATX power, and so can be used in other relevant Mac or PC host systems. However, a 3rd party ATX cable kit for the Mac Pro 2019 will be required
There are no caveats for other KONA or Io products.
HDR (High Dynamic Range) provides the ability to display a wider and richer range of colours, much brighter whites, and much deeper, darker blacks than standard signals allow. This gives your imagery a more ‘dynamic’ look and allows for natural true to life colours to be communicated to your audience.
KONA 5 delivers robust HDR compatibility to HDMI displays with support for HLG and HDR10 with HDR Infoframe metadata, in accordance with HDMI2.0a/CTA-861.3 and HD.
And, using AJA Control Panel and AJA Control Room, (free software provided for capture and playback along with the AJA Desktop Software package) you can get to work right away with HDR ingest, pass through and monitoring.
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KONA 5 can be locked to an external reference for integration into larger productions, or feed LTC in and out to ensure footage captured with KONA 5 has the proper timecode.
A 9-pin RS-422 port on the included breakout cable allows control of a range of external devices for frame-accurate captures and layoffs.
AR support with Unreal Engine 4.22
Capture real-time footage with KONA 5 over SDI from high-quality cameras, meld your footage with your virtual environment created by the Unreal Engine and send it back out in real-time to air – a growing need for broadcasters, augmented reality (AR) needs and more.
Digital filmmakers also benefit with these new workflows: On set, enhance your live-action VFX work with the ability to see a full composite live during the course of the shoot. This results in fewer reshoots, the ability for actors to understand the virtual environment they are working within for stronger performances and ultimately leads to a range of efficiencies and cost savings with the added benefit of a smoother transition into post-production.
The built-in hardware downstream keyer allows graphics and images up to 4K/UltraHD to be easily overlaid on the input video in realtime.
KONA 5 supports macOS, Windows and Linux, providing incredible 4K
and multi-channel power for a wide range of creative applications
AJA’s technical support is recognized as among the best in the industry and is available to all AJA customers. If you need assistance with any aspect of your KONA installation, configuration, operation or encounter any technical issue, AJA Support will work with you to get up and running.
KONA products are covered by a generous three-year warranty. Please see the individual Product’s Manual for additional specifics around warranty conditions for the product itself.