Supports Apple's new ProRes 422 Format

In a joint venture between Apple and AJA Video Systems, AJA introduces the Io HD-natively supporting Apple’s new ProRes 422 format announced at the start of NAB.

AJA’s Io HD allows 10-bit, 4:2:2 full-resolution HD editing on the MacBook Pro and Mac Pro via its FireWire 800 (IEEE-1394) interface. The portable device, wrapped nicely in a sleek design with an easy-to-carry handle, includes up-, down-, and cross-conversion, all at 10-bit hardware-based quality and is designed for Apple's new Final Cut Pro 6 for professional editing, and other QuickTime applications on Mac OS X for graphics, audio and digital content creation.

Io HD supports both Apple ProRes 422 and ProRes 422 HQ, in 720 and 1080 HD-capture (compression) and playback (decompression) are all handled directly in the Io HD.

Running on a new AJA-built driver, similar to the KONA driver, Io HD offers SD/HD analog inputs and outputs, SD/HD digital I/O including HD-SDI and HDMI, as well as RS-422, Genlock, Balanced analog and AES audio, and LTC time code connections.

According to AJA, Io HD will be available by the end of July of 2007 for $3,495.