AJA has used the IBC 2012 trade show in Amsterdam to add new accessories to its Ki Pro family of tapeless video recording devices. AJA is introducing a new line of USB 3.0-enabled KiStor drives for Ki Pro and Ki Pro Rack, along with a new KiStor Dock with Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connectivity.
The new KiStor drives use a built-in USB 3.0 connection in place of the previous FireWire connection allowing for faster throughput to the host computer and dramatically reducing transfer times. The new drives will be available in three capacities: 250GB, 500GB and 750GB. The 750GB drive will allow a maximum recording time of nearly 8 hours of 1080p/24 Apple ProRes 422 HQ material with 4 channels of audio or almost 13 hours of Avid DNxHD 145 quality.
The KiStor Dock is an accessory for KiStor drives, which aims to make it simple to mount KiStor drives on Mac or Windows desktops or laptops and transfer files between them at high speed. The Dock uses a SATA connection internally for the KiStor drive modules, allowing compatibility with all KiStor Drives ever made and provides both Thunderbolt and USB .03 connectivity to your computer. Unlike systems that use bare drives, KiStor drives are designed in a custom enclosure that ensures reliability and repeated use in the field.
Version 4.1 firmware for Ki Pro Mini and Ki Pro Rack ha also been announced. The new firmware will add time-lapse recordings for interval record, interval frames and interval time, and also new camera data menu parameter additions for ARRI Alexa cameras, Panasonic AG-AF100 series cameras and the Sony PMW-F3 camera enabling start and stop via ancillary SDI data.
The KiStor Dock will be available soon for US$495 (£309). New KiStor drives will also be available soon for $495 (£309) for the 750GB version, £385 (£240) for the 500GB version and $265 (£165) for the 250GB version.