AJA Video Systems unveils HEVC encoding card, 4K upconverter

AJA Video Systems announced Corvid HEVC, a 4K and multi-channel HEVC encoding card, as the latest addition to AJA’s Developer Program. Upon launch, Cisco, a developer partner of AJA’s, will be demonstrating the integration of Corvid HEVC into the Cisco UCS rack-based server at IBC.
Corvid HEVC is a PCIe 2.0 8-lane video encoder card providing real time, low-latency HEVC encoding at 4K, 1080p HD and lower resolutions. Development partners can use AJA’s powerful SDK to integrate Corvid HEVC directly into their Windows and Linux applications using a flexible API for a variety of use cases. In addition to HEVC encoding, audio and metadata are also captured and included in the encoded file.

Key Features:

Realtime 4K/UHD/HD HEVC hardware-based encoding
PCIe 2.0 8-lane full-height card
Low power consumption
Supports HEVC Main and Main10 profiles
Supports 4:2:0 and 4:2:2 at 8- or 10-bits
Supports bit rates for streaming and contribution quality
Supported HEVC streams:
Single 4K/UHD stream up to 60 fps
As many as 4 streams at 1080p HD up to 60 fps
4x 3G-SDI inputs
1x LTC input
16-channel embedded audio support per stream
ANC data support
Supports file-to-file encoding
Built on AJA’s powerful cross-platform NTV2 SDK for Windows and Linux
AJA’s extensive Developer Program partner support

“Corvid HEVC integrates the latest 4K/UHD workflow technologies developed at AJA into an incredibly robust PCIe card that our developer partners have been asking for,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “For everything from 4K/UHD, to independent, multi-channel or file-to-file encoding, Corvid HEVC delivers real-time, low-latency, reliable performance under the hood.”

AJA Video Systems also debuted FS3, the newest product in the company’s line of FS professional frame synchronizers.

The new FS3 combines AJA’s frame synchronization with high-quality 4K up-conversion technology to seamlessly integrate SD and HD signals into 4K workflows.  AJA’s adaptive scaling algorithms, paired with our well-known conversion technology ensures your up-converted images will have the maximum quality possible. Input SD or HD resolution SDI via BNC or Fiber and send up-converted 4K/UHD to multiple BNC and Fiber outputs simultaneously. The FS3 can also operate as an SD or HD frame synchronizer.

FS3 also includes the industry-proven features included in AJA frame synchronizers such as RGB color correction, region of interest scaling, extensive audio controls and routing, web UI control, GPI triggers and more.

“We’ve seen our existing FS products—the FS1, FS1-X and FS2 at the heart of hundreds of broadcast facilities, post houses and mobile trucks,” says Rashby. “These products are true workhorses, incredibly reliable and can handle pretty much anything you throw at them—with FS3 we’re excited to introduce an easy way to integrate SD and HD signals into 4K workflows. It’s the bridge to 4K and UHD users have been looking for.”
Products in the AJA FS family are often referred to as the ‘swiss army knife’ of professional video workflow tools for their unprecedented levels of support, and the FS3 is no exception. The FS3 can up-convert almost any input HD or SD format to 4K/UHD up to and including 60p. 4K/UHD outputs can be 4x 3Gb SDI (level A or B), 2x 3Gb SDI (level B) or 4x 1.5Gb SDI. Inputs or outputs can be Fiber with optional SFPs.

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