AJA unveils ColorBox
Earlier this week, AJA debuted ColorBox, a portable, high-performance device with unprecedented inline algorithmic color transforms and LUT processing capabilities delivering accurate color space conversions for live broadcast, live events, on-set production and postproduction. AJA is showing the solution at its booth at IBC 2022.
ColorBox enables a range of HDR and SDR conversions and allows DITs and colorists to easily load, modify, and save looks, and create reference images for dailies to ensure color accuracy across all production stakeholders and creative vendors.
ColorBox arrives as more productions are standardizing on 4K/UltraHD HDR, with color and LUT management proving essential to creating and achieving looks for live and scripted content. Designed to support a wide range of look management approaches on-set and in live production environments, ColorBox features 12G-SDI in/out and HDMI 2.0 out for up to 4K/UltraHD 60p 10-bit YCbCr 4:2:2 and 30p 12-bit RGB 4:4:4 signal support.
ColorBox includes AJA Color Pipeline =ode with a 33-point 3D LUT processor with tetrahedral LUT interpolation, four built-in user-configurable 1D LUTs, and two 3×3 user-configurable matrices. ColorBox users also benefit from a built-in RGB color corrector and ProcAmp, extensive LUT, matrices and image libraries, powerful capture and recall capabilities, ancillary (ANC) metadata management, and more. All of this is easily controlled via an integrated web browser-based interface.
In total, ColorBox offers five processing Modes:
- AJA Color Pipeline
- ORION-CONVERT (Optional license – watermarked preview)
- BBC HLG LUT (Optional license – watermarked preview)
- NBCU LUT
ColorBox packs ultra low latency, high-density 4K/UltraHD processing into a portable device with a robust feature set of SDR/HDR/WCG color transforms for many applications. Extensive frame capturing features include pre-processed image capture or post-processed output capture for reference stills with overlaid metadata, such as video payload IDs, pipeline configuration, and customizable user text. These frame captures can be saved locally and exported to the configuration PC running the web browser based ColorBox user interface.