Tony Cacciarelli began his masterclass with a presentation on AJA Systems' Ki Pro Quad, and the HD and 4K formats. The presentation looked at the process of working in the 4K format from shooting till editing the video. He said that the move to HD had led to improvements in compression technology.
The Ki Pro Quad can record video directly in a higher resolution. This allows for easier and quicker editing. The work flow is easier allowing for a single cable to carry raw data from the camera to the Ki Pro system. The same work flow applies to HD. "This means you can work in 4K in an affordable way, very fast," said Cacciarelli.
The presentation was followed by a demo of the Ki Pro Quad. The raw footage can go directly to editing without converting it into another format. The 4K resolution doesn’t tax the system as much. Cacciarelli said that the 4K format is still a few years away from being widely employed in the US and the UK. They’re looking at the format being available at home in 2015. Japan is looking to do it in the next year. India is maybe three to four years away, he says. But it is possible to anticipate it and prepare for it, it is possible for systems to benefit from 4K for other formats. Cacciarelli added: “I don’t like it when technology takes over the creative process. Creativity should rather take full-advantage of technology! " The Ki Pro system costs approximately $ 3396.
Ki Pro Quad: a new solid-state portable video recorder capable of capturing high-quality edit-ready files in formats including 4K (4096 x 2160), Quad HD (3840 x 2160), 2K (2048 x 1080), and HD (1920 x 1080), for the fastest path from camera-to-editorial with 10-bit 4:4:4 and 10-bit 4:2:2 color support.
Corvid Ultra: Our highest-end OEM solution, with superior I/O, processing and scaling for complex, multi-format 4K/2K and HD/Dual-link/SD workflows. Corvid Ultra supports high frame rates (48p and 60p), 4K and stereoscopic workflows. It has onboard debayering support and two expansion bays.
TruScale: An arbitrary scaling engine option for the Corvid Ultra that allows high-quality up or down scaling of any raster from tiny web video up to and 4K. TruScale is real-time and keyframeable, allowing motion video to be efficiently resized while maintaining pristine image quality. It also enables many new and exciting workflows including real-time pan-and-scan of 4K to HD.
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