AJA ColorBox In-line HDR/SDR Algorithmic and LUT Colour Transforms - COLORBOX-R0

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AJA offers a broad range of products to assist in your colour workflow needs. From mobile, compact devices like ColorBox offer a versatile way to add LUT based in-line transforms to the HDR Image Analyzer 12G which delivers a comprehensive array of tools for the effective analysis of the latest 4K/UltraHD HDR standards, over a single cable with 12G-SDI, there’s an AJA colour workflow tool for a wide range of production environments.

AJA ColorBox In-line HDR/SDR Algorithmic and LUT Colour Transforms

FEATURES

12-bit 4:4:4 12G-SDI I/O for up to 4K/UltraHD HDR/WCG 30p
10-bit 4:2:2 12G-SDI I/O for up to 4K/UltraHD HDR/WCG 60p
12-bit 4:4:4 HDMI 2.0 output for up to 4K/UltraHD HDR/WCG 30p
10-bit 4:2:2 HDMI 2.0 output for up to 4K/UltraHD HDR/WCG 60p
Ultra-low latency, less than ½ a video line
Extensive AJA Color Pipeline built around the 33pt. 3D LUT processor with tetrahedral interpolation
7x nodes plus Overlay
1x 3D LUT processor, user configurable as 3D LUT or Dynamic
4x 1D LUT processors, user-configurable as 1D LUT, Dynamic, or Color Corrector
2x 3x3 Matrix processors, user-configurable as 3x3 Matrix, Dynamic, or ProcAmp
Supports industry standard file types, no conversion to the proprietary format required
Configurable Colorspace, Range, and Transfer Characteristic
Full frame LUT processing
Five Color Processing Pipelines
AJA Color
Colorfront Mode
ORION-CONVERT Mode (Licensable option)
BBC HLG LUT Mode (Licensable option)
NBCU LUTs
Video Preview in web user interface for confidence monitoring
Built-in Frame Store
Up to 4K/UltraHD frame capture and recall
Capture pre or post-processed images
Test Pattern up to 4K/UltraHD, 9x test patterns built-in
Overlay information on output
User Text
Input and Output signal information
Pipeline Configuration
The overlay can be captured with an image for future reference
Onboard library for file management
16x 1D LUTs
16x 3D LUTs
16x 3x3 Matrices
16x Images
ANC metadata pass-through
Embedded audio pass-through, SDI 16-ch. and HDMI 8-ch.
User-defined text fields that can be overlaid on the image
Preset Management, 10 per Pipeline plus Startup Preset
ANC metadata pass-through
Embedded audio pass-through, SDI 16-ch. and HDMI 8-ch.
Compact; 4 units can fit in just 1RU
Ultra quiet fan operation
Lightweight
Robust locking 4-pin mini-XLR power connector, DC power
On/Off button so you can save power when not in use
Select the button used to bypass video processing
Extensive API for 3rd party control integrations
Embedded web server for remote control
Configure IP Address via USB port and supplied AJA eMini-Setup software for PC/Mac
Three-year warranty

ColorBox from AJA is a compact, high-performance converter for colour-managed workflows designed to specifically meet the conversion needs of broadcast, live events, and on-set applications. Supporting Standard Dynamic Range (SDR), High Dynamic Range (HDR), and Wide Color Gamut (WCG) signals, it utilizes 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 for single wire 4K/UltraHD HDR up to 4:2:2 10-bit 60p or 4:4:4 12-bit 30p with a unique colour processing pipeline.

Built around the 33-point 3D LUT processor with tetrahedral interpolation, AJA Color Pipeline provides additional 4x 1D LUTs and 2x 3x3 matrices that are each individually configurable even as Proc Amps or RGB Color Correctors. Easily manage colour processing options via the web user interface which can be accessed directly from a wired Ethernet connection or through a wireless connection via a third-party WiFi USB adapter.

ColorBox includes processing pipeline modes from Colorfront and NBCU LUTs, as well as a powerful AJA Color Pipeline. ColorBox also expands its capabilities by offering licensable upgrade options for advanced colour-managed workflows, including BBC HLG LUTs and the all-new ORION-CONVERT engine. ORION-CONVERT’s unique real-time floating point math approach to colour transforms produces higher precision results to get “access to the colours between the colours.” This enables pixel-perfect colour transforms and round tripping where maintaining colours is paramount.

ColorBox also offers a sophisticated test pattern generator and frame store, bringing useful tools to your workflow, including the ability to capture up to a 4K image as a 16-bit .tiff file for the highest quality reference stills. ColorBox can even overlay information onto the image, including helpful user-definable text fields. These images can be saved locally on ColorBox or onto a third-party connected PC running an application like Pomfort’s Livegrade Pro/Studio and Assimilate Live Looks.

SPECIFICATIONS

HDR/WCG Real Time Processor

  • HDR Conversions
    • HDR to HDR
    • HDR to SDR
    • SDR to HDR
  • Colorimetry
    • BT.709 and BT.2020
 

Video Formats

  • (4K) 4096x2160p
  • (UltraHD) 3840x2160p
  • (2K) 2048x1080p
  • (HD) 1920x1080p
  • (HD) 1920x1080i
  • (HD) 1280x720p
 

Color Processing Pipeline

  • Processes in 12-bit RGB
  • 5x pipelines; AJA Color, Colorfront, ORION-CONVERT, BBC HLG LUTs, NBCU LUTs
  • 7x processing nodes plus Overlay in AJA Color; 4x 1-D LUTs, 2x 3x3 Matrices, 1x 3-D LUT
 

AJA Color Pipeline (ACP)

  • 7x nodes in order of processing:
    • 1D LUT, 3x3 Matrix, 1-D LUT, 3-D LUT, 1-D LUT, 3x3 Matrix, 1-D LUT, Overlay
  • Supports 10 and 12-bit 1-D LUTs 
  • Supports custom 33 point .LUT and .CUBE format 3-D LUTs*
  • Supports custom .LUT format 1-D LUTs
  • Supports custom .SPIMTX format matrices
  • Tetrahedral 3-D LUT interpolation 
  • 3-D LUT configurable as LUT or Dynamic
  • 1-D LUTs configurable as LUT, Dynamic, or Color Corrector
  • 3x3 Matrix configurable as Matrix, Dynamic, or Proc Amp
  • Configurable Color Space, Range, and Transfer Characteristic 
  • Nonvolatile storage of 16x 3-D LUTs, 16x 1-D LUTs, and 16x 3x3 Matrices

 

*Various 3-D LUT sizes are supported, but will be converted to 33 point for processing

 

Dynamic LUT Processing

  • Supports third party apps for automatic loading and display of 3-D LUTs
  • Reflects dynamic changes in real time from source software
  • Full frame LUT processing
  • Supported by
    • Pomfort Livegrade Pro and Studio
    • Assimilate Live Looks and Live Assist
 

Colorfront Pipeline

  • Processing Based on Human Perception Model
  • Perceptually optimized color volume remapping
  • Preserves the original creative intent
  • Input Video Dynamic Range/Color Gamut
    • SDR BT.709
    • PQ BT.2020
    • HLG BT.2100
  • Output Video Dynamic Range/Color Gamut
    • SDR BT.709
    • PQ BT.2020
    • HLG BT.2100
 

ORION-CONVERT Pipeline

  • Conversion algorithm that uses floating point math
  • Pre and post transform Knee and Amount controls
  • Display-Light and Scene-Light Modes
  • Configurable HDR and SDR IRE Reference anchor points
  • Configurable HDR Peak Nits sets system gamma for display light conversions
  • Configurable Output Clamping
  • Input Video Dynamic Range/Color Gamut
    • SDR BT.709
    • PQ BT.2020
    • HLG BT.2100
  • Output Video Dynamic Range/Color Gamut
    • SDR BT.709
    • PQ BT.2020
    • HLG BT.2100
 

BBC HLG LUTs Pipeline

  • Mathematical dynamic range mapping per ITU-R BT.2408    
    • SDR/BT.709 Scene Referred to HLG/BT.2100 v1.5
    • SDR/BT.709 Scene Referred to HLG/BT.2100 Strict v1.5
    • SDR/BT.709 Scene Referred UpMap to HLG/BT.2100 v1.5
    • SDR/BT.709 Scene Referred UpMap to HLG/BT.2100 Strict v1.5
    • SDR/BT.709 Display Referred to HLG/BT.2100 v.1.5
    • SDR/BT.709 Display Referred UpMap to HLG/BT.2100 v1.5
    • SDR/BT.2020 Display Referred to HLG/BT.2100 v1.5
    • SDR/BT.2020 Display Referred UpMap to HLG/BT.2100 v1.5
    • PQ 1000 Nits Display Referred to HLG/BT.2100 v1.5
    • PQ 4000 Nits Display Referred to HLG/BT.2100 v1.5
    • S-Log3/BT.2020 100% Scene Referred to HLG/BT.2100 v1.5
    • S-Log3/BT.2020 200% Scene Referred(SR-Live) to HLG/BT.2100 v1.5
    • HLG/BT.2100 to SDR/BT.709 Scene Referred v1.5
    • HLG/BT.2100 to SDR/BT.709 Scene Referred Strict v1.5
    • HLG/BT.2100 to SDR/BT.709 Display Referred v1.5
    • HLG/BT.2100 to SDR/BT.709 Display Referred Super White v1.5
    • HLG/BT.2100 to PQ 1000 Nits Display Referred v1.5
  • RGB Color Corrector and ProcAmp 
 

NBCU LUTs Pipeline

  • NBCU LUTs developed by NBCUniversal Media, LLC
    • 1-NBCU_SDR2HLG_DL_v1, SDR UpMap to HLG using Display Light v1.0
    • 2-NBCU_SDR2HLG_SL_v1, SDR to HLG using Scene Light v1.0
    • 3-NBCU_HLG2SDR_DL_v1.1, HLG to SDR using Display Light v1.1
    • 4-NBCU_SDR2PQ_DL_v1, SDR UpMap to PQ using Display Light v1.0
    • 5-NBCU_PQ2SDR_DL_v1, PQ to SDR using Display Light v1.0
    • 7-NBCU_HLG10002PQ_v1, HLG 1000 Nits to PQ v1.0
  • RGB Color Corrector and ProcAmp
 

Video Input and Output SDI

  • 1x 12G-SDI Input BNC, SMPTE-292/424/2081/2082
  • 2x 12G-SDI Output BNCs, SMPTE-292/424/2081/2082
  • YCbCr 4:2:2/4:4:4
  • RGB 4:4:4, SMPTE or Full level
  • 10 or 12-bit
  • 1x 12G-SDI
    • (4K) 4096x2160p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 47.95, 48, 50, 59.94, 60
    • (UltraHD) 3840x2160p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60
  • 1x 6G-SDI 
    • (4K) 4096x2160p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30
    • (UltraHD) 3840x2160p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30
  • 1x 3G-SDI (Level A or B-Dual Link)
    • (2K) 2048x1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 47.95, 48, 50
    • (2K) 2048x1080PsF 23.98, 24, 25
    • (HD) 1920x1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60
    • (HD) 1920x1080PsF 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30
    • (HD) 1920x1080i 50, 59.94, 60
    • (HD) 1280x720p 50, 59.94, 60
  • 1x 1.5G-SDI
    • (2K) 2048x1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30
    • (2K) 2048x1080PsF 23.98, 24, 25
    • (HD) 1920x1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30
    • (HD) 1920x1080PsF 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30
    • (HD) 1920x1080i 50, 59.94, 60
    • (HD) 1280x720p 50, 59.94, 60

 

Note: Raster and Frame Rate Dependent, please see ColorBox Video Formats in Documents and Manual

 

Video Output HDMI

  • 1x HDMI Type A connector*, HDMI v2.0b
  • HDR infoframe generation with pass-through for Colorimetry and Transfer Characteristic
  • YCbCr 4:2:2
  • RGB 4:4:4, SMPTE or Full level
  • 8, 10, or 12-bit (HFR 4K/UltraHD 4:4:4 limited to 8-bit)                
  • 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD

 

*If a connected monitor doesn’t support HDMI protocol the unit automatically switches to DVI protocol (which does not pass audio)
Note: Raster and Frame Rate Dependent, please see ColorBox Video Formats in Documents and Manual

 

Video Processing

  • Nominal video delay is less than 1/2 video line
  • Motion adaptive deinterlacer
  • Proc Amp controls
  • Color corrector
  • Legalizer
 

Frame Store

  • Capture and Recall up to 4K/UltraHD 16-bit .TIFF
  • Capture and Recall .TIFF, .PNG, .JPEG
  • Capture input or output
  • Nonvolatile storage of 16 images
 

Test Pattern Generator

  • 10 or 12-bit
  • 9x patterns built-in
  • SDR and HDR test patterns
 

Ancillary Data

  • All embedded ANC packets pass-through, including camera ancillary data
  • Overlay ancillary data on image
 

Audio Input Digital

  • SDI embedded audio, 24-bit, 16-channel
 

Audio Output Digital

  • SDI embedded audio, 24-bit, 16-channel
  • HDMI embedded audio, 24-bit, 8-channel
 

Network Interface

  • 1x RJ-45, 10/100/1000 Ethernet
  • Embedded web server for remote control
  • REST Interface
  • WiFi control available via 3rd party WiFi USB adapter*

 

*Lynksys AC1200 and Netgear AC1900

 

USB Interface

  • 1x Mini-USB for IP configuration using AJA eMini-Setup
 

Presets

  • 10 Pipeline Presets per mode (AJA Color, Colorfront, ORION-CONVERT, BBC HLG LUTs, NBCU LUTs)
  • Startup Preset
 

Size (w x d x h)

  • 4.10" x 7.54" x 1.66" (104.1 x 191.6 x 42.1 mm)
 

Weight

  • 1.0 lb (0.5 kg)
 

Power

  • External power supply required
  • Enclosure: 10-18VDC regulated, 4-pin mini-XLR, 16W typical 3G-SDI, 21W typical 12G-SDI, 25W max.
  • AC Adapter, included: 100-240VAC, 50/60 Hz, universal input, 60W
  • Optional spare AC adapter sold separately, AJA-PWR-12-60W
 

Environment

  • Safe Operating Temperature: 0 to 50 C (32 to 122 F)
  • Safe Storage Temperature (Power OFF): -40 to 60 C (-40 to 140 F)
  • Operating Relative Humidity: 10-90% noncondensing
  • Operating Altitude: <3,000 meters (<10,000 feet)

HARDWARE
ColorBox features an elegant design, with the front panel offering:

USB OTG (on-the-go) port, configure initial IP address or connect 3rd party WiFi adapter
Select Button, manually bypass video processing
Power Button, save power when not in use
SDI Lock LED, indicates lock to supported SDI input format
Status LED indicates various ColorBox states
The rear provides:

12G-SDI Input
12G-SDI loop through output
12G-SDI Output
HDMI 2.0 Output
4-pin mini-XLR power
1GigE Ethernet port
The ultra-quiet fan and properly positioned vents draw cool air through the front of the unit and exhaust warm air out of the back.

Integration Across Broad Applications
ColorBox offers key applications for modern workflows, including:

4K/UltraHD SDR and HDR pipelines for live television and concert production. OB trucks and other live event infrastructure can easily use ColorBox to convert SDR signals to HDR and HDR to other delivery formats. The licensable ORION-CONVERT and BBC HLG LUTs options as well as the free built-in Colorfront transforms and NBCU LUTs provide all the necessary tools to manage HDR workflows. For hardware-based control, SKAARHOJ and CyanView have integrated native control of ColorBox into their control panels.
On-set look management and colour grading for DITs or anyone in charge of ensuring that the content captured on set will meet the needs of the Cinematographer, Director of Photography, colourist, costume and lighting designers, and editors on the production. A DIT can easily manage workflows to load multiple looks, make adjustments as needed and save reference images (up to 4K) for dailies, postproduction, and later use. Pomfort’s Livegrade Pro and Studio and Assimilate Live Looks and Live Assist integrate easily, offering native control of ColorBox in real-time. The unique full frame processing capability of ColorBox eliminates partial frame LUT processing.
Monitor Calibration. Wherever the highest quality display calibration is required for a production studio, rental house, production or post-production facility, ColorBox can help. ColorBox features an extensive API that allows 3rd parties to control the ColorBox Frame Store and its ability to output 12-bit RGB test patches for high-quality monitor calibration applications.

Compact Form Factor
ColorBox is just 4in. x 7.5in., requiring a small footprint on your desktop or you can rack mount up to four ColorBox devices in just 1RU for easy addition to both production and post installations, in DIT carts, fly away kits, and equipment racks. It is also lightweight at just 1 lb. making it perfect for DIT and mobile applications.

Pipelines
ColorBox comes with a range of Pipelines to choose from. Select any particular Pipeline for your production needs. Some Pipelines are designed specifically for live broadcast or live event needs. Others, like the AJA Color Pipeline, offer great flexibility for more control over each step of a transform for any application. Pipelines like BBC HLG LUTs or ORION-CONVERT will display a watermark over the image until a license is applied to offer you the ability to evaluate the colour science before purchasing the optional license. ColorBox offers unique image processing capabilities with an unrivalled array of options for a device of its type with full 12-bit 4:4:4 up to 4K 30p and 10-bit 4:2:2 up to 4K 60p. Full bypass nodes are also offered for both 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 out, for quick comparisons.

These are the five Pipelines available:

AJA Color
Colorfront
ORION-CONVERT (requires License to remove watermark)
BBC HLG LUTs (requires License to remove watermark)
NBCU LUTs

Powerful AJA Color Pipeline (ACP)
AJA Color Pipeline provides users with the most advanced colour management tools available for a device of its type. With 7 nodes of real-time processing plus Overlay, the pipeline offers capabilities only seen in software-based colour correction applications. These nodes give you full control over colourspace, video level, and dynamic range conversion to get the most out of your colour-managed workflow. Dynamic nodes are controllable by 3rd party applications.

7 processing nodes plus Overlay
Pipeline processes in 12-bit RGB
1x 3D LUT, user configurable as 3D LUT or Dynamic
33pt. 3D LUT processor with tetrahedral interpolation
4x 1D LUT, user configurable as 1D LUT, Dynamic, or Color Corrector
Supports 10 or 12-bit 1D LUTs
2x 3x3 Matrices, user configurable as 3x3 Matrix, Dynamic, or Proc Amp
Supports industry standard file types, no conversion to the proprietary format required
Configurable Colorspace, Range, and Transfer Characteristic
Full frame LUT processing
Full bypass node for 12G-SDI and HDMI
This toolset enables workflows to be set up and easily replicated utilizing ColorBox preset import and export capabilities.

33pt 3D LUT Processor with Tetrahedral Interpolation
This primary 33pt 3D LUT uses tetrahedral interpolation for the highest accuracy conversion. 3D LUTs provide full volumetric non-linear colour adjustment and a 33pt 3D LUT is a requirement for HDR workflows. Very useful for calibration purposes as the controls can respond to all possible calibration errors. Similarly, high-end movie and television productions depend on 3D LUT processing for look generation, distribution, and management. When set to Dynamic, the 3D LUT is fully controllable through 3rd party software like Pomfort’s Livegrade and Assimilate Live Looks.

1D LUTs
Flexibility is key in production and post, with four 1D LUTs it is easy to manage your colour processing pipeline to get the best possible image. 1D LUTs are commonly used as “shaper LUTs” wrapping around the 3D LUT. The front shaper 1D LUT allows you to map perceptually significant values, typically the darker part of the colour space, to use more of the 3D LUT transform data set resulting in the more effective use of the 3D LUT to produce a better image. The backside shaper 1D LUT is usually the inverse of the front, mapping pixel values into the original dynamic range. 1D LUTs can also be effectively used as log-to-linear and linear-to-log transforms. In the AJA Color Pipeline, 1D LUTs can even be set up as RGB Color Correctors for colour correcting a source before 3D LUT processing, this is a common workflow in live production applications.

3x3 Matrices
ColorBox’s two 3x3 Matrices provide the operator with a means to perform different colour processing tasks outside of a LUT using their 3x3 matrix files. 3x3 Matrices are commonly used for colourspace conversion, for example between RGB and XYZ or YUV, BT. 709 and BT. 2020, or other colour spaces with different primaries. A 3x3 Matrix can be used to colour balance a signal if the white balance is off. They can also be used for look creation such as film emulation. In the AJA Color Pipeline, 3x3 Matrices can even be set up as Proc Amps for adjusting a signal’s Gain, Black level, Hue, and Saturation before 3D LUT processing, this is a common workflow in live production applications.

Colorfront Pipeline
First popularized by AJA’s FS-HDR, the ColorBox HDR/WCG capabilities leverage video and colour space processing algorithms within the Colorfront Engine, especially licensed by AJA from Colorfront, and developed by Colorfront’s CTO Bill Feightner and Lead Engineer Tamas Perlaki. Colorfront offers a colour processing pipeline with set and forgets SDR and HDR transforms designed for use wherever HDR productions are performed. It includes:

Built-in SDR, HLG, and PQ transforms
Optimized transforms designed for broadcast
Maintains perceptual integrity
Full bypass node for 12G-SDI and HDMI
Support for ITU BT.2408-0, Operational Practices in HDR Television Production

NBCU LUTs Pipeline
NBCU LUTs, developed by NBCUniversal Media, LLC in collaboration with Cromorama, enable a workflow for single-master live production of simultaneous HDR and SDR content. Designed for television broadcasters, NBCU LUTs include SDR, HLG and PQ LUTs that maximize the dynamic range and colour volume in HDR, without compromising core SDR broadcasts.

Imperceptible round-tripping of SDR BT.709
Conversions are designed with a knee that is natural with latitude for live video shading
Scene-light and Display-light conversions
SDR, HLG, and PQ conversions
Utilizes 33-point Tetrahedral 3D LUT Interpolation
Proc Amp and Color Corrector
Full bypass node for 12G-SDI and HDMI
Support for ITU BT.2408-0, Operational Practices in HDR Television Production

NBCU LUT Conversions

1-NBCU_SDR2HLG_DL_v1, SDR UpMap to HLG using Display Light
2-NBCU_SDR2HLG_SL_v1, SDR to HLG using Scene Light
3-NBCU_HLG2SDR_DL_v1.1, HLG to SDR using Display Light
4-NBCU_SDR2PQ_DL_v1, SDR UpMap to PQ using Display Light
5-NBCU_PQ2SDR_DL_v1, PQ to SDR using Display Light
7-NBCU_HLG10002PQ_v1, HLG 1000 Nits to PQ
This toolset enables HDR workflows to be set up and easily replicated utilizing ColorBox preset import and export capabilities.

Licensable Options
ColorBox offers several ways to further enhance your workflows with SDR/HDR WCG transforms from key third-party developers and broadcasters. Paying only for what you need makes ColorBox very cost-effective.

ORION-CONVERT Pipeline
ORION-CONVERT brings the power of Cromorama colour science to real-time hardware-based conversion. This same colour science is responsible for the Emmy nominated and IBC 2021 Special Award-winning NBCU LUT-based HDR-SDR broadcast workflows, as well as UEFA Euro 2020, Tokyo 2020 Olympics, FIFA 2021 Arab Cup, Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, and the upcoming FIFA 2022 Qatar World Cup amongst others.

ORION-CONVERT offers the necessary tools for broadcasters to create and deliver the HDR and SDR content consumers expect from a single master HDR workflow by providing critical controls required to set up the right conversion for your production. By being able to set the HDR and SDR reference anchor points in an HDR to SDR conversion, you can target an SDR program output that suits your market's SDR display needs. You can target 200 nits SDR resulting in a much more representative image for the camera shader and a more vibrant HDR image for the viewer at home or target a perceptual match at 100 nits SDR. Also, in an HDR to SDR conversion, the unique 2-stage knee offers a pre-conversion compression in HDR only and a post-conversion compression in SDR only providing very effective roll-off management control. This is a licensable upgrade and includes:

Conversions utilizing floating point math for higher precision results
SDR, HLG, and PQ transforms
Scene-light and Display-light modes
2 stage Knee adjustment for pre and post-conversion compression or expansion
Compression amount control in HDR to SDR conversions
Expansion amount control in SDR to HDR conversions
Configurable SDR and HDR reference anchor points
HDR Peak Nit sets the system gamma for display light conversions
Easy to configure pixel-perfect round-tripping
Clamping options
Full bypass node for 12G-SDI and HDMI
Support for ITU BT.2408-0, Operational Practices in HDR Television Production
This toolset enables HDR workflows to be set up and easily replicated utilizing ColorBox preset import and export capabilities.

BBC HLG LUT Pipeline
BBC HLG LUTs Pipeline offers additional functionality that adds field-proven HDR conversion options, particularly for television broadcasters who are looking for specific conversion criteria. This model provides an RGB Color Corrector and Proc Amp to colour-correct the signal before conversion. This is a licensable option and includes:

SDR, PQ, and S-Log3 to HLG
HLG to SDR and PQ
Scene-light and Display-light conversions
Utilizes 33-point Tetrahedral 3D LUT Interpolation
Proc Amp and Color Corrector
Full bypass node for 12G-SDI and HDMI
Support for mathematical HLG HDR dynamic range mapping per ITU BT.2408
BBC HLG LUT Conversions

SDR Scene Referred (SR) to HLG
SDR Scene Referred (SR) to HLG Strict
SDR Scene Referred (SR) UpMap to HLG
SDR Scene Referred (SR) UpMap to HLG Strict
SDR Display Referred (DR) to HLG
SDR Display Referred (DR) UpMap to HLG
SDR BT.2020 Display Referred (DR) to HLG
SDR BT.2020 Display Referred (SR) UpMap to HLG
PQ 1000 Nits Display Referred (DR) to HLG
PQ 4000 Nits Display Referred (DR) to HLG
S-Log3 100% Scene Referred (SR) to HLG
S-Log3 200% Scene Referred (SR Live) to HLG
HLG to SDR Scene Referred (SR)
HLG to SDR Scene Referred (SR) Strict
HLG to SDR Display Referred (DR)
HLG to SDR Display Referred (DR) Super White
HLG to PQ 1000 Nits Display Referred (DR)
This toolset enables HDR workflows to be set up and easily replicated utilizing ColorBox preset import and export capabilities.

Ultra-low Latency
ColorBox processing takes no time at all. With total latency of less than ½ of a video line, a live signal can be processed and output in real-time to meet the critical + - ½ line input timing requirement of most production switchers. This also reduces lip sync issues in live event productions where every frame counts and anywhere low latency video processing is required. Applications span from IMAG to LED Volumes to in-camera VFX and everywhere in between.

4K/UltraHD Frame Capture and Recall
Unique to a device in its class, ColorBox has incredible frame capture and recall up to 4K/UltraHD 16-bit .tiff files allowing you to capture pre or post-processed reference images. Multiple use cases are possible, from VFX composite checks, to look at comparisons between takes to ensure consistency, and general reference image capture, recall and import/export to validate the colour processing pipeline. Frames can be stored locally on ColorBox for easy access or saved directly to a computer running 3rd party software like Livegrade and Assimilate. Capture or recall up to 16 full-resolution images locally with an option to include the Overlay if needed. If the resolution of the image doesn’t match your target format, Colorbox can even scale it to fit.

Test Pattern Generator
ColorBox can also output standard test patterns, without the need for an active input. ColorBox test patterns can be used in any number of scenarios where a test signal is needed rather than a source signal. The test patterns are configurable to output a wide range of video formats and frame rates.

RGB Color Correction and Proc Amp
In AJA Color Pipeline, the 1D LUTs can be configured as an RGB Color Corrector and the 3x3 matrices as a Proc Amp. This allows for source colour correction and image control before or after performing a 3D LUT transform ensuring the best possible conversion. BBC HLG LUTs and NBCU LUTs pipelines also offer an RGB Color Corrector and Proc Amp before 3D LUT processing.

Advanced ANC Metadata Management and Overlay
ColorBox offers several important features from overlaying selected metadata and user data on the video for live use, capturing or embedding in the .tiff file for later use, or just passing ANC metadata to the next device. By storing the ANC data one can quickly come back to and recall the exact camera settings, pipeline configuration etc. that created an image. ColorBox also offers a customizable user field that is great for overlaying any information on an image needed to be conveyed to an observer such as camera or lens information if the camera can’t provide it. These user fields can also be stored on the captured image as part of the Overlay. Overlay accessible data includes Input and Output VPID, Timecode presence, Closed Caption presence, Pipeline Configuration and User Text fields. Output HDMI info frame status is also available in the UI.

The Largest Onboard Libraries Available
ColorBox offers the largest library capacity of any equivalent device in its class, providing a wealth of creative choice onset or anywhere in the production pipeline. Set up an easy-to-access bank of options for any shoot, then recall the same settings just as easily in post. 16 onboard memory slots are available for each category of supported files; 1D LUTs, 3D LUTs, 3x3 Matrices, and Images.

10 pipeline presets can be stored per pipeline and all can be imported and exported to/from ColorBox. Pipeline Presets store all settings needed to replicate a configured transform. Included is also a Startup Preset setting that allows an operator to select a specific preset to be loaded upon power up guaranteeing a known startup state. The Pipeline Presets for AJA Color Pipeline stores all files loaded into the pipeline, active or not, for easy set-up and transferring between devices.

Flexible Control via LAN or Wirelessly
Access to the intuitive web UI control with Video Preview for confidence monitoring from any web browser via LAN or supported 3rd party WiFi USB adapters*, allowing local and remote operation.

*See Tech Specs for supported adapters

 

ColorBox Workflows

4K Production Workflow On Set Look Management 

In this production workflow, we see an on set 12G-SDI signal from a 4K cinema camera system is passed to the ColorBox via the 12G-SDI in. The ColorBox has a 3D LUT applied, which simulates a film look and is monitored for the DIT over the HDMI 2.0 out. At the same time, the DP monitors the same 3D LUT applied video via 12G-SDI, for more critical feedback. Different 3D LUTs are selectable to suit the needs of the production, with easy control provided by the DIT. The loop through on ColorBox is connected to the Ki Pro Ultra 12G, for high quality capture of the video signal without the LUT applied. 3rd party tools can adjust Color Decision Lists (CDL) values on the fly for on-set color grading.

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4K Production Workflow Dailies Looks Playback

In this production workflow, we see the dailies being played back from a Ki Pro Ultra 12G, via the 12G-SDI out, which is passed to the ColorBox device. Using a laptop and an HDMI 2.0 monitor alongside ColorBox offers a powerful solution in a relatively small area, easily deployed in a small hotel room or modest meeting room. The LUTs used earlier in the day's shooting are easily accessible and applied to match the playback needs, including the options to tweak or audition alternate looks as well, all in real time.

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UltraHD Live Production Workflow HDR Conversion and Management

In this live television OB truck production workflow, we see a number of 12G-SDI outputs from UltraHD television camera systems that are passed to a number of ColorBoxes via the 12G-SDI in. HDR conversion is provided by the ColorBox units, in this case converting each input to be HLG on the output to suit the needs of the current live production single master HDR workflow. This could just as easily be PQ/HDR10 instead, as needs change, so can the output. As cameras are added, more ColorBox units can be included easily to accommodate the production as it scales.

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4K Post Production Workflow NLE Looks Management

In this post production workflow, a ColorBox is being used inline from the 12G-SDI output of an AJA Io 4K Plus. The timeline output is passed to the output of the Io 4K Plus and out to the ColorBox, where LUTs can be applied to the 12G-SDI monitored output without the need for rendering until later in the process. This allows editors to be nimble with auditioning looks, making decisions without having to wait for complex renders.

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ColorBox Multi-Cam On-Set Color Grading

In this production workflow, two ColorBoxes are being used inline from the 12G-SDI output of 4K Camera A and 4K Camera B. A KUMO 3232-12G is being used to route the video. A laptop is being used to manage the ColorBoxes from a single desktop, via easily accessible tabs or two browser windows side by side. The ColorBoxes are both connected to a single 12G-SDI monitor, again routed via the KUMO 3232-12G, where changes made inline can be seen and further adjustments made or saved as is necessary. Both cameras can easily be matched, saving time and money in post production.

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SDR On-Set Color Grading Workflow

In this production workflow, the 12G-SDI output of a 4K camera is routed via a KUMO 3232-12G SDI router to two ColorBoxes, A and B. ColorBox A is set up to output a HDR video signal to a 4K HDR monitor, via the KUMO 3232-12G. At the same time, ColorBox B is providing an SDR video signal to a 4K SDR monitor, via the KUMO 3232-12G. Valuable feedback from realtime comparisons of the HDR and SDR video outputs can again save time and money, ensuring the recorded video best matches the needs of all deliverable formats.

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Partner Integrations

To control the rich feature set of ColorBox beyond the built-in web UI, ColorBox offers a comprehensive set of tools to enable 3rd parties to develop their own native control.  Using a RESTful API defined using OpenAPI, the protocol is presented intuitively allowing both humans and computers to discover, interact, and understand ColorBox capabilities.  To support developers, several OpenAPI generated programming language implementations are included with example projects, visit the ColorBox Support page.

Pomfort

"Pomfort’s Livegrade products deliver comprehensive digital imaging systems for demanding productions, tying together look management and on-set monitoring integrated with a wide range of camera workflows and setups," says Patrick Renner, Head of Product at Pomfort. “AJA's ColorBox enables us to dynamically control 3D LUTs in Livegrade, getting framegrabs via Frame Store, and pulling ancillary data, including camera and lens metadata, into source signals."

Assimilate

"AJA ColorBox takes LUT boxes to a whole new level, providing sophisticated color pipeline setups unlike anything we’ve seen before,” shared Mazze Aderhold, Chief strategic workflow engineer at Assimilate. "Professionals can use it to combine multiple LUTs and color matrices to ensure their desired look with an intuitive web UI that makes it easy to operate. We’re proud to continue advancing on-set look management workflows with Live Looks and Live Assist support for ColorBox.”

CyanView

"When producing live events, camera shading is often combined with live post-processing adjustments. AJA ColorBox provides a flexible hardware processing solution with nodes that ensure accurate mappings as multiple camera types and brands are implemented, and unprecedented color fidelity for live and post production HRD/SDR workflows,” shared David Bourgeois, CEO & Founder, CyanView. “CyanView RCP combines multiple integrations to provide a seamless hardware interface similar to a typical broadcast workflow, and gives ColorBox users more tactile control over these functions. Its intuitive control panel buttons combined with the color accuracy of ColorBox make it easy for the operator to complete post-process adjustments as efficiently as if they were done in camera.”

SKAARHOJ

“SKAARHOJ is excited to integrate AJA ColorBox with our RCP broadcast controllers and Blue Pill platform. Together, these solutions will support best practices out of the box and enable endless color control possibilities,” shares SKAARHOJ CEO, Founder and Chief Designer Kasper Skårhøj.

Industry Leading Support

AJA’s technical support is recognized as among the best in the industry and is available to all AJA customers. If you need assistance with any aspect of your ColorBox installation, configuration, operation, or encounter any technical issue, AJA Support will work with you to get up and running.

ColorBox products are covered by a generous three year warranty.

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