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AJA Ki-Pro Portable Apple ProRes 422 Recorder

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AJA Ki-Pro Portable Apple ProRes 422 Recorder

£2,520.00 (inc VAT) £2,100.00 (exc VAT)

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AJA KI PRO (KIPRO) Portable Apple ProRes 422 Recorder


The AJA KI-PRO comes in two sales options 

KI-PRO which is supplied as follows: Portable Digital File Recorder, with Apple ProRes 422 includes: 250GB HDD KiStor drive, FW800 cable, AC Adapter (AC to 4-pin XLR)


KI-PRO-ND (WITHOUT STORAGE) which is supplied as follows: Portable file-based recorder/player, with Apple ProRes 422 includes: AC Adapter (AC to 4-pin XLR), FW800 cable


Please choice the right option for you above.



Key Features

The original ProRes recorder

Ki Pro established a new paradigm in tapeless recording. Revolutionizing how footage tracks from production to editorial, Ki Pro captures Apple ProRes 422 files direct from the source, which can then be used in most editing systems without the need for additional import or transcoding steps. Just remove the Storage Module from the Ki Pro, connect direct to the editing computer and once the files are transferred they are immediately ready for use in the NLE software.

Unify formats – speed workflows

Offering AJA's high-quality up/down/cross conversion and a multitude of connections, integration with your other production gear is seamless. Ki Pro let's you effortlessly bridge formats and sources within your workflow, ingesting footage to a common format and outputting to numerous simultaneous monitor outputs.

Connected to a camera or used as an on set VTR, Ki Pro units unify source material to a single file format that can be used by most major editing systems without additional transcoding, streamlining the edit process and facilitating savings in time and resources.

RS-422 Control

Ki Pro's RS-422 control allows it to be easily integrated with editing systems, external controllers and even other tape decks, allowing it to fulfill the functions of a traditional VTR. Systems can perform assemble edits direct to the Ki Pro's Storage Module, often faster than rendering to ProRes files within an editing system.

Ki Pro's RS-422 connection can also be used to directly capture tape-based media into Ki Pro as ProRes footage ready for editing or archiving.

10-bit, full raster recording

Big on quality - but not on file size. Recording 10-bit, full raster files, Ki Pro gives you high quality images that easily stand up to post processing requirements - and client scrutiny.

Compared to 8-bit recording devices, 10-bit 4:2:2 recording provides greater dynamic range, giving a superior representation of the original scene and allowing for more flexibility in post production when adjusting color and balance.

By utilizing efficient ProRes codecs, file sizes are kept in check so you won't need to blow your production budget on extra storage.


Ki Pro's extensive connectivity ensures it can interface with virtually any gear you might have in your production workflow. The packed rear connections include SDI, HDMI, component analog, balanced and unbalanced audio connectors, LTC input/output, and even LANC.

Reliable storage media

Ki Pro captures 10-bit footage direct to reliable AJA Storage Modules, available in spinning disk or SSD variants that connect directly to your editing system via a built-in FireWire 800 connection. Backed by a 1-year warranty, AJA Storage Modules are engineered with reinforced connections and thoroughly tested, ready for intensive use. Record times are longer than standard tapes as well, minimizing the number of media changes needed.

Remote configuration and operation

On set or in a machine room, Ki Pro is equipped for advanced remote control and configuration.

On the set, Ki Pro requires minimal direct user interaction. Record start/stop operation can be triggered automatically by detecting information in the SDI signal or by using a separate LANC control on properly equipped cameras.

In a networked environment, Ethernet connectivity of Ki Pro hardware allows control and configuration to be performed via standard web browser. Multiple Ki Pro units can all be controlled from a single interface for group operation.

Simple controls and setup

Just like a traditional tape deck, each Ki Pro features straightforward dedicated Record, Play, Rewind and FastForward buttons - making the transition easy with minimal training time. The current status of the system and all configuration information is clearly displayed on the built-in screen.

The embedded OS uses a fast, flat menu structure that allows full configuration to be done directly on the device with no need to connect to a laptop to access operational parameters.

Ethernet file transfer

Because of its network connectivity, media can be copied to and from Ki Pro over the Ethernet connection. This allows for fast file transfers without the need to physically remove the media from the Ki Pro, which can be especially useful in larger facilities and cuts down dramatically on the number of people that have to enter the machine room, minimizing the risk of unintentional interference with equipment.




Video Input


  • SD and HD-SDI (1xBNC), SMPTE-259/292/296
  • HDMI


  • SD/HD Component (3xBNCs):
  • SMPTE/EBU N10, Betacam 525 line, Betacam 525J, RGB,
  • YPbPr 12-bit A/D, 2x oversampling

Video Output

(all simultaneously active)


  • SD and HD-SDI, SMPTE-259/292/296 (1xBNC)
  • HDMI


  • Composite (1xBNC):
    • 12-bit D/A, 8x oversampling
  • SD/HD Component (3xBNCs):
    • SD: SMPTE/EBU N10, Betacam 525 line, Betacam 525J, RGB
    • 12-bit D/A, 8x oversampling
    • HD: YPbPr, RGB
    • 12-bit D/A, 2x oversampling

Audio Input


  • 24-bit SDI embedded audio, 8-channel, 48kHz
  • HDMI embedded, 2-channel


  • 24-bit A/D, 2-channel balanced (2 XLR), 48kHz
  • Input level: Line, Mic, Mic + phantom 48Vdc
  • 2-channel unbalanced (2 RCA)

Audio Output


  • 24-bit SDI embedded audio, 8-channel, 48kHz
  • HDMI embedded, 8-channel


  • 24-bit D/A, 2-channel balanced XLR, 48kHz
  • 2-channel unbalanced (2 RCA)


  • 10/100/1000 Ethernet (RJ45)
  • 802.11g Wireless
  • Embedded webserver for remote control

Panel User Interface

  • 2 x 20 character display, with dedicated buttons


  • LTC timecode input and output via BNC


  • LANC Loop (2 LANC connectors)
  • Lens Tap
  • IEEE-1394a/FireWire 400 for control and timecode data

Machine Control

  • RS-422, 9-pin


  • IEEE-1394b, FireWire™ 800Mb/s connects to Mac Pro or MacBook Pro

Hardware up-conversion - 10-bit

  • Anamorphic: full-screen
  • Pillar box 4:3: results in a 4:3 image in center of screen with black sidebars
  • Zoom 14:9: results in a 4:3 image zoomed slightly to fill a 14:9 image with black side bars
  • Zoom Letterbox: image zoomed to fill screen
  • Zoom Wide: combination of zoom and horizontal stretch to fill 16:9 screen; this setting can introduce a small aspect ratio change

Hardware down-conversion - 10-bit

  • Anamorphic: full-screen
  • Letterbox: image is reduced with black top and bottom added to image area with the aspect ratio preserved
  • Crop: image is cropped to fit new screen size

Hardware cross-conversion - 10-bit

  • 1080i to 720P
  • 720P to 1080i
  • 720P to 1080PsF

SD to SD aspect ratio conversion

  • Letterbox: transforms SD anamorphic to a letterboxed image.
  • H Crop: produces a horiztonally stretched effect on the image; transforms anamorphic SD to full frame.
  • SD Pillarbox: produces image in screen center with black borders on left and right sides and an anamorphized image in the center.
  • V Crop; transforms SD letterbox material to an anamorphic image.


  • 100-240 VAC (to supplied AC Adapter);
  • 12Vdc to power connector input on side of chassis





Provides a surrounding chassis for the Ki Pro that can both mount to a tripod and provide a mount for camera on top; this combination allows convenient access to controls.

Ki Pro SSD Storage Module

Ki Pro comes standard with a removable HDD Storage Module. Additional removable HDD Storage Modules are available so media can be swapped out easily as the job demands.

The optional Ki Pro Solid State Storage Module (SSD) is recommended for mobile environments where shock-proof sturdiness is needed. The Ki Pro SSD Storage Module offers the ultimate in media reliability.

Ki Pro Rod Accessory Kit

This kit adds endplates to the Exo-skeleton so it can be attached to two user-supplied 15mm camera accessory rods. The endplates have knobs for adjusting the height of the rod brackets relative to the camera, as well as a set of knobs for securing the rods in the brackets.



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