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Ki Pro Ultras sing for ‘Carpool Karaoke’

While renting equipment to CBS’ The Late Late Show with James Corden, C-Mount Industries co-owner Jason Liquori was brought on as a video engineer and car

DoP for the ‘Carpool Karaoke’ segment, which last week was named outstanding variety special at the Creative Arts Emmys.

Recently licensed by Apple for its new music streaming service, the series pairs celebrities like John Legend and Alicia Keys for a mobile sing-along adventure. And fullwell 73, the production company behind the show, called on Liquori to take it from an HD to a 4K series.

The set-up is a combination of 12 cameras spread between the windshields and custom headrest mounts in the backseat of the main car. Each camera outputs a 4K 6G signal to 12 4K SDI multiplexers, which split each signal into four for input to 12 AJA Ki Pro Ultra Plus units housed in a custom 18-inch rack in the back of the main car.

Signals are then recorded at ProRes XQ at 4K 29.97 to AJA Pak SSD media.

“Ki Pro Ultra Plus checked all my boxes: an AC/DC power supply, dual-slot recording, automatic rollover, robust media that could handle repeated road hazards, and the ability to take the heat – literally, with the temperature topping 100oF in the back of the car,” Liquori said.