In a development that is said to ‘significantly’ streamline related workflows, AJA Video Systems has released a new firmware version for its Ki Pro Mini digital recorder that enables the RED Epic, RED One and certain Canon XF cameras to pass metadata directly to Ki Pro Mini via a single SDI cable.
With the new v2.6 software, Ki Pro Mini takes advantage of SDI ancillary metadata information including start/stop commands, timecode information, reel name and clip name from the RED Epic and RED One cameras.
“The gear from AJA has been enabling and enhancing production and post workflows since the RED ONE began shipping a few years ago, and they continue that type of support for our newest camera, the EPIC,” said Ted Schilowitz of RED. “Their new Ki Pro Mini continues these benefits by now supporting direct high quality ProRes capture simultaneously while shooting cinema quality 5K on the EPIC. The Ki Pro Mini is small, lightweight and can mount as an extension to the EPIC camera body or anywhere nearby the camera. When you roll and cut the EPIC, the Ki Pro Mini rolls and cuts as well with full clip name and matching timecode, allowing instant offline editing and file viewing at broadcast quality. It’s a great benefit to the shooting process.”
“We’re continually looking at how people are working, and how we can help them take full advantage of the best our industry has to offer,” said AJA president Nick Rashby. ”By enabling people to control Ki Pro Mini via the RED camera metadata precisely from camera to post, we’re automating a lot of what was largely a manual process – and making workflows easier all the way through the production process.”
AJA software v2.6 for Ki Pro Mini is available through AJA’s website.