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AJA KONA LHi Mac Video Capture and Playback Card

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  • KONA LHi uses the Aja Control Panel application to configure various hardware parameters and can also be used to auto-detect input format & frame rate and configure hardware-based up/down/cross-conversions
  • Use this device to interface with devices such as an HDMI-enabled camera, an HD-SDI VTR connection and legacy analog video equipment
  • By way of the card's "Input PassThrough" mode, you can configure it to act as a converter within your computer, allowing you to embed or disembed audio or convert a signal like HDMI to HD-SDI
  • It features full, 10-bit, broadcast-quality, motion-adaptive SD to HD up-conversion, HD to HD cross-conversion, HD to SD down-conversion and automatic HD/SD 12-bit component analog output
  • All of KONA LHi's conversions are hardware-based, therefore they are available all the time, even during ingest or playback
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  • Brand Name: AJA Video Systems
  • Model Number: KONA LHi Playback Card

Product Description

The AJA KONA LHi Capture Card (Mac) from AJA is designed to bridge the gap between legacy, analog devices and the latest products using 3Gbps SDI and HDMI v1.3a. This card is designed to interface with PCIe Apple Mac OSX hardware and QuickTime software. AJA drivers also offer integrated support for Apple Final Cut Studio. This card enables editing, monitoring and mastering of professional-quality video. Use it to capture to QuickTime at 10-bit and 8-bit uncompressed formats, as well as Apple ProRes 422, DVCPRO HD and more.

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Technical Details
Brand NameAJA Video Systems
Item Weight2.6 pounds
Product Dimensions13.1 x 9.6 x 3.3 inches
Item model numberKONA LHi Playback Card
National Stock Number5998-01-616-1847
Number of Items1
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Best Sellers Rank
Shipping Weight2.8 pounds
Date First AvailableJune 17, 2003

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Justin T. Stephenson on February 4, 2014
Love the LHi. As intimated by the other reviewer here (Mr. Steamer), it is a somewhat complex card but it is because if allows for a variety of configurations, signal formats, and output scenarios. The video quality is superb. The 3G 4:4:4 output is great if you do any color critical work.

I use both Blackmagic and AJA products and I would prefer to use the AJA, but alas Davinci Resolve requires the BMD card. If you are running an Avid, Adobe CS, Nuke, Fusion - this card is the cat's meow.
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4 of 15 people found the following review helpful By L. Russo on November 9, 2011
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Video editing systems & their hardware have become more complicated in recent years. Video files that should be native to many editing systems are not, such as DVD files that won't import even though the application easily recognizes them (video imports but not audio). As a result, digitizers are an important tool in trying to bring in digital video that's difficult to convert as well as bringing in older analog media.

In the 1990's I had a Media100 system with its own breakout box (Vincent card) which was relatively simple and worked very well. As such proprietary (and seamless) digitizers are no longer available, edit systems refer us to boards like the Kona card. In my case, the LHi was recommended by the manufacturer for my Apple system. It was pricey, but needing something of high quality I went for it, in the hopes it would save me time down the line.

After some experience with the card this week while under a hard delivery deadline, I've come to the following conclusion:
The Kona LHi card is steaming, festering, oozing, undulating, malignant, cankerous, massive pile of putrid, rotting trash.

The driver, of which there are dozens of variants, is extremely product specific. So depending on the hardware, software, OS, version of your application, etc. you must use and install a different driver for each. The most recent driver does not work on all configurations, causing you to back track, search and do a lot of trial and error in finding the correct one. In addition, the card has settings for at least 100 different types of resolutions, sources & formats. If you don't know exactly what is coming out of your source, that source often won't even be recognized.
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