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AJA | FiDO-4T, FiDO-4R, FiDO-2T, CWDM, FS1X, FS2 and HA5-4K

AJA talks about how their fiber technology helps with 4K workflows and people needing longer cable runs. They explain how FiDO-4T, FiDO-4R, FiDO-2T, CWDM, FS1X and FS2 fit in. They also talk about HA5-4K, their new product that along with their Hi5-4K completes the 4K HDMI to SDI loop.

<p> <strong>For more information on AJA visit: <a href="http://www.aja.com/" target="_blank">www.AJA.Com</a> #TryCion </strong> </p> <p> <strong>For more information on NAB Show visit: </strong><a href="http://www.Nabshow.Com" target="_blank"><strong>www.NABShow.Com</strong></a><strong> </strong> </p> <p> <strong></strong><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, Tahoma, sans-serif; background-color: initial;"><strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: Hey, this is Noland with PostProduction.Com and we're here at NAB 2015 and we're actually at the AJA booth with Tony Caccia-- how do you pronounce your last name? </span> </p> <p> <strong>Tony</strong>: Cacciarelli. </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: Cacciarelli. That's like catch-a-relli. </p> <p> <strong>Tony</strong>: It's like catch-a-ball. </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: Catch-a-ball, catch-a-relli. Tony Cacciarelli. Now there's some really cool announcements that you guys made earlier at the Press Breakfast, but let's go a little bit deeper into that. I guess, number one, what's up with the hashtag TryCION. </p> <p> <strong>Tony</strong>: Sure. The #TryCION is a program that we're starting off to get the camera out into the hands of people that want to be able to shoot with it. If you can get your hands on the camera and actually be able to do your own test shoot, see for yourself how the camera performs, see the great images that you're able to make with this camera and we think it's really going to be a great way for people to be able to have access to the camera. Sometimes it's really hard to be able to find the camera to rent or be able to make an arrangement, and this is just an easy way for us to get the cameras out there and really get some exposure and get it in the hands of people who want to know more and want to be able to find out how can I shoot with this camera. </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: Right, cool. And now, so, anybody all the way from and cut me off, are you looking for from the students all the way to people who have like they’re kind of working already? And you guys want them to come in to AJA or follow the #TryCION and then get more information there and then probably fill out something, and you guys will have a panel of people who will kind of select who you will pick. </p> <p> <strong>Tony</strong>: Right. </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: They'll shoot and then I'm trying to remember, once you guys get that footage, what do you guys do with it? </p> <p> <strong>Tony</strong>: The footage really is for the people to be able to evaluate for themselves. We want to have access to that and be able to use it for promotional stuff, be able to talk about it. Show it to people, create a nice show reel out of it and compile all that footage together and be able to just get out there and say, "Look at all the great stuff that people are able to shoot with this camera." And just build up that library and really just get it out there and get people to get their hands on it and put it out in a situation that is real world and something that they need to do and try it out, try CION. That's what we want. </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: Now, you had to anticipate this next question. One of you guys out there, they said "Do we have to give it back?" </p> <p> <strong>Tony</strong>: Yes, you have to give the camera back. </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: All right, well. You heard it from him. You gotta give it back. </p> <p> <strong>Tony: </strong>You do have the option to buy the camera, or buy a camera afterwards. If you really do like it, we hope that it leads to you wanting to buy the camera, but it is a loaner program, so you get the camera, you get to shoot with it, you do what you want to do and then you send it back to us. </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: And that's exactly what I told you, kind of. Okay, so now next. You got some firmware updates. Is that right? On the camera, tell us a little bit about that. </p> <p> <strong>Tony</strong>: Yeah, so we're releasing the 1.2 Firmware and that's just an update to the camera. You can do it in the field. There's no new features that have to be put in the factory. You don't send the camera back. It's just a firmware flash update. Really easy to do through a web browser. It just enhances a lot of the image characteristics of the camera. So we've boosted up the IRE range so that we've got a full IRE range now with the camera. We were keeping it a little bit lower to manage some of the image quality but we've found ways now to be able to bring that up. And also, we've added in a lot more control over dynamic range for various different settings, so, again, there were some limitations that were on there before and now, through experience and user feedback, we've been able to take all that information, go back, and really come up with a new version of the firmware that's improving a lot of the image quality that you're able to get out of the camera. </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: So in terms of like upgrade speak, is there something that the CION owners right now should like immediately get that firmware update and make it happen? </p> <p> <strong>Tony</strong>: I would recommend it, unless you're right in the middle of a production. I don't recommend changing firmware right in the middle of a production. It's some really significant enhancements and we've done a lot of small fixes and things along the way. It is something that if you're a CION user, you'd want to get this out there right away. It's a free update. It's available on our website now. People can download it and install it on their camera and be shooting with it this afternoon if they want to. </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: Oh perfect. So it's super, super simple. </p> <p> <strong>Tony</strong>: Absolutely, yeah. It's really fast, easy to do. </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: Cool. So you don't have to have a lint free environment with the gloves and the hat and like... </p> <p> <strong>Tony</strong>: Negative. You have to have a computer with an Ethernet cable. </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: All of you better have that by now. Lastly, I guess, tell me a little bit about what's happening with your converters and some of the little stuff. You guys are famous for all of that. Putting out awesome gear and equipment… </p> <p> <strong>Tony</strong>: Absolutely. </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: Tell us what's up with that? </p> <p> <strong>Tony</strong>: Yeah. Our many converter line has been huge throughout the years. It's kind of where we started a lot of our business. It's just those little pieces that glue workflows together. </p> <p> We've expanded that out with a couple of new things, with the growing 4K workflows. A lot of people are needing to do longer cable runs so we took our fiber technology. </p> <p> We have SDI to fiber and fiber to SDI converters. We packaged that up into a 4X fiber to SDI and SDI to fiber so we've got the receiver and the transmitter. So it's really convenient for 4K when you have those four signals coming out and you want to be able to send those over up to 10 kilometers and then bring them back to SDI to get into a regular workflow. So, we have those now. They're called the FiDO-4T and the FiDO-4R that use the ST fiber connectors which are the locking fiber connectors which is nice so they don't pull out if you accidentally jam on them a little bit. </p> <p> And then, along with that, we've got some other fiber technology called CWDM. It's a multiple wavelength fiber option so it allows you to put multiple signals down the same fiber, and we're incorporating that into all of our fiber products, the FiDO-2T, which is our little transmitter single channel and then also our FS1X and FS2 which are bigger frame synchronizers that a lot of broadcasters are using and able to integrate that in. So it's just kind of moving out along. </p> <p> One of the other thing, probably a really nice thing for a lot of the post-environment is we have our HA5-4K. So last year we had the Hi5-4K which takes 4 SDIs and turns into a 4K HDMI. Now we've got the reverse 4K HDMI to 4 SDIs. So we've got the full trip now being able to convert back and forth between 4K HDMI and SDI. So it makes that loop nice and tight and you can basically plug in to whatever you need to. </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: Cool. And now, is this all available now? </p> <p> <strong>Tony</strong>: All available now. Yeah, everything's released this morning. I was updating the website this morning and we're ready to go. </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: That was you. I knew it! </p> <p> <strong>Tony</strong>: Yup. Me and three other people. </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: There you go. It's quite a job. </p> <p> <strong>Tony</strong>: Yeah it was. </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: Cool. Well, Tony, thanks so much for your time. I'm assuming that for all the details and everything, you just go to AJA.com. Are there any backslash or anything? </p> <p> <strong>Tony</strong>: Aja.com will get you to our homepage and from there, you can find out more about the #TryCION program which is right there on the homepage, and then dig in into any of the products that you want to look at. It's all just right there. </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: Cool. One last question on the #TryCION program, you may or may not have an answer. What's the duration? Is it just for 2015? When does that end? </p> <p> <strong>Tony</strong>: Right now we're looking at running in through the summer of 2015 and we'll see how things go. It might be extended. Our planning right now, it's a summer program. </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: Nice, okay, cool. I'm looking forward to seeing the videos that everybody comes up with. </p> <p> <strong>Tony</strong>: Certainly. I think it's gonna be great. I think we're really excited to see all the great stuff that people are going to be able to do with the camera. </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: Awesome. So all you out there, hashtag TryCION. </p> <p> <strong>Tony</strong>: That's it. </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: Good. All right. Tony, thanks so much for your time. Really appreciate it. </p> <p> <strong>Tony</strong>: My pleasure. </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: Enjoy the rest of the show. </p></p>

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