AJA Unveils New Solutions, Updates

The Helo Plus H.264 streaming and recording device and two fiber transmitters are among the company's latest releases.

AJA Video Systems has released Helo Plus, a compact H.264 streaming and recording stand-alone appliance, as well as two new fiber transmitters and a variety of product updates.

Helo Plus offers both SDI and HDMI I/O with the capability to stream up to 1080p60 to a content-delivery network and record simultaneously. Two separate streaming destinations can be set up, and recordings can be made to a combination of SD card, USB storage and NFS or CIFS network storage.

Helo Plus can be configured remotely on a standard web browser, via the Ethernet connection, and using a desktop or laptop computer. Every function is accessible in the WebUI, with multiple Helo Plus devices being easily controllable via a tabbed browser window. The device can also be controlled via the stream and record buttons on the front, with audio-level LED meters providing feedback for monitoring, or the system can be controlled directly from the included web-based UI.

Helo Plus lists for $1,699.

AJA’s dual-channel OG-FiDO-2T-12G and single-channel OG-FiDO-T-12G-ST single-mode fiber transmitters support HDR video, feature industry-wide compatibility with all certified OpenGear products, and support Ross DashBoard Software for remote control and monitoring.

OG-FiDO-2T-12G is a dual-channel 12G-SDI to fiber transmitter, supporting the conversion of two independent channels of baseband 12G-SDI to LC fiber for simple transport of signals up to 6.2 miles. OG-FiDO-T-12G-ST supports single-channel 12G-SDI to fiber conversion, enabling the transport of a single 12G-SDI baseband signal over ST fiber for remote or long-distance workflows.

AJA OG-FiDO 12G cards offer flexibility and cost-efficiency for 12G-SDI to fiber conversion, enabling single-cable simplicity for long cable runs up to 6.2 miles. Both OG-FiDO models are hot swappable, support HDR and feature automatic input signal detection and re-clocking. Support for Ross DashBoard on Windows, macOS or Linux offers convenient monitoring and control over a local network or remotely. 

OG-FiDO-2T-12G and OG-FiDO-T-12G-ST list for $1,509 and $1,029, respectively.

AJA’s v1.5 update for Bridge NDI 3G brings new NDI 5 support and performance enhancements to the gateway appliance for high-density conversion to/from SDI and NewTek’s NDI-video-over-IP protocol. Feature enhancements include discovery-server compatibility, low-latency settings for time-critical workflows, timecode support, expanded system time options and dynamic connection bandwidth sensing for remote management.

Bridge NDI 3G features dual 10GigE onboard NICs for NDI I/O and remote control over the web, as well as high-density 3G-SDI connections for up to 16 channels of SDI I/O — providing up to four channels of 4K or 16 channels of HD, or a mixture of HD and 4K NDI encodes/decodes in a compact form factor. The update expands support for NDI 5, the newest version of NewTek’s IP protocol that simplifies sharing live, high-quality, low-latency video with any device in any location worldwide. For large-scale or growing NDI infrastructures, Bridge NDI 3G v1.5 also introduces discovery-server support, helping teams maintain performance of NDI devices for production environments with hundreds of NDI sources on a network.

To simplify integration of SDI sources into NDI workflows — where timecode is not widely supported — v1.5 adds new timecode capabilities, enabling VITC, LTC or TOD to be assigned for SDI/NDI conversions. Expanded time controls further enable local time zones to be displayed for online systems and custom times to be used for offline systems. For remote management over public internet or unpredictable networks, Bridge NDI 3G v1.5 adds dynamic bandwidth sensing, which automatically adjusts to bandwidth fluctuations to ensure uninterrupted remote access and control. 

Bridge NDI 3G v1.5 is available as a free download from AJA’s website.

AJA has also released v3.0 firmware for its FS4 frame 4K/UltraHD and multi-channel HD synchronizer and up/down/cross converter, as well as AJA Diskover Media Edition v2.0, the first update for its data-management software that allows media and entertainment professionals to easily search, find and analyze media assets and associated metadata from on-premises, remote and cloud storage, aggregating associated metadata into a unified global index. 

The FS4 v3.0 firmware update is available as a free download from the AJA support page.   

AJA Diskover Media Edition v2.0 is available as a free download for AJA Diskover Media Edition users with active licenses.

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