AJA 12G-AMA converter
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California-based AJA Video Systems launched a free software update for the company’s range of video Mini-Converters. Mini-Config v2.26.4 brings several user-requested enhancements to AJA’s HA5-12G, HA5-4K, HA5-Plus, HA5-Fiber, Hi5-12G, Hi5-4K-Plus, 4K2HD, 12G-AM and 12G-AMA Mini-Converters.

HA5-12G and HA5-4K

Mini-Config v2.26.4 adds input signal preprocessing controls to HA5-12G and HA5-4K Mini-Converters. This means you can work with sources with high jitter. Following the update, all HA5-12G Mini-Converters also support 12-bit SDI output and include Genlock controls for “HDMI In” and “Free Run” selections. In addition, HA5-12G Mini-Converters now automatically mute the SDI output if they don’t detect a valid signal on the HDMI cable.

HA5-Plus and HA5-Fiber

The AJA Mini-Config v2.26.4 update adds a simple Frame Rate Converter (FRC) to HA5-Plus and HA5-Fiber Mini-Converters. This uses a frame drop/frame repeat methodology to convert integer input video frame rates to non-integer (e.g. p60 to p59.94) or non-integer to integer (e.g. p59.94 to p60). The update also adds Extended Display Identification Data (EDID) Emulation. This means you can specify a video format for the EDID, and the information is then sent to the source video device. EDID data exchange is a standardized means for a display to communicate its capabilities to a source device. The new EDID Emulation feature indicates whether YCbCr formats are supported as well as the number of supported audio channels (two or eight).

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Hi5-12G and Hi5-4K Plus

AJA Mini-Config v2.26.4 adds 12-bit support to AJA Hi5-12G and Hi5-4K-Plus Mini-Converters.

12G-AM and 12G-AMA

With the Mini-Config v2.26.4 update, a 1.5G-SDI Internal Signal Generator enables 12G-AM and 12G-AMA Mini-Converters to allow the embedder path to function without the need to connect a source to the SDI input. In addition, HDR and Colorimetry metadata are now also displayed for these models in Mini-Config.

What does this update mean for the Mini-Converters line?

Mini-Config v.2.26.4 brings a number of powerful new features to AJA Mini-Converters. It’s also free, so there’s no reason not to upgrade your compatible devices.

Pricing and availability

The Mini-Config v.2.26.4 update is available as a free download from the AJA Mini-Config support page.

Pete Tomkies is a freelance cinematographer and camera operator from Manchester, UK. He also produces and directs short films as Duck66 Films. Pete's latest short Once Bitten... won 15 awards and was selected for 105 film festivals around the world.