AJA video added another PCI Express card to their lineup with the release of the KONA LSe, to join the KONA 3 (e) and Kona LHe. The KONA LSe is the perfect choice for professional editors working with Final Cut Pro who only require Standard Definition output and uses a PowerMac G5 dual- or quad-core PCI Express. It has the same feature set as the KONA LS, but with the new high-performance 4-lane PCI Express (PCIe) bus interface. The KONA LS remains available for non PCI-Express configurations.
The KONA LSe is a 4-lane compatible card with 12 bit analog in and out that can be software selected between Component or Composite/S-video or 10 bit SDI input with two independent SDI outputs. Audio is handled as AES I/O with sample rate conversion on input or balanced analog audio. AES and analog audio is limited to two channels while embedded audio on the SDI can take advantage of six channels of audio support.
RS-422 device control, Genlock and a broadcast-quality TBC (with VHS support) round out the feature set. The KONA LS supports all popular standard definition formats: 8/10 bit uncompressed, JPEG and DV25/50. 3:2 pulldown can be applied to for 24P timelines for playback.
As well as Final Cut Pro the KONA LSe supports output from Adobe After Effects, Autodesk Combustion and Apple’s Motion using the supplied AJA QuickTime drivers. The KL-Box-LH is an optional extra.
The KONA LSe will ship March 20th with a list price of US$995.