The AJA Io XT is a professional 3G-SDI/HDMI capture & playback device that serves as an editing solution for Macs equipped with Thunderbolt ports. With extensive I/O choices including 4:4:4 RGB, dual Thunderbolt ports for ultra-fast (up to 10 Gb/s) connections to both an editing suite and a storage device, and hardware-based up/down/cross conversion for HD and SD formats, this portable device is a strong choice for directing video- and audio-signal traffic into and out of your Mac editing computer – whether a desktop system or a Thunderbolt-enabled MacBook Pro.
The Io XT has dual 3G/HD/SD-SDI inputs and two such outputs; these pairs can also be used for dual-link 4:4:4 RGB I/O. Supported 10-bit formats of that type include 1080i, 1080p, 1080PsF, and 720p. The device can also convert between 4:4:4 and 4:2:2 to set up single-link HD-SDI monitoring and output.
Speaking of conversion, the Io XT features a 10-bit, broadcast-quality motion-adaptive up/down/cross conversion, from HD to SD and vice versa, as well as between 1080 and 720 HD formats – even at filmic 23.98 frame rates involving progressive segmented frames (720p23.98 to 1080PsF/23.98). All conversion is hardware-based, so it's available always for either ingest or playback.
- Hardware Features
- Dual Thunderbolt ports support "daisy-chaining" of multiple Thunderbolt-enabled devices, such as hard drives
- Dual 3G/HD/SD-SDI inputs and outputs
- Single link SDI 4:2:2 I/O
- Dual-link SDI 4:4:4 I/O
- Single-link 4:4:4 I/O (3G-SDI)
- HDMI input and output (with support for HDMI 1.4a 3D displays)
- Analog component/composite HD/SD output, 10-bit
- Video up, down, and cross conversion (hardware-based, 10-bit)
- Eight-channel embedded SDI audio i/o
- Eight-channel (four pairs) balanced analog audio output (using a DB-25 type cable)
- Front-panel LED VU meters
- Headphone output with level control
- Reference input / LTC input (selectable)
- LTC output
- RS-422 control via Sony-style 9-pin connector
- 4-pin XLR Power (AC adapter included)
- Designed to be reliable, tough, and portable