AJA has introduced ColorBox, a compact converter for color management workflows designed specifically for the conversion needs of broadcast, live event and on-set applications. It supports Standard Dynamic Range (SDR), High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Wide Color Gamut (WCG) signals, and uses a 12G SDI input/output and HDMI 2.0 output for single wire 4K/UltraHD HDR up to 4:2:2 10-bit 60p or 4:4:4 12-bit 30p. ColorBox allows DITs and colorists to easily load, modify and save looks, and create reference images for dailies, in addition to a range of HDR and SDR conversions.
In addition to the 33-point 3D LUT processor with tetrahedral interpolation around, the AJA Color Pipeline provides 4x 1D LUTs and 2x 3x3 matrices, each of which is individually configurable, including as proc amps or RGB color correctors. Color processing options can be controlled via wired Ethernet using a web user interface. ColorBox includes the processing pipeline modes of Colorfront and NBCU LUTs, as well as a dedicated AJA Color Pipeline. ColorBox&s capabilities can be extended via licensable upgrade options to include additional color management workflows, including BBC HLG LUTs and the ORION-CONVERT engine.
AJA ColorBox UI
ColorBox also features an extensive test pattern generator and image storage, as well as the ability to capture images up to 4K in size as 16-bit Tiff files for the highest quality reference images. ColorBox can also overlay useful information, including customizable text fields. These images can be stored locally on ColorBox or on a connected PC running an application such as Livegrade Pro/Studio and Assimilate Live Looks from Pomfort.
In total, AJA ColorBox offers five processing modes, namely AJA Color Pipeline, Colorfront, ORION-CONVERT (Optional License - Watermarked Preview), BBC HLG LUT (Optional License - Watermarked Preview), and NBCU LUT.
AJA ColorBox Interfaces
AJA ColorBox Features
- 12-bit 4:4:4 12G-SDI I/O for up to 4K/UltraHD HDR/WCG 30p - 10-bit 4:2:2 12G-SDI I/O for up to 4K/UltraHD HDR/WCG 60p - 12-bit 4:4:4 HDMI 2.0 output for up to 4K/UltraHD HDR/WCG 30p - 10-bit 4:2:2 HDMI 2.0 output for up to 4K/UltraHD HDR/WCG 60p - Extremely low latency, less than ½ video line - Extensive AJA Color Pipeline based on the 33pt. 3D LUT processor with tetrahedron interpolation. - - 7x nodes plus overlay - - - 1x 3D LUT processor, user configurable as 3D LUT or Dynamic - - 4x 1D LUT processors, user configurable as 1D LUT, Dynamic or Color Corrector - - 2x 3x3 Matrix processors, user configurable as 3x3 Matrix, Dynamic or ProcAmp - - Supports industry standard file types, no conversion to proprietary format required - Configurable color space, range and transfer characteristics - Full-frame LUT processing - Five color processing pipelines - AJA color - Colorfront mode - ORION-CONVERT mode (license required option) - BBC HLG LUT mode (license required option) - NBCU LUTs - Video preview in the web user interface for reliable monitoring - Built-in frame memory - - Capture and retrieve up to 4K/UltraHD images - - Capture of pre- or post-processed images - Test patterns up to 4K/UltraHD, 9x test patterns built-in - Overlay information during output - - User text - - Input and output signal information - - Pipeline configuration - Overlay can be recorded with image for later reference - Integrated library for file management - 16x 1D LUTs - 16x 3D LUTs - 16x 3x3 matrices - 16x images - ANC metadata pass-through - Embedded audio pass-through, SDI 16-ch. and HDMI 8-ch. - Custom text fields that can be overlaid on the image - Preset management, 10 per pipeline plus start preset - ANC metadata pass-through - Embedded audio pass-through, SDI 16-ch and HDMI 8-ch - Compact; 4 units fit in just 1RU - Extremely quiet fan operation - Light weight - Rugged lockable 4-pin mini-XLR power connector, DC power supply - On/off button to save power when not in use - Select button to bypass video processing - Extensive API for third-party control integration - Built-in web server for remote control - Configure IP address via USB port and included AJA eMini setup software for PC/Mac - Three year warranty