AJA Video Systems has introduced the compact Io X3, a professional video and audio I/O Thunderbolt 3 capture and playout box. It can be used to capture and also output video and audio (HDR/SDR) applications via 3G-SDI and HDMI on Thunderbolt 3-equipped Macs or PCs.
Io X3 is designed to be a mobile solution for single-, two- and multi-channel SDI workflows such as high-end color correction, audio mixing, on-set monitoring or playback, and remote editing and VFX, which enables 2K/HD/SD input/output, including in HDR, directly from a laptop or computer. Io X3 is also suitable for streaming workflows, as it has four independent inputs for workflows with OBS and wirecast, as well as simultaneous MultiView monitoring for each source.
AJA Io X3
Io X3 also has eight switchable analog audio ports that allow users to switch between eight incoming or outgoing channels, or split connectivity between four inputs and four outputs, in addition to a 3.5 analog audio port to connect headphones directly.
Up to 16 channels of audio are available on each SDI port, with 8 channels available via HDMI. Compact and rack-mountable, the Io X3 units can be placed side-by-side in a rack for studio, mobile truck or video assist needs, allowing users to benefit from up to eight channels of up to 2K/HD/SD I/O in a 1RU.
AJA Io X3 Ports
Main features of the AJA Io X3
. - Dual Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports connect to modern Mac or PC laptops and desktop workstations, and support daisy-chain functionality - HDR support via SDI and HDMI ports - Four bidirectional 3G-SDI ports support single, dual, or multi-link workflows up to 2K/HD p60 YCbCr 10-bit or p30 RGB 12-bit - HDMI 1.4b I/O up to 2K/HD p60 YCbCr 10-bit or p30 RGB 12-bit I/O; HDR implemented via 2.0 specification - MultiViewer functionality to display up to four inputs for streaming workflows on a single HDMI reference monitor - Support for the latest versions of macOS Monterey and Windows 11 and compatibility with Apple M1 chip or Intel-based systems - Optional rackmount kit for efficient rackmounting of two units side-by-side, allowing up to eight HD I/O channels in 1U - Eight-channel analog audio I/O via DB25 connector - Analog audio ports are switchable between input and output, allowing users to switch on or off between eight channels or split connectivity between four inputs and four outputs - Up to 16 embedded audio channels on each SDI connector and up to 8 channels on HDMI - Analog 3.5mm stereo audio connector for headphones - Dedicated reference, TLC input, and LTC output connectors - RS-422 control port for tape-based workflows - Quiet operation for critical monitoring environments where silence is required - Includes proven AJA drivers and software plug-ins with support for Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Creative Cloud, Avid Media Composer, Telestream Wirecast, OBS, and many others - Three-year AJA warranty and industry-leading technical support
Pricing and Availability
AJA Io X3 is available now from AJA&s worldwide dealer network at a price of approximately €1,600.
New AJA Desktop Software and SDK v16.2
AJA Video Systems also introduced the new free desktop software v16.2 for all KONA, Io and T-TAP Pro products, as well as the AJA SDK v16.2 for developers. The new version features a variety of workflow enhancements, new OBS Studio compatibility, improved 12-bit, 444, RGB workflows for 4K/UltraHD, updated LUT functionality, new codec and special playback support in the control room, and enhanced multichannel audio.
Desktop Software v16.2 is available today as a free download from the AJA website and includes support for macOS Monterey and Windows 11. Once installed on a system running OBS Studio v27.2 or later, select AJA devices are immediately available for multi- or single-channel recording and switching up to 4K/UltraHD 30p and 2K/HD 60p.
Highlights of AJA Desktop Software v16.2
- Support for macOS Monterey and Windows 11 - Multi-channel support for OBS Studio (v2.27 and later) with up to 4K/UltraHD 30p and 2K/HD 60p for KONA 5, KONA 4, KONA HDMI, Io 4K Plus, Io X3 and T-TAP Pro - Improved 12-bit, 4:4:4, RGB 4K/UltraHD firmware for KONA 5 and Corvid 44 12G - 12-bit LUT support and improved compatibility with .cube LUTs for AJA Control Panel - H.264 and H.265 recording and playback for AJA Control Room - Deep memory buffers for continuous playback for AJA Control Room - MultiView on HDMI output, allowing multiple sources to be displayed on one monitor, via SDK v16.2 and KONA 5 - Access to the AJA SDK for the open source developer community - 64/32-channel audio support for KONA 5, Corvid 44 12G, Corvid 88, and Corvid 44 more infos at bei www.aja.com