AJA ColorBox

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AJA has announced ColorBox, a new high-performance device featuring advanced algorithmic and LUT processing for accurate color space conversions. ColorBox supports 12G-SDI I/O & HDMI 2.0 output for up to 4K/UHD w/ HDR/SDR and up to 12-bit 4:4:4 processing.

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Key features

  • Up to 4K/UltraHD 60p 10-bit YCbCr 4:2:2 and 30p 12-bit RGB 4:4:4 signal support
  • 12G-SDI in/out, with loop out
  • HDMI 2.0 output
  • 5 Modes are available: AJA Color Pipeline, Colorfront, NBCU, BBC HLG, ORION-CONVERT
  • Extensive color processing using AJA Color Pipeline: 1D LUTs, 3×3 Matrices, and 3D LUT nodes for image manipulation/correction
  • Optional licenses for varying image processing needs, including BBC HLG LUTs and ORION-CONVERT with optimized floating point processing provides greater precision that can be achieved by standard LUT boxes
  • Lightweight portable form factor that easily fits on the desktop or up to 4 units in a 1RU rack
  • Intuitive and convenient web browser-based user interface with Video Preview for confidence monitoring.4K/UltraHD Frame Store capture and recall of 16-bit .TIFF, .JPEG, or .PNG files
  • Powerful built-in test pattern generator for simple setup and signal path validation
  • Extensive API/Software Development Kit (SDK) for third-party control of every parameter
  • The ability to key information onto a processed output with Overlay for local use or capture with customizable user fields
  • Ultra-low latency to ensure sources remain within the timing window of the downstream switcher in live production workflows
  • HDMI 2.0 output for 4K/UltraHD HDR enables cost-efficient monitoring on consumer displays
  • USB OTG port and third-party WiFi adapter provides wireless access to the web UI when a wired Ethernet connection is not available
  • ANC management with a user-defined field that can be overlaid or embedded in frame store .tiff files.

ColorBox was designed to be a portable device with unprecedented inline algorithmic color transforms and LUT processing capabilities for delivering precise and accurate color space conversions for live broadcast, live events, on-set production and post production. ColorBox enables a range of HDR and SDR conversions and allows DITs to load, modify, and save looks, and create reference images for dailies to ensure color accuracy.

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ColorBox features 12G-SDI in/out and HDMI 2.0 out for up to 4K/UltraHD 60p 10-bit YCbCr 4:2:2 and 30p 12-bit RGB 4:4:4 signal support. ColorBox includes AJA Color Pipeline (ACP) Mode with a 33-point 3D LUT processor with tetrahedral LUT interpolation, four built-in user-configurable 1D LUTs, and two 3×3 user-configurable matrices. ColorBox users also benefit from a built-in RGB color corrector and ProcAmp, extensive LUT, matrices and image libraries, powerful capture and recall capabilities, and ancillary (ANC) metadata management.

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All of this can be controlled via an integrated web browser-based interface.

In total, ColorBox offers five Modes with one active at any given time:

  • AJA Color Pipeline (ACP)
  • Colorfront
  • ORION-CONVERT (Optional license – watermarked preview)
  • BBC HLG LUT (Optional license – watermarked preview)

ColorBox places ultra-low-latency, high-density 4K/UltraHD processing into a portable device with a robust feature set of SDR/HDR/WCG color transforms for many applications. Extensive frame capturing features include pre-processed image capture or post-processed output capture for reference stills with overlaid metadata, such as video payload ID’s, pipeline configuration, and customizable user text. These frame captures can be saved locally and exported to the configuration PC running the web browser-based ColorBox user interface.

A built-in USB OTG port lets users configure ColorBox wirelessly via a 3rd party USB WiFi adapter. 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 outputs provide up to 4K/UHD video for local monitoring, and an additional 12G-SDI loop through output is available for connecting the unaltered source to other devices.

Price & Availability

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ColorBox is now available to purchase for $1995 USD. Optional licenses for the BBC HLG LUT pipeline are $145 USD and $695 USD for ORION-CONVERT pipeline.

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