AJA’s SDK v16.2 is available via traditional AJA Developer Programme enrollment and Open Source.
AJA Video Systems has launched Desktop Software version 16.2 for all KONA, Io and T-TAP Pro products as well as the 16.2 version of the AJA software development kit for the company’s development partners.
The new release offers workflow enhancements like support for the latest macOS, OBS Studio compatibility, improved 12-bit 4:4:4, RGB workflows for 4K/UHD, upgraded LUT functionality, new codec and special playback support in Control Room and expanded multichannel audio, the company said.
The release also underpins the launch of Io X3, the newest addition to AJA’s Io lineup of powerful Thunderbolt 3 connected mobile capture and output devices.
Available as a free download, Desktop Software v16.2 includes support for macOS Monterey and Windows 11. When installed on a system running OBS Studio v27.2 or higher, users will have immediate access to select AJA devices for multi- or single-channel capture and switching up to 4K/UltraHD 30p and 2K/HD 60p.
OBS Project core contributor Colin Edwards said: “With the release of the new AJA plugin for OBS Studio, users have even more choices for integrating OBS into professional broadcast workflows. This plugin sets a new standard for reliability and customisation when working with broadcast hardware. AJA has set an example for other hardware manufacturers by open-sourcing their SDK and driver source code. We would like to thank the AJA engineers who have worked with us to make this happen.”
Desktop Software v16.2 also enables vivid 4K/UltraHD colour workflows due to new 12-bit, 4:4:4, RGB firmware for KONA 5 and Corvid 44 12G, with support for a full 12-bit pipeline across capture-to-colour-space conversion and output. This functionality is backed by an upgrade to the cube format for all 12-bit and 10-bit LUT capabilities, bringing compatibility between AJA hardware and third-party colour and mastering applications.
Workflow options with included AJA Control Room software are expanded through the addition of H.264 and H.265 capture and playback up to 2K/HD 60p, including Timecode and Closed Captioning support, and further provide seamless compatibility with mobile devices, PCs, and AJA Ki Pro GO media. With the introduction of Io X3, a new MultiView feature allows up to four incoming SDI sources to be monitored on a single external HDMI monitor, providing a confidence view for multi-channel workflows with OBS Studio and Telestream Wirecast.
In addition to the traditional AJA Developer Programme enrollment, AJA’s SDK v16.2 is also now available via Open Source, offering multiple options for developers looking to incorporate powerful AJA technologies into product design and development. SDK v16.2 also introduces a host of new features, including 64/32 audio channel support with KONA 5, Corvid 44 12G, Corvid 88, and Corvid 44, enabling users to ingest and output up to 64 discrete audio channels across multiple SDI links, perfect for the latest 8K workflows that require 22.2 audio mastering.
Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems, added: “Desktop Software v16.2 is a huge update. Ensuring the highest-fidelity imagery with wider colour depth, support for 12-bit colour during post-production and monitoring and is critical for any production looking to achieve the desired look. Desktop Software and SDK v16.2 expand support for 12-bit RGB across our production-proven KONA, Io, Corvid, T-TAP Pro, and the new Io X3, while also introducing new capabilities to streamline complex workflows. We’re also excited to open up the AJA SDK to input from global open source developers, whose contributions can foster new innovation and help drive the industry forward.”
AJA Desktop Software v16.2 is now available as a free download from AJA’s support page, and AJA SDK v16.2 is accessible to participants of the AJA Developer Program as a free download from AJA’s Developer Partner site. The Open Source Developer community can access the AJA SDK from AJA’s GitHub page.