AJA Video Systems



Io Express is the perfect Mac or PC interface for anyone who needs a quality portable monitoring More
MSRP: $995

Portable Video Audio I/O Interface. Power to Go for Cross Platform File-based Workflows
Io Express is the perfect Mac or PC interface for anyone who needs a quality portable monitoring and mastering solution when working with Apple ProRes 422 and Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), XDCAM HD, DVCPRO HD, and more. Built small and robust, Io Express is ideal for use with Ki Pro and a laptop for onset editing and playout. Featuring full 10-bit, broadcast-quality HD to SD hardware down-conversion and automatic HD/SD 12-bit component analog output, Io Express offers conversion flexibility all the time - during ingest or playback.

Io Express Connectivity

Io Express Connectivity

If you work with a wide variety of formats, frame rates and audio/video sources, Io Express provides the connectivity you need. With its small footprint it offers big features, like 10 or 8-bit uncompressed video, HDMI I/O, HD/SD-SDI I/O with 8 channels of embedded audio, analog component video (SD/HD) or composite output, 2-channel unbalanced audio output, and broadcast quality hardware-based down-conversion for flexible post production. The HDMI I/O is v1.3a at 30 bits per pixel, providing ideal support for the very latest 10-bit monitors.

Io Express Mac Workflow

On a Mac

Io Express and its quality AJA OSX QuickTime driver offer support for Final Cut Studio and most professional video applications (including those needing Core Audio support). Some of the applications you can use with Io Express include:

  • Apple Final Cut Pro, Color, and Soundtrack
  • Avid Media Composer 5.5
  • Adobe Premiere Pro (via AJA plug-in)
  • Adobe After Effects (via AJA plug-in)
  • Adobe PhotoShop (via AJA plug-in)
  • VTR Xchange

In addition to working with 3rd-party OSX applications, Io Express ships with the AJA Control Panel, an application used to select the input audio/video source, configure down-conversions and much more. Other useful utilities are also provided, such as the AJA Data Rate Calculator, useful for calculating storage and bandwidth requirements, and AJA System Test, useful for benchmarking storage.

Io Express Windows Workflow

On a PC

Io Express and its Windows 7, XP and Vista drivers, support a wide array of applications both natively and via supplied plug-ins. Applications supported include:

  • Adobe Premiere Pro (via AJA plug-in)
  • Adobe After Effects (via AJA plug-in)
  • Adobe PhotoShop (via AJA plug-in)
  • Avid Media Composer 5.5
  • Eyeon Fusion 64 bit
  • CineForm Prospect 4K, CineForm Neo HD,
    CineForm Prospect HD, CineForm Neo 4K
  • Drastic Media NXS
  • Sony Vegas
  • Autodesk Combustion

AJA Io Express software works with all typical PC file formats?including DPX, Cineon, TGA, TIFF, BMP, YUV, AVI or QuickTime. For Windows utilities, AJA provides PC versions of the AJA Data Rate Calculator and AJA System Test utilities mentioned earlier.

Ideal for all workflows

Io Express can go where you go with a laptop or tower and editing software of your choice. A rear panel PCIe connector connects to laptops via an Expresscard, or to a Mac Pro or Windo

MacBook Pro or Windows Laptop Ingests:

  • DV25/DV50
  • SD Uncompessed
  • Apple ProRes 422
  • SD and limited HD

MacBook Pro or Windows Laptop Plays Back:

  • DV25/DV50
  • SD Uncompessed
  • Apple ProRes 422 HD/SD
  • HDV


  • HD/SD-SDI input/output
  • HDMI v1.3a with Deep Color support at 30 and 36 bits per pixel
  • HD/SD Component Video output
  • 2-Channel RCA audio output
  • LTC I/O (selectable LTC Input/Reference Video Input)
  • RS422
  • Expresscard/PCIe interfaces, over 1-lane PCIe cable (Expresscard standard, PCIe card optional for Mac Pro or Windows workstation)
  • For Mac OSX and Windows XP/Vista
  • Support for Final Cut Studio and Adobe CS4
  • Small, portable case design
  • 3-meter PCIe tether cable
  • 12v DC power supply
  • Rackmount kit optional
  • AJA 3-year warranty

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