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Kona LHi

Kona LHi

Kona LHi

Price:1,399.00  +VAT  (1,678.80 Inc. VAT at 20%)

The Most Flexible Card for Analogue and Digital Standard and High Definition Workflows

The AJA KONA LHi bridges the gap between legacy analogue devices and the latest 3Gb SDI and HDMI enabled products providing editing, monitoring and mastering of professional quality video in an affordable, powerful, easy to use product.


If your post-production facility works with a wide variety of formats, frame rates and audio/video sources, the AJA KONA LHi provides the connectivity you need.

Connect everything from an HDMI enabled camera to an HD-SDI VTR to KONA LHi. Connecting to any of your legacy analog video signals is also possible through configurable component, composite, or s-video. Via an Input PassThrough mode, you can even configure the card to act as a converter within your computer.

KONA LHi offers a full host of no-compromise features: 10-bit or 8-bit uncompressed video, 2-channel AES digital audio and 8-channel SDI embedded digital audio, analogue composite or s-video or SD/HD component video I/O, 2-channel balanced analog audio I/O, and broadcast-quality hardware-based up/down/cross conversion for flexible SD and HD post production.

KONA LHi's HDMI 1.3a support allows you to feed a "deep colour" monitor with glorious 10-bit video, banishing video banding and preserving your gradients and rich colour palate. Only KONA LHi delivers this 10-bit deep colour state-of-the-art HDMI support.

Broadcast-quality conversions

Like the AJA KONA 3 product, the KONA LHi features full 10-bit, broadcast-quality, motion-adaptive SD to HD up-conversion, HD to HD cross conversion, HD to SD down-conversion, and automatic HD/SD 12-bit component analogue output. Since KONA LHi's conversions are hardware-based, they are available all the time - during ingest or playback. Outputs can be configured independently allowing you to have simultaneous HD and SD output - or two different types of HD - 720 or 1080 - output at the same time via cross-conversion.

Extend your Connectivity with KLHi-Box

The optional KLHi-Box provides all the standard features of a cable for 1RU rack mounted I/O convenience and added connectivity in the form of additional BNC digital AES/EBU connectors and RCA audio monitoring jacks.


  • 3G/HD/SD SDI input/output
  • HDMI v1.3a w/Deep Colour at 30 bits per pixel input/output
  • 12-bit HD analogue component input/output
  • 12-bit SD analogue component, composite, or S-Video input/output
  • 10-bit Hardware-based realtime up/down/cross-conversions
  • 2-ch balanced XLR AES digital audio and 2-ch balanced XLR analogue audio input/output
  • 8-ch SDI embedded audio input/output
  • HD/SD Genlock and RS-422 machine control
  • LTC Input (on Reference input)
  • Breakout cables standard, affordable breakout box optional
  • Mac or PC (same card works on either system)
  • Supports Adobe Premiere Pro CS5, After Effects, Photoshop, Autodesk Combustion and Eyeon Digital Fusion on PC
  • Supports Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects and Photoshop

The Kona Lhi breakout box

Kona LHi breakout box

KONA LHi Specifications


  • PCIe 4-lane compatible

Video Input

  • Digital:
    • 3G SD and HD-SDI, SMPTE-259/292/296/424, 10-bits HDMI v1.3
  • Analog:
    • Composite/S-Video (Y/C):
      • NTSC, NTSCJ, PAL 12-bit A/D, 2x oversampling
      • 3 line adaptive comb filter decoding
    • SD Component:
      • SMPTE/EBU N10, Betacam 525 line,
      • Betacam 525J, RGB
      • 12-bit A/D, 2x oversampling
    • HD Component:
      • YPbPr
      • 12-bit A/D
    • 1D LUT Support (PC)


    Video Formats Mac

    • 525i 29.97
    • 625i 25
    • 720p 23.98 *
    • 720p 24 *
    • 720p 25 *
    • 720p 29.97 *
    • 720p 30 *
    • 720p 50
    • 720p 59.94
    • 720p 60
    • 1080i 25
    • 1080i 29.97
    • 1080i 30
    • 1080PsF 23.98
    • 1080PsF 24
    • 1080PsF 25
    • 1080PsF 29.97
    • 1080PsF 30
    • 1080P 23.98
    • 1080P 24
    • 1080P 25
    • 1080P 29.97
    • 1080P 30
    • 1080P 50
    • 1080P 59.94
    • 1080P 60


    Video Output

    • Digital:
      • 3Gb SD and HD-SDI, SMPTE-259/292/296/424
      • HDMI v1.3, 30/36 bits/pixel, RGB or YUV, 2.25Gbps, SD,HD, 1080p50/60
    • Analog:
      • Composite/S-Video (Y/C):
        • NTSC, NTSCJ, PAL
        • 12-bit D/A, 8x oversampling
      • SD Component:
        • SMPTE/EBU N10, Betacam 525 line, Betacam 525J, RGB
        • 12-bit D/A, 8x oversampling
      • HD Component:
        • YPbPr, RGB
        • 12-bit D/A, 2x oversampling


    * Note: Formats marked with an asterisk are non "over-the-wire" VFR formats


  • Digital:
    • 24-bit SDI embedded audio, 8 channel, 48kHz
    • 24-bit AES audio, 2 channel, 48kHz
    • 16-bit capable
  • Analog:
    • 24-bit A/D and D/A, 2 channel balanced
    • XLR, 48kHz
    • +24dbu Full Scale Digital
    • +/- 0.2db 20 to 20kHz frequency response


  • Hardware 10-bit
  • Anamorphic: full-screen
  • Pillar box 4:3: results in a 4:3 image in center of screen with black sidebars
  • Zoom 14:9: results in a 4:3 image zoomed slightly to fill a 14:9 image with black side bars
  • Zoom Letterbox: results in image zoomed to fill full screen
  • Zoom Wide: results in a combination of zoom and horizontal stretch to fill a 16:9 screen; this setting can introduce a small aspect ratio change


  • Hardware 10-bit
  • Anamorphic: full-screen
  • Letterbox: image is reduced with black top and bottom added to image area with the aspect ratio preserved
  • Crop: image is cropped to fit new screen size


  • Hardware 10-bit
  • 1080i to 720P
  • 720P to 1080i
  • 720P to 1080PsF
  • SD to SD Aspect Ratio Conversion
  • Letterbox: This transforms SD anamorphic material to a letterboxed image.
  • H Crop: Will produce a horizontally stretched effect on the image; transforms anamorphic SD to full frame
  • SD Pillarbox: Will produce an image in the center of the screen with black borders on the left and right sides and an anamorphized image in the center
  • V Crop; Will transform SD letterbox material to an anamorphic image.

Reference Input

  • Analog Color Black (1V) or Composite Sync (2 or 4V) Non terminating, Looping, 75 ohm on KLHi-Box, terminated on supplied breakout cable, BNC assignable as LTC input or Reference Input

Machine Control

  • RS-422, Sony 9-pin protocol

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