ADK creative upgrades post facility with AJA 4K/UHD 12G-SDI solutions
Atelier Arte, the post-production arm of Japanese advertising creative services provider ADK Creative One, recently teamed with technology partner Visual Graphics Inc. (VGI) to overhaul its existing post-production infrastructure with a new AJA system capable of handling 4K and HD content simultaneously with streamlined single-cable 12G-SDI transport
“We’ve never had 4K-compatible equipment in our editing rooms before, because 70% of our projects are currently television commercials for HD broadcast,” said Takeshi Yamamoto, Editor, ATELIER ARTE. “Our decision to build a hybrid 4K/HD production environment better positions our studio for bidding and accepting offers on higher-end 4K and HDR projects in the future.”
ATELIER ARTE’s upgraded post facility debuted in 2020, featuring a range of AJA 12G-SDI solutions “to simplify” routing, conversion and transmission of high bandwidth 4K signals. Central to operations is AJA’s KUMO 1616-12G compact router, which powers routing and distribution of 12G-SDI input signals to multiple output destinations around the studio. KUMO 1616-12G enables editors to operate 12G-SDI signals, with control of both 4K and HD video sources using a single button or via a convenient web-browser UI. Each of the facility’s three Flame Premium editorial suites are outfitted with an AJA KONA 5 PCIe I/O card, which supports HDR, HFR and 4K/UltraHD content via 12G-SDI. KONA 5 transmits the Flame’s output to the central KUMO 1616-12G router.
For signal conversions and extending 12G-SDI signals over fiber, ADK Creative One incorporated a range of AJA’s portable Mini-Converters into the upgraded facility infrastructure. AJA Hi5-12G converters were added to each of the six editorial rooms for converting 12G-SDI signals to HDMI, in order to display projects on 4K HDR monitors for review and client previews. A pair of AJA FiDO-T-12G and two FiDO-R-12G converters were installed to transport 12G-SDI signals via fiber, used for sharing signals over long distances between editorial rooms and to an EIZO ColorEdge reference monitor for review purposes.
“AJA gear has an excellent reputation for reliability, and in the event of failure, AJA offers full repair services to ensure minimal downtime to keep our operations stable and up-and-running,” added Kosuke Yamada, Data Manager, ATELIER ARTE.