AJA Video Systems has expanded its range of portable 12G-SDI mini-converters, with new models that extend fibre connectivity to simplify the transfer of 12G-SDI over long distances (up to 10km) via a single optical cable with lockable ST connectors.


AJA: The new FiDO-R-12G-ST and FiDO-T-12G-ST fibre/SDI converters

The new FiDO-T-12G-ST and FiDO-R-12G-ST enable conversion between 12G-SDI and ST fibre; while the HA5-12G-T-ST and Hi5-12G-R-ST support conversion between HDMI 2.0 and 12G-SDI and ST fibre. The 12G-AMA facilitates 12G-SDI analogue audio embedding and disembedding, with a range of model variations available for transmitting and receiving signals over 12G-SDI BNC, LC fibre or ST fibre. The converters cost from $895 to $1395 each.

“Our new 12G-SDI mini-converters offer advanced flexibility for a range of live production and pro-AV workflows, extending fibre connectivity options and featuring single-cable transport to further streamline production chains,” said Nick Rashby, president, AJA Video Systems. “As we continue to expand our portfolio of mini-converters, we’re committed to providing our customers with the latest 12G-SDI solutions for simpler cabling and increased bandwidth, especially as the production of higher raster, deep-colour content continues to grow.”

FiDO-T-12G-ST is a single-channel 12G-SDI to single-mode ST fibre transmitter, with 12G-SDI loop out. Featuring dual 12G-SDI outputs, FiDO-R-12G-ST is a single-channel, single-mode ST fibre to 12G-SDI receiver. All models include ST connectors and feature compact profiles for small spaces.

HA5-12G-T-ST converts HDMI 2.0 to 12G-SDI for 4K/Ultra HD single link outputs and includes 12G ST fibre connectivity for transporting signals over long distances. Hi5-12G-R-ST is a 12G-SDI to HDMI 2.0 mini-converter featuring 12G ST fibre connectivity that supports up to 60p for 4K/Ultra HD. HDR support includes HDR10 metadata in accordance with HDMI 2.0/CTA-861.3, as well as HLG over HDMI.

12G-AMA is a four-channel analogue audio embedder/disembedder with support for 12G-SDI BNC input and output up to 4K/Ultra HD. Both the embed and disembed functions are simultaneously active, and the supplied breakout cable offers four-channel balanced XLR input and output. 12G-AMA is also available as 12G LC fibre transmitter, receiver and transceiver models, as well as 12G ST fibre transmitter and receiver models.

These new mini-converters run on 5-16v DC power (with DWP-U-R1 universal power supply included).

AJA has also released new $395 Small Form-factor Pluggable (SFP) network interface modules. The Fibre ST-1RX-12G is now available for AJA 12G-AMA and Hi5-12G converters, while the Fibre ST-1TX-12G supports the AJA 12G-AMA and HA5-12G.