AJA announces on the Creative Cow.

Finally. And while it may be late…better late than glitchy.

“Io HD is simply the most sophisticated product we have ever built, and it obviously took longer than we first expected. The final result is nothing short of spectacular, from the pristine hardware implementation of the Apple ProRes 422 codec, to the huge host of solid software and hardware features. Io HD is by far the most feature-rich and stable version 1.0 product we have ever released, and we hope you will agree it was worth the wait.

As a quick refresher, here are some facts about the Io HD:

– 10-bit 4:2:2 full-raster HD over Firewire 800
– Apple ProRes 422 and Apple ProRes 422 HQ Codec hardware integration — SD, HD 720/1080, full-raster 10-bit 4:2:2, realtime
– Up/down/cross-conversion, 10-bit, realtime, in hardware
– SD-SDI and HD-SDI input/output (x2)
– Component input/output (SD and HD)
– Composite and S-video input/output
– HDMI video w/2-channel audio input/output
– Embedded SDI 8-channel audio input/output
– AES/EBU 8-channel unbalanced audio input/output (BNC)
– Analog 4-channel balanced audio input/output (XLR)
– Analog 2-channel unbalanced audio output (RCA)
– Genlock, terminated with buffered output
– RS-422 machine control
– LTC Timecode input/output
– All-new AJA-developed QuickTime driver software
– Core Audio support
– 3-year International Warranty and Support
– No proprietary cables!
– Designed specifically for Apple Final Cut Studio 2 on Mac OS X

– US MSRP $3,495


OK…first I buy a MacBook Pro…or MacPro…then I buy this. Perhaps the MBP as I like the portability idea…

Now…where to get the money…