AJA Announces the Ki Pro Quad, a 4K RAW/Quad HD/2K/HD Recorder for $4,000

AJA is making some big news at NAB, as they just announced the Ki Pro Quad, a 4K recorder that takes the best features of the Ki Pro and Ki Pro Mini, and adds 4K RAW support. Canon is working closely with AJA to support the 4K C500 camera, and they were showing it off connected to the KPQ at their booth. AJA has finally added a reference monitor with playback, so you can be sure that you are actually recording when you hit the button on the Ki Pro Quad. I had a chance to talk with Andy Bellamy of AJA about the KPQ, and embedded below is a video showing the device and the conversation I had with Andy.

Here are the initial specs from AJA's website on the Ki Pro Quad:

  • 4K/Quad HD/2K/HD Solid State Video Recorder
  • Supports 10-bit 4:4:4 and 10-bit 4:2:2
  • RAW support
  • Debayer and ProRes encode to on-board SSD
  • Realtime pass-through of RAW data via Thunderbolt™
  • Uncompressed and debayered 4K monitoring output
  • Dedicated HD monitoring via SDI and HDMI
  • Record to edit-friendly 4K, 2K, or HD ProRes files on removable SSD media
  • Offload ProRes files to your non-linear edit system via AJA Thunderbolt™ SSD reader

The Ki Pro Quad should be available sometime this year for the low price (compared to other 4K recorders) of $4000. It's great to see more manufacturers beginning to support 4K pipelines because if the industry wants to move there, then we need solutions that are not costly.

Link: AJA Ki Pro Quad

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So the C500 will be 10 bit. Not really sure how this is supposed to be the camera that competes with Epic? Scarlet yes, but that's only if canon slashes their crazed pricings regime in half. If C300 comes down to 12K. And they sell this for 18k. They might be in business. Though personally I'd still greatly prefer an FS700 + BMD cinema camera with resolve for 12K. And for 18K you can be properly up and running with a ScarletX and then you also have 16 bit, 5K stills and an upgrade path... But the reported rumblings are for 25-30K and that's without spending four grand on the recorder. I just find it all so off base.

I think between BMD, Sony and RED have shown just how badly canon have played you hand. They really are testing their brand loyalty to it's utmost limits.

April 17, 2012 at 11:10AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Lliam Worthington

I hope this will support the high speed 60fps @ 4k and 120fps modes on the C500 :)

April 21, 2012 at 12:11PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Guys, you're doing great job delivering these updates... It must be intense but please keep going!

April 17, 2012 at 11:26AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


btw, I'm proud to be nofilmschool member :D big respect!

April 17, 2012 at 11:27AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


This is far and away the best coverage (content and aesthetics) I've seen coming out of NAB this year... Thanks for a great job.

April 17, 2012 at 12:28PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


here is the answer to FS700... if the 4k raw update doesn't cost much, death to C500!

April 17, 2012 at 2:08PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


If only the fs700 had more than 11 stops of dynamic range

April 17, 2012 at 3:30PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


This and the C500... two great tastes that I'd bet would taste great together.

April 18, 2012 at 12:08AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM