Feature-packed update unlocks multi-channel signal analysis, and Dolby Vision metadata inspection and presentation; supports NDI connectivity, ARRI LogC4, and more 8K/UHD2

AJA Video Systems today announced v3.0 software for the AJA HDR Image Analyzer 12G, which brings powerful new features to the HDR monitoring and analysis solution. Designed to help professionals keep pace with evolving demands across live, on-set, quality control (QC), and post production environments, the free update delivers new workflow capabilities. It increases the volume of video channels that can be analyzed simultaneously, integrates new Dolby Vision tools, adds NDI connectivity options, expands support for the latest ARRI color science with ARRI LogC4 analysis, and enhances 8K/UHD2 compatibility for high-resolution workflows.

With multi-camera workflows a modern production standard, the ability to analyze more than one signal side-by-side and see adjustments reflected in real-time has become essential, especially for camera matching. With v3.0 software, HDR Image Analyzer 12G now supports up to four separate channels of signal analysis, up to 4x 4K/UHD. Each quadrant in the user interface (UI) is individually configurable to present an analysis tool for any of the four channels. The update lets users access a new four-channel view to monitor each signal simultaneously, with each channel showing the image, waveform, and vectorscope, plus audio metering.

In addition to offering multi-channel signal analysis capabilities, HDR Image Analyzer 12G v3.0 introduces Dolby Vision dynamic metadata inspection and presentation, with support for Dolby Vision v4.0 and v2.9, through automatic detection. The improvement allows users to take in an SDI signal with embedded Dolby Vision metadata and view the Dolby Vision metadata in various ways. L1 metadata is presented visually in the waveform as NIT markers and all of the metadata is displayed in the Dolby Vision metadata analysis tool as readable text. It can be seen in real-time on a scene-by-scene/shot-by-shot basis or as the metadata is changed upstream of the HDR Image Analyzer. Helping to accelerate color and QC workflows, this new feature addition gives professionals greater confidence that they’ve generated and validated the correct Dolby Vision metadata.

HDR Image Analyzer 12G v3.0 further broadens available device connectivity and delivers support for additional camera log color spaces and more 8K formats. Users can now send full NDI 4K/UHD/2K/HD signals over an ethernet connection to the HDR Image Analyzer 12G and run them through its robust image analysis toolset as they would with an SDI signal without external conversion technology – offering space, power, and cost savings. The feature arrives alongside new native support for ARRI LogC4 analysis and additional 8K/UHD2 format support. 8K 2SI/SQD quad-link YCbCr up to 60 fps, 8K 2SI/SQD quad-link RGB up to 30 fps, and 8K dual-link YCbCr up to 30 fps are now supported.

“Across the production chain, technology and workflows are rapidly progressing. AJA is dedicated to ensuring users are equipped with the tools they need to adapt with the industry, and our latest update for HDR Image Analyzer 12G is a reflection of that,” shared AJA President Nick Rashby. “It meets modern workflow demands with increased signal analysis capacity, new Dolby Vision SDI metadata inspection and analysis, NDI connectivity and host of other exciting improvements designed with user feedback in mind.”

AJA HDR Image Analyzer 12G is available now through AJA’s worldwide reseller network for $21,599 US MSRP. New v3.0 software for the device will be available September 2023 as a free download for existing HDR Image Analyzer 12G users. For more information, or to download the update once available, visit www.aja.com. See it live at IBC in Amsterdam September 15-18, 2023 at the AJA stand (7.C19).

About HDR Image Analyzer 12G

AJA HDR Image Analyzer 12G is a real-time, multi-channel, HDR and WCG monitoring and analysis solution featuring 12G-SDI and NDI connectivity and a comprehensive toolset supporting Log, SDR and HDR formats, including PQ and HLG. Developed in partnership with Colorfront, the powerful 1RU device supports up to 8K/UHD2 HDR monitoring and analysis for high raster content over 12G-SDI, with simple, single-cable connectivity for 4K/UHD workflows. It fuses AJA’s production-proven I/O technology with powerful HDR and WCG image analysis tools from Colorfront, including waveform, histogram and vectorscope monitoring and analysis.

Gabriel Mays

AbelCine Director of Rental
As Director of Rental, Gabriel Mays oversees growth of Rental by nurturing business relationships and unifying the customer experience nationwide. In his previous role as the LA Rental Manager, Gabriel worked with producers, cinematographers, and assistant camera operators to provide the highest level of customer service possible. He also ensured that all their equipment needs are met on budget. Before coming to AbelCine in 2015, Gabriel previously worked as a Communications Instructor and Electronic Media Engineer at a private university. He taught various courses in electronic media, including film, broadcasting, and digital arts. Gabriel is an award-winning cinematographer, director, producer, and editor known for his innovative research and implementation of new film techniques. He was also one of the first to implement HDSLR cameras into filmmaking. He has been the cinematographer on dozens of independent films, documentaries, and music videos.