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  • Kona LS – Impressions + S-Video

  • Luke Tregloan

    April 16, 2005 at 4:41 am

    Hi Everyone,

    Has anyone received their Kona LS yet?
    I’m anxious to hear a report on how it performs.

    Also, does it actually have S-Video In/Out.
    The brochure says it does, but the cables don’t appear in the picture.


  • Tim Langston

    April 16, 2005 at 11:50 am

    I believe you use two of the BNC’s to adapt to an S-Video connector.

    That’s just a guess.


    Tim Langston
    Cryin’ Out Loud Productions
    Fort Wayne, IN

  • Luke Tregloan

    April 17, 2005 at 11:59 pm

    Having downloaded the manual now, I see you’re right.

    I’m still keen to know what people think of it though.

    🙂 Luke

  • Tim Langston

    April 18, 2005 at 12:40 am

    Yeah, me too! Looks like I’m going to have to replace a Cinewave card if I want to use FCP5. It’s between the Kona LS, The Io, or the Decklink SP. Hmmmmm.


    Tim Langston
    Cryin’ Out Loud Productions
    Fort Wayne, IN

  • Dan Riley

    April 18, 2005 at 5:12 am

    Well, I know this is the AJA forum but why not consider
    the Aurora Pipe Studio? I’ve got it and love it.
    Had the KONA 2 before and had my dealer take it back.
    Not many monitoring or output options. And loads of
    audio troubles. Had to convert the AES out just to monitor
    your editing. Had this strange helicoptering audio every time
    I would start or stop the timeline.
    Only doing SD right now anyway. The Pipe Studio’s outputs
    all work at the same time, component, composite, SDI,
    s-video. No patching, special pigtails or whatever.
    Everything connects to the breakout box.
    No delay between the timeline and output. No offset.
    It’s a sweet system. And i love the single frame stop mode.
    It operates just like a digbeta. Stop and have a nice still.
    If you want to see both frames, no problem. Just change
    the pref. My opinion is AJA has more marketing money
    so you hear about them more, but Aurora makes a very good
    product too. And it runs all outputs at the same time.
    Great for running dubs of VHS, BetaSP, DigiBeta,
    SDI monitor and a Waveform monitor all at the same time.

    Just one man’s opinion.

  • john ladle

    April 18, 2005 at 7:43 am

    why stop there? get premiere on a crappy pc or better yet, canopus!

  • Brad Courtney

    April 18, 2005 at 11:28 am

    So far so good on my KonaLS. Its basically the KonaSD I replaced it with but without the maze of adapters and 3rd party drivers. I haven’t really broken it in yet though. One thing that baffled me was the input gain on the audio inputs defaults to “no levels whatesoever” so that took a few minutes to figure out what was going on for my first capture.

    Indeed you take the Y and Y-R bncs and use an adapter to make it an S-vid connector. I never use s-vid, but that appears to be how it works.

    The control panel is pretty straightforward to use for selecting inputs and I like that it doesn’t dump 50 capture and sequence templates that don’t apply to my card into FCP.

    Anyway just my 2 cents…I’ll report back if there are any issues that come up.

  • Dan Riley

    April 18, 2005 at 3:20 pm

    “why stop there? get premiere on a crappy pc or better yet, canopus!”

    Obviously done your homework.
    Great response.
    Solid, helpful information.

    G5, 2.5 gig dual. FCP4.5. CGM. Nattress. Motion. Aurora Pipe Studio.

  • john ladle

    April 18, 2005 at 3:43 pm

    sorry, i just don’t like trolling–especially rolling it back on a company as good as AJA. take it however you take it–probably with a main helping of DV footage.

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