AJA - Case Study - Real-Time Virtual Production Solutions Powered by AJA Corvid I/O Cards

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AJA - Case Study - Real-Time Virtual Production Solutions Powered by AJA Corvid I/O Cards

Cineom Delivers Custom Real-Time Virtual Production Solutions Powered by AJA Corvid I/O Cards

Case Study

As India’s leading media solutions company and systems integrator, Cineom has provided its expertise to the M&E industry for more than 20 years.

With a team of technology evangelists that design innovative end-to-end solutions for live broadcast and post production, the company delivers complete setups for a range of clients across traditional and emerging markets. Striving to stay steps ahead of the latest technology trends, Cineom most recently added real-time virtual production to its suite of offerings, building turnkey solutions for clients using Zero Density’s Reality Engine, Epic Games’ Unreal Engine, NVIDIA Quadro graphics cards, and AJA Corvid video I/O cards, as well as additional software layers, cameras, and tracking devices tailored for each client’s production. 

“We pride ourselves on delivering innovative technology solutions for companies in India and the Middle East, and anticipating the potential of real-time virtual production, we began our R&D around the technology nearly two years ago,” said Priyan Parab, Assistant Manager, Business Development, Cineom. “We quickly realised that while virtual production is built on four core pillars – hardware, software, graphics and operations, there aren’t established workflows, so we worked to bridge these pieces for clients with a one-stop solution that could be trusted. Our team chose to integrate AJA Corvid 44 and 88 I/O cards into each system to ensure the utmost reliability for clients.”

Partnering with Zero Density, Cineom has built a range of custom solutions for real-time 3D compositing, keying, tracking, and delivering final pixels for projects based out of India and the Middle East. Depending upon production needs, each system includes an AJA Corvid 44 or 88 video I/O card – a decision that Cineom made after surveying customers on their gear preferences. 

“In talking to our customers about I/O technology, AJA Corvid cards quickly emerged as a favourite. They make it easy to handle the number of simultaneous I/O feeds that our customers’ projects demand, with high quality and minimal latency, which are vital to any virtual production. Most solutions use Corvid 44s, but for projects that require multiple simultaneous inputs and outputs at up to 4K resolution Corvid 88 is implemented,” explained  Parab. “Corvid is optimal for these solutions because all integrated components fit into one card that fits into a single PCI slot, allowing for more compact setups.” 

Implementing real-time virtual production workflows with I/O powered by AJA Corvid technology has helped Cineom clients more efficiently visualise shoot components prior to filming or during the chroma shoot. The setups also reduce or eliminate the need for location shoots altogether, as production sets can be digitally transformed to the desired aesthetic with convincing photorealism. To date, Cineom has created custom real-time virtual production systems for Camera Obscura, Star Sports, Retrophiles Film, and Liminal. 

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Overview - Corvid 44

Increase your video and audio I/O capacity with Corvid 44. Configure each SDI connection individually as input or output and mix formats for up to four HD or SD channels on a single card. As demand rises for higher resolutions, combine SDI connections into a single 4K/UltraHD channel, allowing incredible flexibility and futureproofing.

Features

  • PCIe Express Gen 2.0 8-lane
  • Up to four independent* channels 3G, HD, SD-SDI I/O
  • All SD/HD/2K x 1080/4K video formats
  • 3G input/output for High Frame Rate (HFR) support
  • 8/10-bit YCbCr and 12- bit RGB frame buffer formats
  • 2 independent Mixer/Keyer widgets.
  • 4 independent 16-channel 48 kHz SDI embedded audio I/O engines
  • Analog Colour Black or HD Tri-Level Sync
  • Three year warranty

Corvid 44 is now available in a Fanless version for sound sensitive environments. 

* Channels must use the same master clock. Eg, 29.97 and 59.94

Multi-Stream, Multi-Format PCIe I/O Card

Corvid 44 allows AJA Developer Partner applications to access up to four simultaneous input and output streams on a single PCIe card, making it perfect for a wide variety of medium density applications.  

Flexible Multi-Format I/O

Each BNC connection on Corvid 44 can be set programmatically as either an input or output and each can support a different video format, provided all format use the same clock timing. Connections can also be linked together to support dual link or 4K/UltraHD formats.

About Corvid 
AJA’s Corvid family of PCIe cards are designed for digital uncompressed video and audio I/O with integration into third-party solutions offered by Developer partners. Corvid 88 delivers 4K/UltraHD/HD/SD high-density independent multi-channel video and audio I/O via an 8-lane PCIe 2.0 card for 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD/SD, while four simultaneous input and output streams are offered by the Corvid 44 8-lane PCIe card and Corvid 24 4-lane PCIe card. Designed for maximum video and audio I/O capacity, Corvid 88 and Corvid 44 supports up to 4K/UltraHD workflows at frame rates up to 60p for the most demanding workflows.

Check out our AJA Developer page or explore Corvid on the AJA website.

About AJA Video Systems, Inc.
Since 1993, AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer of video interface technologies, converters, digital video recording solutions and professional cameras, bringing high-quality, cost-effective products to the professional, broadcast and post-production markets. AJA products are designed and manufactured at our facilities in Grass Valley, California, and sold through an extensive sales channel of resellers and systems integrators around the world. For further information, please see our website at www.aja.com.

Call us to arrange a demonstration on 01582 469555. 

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