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AJA Io XT I/O Capture & Playback Device with Thunderbolt

Abel Code: AV-IO XT
Mfr. Code: Io XT
Estimated to Ship – 3-7 days
Special Order Only
This is a special order item. You will be charged upon placing your order, which is non-cancelable and non-returnable.
The compact, portable Io XT provides desktop-level performance to improve your workflow with Thunderbolt dual-port daisy-chain connectivity anytime or anywhere. Io XT features 10-bit 3G/Dual-link/HD/SD-SDI, Component Analog, and HDMI connectivity.
Key Highlights
  • Dual 3G/HD/SD-SDI input/output
  • Suits Mac with Thunderbolt ports
  • 4:4:4 RGB via Single- & Dual-Link SDI


AJA's Io XT suits fast video capture and playback for professional post production and on set applications. It is fully compatible with most popular NLE programs, the newest codecs, video formats, stereoscopic 3D workflows, and more.

The Io XT connects to your Mac via a single Thunderbolt cable, while providing a second Thunderbolt connector for daisy-chaining other Thunderbolt-enabled devices (such as storage) for use on set, or in your edit suite. High-end features include: 3G/Dual-link/HD/SD-SDI, Component Analog, and HDMI connectivity. AJA's OS X software and drivers connect the hardware to extensive codec and media support.

For SDI digital video, Io XT features (2) 3G/HD/SD-SDI inputs and two outputs, plus HDMI 1.3 input and HDMI 1.4a output-including support for 3D, as well as component/composite output, LTC or Reference input, LTC output, 8 channels of embedded digital audio I/O and 8 channels of analog audio output. The 9-pin RS422 connector allows for use with Digital Betacam, DVCPro50, HDCAM, DVCPRO HD, D5, or HDCAM SR VTR-or any other professional device.

It also supports single link 3G 4:4:4 and dual link 4:4:4 HD-SDI, with full bandwidth 4:4:4 RGB at 10-bits for 1080i, 1080p, 1080PsF and 720p formats, and can even convert between 4:4:4 and 4:2:2 formats for single link HD-SDI monitoring and output.

Thunderbolt Enabled Workflow

You can connect your digital sources via SD/HD-SDI or HDMI for capture and editing via a wide variety of formats. Master to any digital or analog device through high-quality professional SDI, HDMI or component outputs.

Video feed comes into your Io XT from 3G, HD/SD-SDI, HDMI, Dual Link or 2K from camera, deck or telecine. The Io XT then feeds your Master VTR or file based recorder, a professional broadcast output monitor, high-quality audio monitor and a reference or client monitor with 2K/HD/SD.


  • (2) Thunderbolt ports (supports multiple Thunderbolt-enabled device daisy-chaining)
  • (2) 3G/HD/SD-SDI inputs and outputs
  • Single link SDI 4:2:2 support
  • Dual-link SDI 4:4:4 support
  • Single link 4:4:4 support (3G)
  • HDMI input and output (with support for HDMI 1.4a 3D displays)
  • Analog component/composite HD/SD output, 10-bit
  • Video Up, Down, and Cross conversion (hardware-based, 10-bit)
  • 8-channel embedded SDI audio i/o
  • 8-channel (4 pairs) balanced analog audio output (using a DB-25 type cable)
  • Front panel LED VU meters
  • Headphone output w/level control
  • Reference In/LTC In (selectable)
  • LTC output
  • RS-422
  • 4-pin XLR Power (AC adapter included)
  • AJA Technical Support and International Warranty included
  • Designed to be reliable, tough, and portable




Key Highlights

  • Dual 3G/HD/SD-SDI input/output
  • Suits Mac with Thunderbolt ports
  • 4:4:4 RGB via Single- & Dual-Link SDI
  • Capable of daisy-chaining
  • Video up/down cross conversion
  • HDMI I/O
  • Single link SDI 4:2:2 support

Inputs & Outputs

Video I/O:
Video Output - DIGITAL: Single Link 4:2:2 or 4:4:4 (1 x BNC)
Video Input - Single Link 4:2:2 or 4:4:4 (1 x 3G BNC)
Audio I/O:
8 x Audio Input - 8-Channel, 16- and 24-bit HDMI embedded audio, 48 kHz sample rate, synchronous
Audio Output - DIGITAL: 8-Channel, 16 and 24-bit HDMI embedded audio, 48 kHz sample rate, synchronous

Media Conversion

Interfaces / Ports:
2 x Electrical - Thunderbolt 1
Machine Control - RS-422, Sony 9-pin protocol
Machine Control - RS-422, Sony 9-pin protocol
Reference Input:
1 x BNC - assignable to Reference video or LTC input
Video vs. Audio Conversion:
Audio/Video Converter
Sig Conversion Features:
Aspect Ratio Conversion Notes - SD to SD - V Crop: Will transform SD letterbox material to an anamorphic image
Up Converter - Zoom Wide: results in a combination of zoom and horizontal stretch to fill a 16:9 screen; this setting can introduce a small aspect ratio change
Down Converter - Letterbox: image is reduced with black top and bottom added to image area with the aspect ratio preserved
Cross-Converter - Hardware 10-bit
Add'l Proc Functions:
Audio Mixer (built-in)


Recording Resolution:
SD - 625i 25
HD - 1920x1080 - 720p 23.98*, 24*, 25*, 29.97*, 30*, 50, 59.94, 60 * These formats are dependent on specific software functionality and are not normal over the wire formats
2K - 1080PsF 23.98, 24, 25
Bit Rate:


8.8 in
5.8 in
15.8 in
4 lb
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