AJA 12G-SDI I/O, 10-bit PCIe card, HDMI2.0 output with HFR support (ATX Power)
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Overview KONA-5 Take command of the most challenging projects using the immense power of the newest member of the KONA product line. KONA 5 is AJA’s blazingly fast, 8-lane PCIe 3.0 I/O card, designed for today’s most demanding video and audio workflows. Whether you are working with HFR
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Product Family IO Devices
Product category Video Capture Devices
Brand AJA
Video Output 3G-SDI HDMI RJ-45(IP)
Platform Mac Windows
Application Video Editing
Host interface BNC
Compatible Software Adobe After Effects Adobe Audition Adobe Flash Adobe Photoshop Adobe Premiere CC Apple Final Cut Pro X Avid Media Composer Telestream
Supported video modes 1080i 1080p 2160p 525i 625i 720p
Audio Output HDMI Embedded
Maximum video resolution 4096 x 2160, -
Audio Input HDMI Embedded
Video Input HDMI
Depth(mm) 175.26
Interface PCIe
Internal Y
Power consumption (typical) 28
Operating relative humidity (H-H) 10 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T) 0 - 40
Storage temperature (T-T) -40 - 60
Supported Resolutions 1024 x 768 1280 x 1024 1280 x 720p/50fps 1280 x 720p/59.94fps 1280 x 720p/60fps 1280 x 768 1280 x 800 1280 x 960 1360 x 768 1400 x 1050 1440 × 900 1600 x 1200 1680 × 1050 1856 × 1392/120fps 1920 x 1080i/25fps 1920 x 1080i/29.97fps 1920 x 1080i/30fps 1920 x 1080i/50fps 1920 x 1080i/59.94fps 1920 x 1080i/60fps 1920 x 1080p/23.976fps 1920 x 1080p/24fps 1920 x 1080p/25fps 1920 x 1080p/29.97fps 1920 x 1080p/30fps 1920 x 1080p/50fps 1920 x 1080p/60fps 1920 x 1080psf/23.976fps 1920 x 1080psf/24fps 1920 x 1080psf/25fps 1920 x 1080psf/29.97fps 1920 x 1200p/50fps 1920 x 1200p/60fps 2048 × 2160 2048 x 1080p 2048 x 1080PsF 2048 x 1152 2560 × 1440p 2560 x 1600 3840 x 2160p 4096 x 2160p

Overview KONA-5

Take command of the most challenging projects using the immense power of the newest member of the KONA product line. KONA 5 is AJA’s blazingly fast, 8-lane PCIe 3.0 I/O card, designed for today’s most demanding video and audio workflows.

Whether you are working with HFR 8K/UltraHD2, 4K/UltraHD, 2K/HD, SD, Deep Color and/or HDR, experience the quality and peace of mind that KONA 5 brings to your world. Supporting 10-bit 4:2:2 and 4:4:4, or even 12-bit* color spaces for pristine imagery, KONA 5 allows the flexibility to ingest and output with 12G/6G/3G-SDI and monitor with a full-size HDMI 2.0 port. The bidirectional 12G-SDI ports provide immense flexibility for capture and simultaneous pass through, and with the appropriate software, multi-channel capture and streaming.

For HDR workflows, KONA 5 supports HDR10 and HLG* for rich color delivery over HDMI 2.0. KONA 5 has the power for the work you do today and into the future.

*Application dependent


  • Supports 8K/UltraHD2/4K/UltraHD/2K/HD/SD ingest and output at frame rates up to 50/60 fps
  • Supports RGB 4:4:4 and YCbCr 4:2:2 workflows
  • 10-bit 4K/UltraHD and 2K/Dual Link/HD/SD input and output
  • 12-bit color support (application dependent)
  • HDMI 2.0 output (4K/UltraHD HFR 4:2:2 10-bit)
  • HDR10 support - HDR Infoframe metadata, in accordance with
  • HDMI 2.0a/CTA-861.3
  • HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) support
  • 8-Ch AES/EBU, 8-Ch embedded HDMI, and 16-Ch embedded SDI digital audio I/O
  • Reference Input on card (Analog black burst or Tri-level)
  • Extend external connectivity with included breakout cable
  • RS-422 support on 9-pin connector
  • macOS, Windows and Linux support
  • Free AJA Control Room and AJA Control Panel software to get you up and running with up to 8K HFR workflows right out of the box.
  • Professional Connectivity:
  • 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0

KONA 5 boasts 4x bidirectional 12G-SDI spigots and a Reference Input directly on the card bracket. The 4x HDBNC SDI connections can be used in a wide variety of configurations to support your creative needs;

use four cables simultaneously to support either 8K/UltraHD2 (via 4x 12G-SDI) or 4K/UltraHD (via 3G-SDI), alternatively use a single cable for input and a single cable for simultaneous pass-through/output for either 4K/UltraHD (via 1x 12G-, or 6G-SDI) or HD/2K (via 1x 3G-SDI, or even single/dual link 1.5G-SDI).

A full-sized HDMI 2.0 connection offers monitoring and output, with HDR , Deep Color and HFR support. Across the board, KONA 5 is the professionals choice for post, broadcast, graphics, virtual sets, pre-viz, live compositing and more.

Extended Connectivity

KONA 5 ships with an included breakout cable that offers extensive connectivity for AES, RS-422 control support and Reference:

  • 8-Channels of AES/EBU (BNC) In
  • 8-Channels of AES/EBU (BNC) Out
  • RS-422 9-pin connector for control
  • LTC In and Out

KONA 5 also ships with 5x HDBNC to full-size BNC “pigtails” to ensure out-of-the box compatibility with your SDI infrastructure.

Apple Mac Pro Compatible

AJA offers full compatibility for the new Apple Mac Pro, including support for AJA Control Room with Metal compatibility as well as extensive support for a range of applications. For productions handling high resolution workflows all the way up to 8K, KONA 5* is a perfect companion for the new desktop offering multi-channel 4K and 8K support.

*Special Note for ordering KONA 5 for use with a Mac Pro 2019

There are two choices:

  • (1) PN: KONA-5-R0-S01 will use PCIe slot power in Mac Pro 2019, but this KONA model should not be used in any other Mac or PC host system.
  • (2) PN KONA-5-R0 uses ATX power, and so can be used in other relevant Mac or PC host systems. However, a 3rd party ATX cable kit for the Mac Pro 2019 will be required

There are no caveats for other KONA or Io products.


HDR (High Dynamic Range) provides the ability to display a wider and richer range of colors, much brighter whites, and much deeper, darker blacks than standard signals allow. This gives your imagery a more ‘dynamic’ look and allows for natural true to life colors to be communicated to your audience.

KONA 5 delivers robust HDR compatibility to HDMI displays with support for HLG and HDR10 with HDR Infoframe metadata, in accordance with HDMI2.0a/CTA-861.3 and HD.

And, using AJA Control Panel and AJA Control Room, (free software provided for capture and playback along with the AJA Desktop Software package) you can get to work right away with HDR ingest, pass through and monitoring.


Connect your digital sources via 12G-SDI to KONA 5 for capture to a wide variety of formats.

Monitor via HDMI 2.0 output (HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision* and HDR10+*), and master to destinations using high quality professional SDI outputs, machine control and analog or tri-level reference.

*Dolby Vision and HDR10+ integration available when using the AJA SDK.

 Sync Up

KONA 5 can be locked to an external reference for integration into larger productions, or feed LTC in and out to ensure footage captured with KONA 5 has the proper timecode.

Machine Control

A 9-pin RS-422 port on the included breakout cable allows control of a range of external devices for frame accurate captures and layoffs.

AR support with Unreal Engine 4.22

Capture real time footage with KONA 5 over SDI from high quality cameras, meld your footage with your virtual environment created by the Unreal Engine and send it back out in real time to air - a growing need for broadcasters, augmented reality (AR) needs and more.

Digital film makers also benefit with these new workflows: On set, enhance your live action VFX work with the ability to see a full composite live during the course of the shoot. This results in fewer reshoots, the ability for actors to understand the virtual environment they are working within for stronger performances and ultimately leads to a range of efficiencies and cost savings with the added benefit of a smoother transition into post production.

Hardware Keying

The built-in hardware downstream keyer allows graphics and images up to 4K/UltraHD to be easily overlaid on the input video in realtime.

Legendary Support

AJA Technical Support is recognized as one of the best in the industry and is provided at no additional charge. Our support team will work with you to solve any issues you might encounter and get you working as quickly as possible.


KONA 5 supports macOS, Windows and Linux, providing incredible 4K

and multi-channel power for a wide range of creative applications.

AJA DataCalc

AJA DataCalc is a mobile OS application for iOS, iPadOS and Android, offering two modes for storage and time calculations based upon raster, frame rate and codec choices.

DataCalc - Calculate your storage needs before capture.

TimeCalc – Calculate the run time of materials you can capture by storage size.

Share results with your team straight from the application.

Industry Leading Support

AJA’s technical support is recognized as among the best in the industry and is available to all AJA customers. If you need assistance with any aspect of your KONA installation, configuration, operation or encounter any technical issue,  AJA Support will work with you to get up and running.

KONA products are covered by a generous three year warranty. Please see the individual Product’s Manual for additional specifics around warranty conditions for the product itself.

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