ColorBox from AJA is a compact, high-performance converter for color managed workflows designed to specifically meet the conversion needs of broadcast, live events, and on-set applications. Supporting Standard Dynamic Range (SDR), High Dynamic Range (HDR), and Wide Color Gamut (WCG) signals, it utilizes 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 for single wire 4K/UltraHD HDR up to 4:2:2 10-bit 60p or 4:4:4 12-bit 30p with a unique color processing pipeline.
Built around the 33-point 3D LUT processor with tetrahedral interpolation, AJA Color Pipeline provides additional 4x 1D LUTs and 2x 3x3 matrices that are each individually configurable even as Proc Amps or RGB Color Correctors. Easily manage color processing options via the web user interface which can be accessed directly from a wired Ethernet connection or through a wireless connection via a third party WiFi USB adapter.
ColorBox includes processing pipeline modes from Colorfront and NBCU LUTs, as well as a powerful AJA Color Pipeline. ColorBox also expands its capabilities by offering licensable upgrade options for advanced color managed workflows, including BBC HLG LUTs and the all new ORION-CONVERT engine. ORION-CONVERT’s unique real-time floating point math approach to color transforms produces higher precision results to get “access to the colors between the colors.” This enables pixel perfect color transforms and round tripping where maintaining colors is paramount.
ColorBox also offers a sophisticated test pattern generator and frame store, bringing useful tools to your workflow, including the ability to capture up to a 4K image as a 16-bit .tiff file for the highest quality reference stills. ColorBox can even overlay information onto the image, including helpful user definable text fields. These images can be saved locally on ColorBox or onto a third party connected PC running an application like Pomfort’s Livegrade Pro/Studio and Assimilate Live Looks.
12-bit 4:4:4 12G-SDI I/O for up to 4K/UltraHD HDR/WCG 30p
10-bit 4:2:2 12G-SDI I/O for up to 4K/UltraHD HDR/WCG 60p
12-bit 4:4:4 HDMI 2.0 output for up to 4K/UltraHD HDR/WCG 30p
10-bit 4:2:2 HDMI 2.0 output for up to 4K/UltraHD HDR/WCG 60p
Ultra low latency, less than ½ a video line
Extensive AJA Color Pipeline built around the 33pt. 3D LUT processor with tetrahedral interpolation
7x nodes plus Overlay
1x 3D LUT processor, user configurable as 3D LUT or Dynamic
4x 1D LUT processors, user configurable as 1D LUT, Dynamic, or Color Corrector
2x 3x3 Matrix processors, user configurable as 3x3 Matrix, Dynamic, or ProcAmp
Supports industry standard file types, no conversion to proprietary format required
Configurable Colorspace, Range, and Transfer Characteristic
Full frame LUT processing
Five Color Processing Pipelines
ORION-CONVERT Mode (Licensable option)
BBC HLG LUT Mode (Licensable option)
Video Preview in web user interface for confidence monitoring
Built in Frame Store
Up to 4K/UltraHD frame capture and recall
Capture pre or post processed images
Test Pattern up to 4K/UltraHD, 9x test patterns built-in
Overlay information on output
Input and Output signal information
Overlay can be captured with image for future reference
Onboard library for file management
16x 1D LUTs
16x 3D LUTs
16x 3x3 Matrices
ANC metadata pass-through
Embedded audio pass-through, SDI 16-ch. and HDMI 8-ch.
User defined text fields that can be overlaid on image
Preset Management, 10 per Pipeline plus Startup Preset
Compact; 4 units can fit in just 1RU
Ultra quiet fan operation
Robust locking 4-pin mini-XLR power connector, DC power
On/Off button so you can save power when not in use
Select button used to bypass video processing
Extensive API for 3rd party control integrations
Embedded web server for remote control
Configure IP Address via USB port and supplied AJA eMini-Setup software for PC/Mac
Three year warranty
ColorBox features elegant design, with the front panel offering:
USB OTG (on-the-go) port, configure initial IP address or connect 3rd party WiFi adapter
Select Button, manually bypass video processing
Power Button, save power when not in use
SDI Lock LED, indicates lock to supported SDI input format
Status LED, indicates various ColorBox states
The rear provides:
12G-SDI loop through output
HDMI 2.0 Output
4-pin mini-XLR power
1GigE Ethernet port
The ultra quiet fan and properly positioned vents draw cool air through the front of the unit and exhausts warm air out of the back.
Integration Across Broad Applications
ColorBox offers key applications for modern workflows, including:
4K/UltraHD SDR and HDR pipelines for live television and concert production. OB trucks and other live event infrastructure can easily use ColorBox to convert SDR signals to HDR and HDR to other delivery formats. The licensable ORION-CONVERT and BBC HLG LUTs options as well as the free built-in Colorfront transforms and NBCU LUTs provide all the necessary tools to manage HDR workflows. For hardware based control, SKAARHOJ and CyanView have integrated native control of ColorBox into their control panels.
On set look management and color grading for DITs or anyone in charge of ensuring that the content captured on set will meet the needs of the Cinematographer, Director of Photography, colorist, costume and lighting designers, and editors on the production. A DIT can easily manage workflows to load multiple looks, make adjustments as needed and save reference images (up to 4K) for dailies, postproduction, and later use. Pomfort’s Livegrade Pro and Studio and Assimilate Live Looks and Live Assist integrate easily, offering native control of ColorBox in real time. The unique full frame processing capability of ColorBox eliminates partial frame LUT processing.
Monitor Calibration. Wherever the highest quality display calibration is required for a production studio, rental house, production or post production facility, ColorBox can help. ColorBox features an extensive API that allows 3rd parties to control the ColorBox Frame Store and its ability to output 12-bit RGB test patches for high quality monitor calibration applications.
Compact Form Factor
ColorBox is just 4in. x 7.5in., requiring a small footprint on your desktop or you can rack mount up to four ColorBox devices in just 1RU for easy addition to both production and post installations, in DIT carts, fly away kits, and equipment racks. It is also lightweight at just 1 lb. making it perfect for DIT and mobile applications.
ColorBox comes with a range of Pipelines to choose from. Select any particular Pipeline for your production needs. Some Pipelines are designed specifically for live broadcast or live event needs. Others, like the AJA Color Pipeline, offer great flexibility for more control over each step of a transform for any application. Pipelines like BBC HLG LUTs or ORION-CONVERT will display a watermark over the image until a license is applied offering you the ability to evaluate the color science prior to purchasing the optional license. ColorBox offers unique image processing capabilities with an unrivaled array of options for a device of its type with full 12-bit 4:4:4 up to 4K 30p and 10-bit 4:2:2 up to 4K 60p. Full bypass nodes are also offered for both 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 out, for quick comparisons.
These are the five Pipelines available:
ORION-CONVERT (requires License to remove watermark)
BBC HLG LUTs (requires License to remove watermark)
*Various 3-D LUT sizes are supported, but will be converted to 33 point for processing
Note: Raster and Frame Rate Dependent, please see ColorBox Video Formats in Documents and Manual
*If a connected monitor doesnt support HDMI protocol the unit automatically switches to DVI protocol (which does not pass audio)Note: Raster and Frame Rate Dependent, please see ColorBox Video Formats in Documents and Manual
*Lynksys AC1200 and Netgear AC1900