AJA KiPro-Mini Recorder HD

Solid-state miniature HD recorder

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Miniature solid state recording device small enough to mount to a camera and shooting onto solid state compact Flash (CF) cards in a native Final Cut Pro ProRes format.

With a miniature form factor that makes for the smallest camera and recorder package available, Ki Pro Mini is powerful, supporting all four types of Apple ProRes 4:2:2 (including HQ, LT and Proxy) or in the latest firmware Avid DNxHD. The Ki Pro Mini simplifies the link between production and post by unobtrusively fitting in small spaces and acquiring on the best codec for use with Apple Final Cut Studio/Avid, from any SDI or HDMI camera, regardless of format. With its high quality digital connectivity, you've got the perfect solution for portable on-set digital capture.

  • Extreme Portability for any shooting environment
  • 10-bit full raster recording to Apple ProRes 4:2:2 SD and HD formats
  • Apple ProRes 4:2:2 (HQ)
  • Apple ProRes 4:2:2
  • Apple ProRes (LT)
  • Apple ProRes (Proxy)
  • Avid DNxHD 220x (1080p 10bit 4:2:2)
  • Avid DNxHD 145 (1080p 8bit 4:2:2)
  • Avid DNxHD 36 (720/1080 8bit 4:2:2)
  • Record Edit-Ready SD/HD files from any camera to Compact Flash (CF) cards
  • Skip log and capture with instant mounting of native OSX media
  • Professional connectivity through SD/HD SDI and HDMI I/O

Please note that the Ki Pro Mini works in a UDF file format and this means that you are not limited to a 4GB file size. This is excellent but has the limitation that it cannot automatically span the cards when one card fills up. If you need unlimited record capability across several cards, then use the NanoFlash recorder instead.

If you are shooting sound, then the Ki Pro has an additionally useful function of being able to switch the internal cooling fan off. Don't do this as a matter of course, otherwise you risk the unit overheating in regular use!

AJA's Ki Pro Mini was designed as a miniature field recorder for creating "ready- to-edit" professional digital video. It supports an Apple "file-based" workflow by recording standard Apple ProRes 4:2:2 QuickTime or Avid DNxHD files on industry standard Compact Flash (CP) media. When removed, Compact Flash cards function as standard HFS drives when connected to a Mac computer via any standard off the shelf Compact Flash reader.

Ki Pro Mini's multi-purpose mechanical design and small form factor allow flexibility in mounting to the camera or tripod using industry standard mounting plates or shoe adapters.

Like AJA's famous Ki Pro, KONA and Io HD desktop products, Ki Pro Mini offers unparalleled I/O quality. Within its portable and rugged form factor, Ki Pro Mini offers broadcast quality SD/HD digital I/O including SDI, HD-SDI and HDMI, two channels of balanced analog audio input (2 XLRs) with switch selectable line/mic levels, and LTC timecode input.

Control options are flexible, with front panel and web browser interfaces provided (Ethernet 10/100/1000 via an RJ45 connector).

The rental price is £60 per day on its own or £50 per day if hired with a camera.

Optional Table-top stand available at no additional charge.

Miniature solid-state recording device small enough to mount to a camera and shooting onto solid state compact Flash (CF) cards in a native Final Cut Pro ProRes format or Avid DNxHD.


  • Rate: £60 per day
  • Weekly Hire rate£240 per week
  • Weekly hire rate if camera also hired£200 per week

VMI article on HD Recorders
Quick Start Manual
Installation and User Manual

Types of Apple Prores codecs and recording durations


Video Input and Output

  • Digital:
    SD and HD-SDI (1xBNC), SMPTE-259/292/296 HDMI

Audio Input

  • Digital:
    24-bit SDI embedded audio, 8 channel, 48kHz
    HDMI embedded, 8 channel
  • Analog:
    24-bit A/D, 2 channel balanced (2 XLR), 48kHz
    Input level: Line, Mic, Mic + phantom 48Vdc

Audio Output

  • Digital:
    24-bit SDI embedded audio, 8 channel, 48kHz
    HDMI embedded, 2 channel


  • 10/100/1000 Ethernet (RJ45)
  • Embedded webserver for remote control

Panel User Interface

  • 3 line LCD display, with dedicated buttons


  • LTC timecode input via BNC
  • SDI embedded RP188 timecode


  • LANC Loop (2 LANC connectors)


  • 100-240 VAC (to supplied AC Adapter);
  • 12Vdc to power connector input on bottom of chassis: 12 Vdc minimum/18 Vdc maximum
  • Current: 1.5A (maximum)
  • Power: 18W (at 12 Vdc), 15W typical


  • Weight: 1.262 lbs (0.572 kg)

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