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AJA KONA 3 Enables Post Production For Las Meninas

AJA Video Systems' KONA 3 video capture and playback cards were used on LAS MENINAS, the first full-length feature film from the Ukraine to employ an all-digital workflow.

KONA 3 is AJA's top-of-the-line uncompressed capture card for SD, HD, Dual Link HD and 2K for PCI Express (PCIe) Apple Mac Pro systems, and was an integral part of the Final Cut Pro editing pipeline for the film, which premiered in Tiger Awards Competition at the 37th Rotterdam International Film Festival on January 25, 2008.

Written, directed and produced by Ukrainian painter and performance artist Ihor Podolchak, and shot by cinematographer Serhiy Mykhalchuk, LAS MENINAS is the first feature-length film from the Ukraine to contend for first prize in the Rotterdam International Film Festival, the main international forum for avant-garde and art-house cinema.

The film has been widely exhibited since its premiere, also appearing at these international film festivals:

--goEast Film Festival (Wiesbaden, Germany)--Transylvania International Film Festival (Romania)--Seoul International Film Festival (South Korea)--Moscow International Film Festival (Russia)--Artfilm International Film Festival (Slovakia)--La Rochelle International Film Festival (France)--Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Czech Republic)--International "Era New Horizons" Film Festival (Wroclaw, Poland)--Athens International Film Festival (Greece)--Brisbane International Film Festival (Australia)

LAS MENINAS will be exhibited again this month at the Split International Film Festival in Croatia (September 13-20, 2008) and the and the U.K.'s Cambridge International Film Festival (September 18-28), and later this year at the Festival de Cine de Bogota (October 1-9) and the Sao Paulo International Film Festival (October 17-30).

Shot with the Thomson Viper Filmstream and recorded to HD CAM SR tape, footage for LAS MENINAS was captured with AJA's KONA 3 video capture and playback card at 4:4:4 Log RGB. The film was edited on an Apple Mac Pro using Final Cut Pro, and color corrected with Color, all of which was processed using the KONA 3.

"The KONA 3 was the backbone of our editing pipeline," said Podolchak. "It did everything we needed. Not only was the KONA 3 extremely stable and easy to use, it also allowed us to develop the first fully digital production and post production workflow ever for a feature film in the Ukraine. We couldn't have done that without it."

KONA 3 is the ultimate uncompressed capture card for seamless operation with PCI Express (PCIe) Mac Pro systems and Apple Final Cut Pro. Supporting any uncompressed SD or HD format, including Dual Link HD and 2K, KONA 3 captures and plays back uncompressed 10-bit and 8-bit digital video and 24-bit digital audio, providing unparalleled power and workflow efficiency. KONA 3 also includes a variety of 10-bit broadcast-quality features, such as hardware-based up-, down-, and cross-conversion to and from HD, and adds a live hardware HD/SD keyer for compositing bugs, live clips, and other elements over video.

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