AJA Ki Pro Finishes First for Digital Garage
Formula 1(tm) (F1) Drivers Lewis Hamilton, Bruno Senna and Heikki Kovalainen recently took to the race track, except this time, the race was digital. Codemasters, developer of the new F1 2012(tm) video game, brought the drivers together for a promotional event during the Italian Grand Prix, where they raced on a digital track using Sony PS3(tm) consoles. The BBC was onsite to record live action footage of the event, while UK reseller & systems integrator Digital Garage Group Ltd. used AJA Ki Pro digital video recorders to capture gameplay from the developer versions of the game consoles. All footage was edited and used to create a BBC segment that aired during the Singapore Grand Prix.
To capture gameplay from the PS3 consoles (only developer versions of the consoles can enable a non-HDCP output) Digital Garage Solutions Specialist Mark Sekula looped PS3 footage through four Ki Pros over HDMI and into the gameplay monitors, while recording Apple ProRes to the Ki Pro drives. The Ki Pros were used to record three driver views and one spectator view of the PS3 console feeds simultaneously. Formula 1 2012's 60fps output was recorded at 720p 59.94 in Apple ProRes and the AJA GEN10 was used for sync.
"We needed to record the gameplay to a professional file-based format that the BBC would accept and hand it to them straight after the shoot," Sekula remarked. "After considering various devices and workflows, the combination of the non-HDCP output and the Ki Pro's ability to loop the HDMI feed while recording ProRes-, without noticeable delay to the gameplay monitor - gave us a simple solution."
Given a limited amount of time with the F1 drivers, Digital Garage had no room for error and less than an hour to complete a dry run and final recording of the race before handing the footage over to the BBC. "We knew a second take was never an option. In a situation like that, you must have complete confidence in the kit you are using. From the first workflow test, we noticed just how solid, professional and reliable the Ki Pro felt compared to other field recorders. We quickly decided that it was the only recording device we would trust for this project," said Sekula.