AJA Video has shipped its Io HD external capture and editing device for Final Cut Pro users to its first customers.

The Io HD delivers HD editing to the MacBook Pro and Mac Pro Pro via its unique Firewire 800 (IEEE-1394b) interface. Io HD is the first device to natively support Apple's ProRes 422 video format in hardware.

Along with a high levle of video and audio connectivity, Io HD includes a similar feature set to AJA's industry-leading KONA lineup; 10-bit hardware-based up-conversion, cross-conversion, and down-conversion, all performed in real time. Io HD runs on a new AJA-built driver, supporting features such as core audio, and very low latency. Within its portable and high style chassis, Io HD offers SD/HD analog inputs and outputs, SD/HD digital I/O including HD-SDI and HDMI, as well as RS-422, Genlock, Balanced analog and AES audio, and even LTC time code connections.

Io HD costs $3,495 (around £1,719).