AJA Video has announced that the KONA 3 video capture card was used with Apple Final Cut Pro as the editing platform-of-choice for the forthcoming Twentieth Century Fox movie Alien vs Predator: Requiem.
KONA 3 is AJA's top-of-the-line uncompressed capture card for SD, HD, and Dual Link 4:4:4 HD for PCI Express (PCIe) Apple G5 Power Macs and Mac Pro systems, and was an integral part of the film's Apple Final Cut Pro editing pipeline.
The follow-up to the 2004 film Alien vs Predator is directed by visual effects artists and commercial and music
video directors The Brothers Strause. In the effects-heavy film, which is released in the UK on January 18, the iconic monsters from two of the scariest film franchises ever wage a brutal battle yet in an unsuspecting Colorado town.
The Alien vs. Predator: Requiem editorial team modified their existing workflow to integrate with the pipeline at visual effects studio Hydraulx, setting up an Apple Final Cut Pro editing pipeline for the film that relied heavily on AJA's KONA 3 card. Shot on 35mm 3-perf film, the setup allowed Hydraulx to cut the film at a 1080i resolution, lay down previews to a D5 deck and go out to an HD deck for studio reviews before finishing the film at EFILM with a 2K Digital Intermediate scan and film output. The pipeline employed five KONA 3 cards: a projection system, an editor system, a visual effects editor system, a utility system and an assistant system.