Variety of video inputs and outputs available for use

KAIROS fully supports baseband signal (12G/3G/HD-SDI, HDMI, Display Port) and IP packet (ST 2110, NDI®*1, RTP) input and output. In addition to RTP, RTMP, and RTSP, the SRT*2 streaming protocol is supported for superior stability and security. And it is equipped with 8 input channels of Kairos Core 1000 or 6 input channels of Kairos Core 100 and 2 output channels, and each channel can be set to selected protocol.*3 Audio input/output is supported from KAIROS version 1.2.2: 16 channels each for NDI® and SRT, and 8 channels each for RTMP and RTSP.

  • *1: NDI® is a new protocol developed by NewTek, Inc. that supports IP video production workflow. NDI® is a registered trademark of NewTek, Inc. in the United States. In this instance, NDI® is used to indicate low latency with high bandwidth NDI®.
  • *2: SRT stands for Secure Reliable Transport.
  • *3: For RTSP, only input is supported. Note that RTSP input does not work with the AW-HE130W/K (Discontinued) and AW-HR140 PTZ cameras.

System Integration Example (IP-based)

System Integration Example (SDI-based)

  • * Deltacast FLEX modules are required for baseband input/output.
  • * When using Deltacast and ST2110 simultaneously, the Deltacast port connection will be 4 ports. (AT-KC100 only)

New Agile I/O expands number of I/O

Input/output functions of KAIROS has been expanded and strengthened by the new "Agile I/O" feature that flexibly allocates GPU I/O capability according to the bandwidth of video source.
For example, up to 64 inputs* and 40 outputs* of 1080i and 720p signal can be connected to on a single mainframe with ST2110 network.
This allows using in larger scale live productions with more scenes and more input sources.
KAIROS removes input restriction to be connected to a system and realize more efficient use of ST2110 network and other inputs such as Deltacast, NDI®, SRT and other streaming inputs.

  • * Input and output totals are on a best-effort basis using the Kairos Core 1000 mainframe and 1080/60i or 720/60p video for all I/O sources. The Kairos Core 100 with the AT-SF002 I/O option offers a maximum 48 inputs and 32 outputs.

Agile I/O Outline Diagram, Example in ST2110 for AT-KC1000T

Maximum Number of I/O

  Kairos Core 1000 Kairos Core 100 (with I/O option*1)
Connectable CH Video Processing CH Connectable CH Video Processing CH
Input 1080i,720p QSFP (ST2110) 64 64 24 (48)
Gateway Port 32
NDI®*2 2
1080p QSFP (ST2110) 32 32 24 (32) 24 (32)
Gateway Port 32
NDI®*2 2
4K QSFP (ST2110) 8 8 6 (8)
Gateway Port 8
Output 1080i,720p QSFP (ST2110) 40 12 (32)
Gateway Port
1080p QSFP (ST2110) 20 12 (16)
Gateway Port
4K QSFP (ST2110) 5 3 (4)
Gateway Port
  • *1: with I/O option: Require I/O option AT-SF002 and 4K option AT-SF001 for 4K I/O.
  • *2: NDI®: Max. 2 CH input/2 CH output for both AT-KC1000 and AT-KC100.
  • *3: RTP/SRT/RTMP/RTSP: max. 8 CH input/2 CH output for AT-KC1000, max. 6 CH input/2 CH output for AT-KC100.

I/O Overview (AT-KC1000)

I/O Overview (AT-KC100)

Audio input/output supported

In addition to ST2110-30 (AES67), SDI embedded audio via the gateway port, NDI, and SRT/RTMP/RTSP audio input/output are supported. Also, functions that support audio level meter displays onto the multi-viewer, clip player audio output and output audio routing have been added.

10 split screen with audio level meter displays

Vertical mode

Horizontal mode

  • *A total of 32 audio streams are available.

Audio mixer function

The AT-SF005 audio mixer option adds audio mixing function. It enables the adjustment, mixing, routing and muting of up to 16 channels (stereo/monaural) per video source. It is also equipped with a master level adjustment and tone generator.
Starting with version 1.2.2, PFL (Pre-Fader Listen) and audio monitor output are supported. Various other functions have also been added.

Audio mixer

Resolution independent

Standard video formats with different resolutions such as 4K/HD can be mixed and used. I/P conversion of input enables the use of 1080/59.94i and 1080/50i interlaced video inputs/output.

Supported Video Form

In / Out Resolution Frame Rate
Input 4K (3840 x 2160)* 60p, 59.94p, 50p, 30p, 29.97p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p
FHD (1920 x 1080) 60p, 59.94p, 50p, 30p, 29.97p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p, 59.94i, 50i
HD (1280 x 720) 60p, 59.94p, 50p
Output 4K (3840 x 2160)* 60p, 59.94p, 50p, 30p, 29.97p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p
FHD (1920 x 1080) 60p, 59.94p, 50p, 30p, 29.97p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p, 59.94i, 50i
HD (1280 x 720) 60p, 59.94p, 50p
  • * The Kairos Core 100 requires the AT-SF001 4K option.

Two customizable multi-viewers configuration

In addition to the aforementioned video inputs and outputs, KAIROS is also equipped with two multiviewer outputs (Display Port) that are compatible with 4K/HD. The display layout can be freely customized and saved as your own template, and up to 36 screens images can be displayed on two screens. This multi-viewer can also manage to display RAM/Clip Player and scene & AUX output. The audio level meter can also be displayed.

Fully customizable multiviewer

PTP synchronization

KAIROS supports PTP (Precision Time Protocol) synchronization, which is an IP-based synchronization and can fully manage the whole ST 2110 systems. Supports PTP synchronization even with a GbE (Gigabit Ethernet) port connection.

Processing by the GPU for flexible video expression

Layered effects with unrestricted number of MEs

Unlike the conventional hardware-based switcher, KAIROS is unrestricted by the number of MEs or keys. Layers can be added as the GPU capacity permits similar to the layers of a standard image-editing app, allowing you to set the keys and scaling freely.
The Kairos Core 1000 in particular has significantly increased the number of layers by increasing the GPU video processing capacity to enable more complex and advanced video expressions.

Various video effects using layers

Diverse effects with title generator

Layers can be added with not only keys but also various effects. The built-in title generator allows you to create titles.

Format-free Canvas

The Canvas function enables the production of videos in a special format, such as 32:9 for wall display, in addition to the standard 16:9 format. Up to 8K (32M pixels) resolution is supported. With the freely customizable multiviewer, videos with unique aspect can be displayed as is.

  • * The Canvas function is a standard feature of the Kairos Core 1000. With the Kairos Core 100, the AT-SF003 Canvas option is required, and the AT-SF001 4K option is required for 4K output. In either case, some functions are being depended on the GPU performance level.

The multiview displays a 32:9 format screen

Short one frame latency and variable frame delay

The KAIROS processing latency can be as low as one frame. Sports and concert performances can be presented with the action intact.
A variable frame delay (1 to 20 frames per 1 frame step) can be conducted for each channel, and the frame delay difference between the sources can adjusted.

The KAIROS processing latency can be as low as one frame.

Video/audio/still picture file retention

With the built-in RAM Player, Clip Player and Audio Player*, footage can be played loaded video/audio files.*1 A playlist function has been added to the Clip/RAM player. It also has a still picture storage.

  • * The audio player has been added since version 1.2.2
  • RAM Player (8 channels, uncompressed)

    Uncompressed images can be played, making it suitable for playing relatively short videos such as background video loop playback and flying logo. The recording time depends on the RAM capacity of the Kairos Core 1000 and Kairos Core 100, and increases according to the material image resolution and number of channels (up to 8 channels). Clips are imported externally and saved onto the internal SSD.

  • Clip Player (2 channels, compressed)

    It is possible to play compressed video files with audio, making it suitable for playing relatively long clips such as commercial footage. Clips are imported externally and saved onto the internal SSD. It supports AVC-Intra, H.264, and Avid DNxHD video file formats. In addition, Apple ProRes*2 is supported.

  • Audio Player (4ch)

    Audio files can be played. File formats supported are WAV, MP3, Ogg, FLAC and AIFF; files other than WAV will be converted to WAV (48kHz/24bit) upon upload.

  • *1: The Kairos Core 100 requires the AT-SF001 4K option during 4K playback.
  • *2: Compressed video files with interlaced video format are not supported.
    Note: Playing compressed video files depends on video resolution, NLE system by which the video files are made, and performance of Kairos Core CPU. Please confirm video files playback capability with Kairos before starting production.

File storage capacity for video and still images

  Kairos Core 1000 Kairos Core 100
RAM player 64 GB
(HD: Approx. 170 sec.,
4K: Approx. 42 sec)
24 GB
(HD: Approx. 64 sec.,
4K: Approx. 16 sec.)
Clip player 180 GB*
(HD: Approx. 55 min.,
4K: Approx. 14 min.)
  • * Share capacity with audio player
70 GB*
(HD: Approx. 21 min.,
4K: Approx. 5 min.)
  • * Share capacity with audio player
Still picture file 12 GB 750 MB
Audio player 180 GB*
  • * Share capacity with clip player
70 GB*
  • * Share capacity with clip player

Compressed video recording conditions: HD: 440Mb/s, 1080/59.94p, 4:2:2/10bit, 4K: 1.63Gb/s, 2160/59.94p, 4:2:2/12bit

Software-based operability and expandability

PC software with intuitive GUI

The "Kairos Creator" PC software (supported with Windows10/11, macOS (Catalina/Big Sur/Monterey)) features an easy-to-use intuitive GUI and various settings and operation are possible. It also displays the GUI control panel to make space saving operation possible.

Scenes menu
Allows you to set each scene* and layer.

Control menu
Live operation is possible on the GUI software.

Live View menu
Multi-view videos (MV1/MV2) can be monitored on the GUI software.

Input Settings menu
Allows you to select the input type (ST2110/SDI/NDI®) and other settings.

Title Generator menu
You can create a simple title.

  • * What we call a “Scene" in KAIROS is an extended expression of the traditional "ME" in general switcher. A “Scene" is for source video selection, transitions, and layer compositing like traditional ME but the number of layers, resolution, source video assignments etc., can be freely defined for each "Scene" by the user.

User-assignable control panel

The “Kairos Control” panel allows functions to be assigned freely. Indicators show the functions assigned to individual buttons. Multi-scene operation is supported with two ME layouts and two faders. Multiple panels can be used simultaneously within a single system. Two models are available: 24XPT standard layout (AT-KC10C1) and 12XPT compact layout (AT-KC10C2)*.

  • * AT-KC10C2 requires KAIROS version 1.3.2 or higher.

Standard Type
Kairos Control (Control Panel)

Compact Type
Kairos Control (Control Panel)

Redundancy function

KAIROS now provides three redundancy functions to further enhance safety: Kairos Core redundancy* for mainframes, ST-2022-7 redundancy* for networks (Kairos Core 1000 only), and redundant power supplies.

  • *Requires KAIROS version 1.3.2 or higher

Kairos Core Redundancy

Note: Use REST API in Kairos Creator and Kairos Control to switch between two Kairos Core mainframes.
Prod, Env and video/still image files not shared between Kairos Core 1 and 2.

Network Redundancy

Note: Only Kairos Core 1000 supports network redundancy (I/O numbers are halved for redundancy).

System Log function

The System Log records equipment status and operation logs for reference in case of trouble. Requires KAIROS version 1.3.2 or higher.

System Log (example)

Software-enabled function expandability and linkage

KAIROS is an IT-based open architecture platform, and allows expansion of functions and control of external devices with the additional software to provide high flexibility and expandability. By using various function options, it offers an efficient system design. The support of external protocols is continuously evolving and the flexibility of Kairos will allow future system expansion and integration.
RossTalk protocol is supported by KAIROS version 1.3.2 or higher (optional AT-SFE01 Software Key) for controlling Ross XPression real-time motion graphics.NEW

  • * Ross and XPression are registered trademarks of ROSS Video.

KAIROS Alliance Partners

KAIROS uses infinitely expanding IT ecosystems to easily expand functions with the additional software and linkage of external devices. In order to accelerate this linkage, Panasonic promotes collaborations with IT companies, video equipment manufacturers and suppliers.