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1 Mount it right Most units have 1/4in mounting threads – use standard solutions to get them rigged up. 2 Sort the power Many low-end systems use USB power, which many batteries and power distribution plates now have. For D-Tap, you can get USB cables, such as the Hawk-Woods I-PW5, which regulate the power to 5V. Make sure to pick up a cable with a regulator. Alternatives are the common two-pin Lemo connectors. 3 Set your antennas If your TX and RX have a clear line of sight between them, position the antennas vertically upwards. With obstructions, such as people or equipment, TX antennas should be positioned in a V shape; RX antennas should be positioned similar to fingers in a spread-out position. It’s never ideal to set up the TX with a one antenna vertical and one horizontal, or having TX antennas vertical and RX antennas horizontal. 4 Upgrade your antennas Mushroom-style antennas usually perform better than conventional cylindrical
antennas. These are used on the Teradek Bolt 4K Max, which is Teradek’s highest-end solution. 5 Update firmware regularly Most manufactures keep their kit up to date with regular new features and stability improvements, so get it up to date. Just check everything is working before use. 6 Mix and match Different wireless video systems can sometimes work together. One combination is a mix of a zero-delay system (which could be going to a focus puller and a director's monitor), then an app-based system, either receiving another feed from the camera, or the loop-through from the zero-delay TX. Experts can advise on what you need. 7 Learn about SDI tech Using SDI cables right is essential, and both Arri and Red have talked about how to prevent damage to your SDI outputs. This includes not using unshielded cables, as well as how to rig and break down your kit the safest way possible. Find more info in the support sections of red.com and arri.com
cloud service, giving remote users access. On the other hand, the Accsoon systems don’t have the pro integration of their Teradek counterparts, but are far more affordable. For example, the CineEye 2 and 2S are around £250, but the biggest issue with units like this is latency. Teradek claims this to be around 80ms, though it’s usually around 200ms. SPEEDY SOLUTION Focus pullers have to monitor the action with zero-delay systems to keep up Zero-delay solutions The fastest systems offer zero delay and are produced by brands such as Arri, Transvideo, Teradek and Vaxis. These high-end systems are ideal for focus pullers or remote camera operation. They are also designed to be reliable and secure, with end-to-end encryption. Teradek’s topmodel is the Bolt 4K Max, which can transmit to unlimited RXs fromup to 5000ft. It’s the only system to transmit 4K from an SDI feed, too. There are also HDR-ready options. Teradek, which has great integration withmonitor brand SmallHD, also has the Ace 500 – the cheapest zero-delay TX RX set. It is HDMI only, but features both an input and output. It has a maximum range of 500ft, can support up to four Ace or Bolt receivers and can output video up to 1080p at 60fps. However, it has a limited feature set, such as no time code transmission. Vaxis is a much newer wireless company, but has made waves with the Storm series. Compared to Teradek, it’s more affordable, while also having a more reliable feed. On paper, the Vaxis loses out when it comes to features and specs, but reliability and stability couldmake it a better choice for those wanting a rock-solid connection.
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