Here is an example of using a Teradek Bolt Wireless Video Transmitter and Receiver pair. You’re shooting handheld with a gimbal. Attach the lightweight Bolt TX (transmitter) to the camera. Connect a cable from the camera’s accessory DC output to the Bolt’s 2-pin Lemo power connector. Each transmitter works with up to four Bolt Receivers (RX). The receivers attach easily to monitors for the camera assistant, director, DP, and script supervisor. As Teradek’s slogan says, it’s a wireless set.
The new Teradek Bolt 1000 and 3000 systems are 20% smaller and lighter and work over longer distances. The 1000 transmits video up to 1,000 feet, line of sight. The 3000 goes up to 3,000 feet. The video is visually lossless and there’s essentially no delay (less than 1 ms). So, pulling focus by watching a monitor will not be late.
Teradek Bolt 1000 transmitters use 11 channels in the 5GHz spectrum and the 3000 uses 35 channels. They include new DFS (Dynamic Frequency Selection) channels that allow devices to share the 5GHz band with much less interference. The Bolt transmitter has an HDMI and a 3G-SDI input. The output is 3G-SDI and there’s a built-in HDMI to SDI converter. The receiver has an HDMI and SDI output.
Video is supported up to 1080 60p 8-bit 4:2:2, along with 48kHz 24-bit PCM audio—as well as metadata, timecode and start/stop flags from cameras like RED, ARRI, Canon, Sony, and Panasonic.
Bolt TX 3000 dimensions: 0.95″ x 2.6″ x 4.5″ (24 x 66 x 101.5 mm). Weight: 8 oz (226g). Power: 2-Pin Lemo 7-28 VDC 7.5 Watts.
Bolt RX 3000 dimensions: 5.5″ x 3.5″ x 1.0″ (139 x 88.5 x 25 mm) Weight: 13.3 oz (376g). Power: 2-Pin Lemo 7-28 VDC 8.5 Watts.
A version of this article appears in print on page 63 of Issue 77-78 in Film and Digital Times with the headline: Teradek Bolt 1000 & 3000 Wireless Video. Subscribe here