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Matt Larson
Wireless HD-SDI?
on Nov 11, 2009 at 8:18:58 pm

My company is looking into the CW-5HD wireless HD-SDI transmission system for field production. Has anyone had any experience with this unit, or thoughts on other makes/models that do the same thing?

The idea is to have the producers' monitor fed wirelessly from the HD-SDI feed of our HDX900.

10-bit HD video, audio and timecode all without wires? Sounds too good to be true! is it?

Here's a link to the device: http://www.idxtek.com/products/trans_sys.html



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Todd Terry
Re: Wireless HD-SDI?
on Nov 11, 2009 at 10:03:33 pm

I can't speak to that particular product/brand... but one of our big corporate clients is Avocent Corporation.

Avocent is mostly known for KVM switches and other computer peripherals... but they do have an audio/video division, and among their products are wireless HD systems.

Here's a link to a page that has a video we produced for them about their video distribution systems...

http://www.connectivity.avocent.com/tv/

Most of that video deals mostly with their distribution over CAT5 cabling, but they do wireless HDMI (and HD-SDI, I think) as well, and I'm sure there are appropriate links on that page...


T2

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Emre Tufekci S.O.A.
Re: Wireless HD-SDI?
on Nov 12, 2009 at 4:03:31 am

We have an CW-5HD and love it. We use it primarily for steadicam operations and it works like a charm. I would highly recommend it.



Emre Tufekci
http://www.productionpit.com



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Robin Probyn
Re: Wireless HD-SDI?
on Nov 12, 2009 at 9:44:15 am

Whats the price of this puppy? approx



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Emre Tufekci S.O.A.
Re: Wireless HD-SDI?
on Nov 12, 2009 at 11:29:54 am

It's slightly over 6K for TR+R.

Emre Tufekci
http://www.productionpit.com



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Robin Probyn
Re: Wireless HD-SDI?
on Nov 12, 2009 at 12:45:40 pm

Ok thanks.. thought as much..



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Emre Tufekci S.O.A.
Re: Wireless HD-SDI?
on Nov 12, 2009 at 2:16:19 pm

Just a few notes on the unit,

-The signal quality compared to the older analog SD systems and drop out rate is very impressive.
-Due to the HD signal capability you dont need to rent or buy additional downconvertors.
-The unit is considerably larger than older systems like canatrans or transvideo but runs cooler.
-This is unit is NOT for live broadcast but very acceptable for on set viewing.


We found out we are using this unit for everything, dolly, jib, sticks, steadicam. It is very addictive.


Emre Tufekci
http://www.productionpit.com



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Paul Thurston
Not for broadcast?
on Nov 12, 2009 at 9:08:40 pm

Hi Emre,

Could you kindly explain some more the info about "This unit is NOT for live broadcast..." Does the resulting image look fuzzy, have problems with reception, or is the delay unbearable?

-Paul


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Emre Tufekci S.O.A.
Re: Not for broadcast?
on Nov 12, 2009 at 10:09:56 pm

The unit is not for broadcast application, there is virtually no delay but the signal strength is not for live output. Since the signal is digital you will not static but a straight drop out. Your effective range in a open area with a straight field of view is probably around 40-50 meters (to give a safe number).

We have done tests with better or worse results depending on the environment.

The units certified for live broadcast costs more around the 60K-100K range.


Emre Tufekci
http://www.productionpit.com



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Paul Thurston
Re: Not for broadcast?
on Nov 13, 2009 at 4:31:21 am

Wow, thanks for the info.

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