Optitek Wireless HD Transmitter
Posted 14 January 2011 - 02:39 PM
Optitek on cinema 5d
Posted 14 January 2011 - 04:44 PM
Someone passed this along to me. It looks like at the moment it does hdmi only. They are saying it is about $600-$700. Does this seem to good to be true? Any thoughts?
Optitek on cinema 5d
I think two different companies are developing consumer products using WHDI ("wireless high definition"): Sibeam and AMIMON. I know AMIMON just introduced their newest revision in WHDI technology at CES 2011, which features an HDMI "stick" which plugs into any HDMI output and wirelessly streams to an WHDI receiver, 1080p, even handles HDCP so it plays copyright protected blurays.
I don't think it's too good to be true, although having read the tech specs on the newest AMIMON chips, the range seems different from what other companies will soon be offering. Their range is 120 ft clear line, but 50 feet when obstructed by two walls. According to AMIMON, their range is 100 feet even when obstructed (guess longer with clear line). The rumored price for the new generation of these systems is $300. So, Optitek is charging $300 for a 15mm/19mm clamp and a D-tap connection with voltage regulator. How much does velcro cost?
I will say that that price seems a bit high, only when compared to other consumer products on the market. Asus and HP offer wireless HD transmitter/receiver kits for ~$200, and they're a generation old and limited to 30 feet. I get the feeling Optitek will be the first company to use this technology in the film world at such a low cost, but I'm sure others are working on other solutions.
In the mean time, Optitek solves the problem for the HDSLR and RED One market, since anyone else will need a converter for HD-SDI -> HDMI on one end, and HDMI -> HD-SDI on the other end.
Posted 14 January 2011 - 06:35 PM
It looks exactly like this one http://thecoolgadget...ideo-broadcast/
Cost is only $199.00
With a few inexpensive mods and a new logo, the price jumps up to $600.00!!!
That's the older technology I was mentioning earlier. The Asus and HP products have a limited range (30 feet or so, with minimal obstructions). These newer WHDI products by companies like LG Innotek will go beyond that range, and still run the same price.