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#1 Benjamin Casias

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 03:35 PM

hello steadicam people of the world this is my first post so i will make it short

 

i have researched as much as i can but now i need the experience of people that have useed this equipment.

 

if you had to pick between the Taradek Bolt -or- Paralinx Arrow which one would it be? and what is the one deciding factor.

 

thank you in advance for your help


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#2 Evrim KAYA

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 03:40 PM

Hello Benjamin,

 

You should use the search function. we have/had many discussions about the very question you asked. Also this belong to "Video Assist and Video Accessories" section.


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#3 james goldman

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 04:04 PM

I have been using the bolt for about a month. Works great it just needs line of sight. And when it drops out it doesn't always come back immediately.
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#4 Alan Rencher

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 04:07 PM

Benjamin,

 

The Bolt and Arrow Plus both use the same chipsets, so they are very similar in terms of range and signal quality. The Arrow uses HDMI and USB power. The bolt has HD-SDI, a built-in battery & regulator; although if you search the forum, you will see that people are having problems with powering it.

 

I've opted for the Paralinx, as it takes on a modular approach. If you keep your ear to the ground, there will be some unique announcements at NAB and Cinegear about modular additions to the Arrow that will allow anyone to add new features to their existing units. Teradek does not have this same approach as far as I know.

 

Also, anyone who had bought the original Arrow had the option to upgrade to the new model for free, only having to pre-order a second receiver.


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#5 Victor Lazaro

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 08:17 PM

Went with the Arrow as well as my main market is Red Epic which has a unused HDMI plug, avoiding me to chain too many components on the single SDI.

Plus on the other hand I can either convert it to SDI to a large client minitor or plug it to a small handheld monitor for a battery powered director's monitor to run next to me.

 

Also one thing: I did the mistake of renaming my Arrow with a name of over 9 characters which created a stack overflow and crashed the receiver. I had to send it to Paralinx for exchange.

The guys at Paralinx were super responsive and a new unit is in the mail right now (<rant>faster than Tiffen for swapping some stupid clamps </rant>). Just don't rename them with more than 9 letters. And you are all good.


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#6 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 11:34 PM

I live the HD-SDI world, I went with the Bolt.

 

we are happy so far and the customer service has been exceptional.  Just don't plug it into 24v just yet....


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#7 Twojay Dhillon

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 03:54 PM

BOLT.


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#8 Jay Kim

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 10:44 AM

Another vote for BOLT Pro.


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#9 Daniel Stilling DFF

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 01:27 PM

I have both. And I have been using the Arrow a little more recently. Dan is great in the costumer service dpt. 

The Bolt works great as well.

Their performance is virtually identical, so you can't go wrong...


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#10 Pedro Guimaraes SOC

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 05:24 PM

I already owned a decimator....so I got the arrow....working good so far.....


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#11 Victor Lazaro

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 05:29 PM

I am using a Blackmagic HyperDech to record what I shoot, as it has a HDMI out that converts the SDI signal, the Arrow made more sense to me.

On the receiving end, you can use a SDI converter (or I am looking in using a passive HDMI to DVI to plug it to the Panasonic 17" monitor, haven't tested it yet)


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#12 John Stout

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 10:07 AM

Count me for an Arrow, it has been rock solid, in some interesting situations as well.

 

Customer service is second to none.  They must have learned from Terry West and Jim at Bartech.


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#13 Andrew Stone

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 12:54 PM

Found this thorough production oriented run down on the Paralinx Arrow with mention of the HD-SDI version to be released in the near future. You can watch it here.


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#14 Daniel Stilling DFF

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 07:51 PM

Yeah, at this point my vote goes entirely for the Arrow!


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#15 Victor Lazaro

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 10:56 PM

Found this thorough production oriented run down on the Paralinx Arrow with mention of the HD-SDI version to be released in the near future. You can watch it here.

Very interesting article, and they are giving great tips toward the end (like the 30p instead of 60p on the Epic HDMI out, and the antenna placement)


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