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#1 Ramon Engle

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Posted 04 October 2016 - 06:09 PM

Has anyone worked with the Tiltamax wireless transmitter setup? I have a rental house suggesting it. It's MUCH less expensive than the Bolt 3000.

I'm true believer in " You get what you pay for".

 

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#2 Ramon Engle

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Posted 04 October 2016 - 06:42 PM

I had the chance to use the Bolt 3000. Impressive signal integrity and strength over distance.


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Posted 04 October 2016 - 08:20 PM

I have not used the wireless system, but I have used some of the other Tilta aks and to be honest, they were pretty good, I was surprised. i first noticed them on C300 packages and now they are making some pretty great stuff for the Minis and other gear.

 

As you know for rental, people are always asking for Teradek by name, but if the rental house can push the Tilta, then why not?

I have been really considering the 3000 on top of all of my other Teradek 2000 packages, but frankly I think Im going to stop investing in Teradek. I feel like Im truly spending money on the brand, not the product. Ive sent in a 2000 set 4-5 times this year. I am really looking at the Boxx Atom which has blown me away and the Slingshot, which is priced between the Teradek and the Tilta and is made by a fellow steadicam operator.

 

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#4 Jens Piotrowski SOC

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Posted 05 October 2016 - 08:49 AM

we use it, it works great, the channel dial is a pain though...


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#5 Grayson Austin

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Posted 05 October 2016 - 10:46 AM

I own multiple sets but they are the direct from the manufacturer version. Also have some of the 150m receivers that are small and have internal antennas for directors handheld, focus puller, etc. The difference is Tilta rehouses them. The channel dial on mine uses a tweaker which I like better. The Tilta knobs get loose. Signal is great and almost no reconnect time. They consistently beat the bolt 2000 and Tomahawks in range and signal stability. Many shows with them now and not one day of trouble or down time. I have used mine together with the Tiltas and my transmitters talk to the Tilta receivers and vice versa. Keslow bought lots of the Tiltas.

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#6 Michael Desiderio

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Posted 06 October 2016 - 08:34 AM

Which one is the direct from manufacturer version?  Are they the connex kits?

 

I own multiple sets but they are the direct from the manufacturer version. Also have some of the 150m receivers that are small and have internal antennas for directors handheld, focus puller, etc. The difference is Tilta rehouses them. The channel dial on mine uses a tweaker which I like better. The Tilta knobs get loose. Signal is great and almost no reconnect time. They consistently beat the bolt 2000 and Tomahawks in range and signal stability. Many shows with them now and not one day of trouble or down time. I have used mine together with the Tiltas and my transmitters talk to the Tilta receivers and vice versa. Keslow bought lots of the Tiltas.

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#7 Lawrence Karman

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Posted 06 October 2016 - 12:37 PM

I own multiple sets but they are the direct from the manufacturer version. Also have some of the 150m receivers that are small and have internal antennas for directors handheld, focus puller, etc. The difference is Tilta rehouses them. The channel dial on mine uses a tweaker which I like better. The Tilta knobs get loose. Signal is great and almost no reconnect time. They consistently beat the bolt 2000 and Tomahawks in range and signal stability. Many shows with them now and not one day of trouble or down time. I have used mine together with the Tiltas and my transmitters talk to the Tilta receivers and vice versa. Keslow bought lots of the Tiltas.

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I'm wondering if they have boosted the wattage beyond legal FCC safety regulations to get better reception. Don't quite trust this Chinese sourced product. Hopefully I'm wrong.


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#8 Alan Rencher

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Posted 08 October 2016 - 02:48 AM

The Tilta (and other brand names using the same product) use broadcast firmware with DFS channels, which is illegal. I'm sure the FCC will catch wind of it some day like they did with those old illegal SD transmitters that everyone used to sell.
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#9 Grayson Austin

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 01:36 PM

To answer a couple of questions,
No, they do not use the Amimon boards. Completely different.
Mine are FCC approved and are labeled as such or I would not have purchased them. I can't speak about other companies using these boards as well but hopefully they are as well. Im sure Keslow Camera would have done their homework before buying so many of them and Tilta is a large enough company with a large enough US presence that it would not make sense for them to sell a product here and bypass FCC approval. I'm not aware that these use DFS. They are direct channel assigned by the channel knob on both transmitter and receivers. Set both to the same channel and go. 10 channels available. They have almost zero linkup time from power up and no searching. There is no pairing involved, hence He reason why mine can talk to Any of Keslow's Tiltas right out of the box. I have never heard from anyone that they use the DFS channels. Where did you see that? Please direct me to this info.

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#10 Alan Rencher

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 01:55 PM

Hey Grayson. I believe there are only six channels available in the 5ghz band that you are allowed to use without resorting to DFS, and that's an FCC regulation. You're right that they have ten manually assignable channels, and that's what I was getting at.

I think it was the Modulus (I may be misremembering the brand) that was illegal back in the SD days. Abelcine used to sell them, along with some other companies. They were eventually fined and taken off the market. There is actually a really old post on this forum talking about that. I'll have to see if I can dig it up again.

If you have the FCC ID number printed on the device, I can look it up to see how it was tested. It's always possible that they only approved it for use with a limited number of channels.
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#11 Walter F. Rodriguez

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 05:44 PM

The biggest issue with a transmitter that does not require pairing is that it does not use encryption and the paparazzi will buy a receiver to tune into the job you are shooting that is under NDA!


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#12 Jess Haas SOC

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Posted 12 October 2016 - 01:36 PM

Just because they throw an FCC label on it does not mean it is FCC approved. That said just because they have a 10 channel dial does not mean they are all really discrete channels. They could be overlapping or using some sort of coding. Or they could be using a smaller channel width in order to achieve more channels.

 

Both Modulus and Canatrans were illegal to use in the US because the transmit power was too high. No one used the legal ones because the range sucked. Main reason Modulus got cracked down on so hard was that he was actually manufacturing them in the US and selling them to people in the US. Harder for the FCC to crack down on a Canadian company. 


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#13 Osvaldo Silvera SOC

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Posted 26 October 2016 - 01:36 AM

Walter is right about the Pap buying receivers to grab footage.  A freq scanner and a few of the more popular TX receivers and it's like they're shooting the footage themselves. That's why most reality shows with Celebs only transmit images with all the camera info on it and not clean.

 I remember Real World 5 in Miami, Jan -June 96' from the balcony of the house we noticed we could see a camera feed in the big projection screen TV out on the neighbors yard. They could literally change the channel to see any of our 6 cameras, 24/7. Not a thing we could do about it. The TX were from Wexler and were black boxes with antennas, no labels of any kind, sandwiched between the BVW600 and the AB Brick and a hole at the bottom from where a cable came out to plug into the BNC out on the back....I still have headaches from that.


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