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#1 Stefan von Bjorn

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Posted 22 October 2006 - 12:39 AM

Just demoed a great new product. It is called a Wevi or Wavi transmitter/ receiver out of Japan. This unit has a perfect picture, I mean no flaws. It transmitts on an multiple IP address(s) that freq hops around to find best transmision. I had to buy one immediately after I flew it. The only issue is a 10 frame lag, roughly 1/2 second. This is overcome by using a Barrington ( I hope I got that name right) box that you give the sound mixer to install inline on his/hers Comtex transmitter. This unit transmitts trough walls. Rock solid picture. This could be IT.

Brothers/Sisters check this out ASAP. Wolf Seaberg sells them. Bye Bye modulus, I hope. I will receive my unit this week with wolf's Aanton Bauer upgrades and report back. Call me if you have questions.

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#2 Jurgen Badenhorst

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Posted 23 October 2006 - 06:35 AM

is there a website i can check out...

Thanks..
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#3 Jaron Berman

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Posted 23 October 2006 - 07:29 AM

Peter Abraham turned me on to this unit, and I agree - it's amazing! Unless someone is standing right next to you with a monitor, the delay is basically a non-issue. Also, for video village, it has audio inputs (and outs on the rec) that sync the audio w/ the video.

As for customer service, it's fantastic. I thought I had a picture quality problem so I sent mine in. Jin from IDX called me every time they tested and went through everything, eventually just giving me a new unit. It ended up being the monitor... But IDX did a great job of personally responding.

The unit is distributed (and mfg?) by IDX. Any IDX battery dealer can get the system, and the camwave system is sold as a trans/rec pair which are factory matched, so there's never interference. I took mine 100' through walls and floors (brick building) with no problems. perfect, digital pic the whole time.

And if that's not cool enough, the engineers said they would do a firmware upgrade in the "near future" to allow HD-SDI without any mods to the hardware. Just make sure that if you buy one, you call their tech support immediately to inquire about the future sdi upgrade. They said they would do it when people started showing interest, so let's make them do it, it really is a fantastic product already, and can be even better!

http://www.wevi.tv
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#4 RonBaldwin

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Posted 23 October 2006 - 12:47 PM

I used a system similar to this on Grey's Anatomy for the past 2 seasons -- the frame delay was a HUGE pain in the arse. It was supposed to be an 8 to 10 frame delay, but seemed more like 1/2 to 3/4 of a second. It doesn't directly affect us as ops (unless you are handed the wrong com-tek at the last minute) but the villiage is mayhem until they get used to it.

Like I said, a pia, but the picture is rock solid, I have to give them that! I'm on a different show now and having lots of problems with transmission (cana-trans). Hearing the villiage idiots bitch about the picture all the time may actually be slightly more annoying than the delay.

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#5 Jaron Berman

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Posted 23 October 2006 - 03:44 PM

After frying another modulus today, I wish production had rented my wevi. Oh well. Village only complains when there's no picture, they seem to deal well with crappy picture.
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#6 Dan Coplan

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Posted 24 October 2006 - 12:15 AM

What's the cost of this and the Barrington (or whatever it's called - the unit that delays the audio as well)?

What about the issue of all the people who want to receive the signal on those small, portable TV's? This is the only issue I have with my Titan microwave system.

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#7 Charles Papert

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Posted 24 October 2006 - 01:34 AM

You can always add an RF transmitter fed out of your receiver.
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#8 Jaron Berman

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Posted 24 October 2006 - 11:38 AM

The wevi itself delays the audio, so when you plug into the receiver, the audio and video coming through it are perfectly in sync. The issue with the delay then becomes how much of the live audio can you hear. If you're in village, with audio and video coming from the WEVI, the only difference you notice is how solid the picture is. So, the only acc. you'd need would be the cables on either end.

Like Charles said, if more people want picture, you can gang another transmitter on the wevi receiver.
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#9 RonBaldwin

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Posted 24 October 2006 - 12:43 PM

"The wevi itself delays the audio, so when you plug into the receiver, the audio and video coming through it are perfectly in sync. The issue with the delay then becomes how much of the live audio can you hear. If you're in village, with audio and video coming from the WEVI, the only difference you notice is how solid the picture is. So, the only acc. you'd need would be the cables on either end."


so the mixer runs sound back to the village? hmmm
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#10 Jaron Berman

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Posted 24 October 2006 - 02:29 PM

Aye, I realize now that I was speaking strictly from a video perspective. Running the 5-pin xlr audio-out off the cam into the wevi. Not sure how it would work in other situations, sorry for blanking on that.
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#11 RonBaldwin

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Posted 25 October 2006 - 09:00 PM

hey, no worries -- I'm certainly not dissing your system. The ones I've used, as I've stated, are rock solid. I'm looking into upgrading systems and curious about this technology.

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#12 Will Eichler

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Posted 03 November 2006 - 10:56 AM

Stefan,

What is the price range they are talking about? I'm still using a Mod 2000 and want to upgrade but have not been thrilled with what I've seen from the Canatrans near me.

Thanks,

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#13 RonBaldwin

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Posted 03 November 2006 - 12:22 PM

Will, your still using that old thing...me too! Most of the shows I get on already have transmitters and/or a video guy so I've never upgraded. Waiting for something drastically better.

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#14 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 06:52 PM

I have a 2000 as well. After I fried it earlier this year I sent it to David Hable to be fixed. He did some simple upgrades and since then it's been better than ever and rock solid. I was planning on buying something else when the modulus went down, but it's been so good since it's time with David that I've had no reason to upgrade.
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#15 MarkKaravite

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 10:55 PM

Does anybody know what frequency the wevi transmits on, size, weight, etc... ?

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