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#1 Glikson.

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Posted 02 February 2009 - 01:27 PM

Hello I'm looking for a video transmitter that works with hd-sdi or hdmi, to use with RED camera and steadycam. Is there something new in this subject. as far as I know, the only way is to use aja downconvert and composite video transmitter...
do you know about good light video transmitter that works sdi or hdmi?
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Posted 02 February 2009 - 02:45 PM

IDX CW5-HD is a HD-SDI transmitter and receiver. Rents for $300/day. I have a set which is available for rental.
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#3 Stephen Consentino

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 02:08 AM

Hello I'm looking for a video transmitter that works with hd-sdi or hdmi, to use with RED camera and steadycam. Is there something new in this subject. as far as I know, the only way is to use aja downconvert and composite video transmitter...
do you know about good light video transmitter that works sdi or hdmi?
Glik.

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The Meridian video transmitter from the BOXX is just what you're looking for. It transmits uncompressed HD-SDI, SD-SDI, component or composite video (basically all standard and HD flavors of video) with no delay (less than 1 ms or less than 1/40th of a frame). It transmits to a dedicated receiver via a Wi-fi like signal on license-free 5.4 GHZ channels. The range is from 200-450ft or more depending on the antennae used. The picture is absolutely flawless - no break-up, ghosting, etc. The transmitter is about 6.5"x3x1.5 and weighs about 6oz. It accepts a wide power input range of 7-30volts and draws about 9watts. In one word it is awesome. I will be repping/selling these units and should have a bunch in stock near the end of February. Perhaps the ONLY drawback, price. I will have a final price soon and it will vary slightly due to foreign exchange prices, but expect between $7,000-8000 for a Transmitter and Receiver pair. I know this sounds pricey, but compare it to a Modulus 3000/4000 transmitter at $2,200 and a receiver w/ antennae at about $3,300 and this for a standard def-composite video transmitter that produces OK video with constant interference. OK enough of a sales pitch. Hey, I'm an excited Steadicam Operator and I think this is a ground breaking product for all of us. It finally breaks that barrier where everyone a the monitor hated watching Steadicam shots with all that interference or would ask you to use a hardwire.

If you would like more info and to be on my email list to be notified when the units are shipping, please email me at:
Stephen Consentino
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#4 Philip J. Martinez SOC

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 11:41 AM

BOXX vs. IDX-CW5-HD which is better for Steadicam and why?
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Posted 09 February 2009 - 12:06 PM

Phil,

I was wondering the same thing. Everyone is raving about the Wevi (IDX), but it seems the Boxx is smaller (most notably, not as wide), a lot lighter, and is offered without battery mounts so we can just butter with Velcro and place at our discretion (versus sandwiching between battery plates). Moreover, the Boxx accepts composite SD (versus SD-SDI) so we could use it with film cameras easily too.

I had pretty much decided not to purchase a Wevi until they did all of these things so..... how good is the Boxx? Is the image color accurate, etc? Will the DP be as happy as a hard wired image on HD jobs? Could a DIT use the image to paint with (I've been talking to a NY DIT who says he could make his paint box controls wireless with ease and that the Wevi has the image quality he is after).

Exciting stuff.
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#6 Charles Papert

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 12:23 PM

I've been talking to the BOXX folks since Cinegear last year and it appears that it will deliver similar results to the IDX unit picture-wise, plus the added advantages that Alec lists. However the real test will come once the unit ships and we are able to do a head-to-head test to determine which has the better range, freedom from interference etc. With a digital transmitter of this type you get a rock-solid picture until it loses enough signal and then it blanks out; the question is how far from the receiver and in what type of environment will this happen earlier with one unit vs the other. I believe Panavision has tested both units (obviously a pre-release of the BOXX unit--let's not go all "RED" here and talk about it like it is available yet) and the result was that the BOXX unit fell short of the IDX, but this was a while back and hopefully things will have changed with the production model.

BOXX is also planning a more serious antennae array that I don't expect any of us will be buying due to cost but could be rented for a specialized shot that covers a lot of territory. It looks sort of like the masts that the sound guys sometimes use with a bunch of mean-looking yagis.

I'm excited to try out that unit in particular--I've had good results with the IDX unit but the form factor and flexibility of the BOXX will be much more welcome, plus the ability to use on an SD set.
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#7 Lars Erik

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 12:27 PM

Anybody heard when theboxx.tv will be out with their new system?


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#8 Marco Dardari

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 01:00 PM

The last sale date that they have said to me is from around mid-February.
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#9 Jason Torbitt

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 08:10 AM

Yes - spoke to them early in the new year and they are promising mid to late February - so nearly there.

I've done some extensive testing with the IDX kit. It performs very well, even in sub-zero temperatures. As stated elsewhere, when it does drop out and goes to black, it can take as long as 10 seconds + to pick the signal back up again...not ideal. It also drops out when you get very close to the RX, which is interesting - almost as if there is a minimum distance that the TX should be away from the RX. Aside from this, I've used the link on Steadicam, handheld and even with minicams, and it has performed every time.

When The Boxx unit arrives, I'll do a side by side test and will be happy to post my findings here.

The biggest selling point for me, aside from the range, HD compatability and stability of signal, is that it also goes SD and composite - so ideal for film and regular video work, in addition to broadcast/live events and HD drama/feature/promo work. It also increases the scope of the kit and attractiveness for hire (and hence hire cost).

The bottom line is that we can now offer directors a wireless HD signal with no visible latency.
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#10 Brandon Baudier

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 02:23 AM

I've been following the BOXX Meridian HD unit since its introduction and personally, I cannot wait to see this in action.
The digital revolution is here and it's time to jump on board. It's only a matter of time before SD is considered "Sub-Standard Definition". As far as I'm concerned, a Zero-Delay Composite, Component, SDSDI and HDSDI transmission unit with a built in Scaler and Down Converter for only a few grand is a steal. The price of a new SD only transmitter/receiver will run you "roughly" the same price. I figure, if you're willing to pay a few thousand dollars on a SD only transmitter/receiver today, it would be worthwhile to spend the extra grand or so to get on top of the technology curve. If you don't have the extra grand-or-so, wait and save! instead of investing into a unit that will be outdated by the time the man in brown shorts drops it off at your doorstep. I'm not downplaying the quality or efficiency of current SD transmitters, but soon it will be insufficient (mainly to the directors, etc.) to transmit to video village in any format less than "HD". Unfortunate.... but inevitable.

The unit should begin shipping Late February/Mid March.

I've pre-ordered and can't wait to test it. I'll post remarks.

Prices below.

TRANSMITTERS
TM-VL-02HS Zero Delay. V-Lok. HD Transmitter £2,500
Inputs: Composite, Component SD/HD, SDI, HDSDI
TM-AB-02HS Zero Delay. Anton Bauer. HD Transmitter £2,500
Inputs: Composite, Component SD/HD, SDI, HDSDI
TM-DV-02HS Zero Delay. Velcro Hold. HD Transmitter £2,500
Inputs: Composite, Component SD/HD, SDI, HDSDI

RECEIVERS - VIDEO ASSIST/MONITORING
RM-EL-02HS Zero Delay. Compact. Hand-held Receiver. £2,500
Output: Composite, Component SD/HD, SDI, HDSDI
Simultaneous Down Converter
RM-LT-02H Zero Delay. Compact. Hand-held Receiver. £1,250
Output: HDSDI
Not sold seperately
RM-LT-02S Zero Delay. Compact. Hand-held Receiver. £1,250
Output: Composite
Not sold seperately
RM-LT-L2E Lite to Elite Receiver Upgrade £1,500

Thanks,
- Brandon
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#11 Dale Henderson

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Posted 08 March 2009 - 02:18 AM

Hey Brandon,

These transmitters/receivers sound awesome. Im looking for a new Transmitter/receiver downunder in Melbourne, AUSTRALIA.
Where can we get a look at one of these little babies. It would be nice to see a pic of some sorts.
Is there a web site that we can go to see a picture???
I will definately be in the market this year, the earlier the better!

Cheers,

Dale Henderson.
www.fluidmotionfilm.com
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#12 Tiago Alexandre

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Posted 03 November 2009 - 08:00 AM

Hey Brandon,

These transmitters/receivers sound awesome. Im looking for a new Transmitter/receiver downunder in Melbourne, AUSTRALIA.
Where can we get a look at one of these little babies. It would be nice to see a pic of some sorts.
Is there a web site that we can go to see a picture???
I will definately be in the market this year, the earlier the better!

Cheers,

Dale Henderson.
www.fluidmotionfilm.com


Hi everybody!

Silkcam is a company based in Portugal and is selling these new products from BOXX TV in Europe.
Meridian Pack, a complete set with a HD Transmitter (with V-Lock, Anton Bauer or Velcro Hold), a Broadcast Receiver and a kit of accessories.

It gives you an incredible product experience with zero frame latency and a range of 650 feet (200 meters).

This is suitable to work in sporting arenas, studio and live events productions, with steadicam and digital film.

For more information,
www.silkcam.com
silkcam@silkcam.com

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