Teradek, SmallHD Join Forces With 703 Bolt Wireless Director’s Monitor
The introduction of the SmallHD 703 Bolt Wireless Director’s Monitor marks the first collaboration between high definition monitor-maker SmallHD and wireless video pioneer Teradek. The new device allows filmmakers to wander the sound stage or location untethered, with a full HD monitor to view live takes as well as previews and playback, with full stereo audio headphone output.
It is the first affordable, wireless, full HD monitor on the market, and its 3,000nit, daylight viewable display is the brightest SmallHD has ever made.
“Our clients have long been requesting a monitor of SmallHD’s caliber that’s cable-free, so it made perfect sense to partner with Teradek, the industry leader in wireless technology” explains Wes Phillips, SmallHD CEO and co-founder. “And so far, we are getting great feedback from our test units in the field.”
One early-user, Luke Taylor, gave the new director’s monitor a workout on a recent feature film. “I just spent the last two months literally in the woods with the 703 Bolt wireless monitor. It has been an indispensable tool on our set. When our director wants to leave village, and be a part of the action, it’s ready to go. No waiting for village to be set up, no messy cables, no finicky, heavy handheld rig. It’s solid and can go where a video village can’t.”
The 703 Bolt combines SmallHD’s daylight viewable 7-inch, 1920x1080p display, with a built-in Teradek Bolt receiver, and is compatible with Teradek Bolt 500, 1000, or 3000 transmitters. The new system can receive and display video from as far away as 300 feet from the transmitter. Powered by a single Anton Bauer or V-mount battery pack, the system can be viewed and receive signals for over four hours on a single 90 Watt-hour battery.
SmallHD’s wireless director’s monitor is ruggedly built with a milled aluminum frame with a Gorilla Glass screen. Ready to go, the system measures just 8.4” (21cm) by 4.8” (12cm) by 1.21” (3cm) not including antennas, and weighs just 4.35 lbs. (2 kg), including a 90 watt-hour battery and handles.
The included handles are contoured with an ergonomic rubberized coating. Delivered with SmallHD’s OS3 operating system, the monitor can display two input sources simultaneously for A/B cam monitoring. Also, handy for a director is OS3’s new image gallery. It provides the ability to quickly access and organize screen captures and other images on an SD card by showing a thumbnail preview of each image file. Images can now be previewed with or without a video signal.
If wired configuration is preferred, the monitor can handle two SDI inputs simultaneously or a SDI input and SDI output.
The 703 Bolt is available directly from SmallHD, SmallHD authorized dealers and has an introductory MSRP of $3499. Additionally, Director’s Kits are available, which includes monitor, handles, neck strap, battery bracket, and both matte and transparent screen protectors for an introductory MSRP of $3,699.