NAB 2018: Teradek Introduces New Products
Teradek designs and manufacturers high-performance video solutions for broadcast, cinema, and general imaging applications. From wireless monitoring, color correction, and lens control, to live streaming, SaaS solutions, and IP video distribution, Teradek technology is used around the world by professionals and amateurs alike to capture and share compelling content. At NAB 2018, Teradek showcased new products and improvements.
Bolt XT/LT Zero-Delay Wireless Video Systems
New for NAB 2018, the venerable Teradek Bolt is receiving a massive upgrade with two new lines of zero-delay wireless video systems. Completely reimagined, the new Bolt XT and LT demonstrate the union of form and function, their elegant design incorporating useful features like pass-through battery plates, integrated NATO rail and a dual SDI output. The two new Bolt lines will be 100% compatible with current generation Bolts (500, 1000, 3000, Sidekick 2) and will begin shipping in May.
The Bolt XT satisfies the needs of the most discerning professionals, from powerful software tools and rock-solid performance to smart power options and backward compatibility. Available with a maximum range of 500 ft, 1000 ft, 3000 ft, or 10,000 ft, the new Bolt XT line offers a professional solution for every budget.
A key feature of the Bolt XT is its backward compatibility with Bolt 500, 1000, 3000, Sidekick II, and 703 Bolt, giving users more flexibility building onto their existing systems or linking with others already on set. Unlike alternative wireless video systems, Bolt XT includes a unique AES 128 encryption algorithm to protect your video footage, ensuring that only authorized receivers can connect to your transmitter.
Each transmitter includes an HDMI, 3G-SDI and looping 3G-SDI output. Receivers feature an HDMI output as well as dual 3G-SDI outputs. While wireless performance is critical on set, so are practical mounting options that ensure optimal performance and a quick set-up. With the Bolt XT line, Teradek has added an integrated NATO rail on the receiver, several 1/4”-20 and 3/8” mounting points, and an ARRI rosette on the transmitter to greatly improve available mounting options.
An all-new aluminum chassis further reduces the size and weight of the Bolt line, with receivers also allowing for integrated pass-through power. Available battery plate accessories include V- or Gold-mount, in addition to bi-directional Sony L-series or Canon LP-E6 plates on the Bolt 500 XT. Teradek has also replaced the internal antennas on the Bolt 500 XT transmitter with an external set to enhance wireless performance when operating in environments with large obstacles or heavy interference.
The Bolt XT, like the previous generation, is multicast capable up to 4 receivers and includes built-in cross conversion and Teradek’s proprietary software utilities, including a manual frequency-selection tool, 3D LUT engine, and a 5GHz spectrum analyzer to keep an eye on interference in your area.
The Bolt LT takes Teradek’s wireless performance and packages it into an affordable, streamlined series of zero-delay wireless video systems. The LT line is available in 500ft. or 1000ft. max-range models, with the LT 500 offering external antennas on the transmitter for enhanced wireless performance.
Not only lighter, but smaller too, the Bolt LT is the essential, no-frills high performance wireless video system. Each transmitter includes a single 3G-SDI or HDMI input with matching looping output, while the receiver includes a single 3G-SDI or HDMI output. Several ⅜” and ¼”-20 mounting points allow Bolt LT to mount seamlessly to any camera rig and integrated bi-directional Sony L-series or Canon LP-E6 pass-through battery plates allow you to power your system far more easily than before.
Existing 3rd-generation Bolt users can rejoice because Teradek designed the Bolt LT to be backward compatible with the Bolt 500, 1000, Sidekick II, and 703 Bolt, as well as the powerful new Bolt XT. This feature makes it easier than ever to build onto existing Bolt systems or plug into others already operating on set.
The Bolt LT also retains critical features from the previous generation, including AES 128 encryption to protect your video feed from prying eyes and multicasting to up to 4 receivers.
Teradek Announces New Additions to its Popular Wireless Lens Control Lineup
At NAB 2018, Teradek has announced the addition of several new products to their Teradek RT wireless lens control platform, including a high-torque superspeed motor, a 1-channel hand unit with lens mapping, and a three-channel modular receiver with built-in RED camera control. The three new components will begin shipping in May.
With its silent brushless motors, numerous controller options and 5000 ft wireless range, Teradek RT wireless FIZ systems provide high-end cinematic lens control at affordable prices. At NAB 2018, Teradek has introduced a new superspeed lens motor, offering incredibly fast, high-torque operation perfect for large lenses and rapid movements. With nearly 6x the service life of brushed motors, the superspeed is poised to be not only the most powerful lens motor available, but also the most reliable and longest-lasting. Dual motor-cable ports allow for motors to be daisy-chained along the lens, reducing cable clutter on the camera, and a tool-less quick-change gear mechanism allows users to rapidly swap gears by simply lifting or pressing the new one against the housing.
Accompanying the new superspeed motor is Teradek RT’s first 1-Channel Hand Unit. Designed to operate with the same 5000 ft. range and performance as the popular MK 3.1 wireless controller, the 1-Channel Hand Unit gives filmmakers dedicated focus or iris control and is 100% backward compatibility with existing RT components. Built-in lens mapping and storage make lens adjustments an absolute breeze and an integrated ARRI rosette allows focus pullers to attach the hand unit to a compatible SmallHD monitor for real-time lens info and depth-of-field overlays.
Rounding out the trio of new Teradek RT products is the Latitude-X, a modular three-channel wireless receiver offering start/stop functionality for all major cinema cameras and full access for RED cameras. With a 5000 ft. wireless range, multipurpose serial ports, and built-in Bluetooth for Foolcontrol, the Latitude-X offers the full suite of lens control capabilities in a chassis smaller and lighter than any other wireless FIZ receiver available.
Link Pro: High-Performance Cellular WiFi Access Point
Also at NAB 2018, Teradek is packing professional network bonding into their high performance Link WiFi access point, giving broadcasters, production companies, and first responders reliable, high speed internet access wherever they go.
Link Pro is a high throughput, dual-band WiFi access point with a 1000 ft. range and the very same bonding technology found in Teradek’s powerful Bond series of video transmission devices. What sets Link Pro apart is its ability to offer reliable network connectivity by aggregating bandwidth from 4x 3G / 4G / LTE modems, allowing anybody to surf the web, check their email, upload files, or even stream live video online from areas they otherwise couldn’t before.
Available as a backpack, flight case, radome, and as a standalone version for systems integration, Link Pro’s flexibility ensures there is a model for every situation. To ensure the best possible cellular reception, Teradek has included 4 of their high performance Node 3G / 4G/ LTE modems, which provide extraordinary connectivity and bandwidth throughput compared to standard USB modems.
Link Pro isn’t just a powerful access point, it is also incredibly durable and power efficient. Its super rugged aluminum chassis is designed to withstand the rigors of constant use in production environments, natural disaster zones, and inclement weather and its Gold or V-mount battery plate ensures you’re up and running for long periods of time while you’re mobile.
Link Pro includes two gigabit Ethernet ports, 4 locking connectors for Teradek’s Node LTE modems (USB to 4-pin connector cables available for standard modems), and a 2-pin locking connector for AC power.
VidiU Go: A Bonded Cellular HEVC Live Streaming Solution
New for NAB 2018, the popular VidiU series of live streaming encoders is getting its first new addition in several years: VidiU Go. Built on Teradek’s venerable Cube HEVC platform, VidiU Go streams to Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, and any other online video platform in pristine 1080p60 video quality.
VidiU Go is a live streaming encoder for businesses, freelancers, and enthusiasts seeking the cutting edge of broadcast technology. With H.264 and HEVC built-in, the Go gives you the flexibility of delivering live video in the widely accepted AVC format or taking advantage of the efficiency of H.265 during bonded cellular broadcasts.
Bandwidth challenges are never an issue for the VidiU Go with its state of the art bonding capabilities taken from Teradek’s professional line of Bond Backpacks. The Go includes two USB ports designed for Teradek’s new Node for VidiU Go modems, the very same high performance 3G / 4G / LTE modems found in the company’s high end professional systems. Additionally, the Go can add even more bonded bandwidth via its gigabit Ethernet port and built-in dual-band WiFi.
To take your live streaming even further, the VidiU Go offers integration with Teradek’s Sharelink and Core platforms, which provide remote encoder configuration and HEVC / AVC transcoding (Core only). Most importantly, Sharelink and Core offer multi-platform delivery, allowing you to stream to any and all of your favorite streaming platforms at the same time.
With both HDMI and SDI inputs, the VidiU Go is equally at home on small camcorders as it is on larger broadcast cameras. The Go is powered via a USB-C port, which makes it easier than ever to power the system with external Li-Ion batteries. Like the VidiU and VidiU Pro, the Go is compatible with Teradek’s iOS video production suite, Live:Air Action, and the VidiU app for iOS, allowing users to quickly configure and monitor their stream, as well as overlay graphics and lower thirds right onto their live feed.