May 31, 2015

Teradek Adds 3D LUTs to the Bolt & Introduces Spark, a 60GHz Wireless Video Transmitter

Teradek introduced a few new updates and products at NAB 2015, including 3D LUT support for the Bolt in a firmware update, wireless control of RED cameras through the Cube, and a new wireless video transmitter, the Spark, which operates in the 60GHz range:

So far we know that Spark is a 60GHz device, can send uncompressed wireless HD video around 100 feet, and has 3G-SDI and HDMI inputs, as well as a 3G-SDI output. Theoretically 60GHz should mean less interference with other wireless devices in the area, even if those also operate in the 60GHz range. Unfortunately that also means it won't have the range of some of the other Teradek wireless products, especially through walls. One way to combat this is to bounce the signal off ceilings or other surfaces, something that 60GHz can do a bit better than some other wireless frequencies. Release date and pricing are not yet known, but we'll update if that info is out there somewhere. 

As for the Cube update, the new firmware works with RED cameras using the FoolControl app, something we looked at during NAB this year. It doesn't seem like this update has been finalized yet, but if you already owned a Cube, this lets you control the camera without needing any other wireless modules for the RED. At the show they were going through the Gig-E adapter port on the RED from the USB port on the Cube. 

The firmware update for the Bolt is a welcome addition, and it means that you can monitor in log on the camera end and send a non-log image with a LUT down the pipeline to video village or a director's monitor, ensuring that there is no confusion about the intended look that the project is going for. This update is available right now.

You can find any firmware updates for Teradek devices here


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Aputure released something very similar to the Spark at NAB2015 as well! 60GHz Transmitter with SDI and HDMI. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zE1PXNtMVO4

June 3, 2015 at 8:11AM

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