Ace is the Newest Budget Wireless Video System from Paralinx

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Paralinx has introduced Ace, a replacement for their low-end wireless transmitters/receivers.

Their original system, Arrow, had been out for a few years now, and while they had introduced a few new products after that, most have been at the higher-end. This new Ace system should have a stronger signal (with likely newer hardware inside) and is built to accommodate a wide range of accessories by having a number of threaded holes built right into the chassis.

Paralinx Ace C300

Here are the specs:

  • Zero-latency (less than 1ms)
  • Range: Up to 300ft/100m
  • Signal Quality: Uncompressed, up to 1080p/60
  • Input/Output: SDI or HDMI
  • Power Input: 7-17v
  • Weight (HDMI): 126g (Tx), 146g (Rx)
  • Weight (SDI): 146g (Tx), 160g (Rx)
  • Tx: 2.6in x 4.7in x 0.6in (6.7cm x 11.9cm x 1.5cm)
  • Rx: 3.4in x 4.5in x 0.6in (8.6cm x 11.5cm x 1.5cm)
  • Availability: September 2015
  • Price: HDMI: Tx Only: $600, Rx Only: $750, One Tx + One Rx: $1,300, One Tx + Two Rx: $2,000
  • Price: SDI: Tx Only: $900, Rx Only: $950, One Tx + One Rx: $1,800, One Tx + Two Rx: $2,700

It will come in two versions, SDI or HDMI:

Paralinx Ace_SDI_Combo
Paralinx Ace_HDMI_Combo

Here's more from Paralinx on the Ace system:

The Paralinx Ace wireless video transmission system is the latest addition to the Paralinx family. Featuring realtime, uncompressed, wireless HD video and available with either SDI or HDMI input/output this compact, rugged, lightweight system is the ultimate short-range wireless solution for professional filmmakers.

The Ace will send uncompressed HD video signals up to 1080p60 with zero-latency up to a maximum range of 300ft/100m. Each transmitter can multicast to up to 4 receivers and receivers can be paired by the user via an onscreen-display. The rugged aluminum and ABS plastic enclosures are lightweight and feature threaded inserts for attaching an onboard battery plate (LP-E6, NP-F, BP-U) or mounting brackets.

Due to the relatively low weight and size, this sort of wireless system is perfect for director's monitors, especially if they'll be relatively close to camera. 

Paralinx Ace+RX_Monitor

Ace should be shipping this month, but you can pre-order now from their website, and it says it will ship in 10-12 business days.     

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can't wait to try it out :)

September 16, 2015 at 5:39AM

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Sandeep Abraham
Director, DoP, Editor
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I'm very curious how I can fit the transmitter in a gimbal setup.
It is obviously larger than the old version, but it has more mounting options.
One day at IBC was obviously too short: I totally missed this one...

September 16, 2015 at 8:43AM

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WalterBrokx
Director, DOP, Writer, Editor, Producer
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Aputure Array is a new wireless HDMI video transmission system that is priced at $600. It has zero-latency and functions up to 328 feet from your camera.

http://goo.gl/injzI7

September 16, 2015 at 9:52AM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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This would make it the cheapest SDI wireless system on the market, no?
I have a Nyrius but looking for something to mount on my Ursa Mini with SDI as the mini lacks HDMI out and I don't want to have to mount and SDI->HDMI converter as well like I currently do.

September 16, 2015 at 12:35PM

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I'm kinda done with Paralinx. Rented the Arrow system twice and both times it was finicky and unreliable. The last time we tried using it the transmitter and receiver were literally just 10 feet away from each other, pointed directly at one another, and it couldn't keep a signal or connect properly. Maybe the conditions we were in were interfering (we were in an old historical building though, so not a lot of electrical interference to be had if that's the issue), but it didn't work and it pissed us off and we washed our hands of Paralinx

Just tried a Nyrius Aries Prime last night. Very cheap and affordable, and we had some connection issues at first, but once it got connected it stayed on, provided we stayed in range. Also realized our HDMI cables were the likely culprit as the slightest nudge would disconnect it. Downside to that particular system is you need to be close for it to work good (10-20 feet), but what do you expect for $200? As long as we were in range, it looked fantastic and it had very little, if any, latency. The Paralinx wouldn't even work for us. It costs roughly $100 less to rent the Paralinx kit for a weekend than the Nyrius costs to own. Would prefer the Nyrius Pro, but the Prime worked perfectly fine for short range wireless monitoring.

September 16, 2015 at 2:57PM

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The only time I've really had issues with the Arrow is when it's trying to send a signal through a cinder block wall or in a convention center and I want to send a signal probably 200 feet. 200 feet might be it's limit or it could be that there were lots of other RF signals bouncing around.
For how I usually use it, sending a signal 50 feet or less line of site it's never let me down.

I do know that you'll run into problems if you use a battery on the Arrow receiver that doesn't put out 2.1 amps through USB. I tried a 1 amp USB battery pack once and it seemed like it wouldn't keep a connection for more than 5 or 10 minutes.

September 17, 2015 at 10:12AM

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We rented our Paralinx from an online rental house. It came with their own Mophie USB power banks to keep them powered on, but we actually didn't need them, we were near outlets and were able to connect that way. The building we were in that was old was definitely a concrete structure, but we weren't shooting around corners or anything. We had the camera in the middle of a hallway, then set up the receiver at the corner behind the camera, pointed at the transmitter, and then connected to a monitor just around the corner. Whenever it would connect, the image would be distorted and artifacted and completely unusable.

The first time we used it was outdoors at a small music festival and it worked... well, it worked just okay. It would get signal, but it would cut out a lot. Could be from electrical interference from all the people there with their cell phones, but we weren't far away from one another. Maybe 50 feet. It worked better out there, but it was far from perfect.

We just didn't like that we invested money into this system to use on our projects and it did us practically no good. We rented two systems for the live shoot, and one system for two short films we shot the same week. So we spent more renting this system with subpar/failed results than the Aries Prime costs to own, so... yeah, we're washing our hands of Paralinx as far as budget based wireless transmitters go. If it works for others, more power to them, but it didn't work for us :/

September 17, 2015 at 12:30PM

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The problem with renting a first generation Arrow system from an online rental company is that oftentimes customers of these facilities absolutely TRASH the gear. The facility then continues to rent out something damaged or non functioning because they do not understand the complexity of maintenance or sensitivity of these types of equipment. If you are on the fence about something like a Paralinx, buy it from Paralinx or B & H where you can return after trial if unsatisfied. Something as fragile as a first gen Arrow is not really something that's good to be rented from an online rental facility. Even renting something as complex as a camera from one of these facilities might be a gamble. Best wishes and hope you find something that works for you.

September 17, 2015 at 4:38PM

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Very unfortunate that you have to choose between HDMI and SDI. The SDI version, being 50% more, should at least offer both.

September 21, 2015 at 7:17PM

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David Gurney
DP
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I own the Tomahawk and the Ace. My Ace receiver works with my tomahawk when needed. Thats the best part.

For years i was all about the Teradek Bolt systems. They were the workhorse of most rental houses in LA. Then i worked with the Tomohawk and was so impressed a bought one a week later. I love these systems. I know they are owned by the same company as Teradek, and thats fine, but for whatever reason, Paralynx has been a quicker system for me. It fails less, recycles faster, more reliable, better range, saves time, saves money, gives everyone more room to work and less time to be trouble shooting. Im a fan.

January 20, 2016 at 4:36PM

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topher osborn
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