If you're familiar with Cube but find it out of your price range, Teradek has hit a middle ground. Meet Serv, a set monitoring system that turns iPhones, iPads, laptops, and basically any iOS device into a real-time field monitor over WiFi.

It is available in two flavors: the Serv Pro, which is housed in a metal chassis, and the cheaper Serv, both of which tout only a 4-frame delay. The main difference between the two is how many devices it can support; Serv Pro supports 10, while Serv handles 4. When mounted on a camera, the signal has a 300ft range using its built-in WiFI and can go even further when connected to a WiFi access point. 

Accompanying Serv is the free VUer iOS application that gives more control over the live video feeds with features like a histogram, false color, focus peaking, waveform monitoring, and vectorscope. The software also has a frame "grab and compare" tool to allow cinematographers or script supervisors to compare shots. VUer also supports up to four live feeds from any combination of Serv or Cube models. 

Serv will be available soon and will retail about $1,600 for Serv Pro and $700 for its cheaper sibling. 

Tech Specs

  • Turns any iOS into a monitor 
  • 4 frame delay
  • 10 or 4 supported devices depending on model 

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