September 10, 2019

Teradek's New Bolt 4K MAX Transmits Video at a Ridiculously Long Range

The Bolt 4K MAX is a long-range, zero-delay wireless video system. 

The engineers at Teradek must be celebrating. The Bolt 4K MAX touts interruption-free wireless video transmission at up to 5,000 ft (1524 m). There are some stipulations though. It must be line-of-sight, in Broadcast mode and be using Bolt's new antenna system. Even so, that's quite a leap from the 1,500 ft (457 m) the original Bolt 4K 1500 and Bolt 4K 750 offers. 

Tech Specs

  • 4096x2160 resolution 
  • 10-bit 4:2:2 HDR 
  • 5,000 ft (1524m) transmission 
  • 120fps support
  • 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 inputs/outputs

The Bolt 4K MAX transmits up to 4096x2160 10-bit 4:2:2 HDR video over the unlicensed 5GHz band. Users can multicast to 6 receivers simultaneously in normal operating modes with less than a millisecond of delay. For HDR, Bolt 4K MAX supports the HDR-10, PQ, and HLG standards and can transport extended camera metadata, timecode, and record triggers over the wireless link. Teradek also made the system interoperable so you can transmit and receive from other Bolt 4K models. 

The Bolt 4K MAX uses a new H-V antenna configuration to connect its longer distances and the system allows for unlimited receivers in broadcast mode. Damn. It can also transmit 120fps up to 1080p and features the same 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 inputs/outputs we're familiar from Teradek. 

Bolt 4K MAX

A heads up, for those invested in the Bolt 500, 1000, 3000 and Paralinx Tomahawk series, Teradek is offering an upgrade program with up to a 40% trade-in credit. Full details can be found here.

The Bolt 4K MAX is available now for $13,590 (or $6890 to buy the transmitter and receiver separately) and will ship at the end of September.      

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Commenting for later, I wonder when rental houses will get them

September 14, 2019 at 3:38PM

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