SmallHD updates wireless monitor lineup with FOCUS Bolt RX Teradek-compatible receiver
SmallHD (part of the Vitec Group) has added to its 5-inch wireless monitor transmitter and receiver lineup with the FOCUS Bolt RX receiver, capable of receiving full HD video wirelessly, not only from FOCUS Bolt TX transmitters, but also from Teradek 500, 1000, 3000 and Sidekick II transmitters. Like the previously introduced 500-Series TX (transmitter) and RX (receiver), the new receiver is built on FOCUS touchscreen monitor platforms, with a built-in Teradek receiver system.
Transmission from one of the Teradek transmitters or a single SmallHD TX monitor can be received by up to four receiver monitors with a max range of 500 feet. This allows directors, DoPs, DITs and lighting directors to view live takes, preview and review scenes, untethered.
The FOCUS Bolt system streamlines the wireless workflow in a very convenient way. On a typical shoot, a FOCUS Bolt TX transmitting monitor is located at the camera, connected via HDMI or SDI cable, ready to perform the normal duties of an on-camera monitor and also capable of transmitting a video signal. That TX monitor transmits the full HD signal that can be received by RX monitors or Teradek receivers. RX monitors can also receive input through an HDMI or SDI connector, functioning as a stand-alone HD monitor.
All FOCUS Bolt monitors can be powered by a Sony L-Series battery through an integrated slot on the back of the units. The FOCUS Bolt units can also supply 7.2V power to DSLR and mirrorless cameras via camera-specific power adapter cables. The monitors can also be powered off an optional D-Tap to battery adapter or AC power.
These monitors provide a daylight viewable, 1280 x 720 HD display, featuring 294 pixel-per-inch density. With 10-bit colour processing, they display a colour gamut of 70% NTSC. For convenient viewing by multiple crew members, FOCUS Bolt monitors provide a wide, 160° viewing angle horizontally and vertically.
FOCUS Bolt touchscreen monitors utilize the SWIPE interface to the OS3 operating system to provide access to SmallHD’s extensive toolset, which includes HD Waveform, Scopes, Focus and Exposure Assist, and real-time 3D LUTs. The PageBuilder system allows quick access and customization of the tools on the display. An audio monitoring VU meter can be displayed on the screen as well.
Each FOCUS monitor has a built-in full-size SD card slot that provides even more utility. Both models ship with a mounting solution included. The FOCUS Bolt TX gets a camera shoe arm with friction-based tilt mount. The FOCUS Bolt RX comes with a neck strap and a set of lightweight monitor handles that attach natively to the monitor.