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Category Archives: Wireless Video
Over the last few years, a growing number of broadcasters and video recording companies have been switching from traditional copper cables and fiber optics to wireless recording gear.
The reason? Well, there are several. From improved mobility to excellent quality, wireless video technology offers a range of advantages that have made it so appealing to camera operators in a wide range of different settings.
With the increasing affordability of wireless HD video, we’re also seeing a range of smaller video producers make the switch and go wireless. Below, we’ve shared four reasons for the growth of wireless video, from its increasing affordability to range, quality, mobility and more.
Impressive transmission distances
Not long ago, most live video experts associated wireless video with short signal distances and interference problems. Today, wireless HD video equipment is capable of transmitting a strong, reliable signal across an impressive distance to a receiver.
For example, the Wireless VidOlink Ranger is capable of transmitting broadcast grade MPEG 4 COFDM HD footage across a range of up to two miles, as long as there’s a direct line of sight in between the transmitter and receiver.
Even affordable wireless video equipment is capable of transmitting high-quality footage across a reasonable range. Our VidOlink 5G Low-Cost Wireless HD-SDI Link, for example, boasts an impressive 500-meter range when used with optional high gain antennas.
The days of short signal distances and continual interference are over. Today, wireless video equipment can provide a very usable range that’s useful for a wide variety of event settings.
Some modern wireless video equipment supports resolutions of up to 1080p, as well as great frame rates of 60 frames per second or more. This makes it easy to shoot and transmit clear, crisp footage using wireless recording and transmission equipment.
Better yet, many wireless units allow for the transfer of completely uncompressed footage, all with no noticeable latency. This means that wireless gear can be used to transmit broadcast quality footage suitable for standard television and IPTV.
Just like the signal distance of wireless gear has been improving over time, many of today’s top wireless video transmitters offer comparable quality to wired fiber optic, making the “low quality” debate a non-issue.
One of the biggest advantages of wireless video is its mobility. Instead of having to step over cables or worry about expensive fiber optic cables catching on chairs, tables, and other items, wireless video transmitting allows camera operators to focus on getting the perfect shot.
In a live event environment, this means that camera operators can get closer to the action and capture more engaging, impressive footage. It also lets camera operators move at a far faster pace to capture events as they happen and keep viewers engaged.
At the end of the day, it’s great footage that matters most. The incredible portability of IPTV video networking makes it easier for camera operators to get the shots they need for a detailed, engaging and effective production.
Like many other technologies, wireless video equipment has gotten more affordable in the last decade, allowing small businesses and organizations that could previously never afford it to add it to their video production equipment collection.
We offer a range of affordable wireless video products, with our VidOlink 5G Low-Cost Wireless HD-SDI Links designed to fit into every live video production budget. Today, there’s no need for a Hollywood-level budget to add wireless video to your technology toolkit.
Learn more about wireless video
With decades of experience in live video, our team specializes in helping businesses, schools and organizations master the art of wireless video. To learn more, please view our collection of wireless video equipment or contact us for personalized, hands-on assistance.
Wireless Video Executive Summary
New technologies have greatly expanded the number of choices available to broadcasters for transporting live video from venues to studios. For example, cell-phone circuit bonding has now made it possible to transmit live video from anywhere that has good cellular coverage. Recent advances in Wi-Fi standards have increased the bit-rates available for transporting video in local areas. Today, even uncompressed HD video can now be transported wirelessly using 1.5 Gigabit radio links operating at 60 GHz. Each technology has benefits and drawbacks, relative to specific applications and user environments.
Selecting the right wireless technology for each application requires analyzing the cost, bandwidth, and reliability of a variety of potential approaches. As a vendor that offers a wide range of different wireless video products, VidOvation is uniquely positioned to provide information about the pros and cons of each different solution. In this whitepaper, we hope to provide clear, useful information to support fair comparisons between the various devices that are available on the market. Our goal is to help you choose the right technology for every network, thereby earning your trust and your business.
Wireless Video Introduction
Wireless video transport has been a key part of television broadcasting since the first over-the-air transmission tests were performed almost a century ago. The methods used to transport video signals from one location to another have continued to push the limits of each new technology that has come along, including coaxial cable, microwave, satellite, fiber optics and cellular radios. With high bandwidth signals, demanding QoS (Quality of Service) requirements and sensitivity to excessive delay, video has often been at the leading (or bleeding) edge of the capabilities of many technologies.
Building on these past successes, television broadcasters today have an enormous range of wireless video transport options. These range from dedicated links that support 1.5 Gbps uncompressed HD video to highly compressed video streams that run over Wi-Fi infrastructure. In between are devices and systems to fit virtually every application. With so many choices, it can be difficult to select a suitable product that offers the best combination of performance and reliability at a price point that makes sense for each project.
VidOvation was founded to offer a wide selection of video transport solutions, including many wireless products. With the perspective gained from this range of offerings, it becomes easy to objectively analyze the relative merits of different technologies. Each one has specific features that may make it suitable for use in a particular set of applications but not in others. Because of the overall complexity of comparing such a wide range of technologies, the following discussion will be divided into four major sections. First, a number of criteria that can be used for selecting and comparing various solutions will be defined. This will be followed by a discussion of a few key applications that are particularly common for wireless video links. Then, the actual technologies will be analyzed, based on their potential applications and various selection criteria. Finally, some of the key data will be summarized in a comparison table.
Over the last decade, the world has gone wireless. From home and office computer networks to VOIP, wireless communications technology has converted a world that was once built for wires into one where both viewers and content creators expect wireless convenience.
While wireless technology is well established on the consumer side of media, it’s less common on the business side. However, new wireless video transmitters and production systems are starting to become popular in a wide variety of industries, for an equally wide range of reasons.
From retail to live events, a variety of businesses in many industries can benefit from adding wireless technology to their toolkit. Below, we’ve listed three industries that can see the biggest benefits from switching from wired to wireless video transmitting technology.
Over the last five years, IPTV has become increasingly popular with both large and small retail businesses across the United States. Being able to broadcast content to a variety of devices is an extremely valuable asset for any retail business focused on effective marketing and sales.
Wireless video transmitters make the process even easier. Instead of transmitting video from a source over ethernet or an Internet connection, wireless video transmitters let you send a video signal from a source to a variety of units without set top boxes or ethernet cables.
This means that in a retail environment, you can broadcast a wireless signal to displays around your store that list new products, special offers and upcoming promotions, all without any wires cluttering up the environment and affecting the customer’s experience.
All that’s required is a wireless video transmitter with a large enough range to cover your retail store, as well as wireless video receivers for each display.
If there’s one industry that can benefit from wireless video transmission, it’s live events. For the most part, live events depend on wired video technology to transmit content from a source — in most cases, one or several cameras — to a variety of displays.
This, of course, has several weaknesses. Cables are a common point of failure in many event environments. Often, all it takes to disrupt a signal and affect a broadcast is excess foot traffic, damaged cables or improper setup in a specific area.
Using wireless video technology, event organizers can simplify the technology side of an event significantly, all while improving results.
During a presentation or keynote speech, video content can be transmitted to displays without annoying cables or bulky equipment. During a live event, camera operators can get in closer to the action without having to worry about potentially hazardous cables.
With many wireless video transmitters capable of sending broadcast-grade video over a range of two miles, even the largest events can benefit from wireless broadcasting technology.
Wireless surveillance cameras, which transmit video over Wi-Fi, have grown in popularity over the last five years. Once uncommon, they’re now a common sight in retail stores interested in improving security, reducing losses and keeping customers safe.
Beyond the convenience factor of wireless surveillance cameras, wireless video has major cost advantages for business. It’s reliable, easy to operate, low maintenance, and typically costs far less than an equivalent fiber optic cable network.
In addition to retailers, a growing number of homeowners are investing in wireless cameras for security purposes. Being able to back up video content and watch video remotely are regarded as some of the biggest selling points of wireless video transmission for home users.
Add wireless video to your business’s toolkit
We specialize in helping businesses start using wireless video, audio and data communication technology. From small businesses to large enterprises, we work with businesses of all sizes to design and engineer wireless and IPTV systems that do what you need, when you need it.
Would you like to learn more about using wireless video and IPTV for your business? Contact us now to talk to our experienced staff and learn more about the best options, equipment and solutions for your business.
New 60-Ghz Gigabit Wireless Ethernet Link Supports Full-Duplex Transmissions at 1.25 Gbps in Ruggedized, Weather-Proof Enclosure
IRVINE, Calif. — April 5, 2016 — VidOvation today introduced the VidOwave 60G 750 PA, an advanced 60-GHz millimeter-wave broadband and wireless data connectivity solution. The VidOwave 60G 750 PA delivers low latency and full-duplex Gigabit Ethernet transport, at speeds up to 1.25 Gbps, in a small, ruggedized, and easy-to-install enclosure.
“Our new VidOwave 60G 750 PA is ideal for a wide variety of networking applications and deployments, particularly those that would be impossible or cost-prohibitive using fiber optic cable. A few examples are IP video streaming and transport, connecting LANs between buildings, extending fiber backbones, wireless internet service providers, and wireless backhaul for 3G and 4G/LTE mobile networks,” said Jim Jachetta, executive vice president and chief technology officer, VidOvation. “The VidOwave 60G 750 PA is just the latest example of VidOvation’s innovation in 60-GHz technology, an area in which we are widely recognized. For instance, we provided the NHL with the 60-GHz wireless in-net goal camera system to facilitate replays.”
The VidOwave 60G 750 PA supports full-duplex, 60-GHz millimeter wave wireless links with 7 GHz of allocated spectrum bandwidth, advanced intelligence, and comprehensive Ethernet switching functionality. The solution features a fully integrated dual-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and integrated low-latency forward error correction (< 50 μs) for data transmission reliability. Line-of-sight wireless connections can span up to 750 meters, and multiple VidOwave 60G 750 PA units can be daisy-chained for longer distances.
Weighing only 2.4 kg (5.2 pounds), the VidOwave 60G 750 PA is housed in a ruggedized outdoor enclosure designed for extreme weather operation. The system is powered via POE+ and draws less than 15 watts.
More information about the VidOwave 60G 750 PA and the full VidOvation product family is available at www.vidovation.com.
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VidOvation Launches VidOlink Ranger2 Long-Range Wireless Video Transmitter and VidOlink Tally & Control
VidOlink Ranger2, Tally and Control Systems
Ranger2 is New Midrange, Cost-Effective Entry Into VidOlink Family, and Tally & Control Delivers Complete Tally and CCU Functionality to Wireless Cameras
IRVINE, Calif. — March 8, 2016 — VidOvation today announced the launch of two new products in its VidOlink family of long-range wireless video transmission systems: the VidOlink Ranger2 and the VidOlink Wireless Tally & Control. The VidOlink Ranger2 is a lower-cost long-range video transmission system that can transmit wireless HD video as far as two miles. The VidOlink Tally & Control is a complementary means of adding tally and camera control unit (CCU) functionality to new or existing wireless camera systems.
In addition, VidOvation has expanded its lightweight and low-cost VidOlink Reacher family of zero latency wireless video transmitters with three new models: the VidOlink Reacher 400, VidOlink Reacher 1000, and VidOlink Reacher 2000. Spanning transmission distances of 400, 1,000, and 2,000 feet, respectively, the systems transmit HD-SDI and HDMI video with near-zero latency, making them ideal for action sports shots in which near-zero latency is important.
“At VidOvation we’re committed to making field video acquisition, contribution, and distribution faster and easier than ever for our customers, with lower latency and higher video quality. Our VidOlink family is a great example of that vision,” said Jim Jachetta, executive vice president and chief technology officer, VidOvation. “Based on customer feedback and our own research into broadcasters’ ongoing requirements, we launched our lightweight and cost-effective Reacher line last year — and now the Ranger2 provides a new lower-cost alternative to our original Ranger transmission system. We now offer wireless video transport solutions that can meet any budget and span the full range of distances from 400 feet to two miles.” Continue reading