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.
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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.