Wireless monitor offers filmmakers more scope for creativity

The 703 Bolt wireless director’s monitor allows users to roam freely on location while viewing previews and playback

SmallHD, a manufacturer of HD monitors, and Teradek, a wireless technology solution provider, have introduced the 703 Bolt, a wireless director’s monitor.

Equipped with 3,000-nit brightness, the new device allows filmmakers to move around the sound stage or location, with a full HD monitor to view live takes, as well as previews and playback. An audio headphone output is also available.

Director Luke Taylor, an early adopter of 703 Bolt in his feature film, commented: “I just spent the past two months in the woods with the 703 Bolt wireless monitor. It has been an indispensable tool on our set.

“When our director’s monitor wants to leave village, and be a part of the action, it’s ready to go — no waiting for village to be set up, no messy cables, and heavy handheld rig. It’s solid and can go where a video village is unable to.”

The 703 Bolt combines SmallHD’s daylight viewable seven-inch, 1920x1080p display, with a built-in Teradek Bolt receiver, and is compatible with Teradek Bolt 500, 1000, or 3000 transmitters. The new system is able to receive and display video at a distance of 300ft from the transmitter. Powered by a single Anton Bauer or V-mount battery pack, the system can be viewed and receive signals for over four hours on a 90W-hour battery.

In addition, the new system operates on SmallHD’s OS3 operating system, allowing the monitor to display two input sources for A/B camera monitoring. Users are able to utilise the OS3’s new image gallery to access and organise screen captures, and other images on an SD card by showing a thumbnail preview of each image file.

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