Teradek and SmallHD Introduce Cool Ultra Bright Wireless Field Monitor

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

Last year, Teradek got into a partnership with SmallHD and the fruits of that working relationship are finally being seen. This week, Teradek introduced the 703 Bolt Wireless Field Monitor, and it’s pretty slick.

With SmallHD’s ultra bright 703 field monitor at the center of its design, the 703 Bolt has a brightness rating of 3000 nits, making it completely daylight viewable of it’s 1920×1080 7″ screen. We saw the 703 at NAB last year, and SmallHD put their booth outside, directly in sunlight to drive home the point that you can see every detail without the need of a hood. It’s remarkable.

With Teradek’s Bolt Sidekick II wireless receiver, the monitor is completely cable free, and enjoys zero latency at a distance of up to 300 feet. It comes with dual SDI BNC connectors which can be for input and selectable output. The 703 Bolt also can be deployed for dual view monitoring of A/B cameras, or for a look at footage in pre and post LUT configurations. There’s also support for timecode, waveform and scopes.

The design is compatible with Bolt 500, 1000, and 3000 wireless transmitters, so you can take the 703 from its director’s monitor configuration and set it up to be an assistant camera monitor as well. This makes it ideal as an untethered focusing tool that can take advantage of Small HD’s software toolset of peaking, focus assist, and pixel zoom.

Other features include:

  • Built-In Teradek Wireless Receiver (Sidekick II with 300ft Range)
  • 3000 nits of brightness
  • Rugged milled aluminium construction
  • Pagebuilder OS
  • HD Waveform and Scopes
  • Colorflow 3D LUT engine
  • 2x SSDI Input and 1x SDI output
  • Dual View monitoring
  • 2pin 12v LEMO Power

The 703 Bolt is being offered for a limited time in a base model and director’s bundle starting at $3499. But since you’re already 95% there at that price, the introductory pricing for the director’s bundle gives you monitor handles, neck strap and V-Mount battery bracket for $200 more.  Considering the MSRP of the bundle is $4200, it would be silly not to get the whole package now and save some cash.

Now I know what you’re thinking. $3500 is a steep price for a low budget operation to drop right after the holidays, especially when NAB is right around the corner. But that super bright monitor is really going to come in handy while on set. But if you want a more budget friendly option, then there’s always the DIY route.

Remember the DIY wireless monitors we wrote about a few years ago? Both used a wireless HDMI system and a Lilliput 1080p monitor powered by USB laptop batteries and connectors you can get from a local hobby store.  Check it out below:

Both claim full 1080p at 60 fps with zero latency. The downside is, your range will be dramatically smaller. Like no more than 60 feet line of sight. Then again, these videos are a few years old, so by now, I’m sure you can get more powerful transmitters that can increase that range to at least 100 feet or more.  And at a cost of about $500 to build, including the monitor, it’s not a bad way to get your feet wet.

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About James DeRuvo 285 Articles
Editor in Chief at doddleNEWS. James has been a writer and editor at doddleNEWS for nearly a decade. As a producer/director/writer James won a Telly Award in 2005 for his Short Film "Searching for Inspiration. James is a recovering talk show producer from KABC in Los Angeles, and a weekly guest on the Digital Production Buzz with Larry Jordan.

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