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Wireless Video Transmission System

The Best Wireless Video Systems For Live Production (2021)

This is a list of the best wireless video transmission systems I recommend and use for video production.

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What Do They Do?

Transmit a video signal wirelessly from one location to another.

Wireless Video Transmission System Diagram

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I Recommend Them For:

I Do Not Recommend Them For:

I always recommend wired over wireless whenever possible.

Considerations

Here are some important things to know before purchasing a wireless system:

IMAG & Live Production

If you plan on using any of these systems for live production (especially IMAG), then I highly recommend only using Teradek.

They have the lowest and most consistent latency out of all the other comparably-priced brands I've seen.

In the 100+ situations where I've used or seen wireless used in live production, Teradek performs the best by far.

Let's get started...


Wireless Video Transmission Systems

Teradek Ace 800

Teradek Ace 500

Top Pick For 2021! Get Latest Price on Amazon

Teradek has been a trusted manufacturer of quality wireless video gear in both the film and TV industries for many years.

When you want a solid bang for the buck wireless system with low latency, look no further.

The lowest latency in the price range, multicasting, HDMI and SDI options, and decent transmission distances make the Ace series hard to beat.

Transmitter Inputs: HDMI (Ace 500) or 3G-SDI (Ace 800)

Receiver Outputs: HDMI (Ace 500 & Ace 800) or 3G-SDI (Ace 800)

Supported Formats: Broadcast formats up to 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps

Maximum Transmission Distance: 500' (Ace 500) or 800' (Ace 800)

Transmitter Power: Optional Sony L-Series, Canon LP-E6, Canon BP-U, and Canon BP-9 plates

Receiver Power: AC (optional Gold or V-mount plates)

Minimum Latency: <1 ms

Multicasting: Yes (up to 4 receivers)

My Favorite Feature: Lowest latency for the price

Hollyland Mars 300 PRO

Hollyland Mars 300 PRO

Budget-Friendly Pick Get Latest Price on Amazon

Hollyland is one of the newest players in the wireless video market.

Designed more for film and on-set monitoring, their systems tend to have more latency compared to other options.

If you only need HDMI, are not worried about latency or missional-critical reliability, and are using the system within line-of-sight, then this can be a decent low-cost option.

IMPORTANT: This system has quite a bit of latency. I do not recommend it for IMAG or syncing with other wired cameras.

IMPORTANT: While the transmitter can receive frame rates of 23.98, 29.97, and 59.94, the receiver can only output the nearest rounded whole number (24, 30, or 60). This can be an issue when sending the receiver's output to a video production switcher or other gear that needs to have matching (or broadcast) frame rates.

Transmitter Inputs: HDMI

Receiver Outputs: HDMI

Supported Formats: Broadcast formats up to 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps

Maximum Transmission Distance: 300'

Transmitter Power: Sony L-Series or USB-C (5-12V wide voltage power supply)

Receiver Power: Sony L-Series or USB-C (5-12V wide voltage power supply)

Minimum Latency: 80ms

Multicasting: No (1 transmitter to 1 receiver only)

My Favorite Feature: Monitoring through smartphone/tablet apps

Cinegears Ghost-Eye 300m V2

CINEGEARS Ghost-Eye 300m

Best Range For The Price Get Latest Price on Amazon

A somewhat newer manufacturer, Cinegears provides all kinds of wireless motion control and wireless video transmission for the film and broadcast industries.

Their Ghost-Eye line is a popular option, and offers a ton of value for the price.

Transmitter Inputs: HDMI and 3G-SDI

Receiver Outputs: HDMI and 3G-SDI

Supported Formats: Broadcast formats up to 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps (HDMI or SDI)

Maximum Transmission Distance: 2295' (984' line-of-sight ensured)

Transmitter Power: 2-Pin LEMO connector 7-36V DC

Receiver Power: 2-Pin LEMO connector 7-36V DC

Minimum Latency: <1 ms

Multicasting: Yes (up to 4 receivers)

My Favorite Feature: Transmission distances

Teradek Bolt 4K LT

Teradek Bolt 4K LT

4K & Greater Range Get Latest Price on Amazon (750') Get Latest Price on Amazon (1500')

When you need professional features, reliability, greater transmission distances and low latency, the Bolt series has been a no-brainer for a long time.

One of the most popular wireless systems used on film sets today.

Capable of transmitting uncompressed DCI 4K up to 30 fps or 1080p up to 60 fps.

Two transmission distance options - 750' or 1500'.

Transmitter Inputs: HDMI and 3G-SDI

Receiver Outputs: HDMI and 3G-SDI

Supported Formats: Broadcast formats up to 4096 x 2160 at 30 fps (HDMI only) or up to 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps (HDMI or SDI)

Maximum Transmission Distance: 750' or 1500'

Transmitter Power: 2-Pin circular locking connector 6-28 VDC (optional Sony L-Series or Canon dual battery plates)

Receiver Power: 2-Pin circular locking connector 6-28 VDC (optional Gold or V-mount battery plates)

Minimum Latency: <1 ms

Multicasting: Yes (up to 6 receivers)

My Favorite Feature: 4K capability

Teradek Ranger

Teradek Ranger

True Broadcast Wireless Get Latest Price on Amazon (HD) Get Latest Price on Amazon (4K)

When you want bang for the buck quality and reliability to rival the high end RF systems, look no further.

Just about the best signal strength, frequency selection, transmission distance, and full feature support you can find in an off-the-shelf consumer solution.

It even operates on many unlicensed frequencies, so a license is not always required.

Transmitter Inputs: HDMI (HD and 4K versions), 3G-SDI (HD version), or 12G-SDI (4K version)

Receiver Outputs: HDMI (HD and 4K versions), 3G-SDI (HD version), or 12G-SDI (4K version)

Supported Formats: Broadcast formats up to 4096 x 2160 at 60 fps (4K version) or up to 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps (HD and 4K versions)

Maximum Transmission Distance: 3000' (5000' with included panel antenna)

Transmitter Power: 1 x 2-Pin LEMO (7 to 28 VDC) Input

Receiver Power: 1 x 2-Pin LEMO (6 to 28 VDC) Input

Minimum Latency: <1 ms

Multicasting: Yes (up to 6 receivers)

My Favorite Feature: Everything


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