Using a wireless video system on a film set is rapidly becoming the norm, especially as the technology becomes increasingly more reliable and as other camera tools such as the Freefly Systems MōVI that require wireless video become more widely used. While you will often see a video assist person running around stabbing monitors with SDI connectors and uncoiling sometimes hundreds of feet of BNC cable to get picture back to the video village, you are also likely to see a guy like me hand a Teradek Bolt 2000 receiver to the video assist person, flip the switch on, and immediately deliver a solid image from my camera from hundreds of feet away to the wall of monitors surrounded by people that rely on that picture to get through their day. It’s also one less BNC cable tripping accident waiting to happen.
In a perfect world, every camera on set would have a wireless video system that delivered latency-free HD picture to every monitor on the set that needed it; people could tap into the picture wirelessly on their smart phones and tablets; executive producers sitting in their offices across the globe could get the image in real time on their computers. And nothing would ever go wrong with the system. Ever. Unfortunately, this isn’t quite a reality yet, but we’re getting closer all the time.