Teradek Bolt 4K Wireless Camera Control

At NAB 2022, Teradek announced a new Bolt 4K Wireless Camera Control System. Using Teradek’s custom BB3 silicon, you can now control your camera wirelessly with any Bolt 4K device when used with SmallHD Smart 7 monitors.

You also need a SmallHD Camera Control License To operate this system, Camera Control licenses are available for ARRI, RED DSMC2, Sony VENICE, RED KOMODO and RED RCP2 cameras.

What can you do with it?

The Bolt 4K Wireless Camera Control lets you control basic camera settings from anywhere on set. Unlike WiFi-based applications on mobile devices or additional dedicated hardware, Bolt 4K transmits camera control wirelessly over the same wireless signal used to transmit wireless video without delay. This simplifies your setup and integrates with your existing ecosystem for touchscreen camera functionality on your SmallHD monitor.

When you use wireless camera control with a Bolt 4K, your SmallHD Smart 7 monitor becomes the off-camera command station. Here you can control your white balance, shutter angle, trigger start/stop recording, etc.

SmallHD’s PageOS user interface and menu settings are consistent no matter what camera you’re using, so switching between cameras won’t be confusing.

How it works?

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Previously, if you wanted to control the camera, Bolt 4K monitor pods had to be connected to SmallHD Smart 7 monitors, now you can connect a small pod directly to your Bolt 4K TX unit instead.

What do I need for this to work?

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Now you can use a workflow for wireless camera control with the Bolt 4K transmitters and receivers you already own. By adding Teradek’s new USB adapters and a few cables to your setup, all of your hardware devices can interface properly with each other. Once your hardware is connected, you will re-install a single camera control license on your in-camera Smart 7 monitor or receiver Smart 7 monitor. Once the license is installed, you can update your monitor settings on the receiver side, which will send the commands back to the transmitter, which will pass the command to the camera.

The wireless video connection between any Bolt 4K transmitter and any Bolt 4K receiver creates the path for camera control commands from the receiver to the transmitter.

Price and availability

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The Teradek Bolt 4K Wireless Camera Control is available in kits or you can purchase individual parts.

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Here are the prices:

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You also need a SmallHD camera control license otherwise it won’t work.

Edward N. Arrington