We first noticed the Vaxis Storm 3000 Dual V-lock TX at NAB earlier within the 12 months. It appeared like an fascinating product so I believed it was a good suggestion to place it by means of its paces and see the way it performs and works.
- Full HD 1080p, no compression, zero delay.
- Transmission 3000ft
- Channel Scanner workable
- LED display
- USB upgradeable
- TX: SDI In x1 & HDMI In x1, SDI loop out
- Built-In HDMI/SDI Converter
- Support metadata, timecode, and time set off
- Zero delay for Arri Mini playback, on/off non-obligatory
- Dual V mount on TX
- Compatible with ALL Vaxis Storm Wireless Receivers.
The wi-fi TX is designed to sandwich between a digital camera physique with a V-lock battery plate (or another V-lock battery plate) and a battery. There can also be a model that is available in Anton Bauer Gold Mount.
The idea behind that is to create a extra built-in wi-fi transmission system that turns into extra part of the digital camera, than an add on accent.
If you’re going to put a wi-fi transmitter in your digital camera then you definitely would possibly as nicely try to seamlessly combine it, relatively than have it hanging off the aspect of your digital camera.
We are all trying to create cleaner digital camera builds with fewer cables and components, the Vaxis Storm 3000 Dual V-lock TX is only one product that goes a way in direction of attaining that aim.
I’ve reviewed fairly just a few Vaxis merchandise through the years, and their construct high quality continues to enhance. The Storm 3000 Dual V-lock TX is solidly constructed and nicely made.
What I like is Vaxis have now countersunk the SDI ports into the physique of the transmitter and receiver. This is a pleasant transfer as a result of it provides much more safety for the cables.
The HDMI and the USB ports aren’t countersunk, however the design of the TX unit nonetheless gives them with some safety.
Personally, I feel the Eject button to launch a V-mount battery is somewhat gimmicky.
The Storm 3000 Dual V-lock TX snaps on securely onto V-lock plates and there isn’t any wobble or motion.
Size & Weight
It’s actually a stable piece of equipment and it weighs in at 380 g (13.4 oz) with the 2 antennas connected, 296 g with no antennas. That makes it heavier than the common Storm 3000 TX which suggestions the scales at 268 g (9.45 oz).
The Storm 3000 Dual V-lock TX is kind of skinny and as soon as it’s connected to your digital camera it doesn’t make the footprint that a lot greater. If it wasn’t for the aerials you’ll hardly know it’s there.
What do you get?
The Storm 3000 Dual V-lock TX comes with the TX unit, two units of antennas, and a brief SDI cable.
On the aspect of the TX, there’s a management panel with an OLED display and channel adjustment button. Up to 10 workable frequency channels will be chosen. On the OLED show, you may see indicators for wi-fi energy standing, temperature, video standing, and receiver RSSI. The Storm 3000 permits you to use as much as 10 units of wi-fi transmission suites all working concurrently and in the identical place (Multi-point to multi-point to transmit totally different pictures).
Above the place the connections are there’s an on/off energy change in addition to to indicator lights that let you know if the unit is receiving a video sign and whether it is paired with an RX unit.
Another good characteristic of the Storm 3000 is that it helps metadata, timecode and run/cease management for ARRI, RED, Canon, Panasonic, and Sony cameras.
The draw back to the system is as a result of it’s sandwiched between your digital camera and battery it is going to keep on except you bodily energy down the TX. This is hardly the tip of the world, however it does imply it’s a must to bear in mind to maintain turning it on and off.
Two units of Antennas
The TX comes with two several types of antennas. There is a set of small antennas and a set of bigger Sword antennas.
The complete thought is you should utilize the smaller antennas to maintain the system extra streamlined while you aren’t working over massive distances, and then you definitely change to the bigger Sword antennas should you want better vary or are working in an space with extra RF interference.
The Sword antennas look extra like propellers from a drone than the sort used on most different wi-fi gadgets. The motive behind this design is that it helps the antennas mitigate dBi loss from reflections as a result of the polarization doesn’t change when the waves replicate off surfaces. The “sword” antennas have ceramic plates within them that in line with Vaxis, will increase the sign energy. This “Sword” design was pioneered by Vaxis and now many firms comparable to Movcam and Kinefinity are utilizing it.
They have additionally been designed to be very versatile and you may bend them round with out having them break.
Even although the Storm 3000 Dual V-lock TX is designed to go onto a V-lock plate, Vaxis has included 3 1/4 20″ mounting holes on the underside of the unit. This means that you can mount it some other place should you did need to apply it to a digital camera that doesn’t have a V-lock battery plate.
AS there’s additionally a 2-pin LEMO DC enter it’s also possible to energy the TX without having to make use of a V-lock battery.
Who is it geared toward?
Wireless video transmission programs are an important a part of any manufacturing. They let everybody from the director, to the producer, the main focus puller, the gaffer, and even hair and make-up see what’s going on. The Vaxis Storm 3000 Dual V-lock TX is a part of the businesses flagship wi-fi transmission suite and it’s geared toward anybody who wanted to ship and obtain wi-fi video alerts over massive distances.
It is actually being focused at mid to large-sized productions the place you want to have the ability to monitor pictures over massive distances, however in saying that, it may simply be utilized by solo operators or small crews as nicely.
What cameras can or not it’s used on?
You may actually use the Vaxis Storm 3000 Dual V-lock TX on nearly any digital camera you may consider. If you’re utilizing a RED, or an ARRI, it actually is designed to enrich these cameras properly.
Vaxis additionally makes a pleasant little V-mount plate for many who need to connect the Storm 3000 Dual V-lock TX to the aspect of their digital camera.
What are you able to transmit?
The Storm 3000 can transmit 525i, 625i, 720p and 1080p (as much as 60P) alerts. If each the SDI and HDMI have legitimate video inputs, the system will take the 3G SDI enter as a precedence.
Ins & Outs
The Storm 3000 Dual V-lock TX options an HDMI In, an SDI In, an SDI Out, a USB and a 2 pin Lemo In.
Just just like the Teradek Bolt 3000 TX, the Vaxis Storm 3000 TX and the RX each have an SDI loop out so if you wish to join a monitor from the identical gadget you may.
Vaxis does embrace an angled SDI cable, however it is vitally quick. I might have most well-liked to have seen a barely longer cable (or a coiled one) as with my explicit digital camera arrange the cable barely reached my SDI out ports.
The Storm system operates on the 5.1-5.9GHz frequency band and it may be software program configured to vary the ISM band in order that licenses will be given for it to work in numerous international areas. Getting certification for wi-fi gadgets will be difficult in sure nations all over the world, particularly Japan, Taiwan, and Korea. The Storm system has each FCC and CE approval and can be utilized in most components of the world.
As far as encryption goes, the Storm 3000 makes use of AES 128 encryption. This is very helpful on bigger productions the place each little bit of imaginative and prescient must be saved confidential and away from prying eyes, however for solo operators or small productions, it’s most likely not one thing you’re going to be nervous about.
Setup & Ease Of Use
wi-fi video answer ought to be simple and quick to arrange and get working. In all honesty, this shouldn’t be a troublesome activity, and whether it is, then the product has already failed in my view.
Just like a lot of the Vaxis wi-fi programs, the Storm sequence is just about plug-and-play. I positioned the transmitter between my digital camera and battery, related an SDI cable after which connected the receiver to a SmallHD monitor and turned the whole lot on. Without having to do something I bought an image inside round 10 seconds. This is how a wi-fi system ought to be, fast and straightforward to make use of.
So far so good, however I wished to see what would occur if I misplaced connection, so I turned the TX off after which again on once more. It took roughly 7 seconds for the receiver to re-establish a connection which was moderately fast.
What was unusual when utilizing the Storm Focus 058 built-in monitor and wi-fi receiver is that if I turned the facility off on the TX unit, the Focus 058 nonetheless shows the final frozen picture from the TX. This can doubtlessly be an issue, as somebody on set might not notice that you’ve got misplaced the connection, particularly in case you are filming one thing that isn’t transferring.
So what about if I pulled out the SDI from the digital camera? Again the system re-established connection in below 4 seconds.
So what would occur if I out of the blue modified the body charge to 60fps (nonetheless in a 23.98p recording mode) on my digital camera whereas the system was on? Again it took slightly below 4 seconds for the image to return. When I modified the digital camera again to 23.98fps it additionally took below 4 seconds to get the connection again.
Now the Storm 3000 is claimed to help as much as 60p in full HD, so I made a decision to check that declare. Again this was no downside in any respect, and the Storm 3000 receiver re-established a connection inside lower than 5 seconds.
In the ultimate take a look at, I wished to vary the working channel and see what would occur. I modified the receiver to a special channel after which modified the transmitter to the identical channel. This time it took round 20 seconds until I had an image again.
I actually tried arduous to fault the Storm 3000 with all these exams, and it doesn’t matter what I did the system all the time re-established a connection with out me needing to do something. Not as soon as did I’ve to reboot each the transmitter or receiver.
The Storm 3000 Dual V-lock TX is claimed to have the ability to transmit broadcast-class and uncompressed 3G SDI/HDMI HD video alerts at distances of as much as 1km (3,281 ft) with no compression and nil delay.
The Storm 3000 Dual V-lock TX will solely work with different Storm RX models and the businesses Storm Focus 058 built-in monitor and wi-fi receiver.
The Storm Focus 058 is an built-in monitor and wi-fi receiver that has been designed with comfort and ease of use in thoughts. Instead of getting to hook up, mount, and energy a number of elements to create a wi-fi video monitoring system, Vaxis has put the whole lot right into a compact bundle.
The Storm 3000 Dual V-Lock TX labored rather well with the Storm Focus 058 and it made for a extremely easy to make use of and handy answer.
I’ve beforehand reviewed the Storm Focus 058, and whereas it really works nicely as a receiver, I discovered it left so much to be desired as a monitor.
Pulling out connectors, altering settings and turning receivers and transmitters on and off is one factor, however how does it really carry out in the true world? Vaxis recommends that to get one of the best wi-fi transmission efficiency, each the transmitter and receiver should be not less than 1.5m above the bottom. Keeping each the receiver and the transmitter at comparable heights additionally helps with efficiency.
The actual transmission distance can also be related to the present air electromagnetic setting, as a result of the system works within the ISM band, and subsequently has publicity to all form of 5GHz band air interference. Vaxis recommends customers ought to do a guide frequency sweep by adjusting the frequency choice knob with a circle earlier than utilizing the tools, that approach you may choose one of the best frequency channel for steady efficiency.
With this in thoughts, I made a decision to check the programs vary and efficiency. To take a look at the vary of the system I remained in line of sight of the receiver and began strolling away with the TX connected to the digital camera. I discovered that I may get round 230m (754 ft) earlier than the sign dropped out. Now, Vaxis claims a most working vary of 1km (3,280 ft), however that is solely going to be achievable on flat, open terrain the place there’s little wi-fi interference. I did this take a look at in the course of Tokyo which is likely one of the most closely congested RF and WiFi visitors areas on the planet. I didn’t count on the Storm 3000 to succeed in anyplace close to its claimed working distance on this setting.
Whenever I evaluation wi-fi video transmitters I do the take a look at in the very same place below the identical working circumstances. This approach I get a good suggestion of how varied competing programs examine. Below you may see how different wi-fi video programs faired below the identical testing circumstances.
- Movcam DarkishTower DT2000: 450 m (1476 ft)
- SmallHD 703 Bolt and Bolt 3000 TX: 200 m (656 ft) it’s necessary to notice that the SmallHD 703 Bolt has a variety of simply 91.44 m (300 ft)
- Vaxis Thor 800ft+: 300m (984 ft)
- Vaxis Storm 3000: 400m (1,312 ft)
- Vaxis Storm 3000 Dual V-Lock TX (230m)
I can’t actually clarify why the Vaxis Storm 3000 Dual V-Lock TX’s vary of 230m on this setting was significantly lower than the consequence that I achieved with the common Storm 3000 system. I didn’t have a Vaxis Channel Scanner so it could nicely have been right down to the truth that I used to be on a channel the place the sign wasn’t the strongest.
I did discover that the receiver wanted to be going through in direction of the transmitter and it’s a must to watch out to not block the highest of the receiver the place the antennas are. If you place your hand or one thing excessive of this a part of the receiver the sign tends to vanish pretty shortly. When the sign did disappear, I needed to wait till I used to be again in vary earlier than it re-connected. When it did lose the connection it was in a position to re-establish with out the necessity for rebooting the transmitter and receiver.
Vaxis does make an non-obligatory Channel Scanner unit ($198 USD) that you may buy that enables customers to seek out the least congested channel to function the system on.
What I did like is that while you press the proper button of the Storm 3000, you may open or shut a brand new 0″ perform that offers you 1 much less body delay than when it’s utilized in common mode. This is sweet as a result of it successfully provides you zero delay on playback when utilizing the ARRI Alexa Mini.
Pricing and availability
The Vaxis Storm 3000 DV TX retails for $3,480 USD. The small V-lock mounting accent is $25 USD. From the first to 30th August you may get 30% off this worth by means of Vaxis international distributors/sellers.
In truth, you may get a equipment with a Vaxis Storm 3000 DV TX and a Storm 3000 RX for $4800 USD, which is $1,080 USD cheaper than a Teradek Bolt 3000 XT TX and a Bolt Dual Battery Plate Mount.
Also for $4800 USD, you may get a Vaxis Storm 3000 DV TX and a Storm 058 monitor equipment.
The Teradek Bolt 4K 1500 is $7,990 USD however it solely has a variety of 1,500 ft.
The Vaxis Storm 3000 Dual V-lock TX’s competitors comes primarily from the nicely established Teradek Bolt 3000 XT.
But, in contrast to the Vaxis answer, it’s worthwhile to use the Bolt Dual Battery Plate Mount with a 3000 XT to sandwich it between your digital camera and battery.
If you need an built-in Dual V-lock battery plate answer from Teradek that doesn’t contain a further battery plate mount, they do have the Bolt 4K.
So let’s simply examine the Teradek Bolt 3000 XT to the Vaxis Storm 3000.
|Teradek Bolt||Vaxis Storm 30000 Dual V-Lock TX|
|Range||Up to 3000ft line of sight||Around 1km|
|Built-in HDMI to SDI |
|Audio Compression||48kHz 24-bit PCM||48kHz 24-bit PCM|
|Wireless Frequency||US: 5.19 ~ 5.23 GHz and 5.755 ~ 5.795 GHz|
EU & JP: 5.19 ~ 5.23 GHz
US: 5.27 ~ 5.55 GHz and 5.67 GHz
EU & JP: 5.27 ~ 5.67 GHz
(20MHz and 40MHz channels)
|RF Power||17dBm EIRP||Maximum 21dBm|
|Maximum Supported Resolutions||1080p60||1080p60|
The Teradek Bolt 3000 XT additionally has options comparable to backward compatibility with any Bolt of the identical vary, Sidekick II / LT / XT, and 703 Bolt. It additionally makes use of a singular AES 128 encryption algorithm to guard your video footage. It additionally makes use of Teradek’s proprietary software program utilities, together with a guide frequency-selection instrument, 3D LUT engine, and a 5GHz spectrum analyzer to control interference in your space.
What you additionally want to remember is that Teradek models are in all places and they’re stocked by rental homes all around the world. What this implies is that you just occur to have an issue or want a alternative unit you may get one in a short time. If you may have an issue with the Vaxis Storm 3000, you’re going to wrestle to discover a alternative in numerous locations on this planet. While extra Vaxis merchandise are beginning for use, the numbers of models in circulation are nonetheless small should you examine it to Teradek.
A wi-fi video transmission system must have rock-solid reliability. It additionally has to not get in your approach and be simple to arrange and use.
From my time testing the Storm 3000 Dual V-lock TX and Storm 3000 RX I discovered it to be very dependable and straightforward to make use of system, even over massive distances.
I like its compact design and the way in which it seamlessly turns into a part of your digital camera. It’s good that Vaxis has designed the TX unit so that you don’t must sandwich it between a digital camera and a battery should you don’t need to.
I’ve been very proud of the reliability of Vaxis wi-fi programs. I’m but to have an issue utilizing any Vaxis system on any of my shoots. They have all the time been dependable and rock stable.
The unit does face very stiff competitors from the Teradek Bolt 3000 XT., and possibly extra so from the but to ship Bolt 4K. Teradek is sort of an business commonplace, and it’s the typically the primary wi-fi video system you see on high-end productions. Selling lower-end wi-fi video programs is so much simpler, however when you stand up to the high-end, individuals are inclined to go together with established manufacturers that they know. Let’s hope this modifications as a result of the competitors is nice for everybody.
With the present introductory reductions, the Vaxis Storm 300 Dual V-lock TX provides excellent worth for cash.
The Vaxis Storm Storm 3000 Dual V-lock TX does precisely what it’s alleged to do and it does it with minimal fuss. It’s stable, dependable and will get the job completed, and actually, that’s all you may ask from any product.