As consumer electronics continue to improve in quality and price, there are more opportunities for professionals to save some money and create DIY solutions. I thought it would be worth sharing my latest DIY project (inspired by video director Joe Simon). I shoot quite a bit of commercial work and often have agency reps or clients that need to view takes and give feedback. This often means a very “cozy” experience around the monitor.
Last year, I decided to start bringing extra monitors and 20 foot HDMI cables on set. This was a great way for everyone to get their own view of what was happening on screen. The big downside to the HDMI cords was the constant tripping hazard.
This year, I decided it was time to research a wireless solution for my existing monitors. The Paralinx arrow is a great sub $1000 option. It offers zero latency 1080p HDMI transfer across hundreds of feet. It is also fairly light; meaning that my steadicam would remain fairly unaffected by the extra weight.
As mentioned before, It was Joe Simon that shared his solution. The core of Joe’s system is the Nyrius Aries Pro Wireless HDMI system. The first thing you’ll probably notice when checking out Nyrius' system is that it looks nearly identical to the Paralinx Arrow.
One benefit of the Nyrius system is that it allows for USB powering. This means that users can power the product with cheap consumer USB bricks (often used to charge phones or laptops). I personally chose Anker Astro batteries based on their small size and great reviews.
My experience with the wireless setup has been great so far. The Nyrius unit has zero latency and a great wireless range. More importantly, my clients are impressed and I don't have to worry about clients or talent tripping over HDMI cables.
If you’re interested in building a similar wireless HDMI monitor, here is a list of the parts I used:
It's also helps to have a rail system to mount the batteries to. (Find one that works with your camera)
Best of luck guys. Drop me a line on twitter or in the comments below if you have any questions.