Streaming: The Value of Wireless Video Encoders

Wireless internet streaming technology is typically used when a video signal will be streamed over the internet to a service like YouTube, LiveStream or similar.

Streaming: The Value of Wireless Video Encoders
Using a wireless streaming encoder is a convenient resource to use for streaming a meeting or from an area that isn’t set up for a wired Ethernet connection, such as the Teradek Bolt.
Streaming: The Value of Wireless Video Encoders
Using a wireless streaming encoder is a convenient resource to use for streaming a meeting or from an area that isn’t set up for a wired Ethernet connection, such as the Teradek Bolt.

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Wireless technology makes life in the production world immensely more convenient, portable and concealed.

Technology in wireless video has changed drastically in the past few years. Historically, the options were either very cheap or tens-of-thousands of dollars. This left nothing in-between and a minimum of a $20,000 cost difference. Neither of these was favorable for use in church production. For that purpose, we will be discussing technologies in the $1,000 to $6,000 range.

A personal favorite of mine is utilizing the ability to transmit to multiple receivers and achieving a very long moving shot.

Given that wireless video technology has interrupted the market, there are many variations of “wireless video.” Researching this topic will require a little foreknowledge and can become confusing. We will establish the key differences in this article.

The term wireless video can incorporate different technologies and uses. It can mostly be summed up in two categories; wireless internet streaming and wireless transmission. Wireless internet streaming technology is typically used when a video signal will be streamed over the internet to a service like YouTube, LiveStream or similar. With wireless transmission, a video signal can be transmitted wirelessly from a transmitter to a receiver. This is a point-to-point transmission.

Wireless internet steaming can be achieved in two ways. One is when the video signal is transmitted over Wi-Fi to the internet. This obviously requires you to be in proximity to a network router. The other option is a more remote solution. Here, the video signal is transmitted wirelessly via a cell network such as AT&T or Verizon. In both cases, the range of the device is limited to the cell or Wi-Fi reception.

It should be noted that this solution is not intended as a remote camera for a live production; there will be a delay in the video signal. To further explain wireless internet steaming, it may be helpful to look up “Streaming Providers” on this site to gain a better understanding of how streaming technologies work.

Using a wireless streaming encoder is a convenient resource to use for streaming a meeting or from an area that isn’t set up for a wired Ethernet connection. The benefit of these devices is being able to stream from essentially anywhere, especially if using a cellular device, like the Teradek Bond. Streaming wirelessly is considered a convenience and not recommended for high priority streaming. Using a hard-wired encoder is strongly recommended for steaming a church service.


More About Clete Terrell
As a self-professed “dork,” Clete Terrell grew up feeling the tension of being skilled in the technical field, but wanting to be in the ministry. Thankfully, the local church grew in its use of technology and henceforth created positions for technical minded people to serve in the church. Clete was on staff for seven-and-a-half years at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Ga. as the Director of Video Systems. There he led and developed an enthusiastic team of 120 video volunteers as well as maintained North Point’s video equipment.
Get in Touch: clete@leftyandwritey.com    More by Clete Terrell

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