Wireless video transmitters are nothing new and there are lots of different units on the market. But the Accsoon CineEye 2S stands out from the crowd for a number of reasons.
First is the price, at only £220/$300 USD it’s very affordable for a SDI/HDMI wireless transmitter. But one thing to understand is that it is just a transmitter, there is no reciever. Instead you use a phone or tablet to receive the signal and act as your monitor. You can connect up to 4 devices at the same time and the latency is very low. Given that you can buy a reasonably decent Android tablet or used iPad for £100/$140 these days, it still makes an affordable and neat solution without the need to worry about cables, batteries or cages at the receive end. And most people have an iPhone or Android phone anyway. The Accsoon app includes waveform and histogram display, LUT’s, peaking and all the usual functions you would find on most pro monitors. So it saves tying up an expensive monitor just for a directors preview. You can also record on the tablet/phone giving the ability for the director or anyone else linked to it to independently play back takes as he/she wishes while you use the camera for other things.
Next is the fact that it doesn’t have any fans. So there is no additional noise to worry about when using it. It’s completely silent. Some other units can get quite noisy.
And the best bit: If you are using an iPhone or iPad with a mobile data connection the app can stream your feed to YouTube, Facebook or any similar RMTP service. With Covid still preventing travel for many this is a great solution for an extremely portable streaming solution for remote production previews etc. The quality of the stream is great (subject to your data connection) and you don’t need any additional dongles or adapters, it just works!
Watch the video, which was streamed live to YouTube with the CineEye 2S for more information. At 09.12 I comment that it uses 5G – What I mean is that it has 5Ghz WiFi as well as 2.5Ghz Wifi for the connection between the CineEye and the phone or tablet. 5Ghz WiFi is preferred where possible for better quality connections and better range. https://accsoonusa.com/cineeye/
So there are now quite a lot of these devices appearing on the market. I have a Hollyland Mars 400 kit and it works really well. But this one caught my eye because it includes the ability to stream to platforms such as YouTube using RTMP. In these days of remote production being able to stream the cameras output to a remote client or producer could prove very useful.
I haven’t seen one in person and I don’t know the company, so no idea if it’s actually any good. But certainly on paper it’s really interesting.
Here’s the info from the press release.
Accsoon releases Cineeye 2S super-affordable 5GHz wireless transmitter with SDI
Wireless multi-device iOS and Android monitoring for SDI cameras at an unbelievably low price point has arrived with the new Accsoon Cineeye 2S. The SDI and HDMI camera-top 5GHz transmitter is perfect for the new normal of socially distanced filmmaking at every level of production.
View a camera signal remotely on up to 4 iOS or Android devices at a range of up to 150m (approx. 500ft) – perfect for directors, producers, clients and anybody else that needs to see the image live on set. Once connected to your smartphone the Cineeye 2S can even stream to audiences or remote clients using Youtube and other content delivery networks via RTMP.
Strong, stable, low latency 5GHz transmission
The Cineeye 2S can accept and transmit a 1080P video signal at up to 60fps from practically any modern mirrorless, cinema or professional camera. Signal strength, stability, and an average latency of less than 60ms mark it out as superior to other similarly priced systems.
At startup it uses automatic frequency selection to select the cleanest channel from up to 20 available. By choosing the frequency with least resistance it will be less prone to signal interference. If the user wishes they can override this with their own selection.
The Cineeye 2S also streams the embedded audio accepting 44.1KHz/48KHz 16bit/24bit inputs which it then transports using a low compression codec for nearly lossless sound monitoring.
Transform your smart device into a monitor with LUTs
The Cineeye 2S uses the free Accsoon Go app for iOS and Android to turn almost any modern iOS or Android phone or tablet into a fully featured monitor. It has advanced features like pinch to zoom, user selectable LUTs, peaking, false color, waveform, histogram and blue only display. The interface allows users to rapidly switch between setup menus and a totally clean uncluttered view of the image.
A user’s own custom LUTs or CDL can be loaded to preview on the iOS or Android device screen. Alternatively there are multiple presets for popular camera Log types that can also be selected. Users can display masks so that different aspect ratios can be previewed. There is also support for anamorphic lenses with 1.25x, 1.33x, 1.5x, 1.78x and 2x de-squeeze options.
Control your camera
The app also allows users to send Rec/Stop commands to a range of popular cameras. Using the appropriate accessory cable you can trigger Sony A7/A9 series, Canon EOS R/5D IV, Panasonic GH5/GH5S/S1H, Nikon Z6/Z7, Fuji X-T3 and others.
Rugged fanless design
The Cineeye 2S has a striking modern industrial design with all metal construction. Importantly it is fanless and so runs completely silently. Integrated twin antennas fold into the body for easy transport and storage and it has compact dimensions of just 108mm×68.5mm×30mm. Weighing in at only 213g without battery it is easy to attach to cameras of any size. A 1/4 20 thread on the base of the unit features additional ARRI style anti-rotation holes that offer extra security when mounting using an appropriate arm or shoe mount.
Multiple power options and amazing battery life
The Cineeye 2S has a super long battery life with up to 14 hours of runtime off a single NP-F970 battery. Alternatively it can be powered via DC barrel connector with a wide ranging input of 7.4-16.8V which is perfect for use on rigs where a single battery is used to power all accessories. If the two options are used in combination the battery can even be hot swapped without having to power down the unit.
Setup is straightforward with easy menu-driven options for channel selection and transmission settings. A clear 1.3 inch OLED display shows the status of the Cineeye 2S at all times. Simple push buttons on the facia allow users to make rapid adjustments and settings can also be controlled with ease from the Accssoon Go app.
Leading the way in 5GHz wireless
The Cineeye 2S builds on the success of Accsoon’s previous HDMI-only Cineeye products and demonstrates the brand’s commitment to professional users by bringing them genuinely useful wireless features at a hitherto unthinkable price point.
As well as film and TV work the Cineeye 2S has many other uses. It will allow for the creation of simple wireless streaming setups in education, sports, house of worship and countless other applications where a high quality mobile camera feed is required.
The Cineeye 2S is available immediately from authorised dealers with a MSRP of $329 US/ 329 Euro (VAT included)/ 239 GBP (Tax not included).
Channel?Auto/Manual, 20 channels (dependent on local RF laws)
Range?150 meters?open sight, 1 transmitter to 1 phone?
Power Supply?Sony type NP-F550, NP-F750, NP-F970 or DC?7.4?16.8V) Input.
Power Consumption?4.0 Watt (Typical)
Mounting Hole?1/4‘’ with ARRI style locating hole pattern
Operating Temp?0?45 deg-C
Focus, Listening and Innovation are at Accsoon’s core. Founded by a group of passionate and innovative filmmakers, designers and engineers, the company is committed to designing and producing the most innovative high-performance video transmission products for broadcast, cinema and imaging applications.
Well I didn’t know what “XDCAM Air” was so I had to ask. In a nutshell XDCAM Air is the name Sony are giving to the wireless and network functions of there more recent and forthcoming camcorders and it’s a cloud service especially for XDCAM.
So XDCAM Air covers things like proxy streaming from a camcorder, ftp uploading and the Sony QoS (quality of service) system that allows you to get great streaming image quality over less than ideal network conditions. Plus remote control of a camera or cameras over a wireless network.
But not only is XDCAM Air about existing capabilities, it is also about future possibilities with the introduction of remote NLE editing of content stored on a camera connected via the internet to the NLE. Other future possibilities are things like firmware updates and some engineering tasks over the Internet. As an example if your camera is playing up and engineer could be given remote access to the camera to look at any error codes or error logs stored in the camera. While the engineer might not be able to fix a hardware issue remotely it may mean that firmware bugs can be identified sooner or patches applied remotely. Perhaps one day I will be able to upload picture profiles or scene files directly to camera son the other side of the world.
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