The Bolt XT is a clear improvement of the Bolt with its powerful software tools. It features smart power options and backward compatibility. And as far as its performance goes, it’s rock solid! This is the one to get for you seasoned professionals out there. The new Bolt XT line is available with a maximum range of 500 ft, 1000 ft, 3000 ft, and 10,000 ft.
Now, a key feature with this bad boy is its backward compatibility. I don’t want to gloss over this, it’s compatible with Bolt 500, 1000, 3000, Sidekick II, and 703 Bolt. This will give users more flexibility building onto their existing systems or linking with others already on set. The Bolt XT also includes a unique AES 128 encryption algorithm to protect your video footage, unlike any alternative wireless video system. This will make absolutely sure that only authorized receivers are connecting to your transmitter.
With the Bolt XT line, there’s an added integrated NATO rail on the receiver, several ¼”-20 and ⅜” mounting points, and an ARRI rosette on the transmitter to boost available mounting configurations. All of these transmitters will include an HDMI, 3G-SDI and looping 3G-SDI output, while receivers feature and HDMI output as well as dual 3G-SDI outputs. This will ensure great wireless performance while on set, which is vital.
The build of the Bolt XT is also more compact than its predecessor. With an all-new aluminum chassis the Bolt line is smaller and less weight. And the receivers now offer integrated pass-through power.
The Bolt 500 XT has also had its internal antennas replaced with an external set to enhance its wireless performance. This is better while operating in locals of heavy interference and in environments with lots of obstacles. Also, keep in mind, it’s available battery plate accessories include V- or Gold-mount. This is in addition to bi-directional Sony L-series or Canon LP-E6 plates.
The Bolt XT also includes built-in cross conversion and Teradek’s software utilities, which include 3D LUT engine, a manual frequency-selection tool, and a 5GHz spectrum analyzer to keep an eye on interference. Like the previous generation, the Bolt XT is multicast capable up to 4 receivers.
- Bolt 500 xT: $2490
- Bolt 1000 XT: $4990
- Bolt 3000 XT: $9990
The Bolt LT line, available in 500 ft or 1000 ft max-range models is like the XT’s little brother. But this little guy is capable of BIG things. Both affordable and extremely capable, its not only smaller and lighter, but still packs in the high performance of the XT. This is still a great option, if you’re keeping an eye on the dollar signs.
As far as high performance wireless video systems go, there’s no frills here. But that’s okay, it’s about performance and reliability. Each transmitter includes a single 3G-SDI or HDMI input with matching looping output. The receiver comes with a single 3G-SDI or HDMI output.
The Bolt LT mounts seamlessly to any camera rig and integrated bi-directional Sony L-series or Canon LP-E6. Pass-through battery plates allow you to power your system extremely easy. If your a 3rd generation Bolt user, you can take a take a sigh of relief. The LT is backward compatible with the Bolt 500, 1000, Sidekick II, and 703 Bolt. This compatibility also includes the new Bolt Xt (just in case you were wondering!). This is a hell of a feature because it allows you to build onto existing Bolt systems or plug into those already operating on set.
Another cool note: The Bolt LT retains critical features from the previous generation, including AES 128 encryption to protect your video and multicasting to up to 4 receivers. Like I said before, it might be the LT, but this thing can rock!
- Bolt 500 LT (HDMI): $1490
- Bolt 500 LT (SDI): $1990
- Bolt 1000 LT (SDI): $2990
As you can see, the Bolt XT is naturally the better of the two with its rock-solid performance, offering incredible range and powerful software features. However, the Bolt LT is nothing to take lightly. This is still a powerful, but more affordable counterpart to the Bolt XT, with its streamlined features that make it an incredible option that’s a little easier on the wallet.
Both the Bolt XT and LT will be at this year’s NAB. So, if you’re in Vegas, you’re not going to want to miss this! Both products will begin shipping in May 2018.