We take time out to chat with Rich from Camera Motion Research about the new Connex Mini Kit. The Amimon Connex Mini is a Highly Reliable transmitter and receiver kit designed to take the feed from your camera's HDMI output and send it wirelessly over 1600 Feet (500 Meters) to a receiver which can then be displayed on an HDMI monitor. These kits are high performance offering Full 1080p up to 60fps transmissions with almost no latency. The catch is that the Connex Mini is originally designed for Drone use. This means it would normally take a bit of fumbling for you to mount to your Video Cameras along with a portable way to power the kit.
Because these systems can be more reliable than other off-the-shelf wireless video kits, Camera Motion Research has designed a custom accessory pack which includes a frame with threaded mounts for simple rigging and incorporated a lightweight portable rechargeable battery pack solution. With these custom modifications, video camera operators can use attach the kits in seconds offering access to a highly reliable wireless video solution for less money. Of course the cost is reflected by the lack of audio and no SDI inputs (only HDMI) when compared to other expensive units that may offer similar range.
Wireless Video Kits are often used when Steadicam or Gimbal Operators have to send their camera's feed to a director's monitor, when a camera is mounted to a Cable Cam (Wire Cam), Gimbal RC Car, on a custom built Drone, etc. It can also be used for today's demand for Live Streaming videos by sending your feed back to a Multi-Cam Live Switch.
Don't get me wrong. I'm still loving my little 5V USB / 12V Battery packs that can power many things, but it comes up short if I need to power up the 900 LED video light panels at full brightness. The 900 LED video light requires 14V DC. There's a number of different DIY battery packs I can make but that would limit me to just one voltage. Instead of going straight into the expensive V-Mount batteries, this Tekkeon universal batttery pack (a cheaper solution) allows me to power up virtually anything between 5V and 19V. All it takes to power up any accessory is flip of a few dim switches and select one of the many universal sized power tips. I'm going to give this battery a full charge and then test the run time at full brightness.