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Affordable wireless video. Say goodbye to Teradek? (Nope)

Wireless video signal has always been something unreachable for an average videographer. Those wonderful Teradeks cost an arm and leg (however they just released ACE 500 for 999 USD), alternatives were not reliable or bulky.

However I stumbled on this device Asccon Cineye and it has quite clever idea behind it: It lets you transmit 1080p image from HDMI to IOS or Android phone or tablet. No need to get another monitor, just use great screen you already have. And the good part, its just 200 USD. I mean, thats 5 times cheaper than a cheapest Teradek and I also have bunch of IOS and Android stuff lying around. So, after receiving a product, I launched an app on my Android phone (Samsung A30) with hopes to use that amazing OLED screen. And... it did not work. Like at all. Alright, I tried to do it maybe 10 times and it worked once. BUT, when I tried the same on IPad, the things were smooth as butter and that`s where this stuff shined brighter than a diamond. The image transmission was excellent. I hooked it up to my Blackmagic Pocket 4k and colors were great, range was fantastic (about 80 meters)

Feels good to be in aircon while camera is rolling timelapse

On Ipad the Cineeye never let me down, so the most important aspect of it: reliability is checked out. The app itself is alright and feature rich but some those features are not usable, like false colors for example overexposes image a lot even its within range. The great feature is the internal battery that lasts good 3-4 hours, and can be powered by usb c. Its very handy as there is 1 less wire to worry about.

The app can install different luts, although the process is a bit wonky, but it works. The feed can be recorded onto ipad for a preview. It`s a 1080p recording but don`t even think of using for anything than a playback

In short, if you cannot afford to rent out or buy Teradek, have an IPad and is okay with some delay this is a great buy. Script Supervisors, VFX Supervisors, Clients and Director don`t always need a zero delay picture. But for focus pulling or using it as a dedicated monitor the delay is a deal break. So this is mostly to supplement the existing setup, rather than an ultimate wireless video tool. But for the size (it fits in your pocket), the price and usefulness it unbeatable even if you are seasoned filmmaker and just looking for a backup or a nice perk for a client that don`t expect it (hey look, use my ipad, you don`t have to peek around my shoulder all the time!).

Notice the delay, its around 4-5 frames

The build quality is pretty good, its a nice sturdy plastic and antennas are stiff and fold right in place. It weights almost nothing at around 150g

So, for which situations this product is good?In short, if you cannot afford to rent out or buy Teradek, have an IPad and is okay with some delay this is a great buy. Script Supervisors, VFX Supervisors, Clients and Director dont always need a zero delay picture. But for focus pulling or using it as a dedicated monitor the delay is a deal break. So this is mostly to supplement the existing setup, rather than an ultimate wireless video tool. But for the size (it fits in your pocket), the price and usefulness it unbeatable even if you are seasoned filmmaker and just looking for a backup or a nice perk for a client that don`t expect it (hey look, use my ipad, you dont have to peek around my shoulder all the time!). So, would you use this in your video production? and Why?

Summary + Great Price

+ Reliable on IOS+ Internal battery

+ Great Range

+ Good App functionality

+ Compact and great build

- Delay 4 frames

- No SDI- Terrible Android Support

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