In November of 2018, Vitec brand Teradek acquired Amimon, supplier of the video transmission technology inside the Teradek Bolt and ARRI Wireless Video Systems (WVS).
In a joint statement with ARRI, Vitec declares its continued commitment to the ARRI WVS product line, which is being expanded with its latest addition, the ARRI WVR-1s, a compact and lightweight wireless video receiver.
The ARRI Wireless Video Receiver WVR-1s is designed primarily to allow focus- pullers and directors to remotely monitor footage as it is being captured. A smaller, lighter-weight counterpart to ARRI’s long-range WVR-1, the WVR-1s can be quickly paired with the ARRI WVS transmitter and has an operational range of up to 150 meters/500 feet.
The WVR-1s is built to ARRI’s high standards with a robust milled aluminum casing. To increase handheld flexibility and reduce overall weight, it has integrated antennas, battery adapters for micro batteries, and an extra power out for a monitor. With the backing of ARRI’s global network of service centers, the ARRI WVS is fully certified, operators can be confident they are always in compliance with local transmission regulations.
“The ARRI Wireless Video System features are based on many conversations with industry professionals,” says Marc Shipman-Mueller, a Camera Systems Product Manager at ARRI. “Responding to further customer demand, we are now taking the next logical step of introducing a small receiver, the WVR-1s. We are doing this in close coordination with Teradek, which supply the Amimon technology inside the WVR-1s and are looking forward to a continued positive working relationship.”
Teradek Founder and CEO, as well as Vitec Creative Solutions CEO, Nicol Verheem, comments: “Our team within Teradek has long admired the market leadership and innovative spirit of ARRI and we continue to appreciate the way their technology and products transform our industry year after year. Bringing the brilliant Amimon R&D team and wireless video technology inside our organization was an important step for us. Owners of the ARRI Wireless Video System should have total confidence that this acquisition will not affect the continued support of ARRI’s Amimon-based solutions. In fact, with Teradek leading Amimon to develop more cine-focused products, the production community will see faster development of new enabling tools and capabilities. We are excited about our joint roadmap and our continued cooperation with ARRI.”
Stephan Schenk, Managing Director of ARRI Cine Technik, responsible for ARRI's Business Unit Camera Systems, adds: “Amimon simply has the best wireless video transmission technology, and creating our own line of high-end wireless video products was important to provide a complete camera and camera accessory system. The response from our customers has been very positive, praising the system's reliable transmission, robust build, flexible power solutions, and ease of use. We are now eager to continue to improve our system together with Teradek; they are very forward-thinking and they understand the motion picture industry from the inside. This will greatly benefit future wireless video developments for both our companies' product lines.”
The WVR-1s is part of ARRI’s comprehensive WVS range, which includes both integrated and external transmitters, receivers, monitors, and a wide variety of associated accessories. The first shipments of the new compact receiver WVR- 1s are expected in May 2019.