Choosing the Right Teradek Bolt for Professional Wireless Video

Guide to Teradek Bolt for Zero Delay Wireless Video Systems

This guide will help you choose the right Teradek Bolt zero-delay wireless video system! Teradek Bolt wireless video systems transmit exceptional 10 bit HD video at distances up to 10,000 ft. with no perceptible delay. Built for professionals, from DITs to 1st ACs, filmmakers around the world rely on Bolt’s flawless image quality and wireless performance to capture incredible imagery. Check out the resources below - including the comparison charts, the 703 Bolt field monitor, and the Bolt Manager.

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BOLT MODELS


Bolt XT

The ultimate wireless, zero-delay video system designed for the most discerning professionals. Loaded with powerful software tools, rock solid wireless performance, and integrated power options, the XT line creates a new paradigm for video monitoring. Bolt XT is available in 500 ft, 1000 ft, and 3000 ft models and is compatible with 3rd generation Bolt systems, in addition to the Bolt LT and SmallHD Bolt models.

Bolt LT

Bolt LT is the essential, no-frills high performance wireless video system for filmmakers on a budget. The LT line is available in 500ft or 1000ft models with 3G-SDI or HDMI I/O and is cross compatible with Bolt XT, 3rd generation Bolt systems, and SmallHD Bolt models. Optional Sony L-series or Canon LP-E6 pass-through battery plates are available for both the TX and RX.

Bolt Sidekick XT

The Sidekick XT is Teradek's top of the line universal 500 ft. receiver compatible with all versions of our Bolt 500, 1000, 3000, XT and LT models. With dual SDI outputs, 3D LUT support, and a built-in 5 GHz Spectrum Analyzer, the Sidekick XT is our most powerful universal receiver yet.

Bolt Sidekick LT

The Sidekick LT is a 500 ft. universal receiver compatible with any Bolt 500, 1000 & 3000 (including XT and LT), making it the perfect compliment to any Director’s monitor rig.

10K

Bolt 10K is an ultra high-performance, zero-delay video receiver with a range of 10,000 feet. The RX is compatible with Bolt 3000 and 3000 XT transmitters and functions seamlessly alongside 3000 receivers, 3000 XT receivers, Sidekick II, and the 703 Bolt.

Bolt Comparison Charts

Below are three consecutive charts designed to help you compare all of the features of the Bolt models.

3000ft+

BOLT 10K

BOLT3000XT

Wireless Range 10,000ft 3,000ft
Number of 20 MHz Channels* 24 24
Number of 40 MHz Channels** 11 11
Input/Output RX Output: 3G-SDI & HDMI TX: Dual: 3G-SDI & HDMI Input with 1 3G-SDI Loopout RX: Output Two 3G-SDI & Single HDMI
5GHz Spectrum Analyzer
Manual Channel Selection
Built-in Display on RX
TX Mounting Options N/A Built-in ARRI 3/8" Pin-Loc Multiple mounting options with M3 and 1/4" holes
RX Mounting Options Gold or V-Mount Battery Plate in Back Multiple mounting options with 3/8" holes Built-in NATO rail, Multiple mounting options with M3 and 1/4" holes
External Antennas
Resolution / Frame Rate 1080p60 1080p60
Metadata/Timecode
starting at $12,990.00 starting at $9,990.00
* 20MHz channels cannot utilize interlaced, PSF, or 1080p60/50 at this time. ** Based on USA channels. Channel availability may vary by region.

1000ft+

BOLT 1000XT

BOLT1000LT

Wireless Range 1,000ft 1,000ft
Number of 20 MHz Channels* 0 0
Number of 40 MHz Channels** 11 11
Input/Output Input: Dual: 3G-SDI & HDMI Output: Two 3G-SDI & Single HDMI Input: Single 3G-SDI Output: Single 3G-SDI
5GHz Spectrum Analyzer -
Manual Channel Selection -
Built-in Display on RX -
TX Mounting Options Built-in ARRI 3/8" Pin-Loc Multiple mounting options with M3 and 1/4" holes Multiple mounting options with M3 and 1/4" holes
RX Mounting Options Built-in NATO rail, Multiple mounting options with M3 and 1/4" holes Multiple mounting options with M3 and 1/4" holes
External Antennas
Resolution / Frame Rate 1080p60 1080p60
Metadata/Timecode
starting at $4,990.00 starting at $3,990.00
* 20MHz channels cannot utilize interlaced, PSF, or 1080p60/50 at this time. ** Based on USA channels. Channel availability may vary by region.

500ft+

BOLT 500XT

3G-SDI / HDMI

BOLT 500LT

3G-SDI

BOLT 500LT

HDMI
Wireless Range 500ft 500ft 500ft
Number of 20 MHz Channels* 0 0 0
Number of 40 MHz Channels** 11 11 11
Input/Output TX: Dual: 3G-SDI & HDMI with 3G-SDI Loopout RX: Two 3G-SDI & Single HDMI TX: Single 3G-SDI with 3G-SDI Loopout RX: Single 3G-SDI TX: Single HDMI with HDMI loopout RX: Single HDMI
5GHz Spectrum Analyzer - -
Manual Channel Selection - - -
Built-in Display on RX - -
TX Mounting Options Built-in ARRI 3/8" Pin-Loc Multiple mounting options with M3 and 1/4" holes Built-in ARRI 3/8" Pin-Loc Multiple mounting options with M3 and 1/4" holes Built-in ARRI 3/8" Pin-Loc Multiple mounting options with M3 and 1/4" holes
RX Mounting Options Multiple mounting options with M3 and 1/4" holes Multiple mounting options with M3 and 1/4" holes Multiple mounting options with M3 and 1/4" holes
External Antennas (TX Only) (TX Only) (TX Only)
Resolution / Frame Rate 1080p60 1080p60 1080p60
Metadata/Timecode
starting at $2,490.00 starting at $1,990.00 starting at $1,490.00
* 20MHz channels cannot utilize interlaced, PSF, or 1080p60/50 at this time. ** Based on USA channels. Channel availability may vary by region.

703 BOLT - All-in-one Wireless Field Monitor

When it comes to monitoring on set, less is more. The 703 Bolt brings Teradek and SmallHD technology together into a powerful, all-in-one handheld wireless monitoring solution. SmallHD and Teradek have joined forces to create a wireless monitoring device that’s easy to see, easy to power and easy hold. The 703 Bolt is a daylight viewable monitor with a 300-foot wireless receiver built-in. Equipped with a built-in wireless receiver and cutting edge software tools like real-time 3D LUTs, the 703 Bolt is the ultimate kit for any director (no cage required). With Teradek wireless technology inside, the 703 Bolt can easily be used as an untethered focusing tool. Its display is tack sharp, and software features like peaking, focus assist, and pixel zoom are easily accessible. Bring the 703 Bolt to your video village and easily share its built-in wireless feed with another monitor via SDI. Its versatility on set is truly unmatched. Compatible with Teradek Bolt 500, 1000, and 3000 transmitters. Click here to see it!

Universal Compatiblity

Connect your 703 Bolt to any XT, LT or 3rd-generation Bolt system. The integrated 500 ft. receiver includes a built-in 5GHz spectrum analyzer as well as support for camera timecode and metadata.

Daylight Viewable

The 703 monitor features a 3000 nit 1920 x 1080 7” display and supports 100% coverage of the REC 709 color space.

Dual View Mode

Perfect for monitoring A/B cameras or pre- and post-LUT footage, Dual View allows you to watch two input sources simultaneously, each with their own set of software tools.

More About Bolt's Unbeatable Wireless Performance

Bolt’s intelligent RF design ensures your video feed is transmitted reliably over the 5GHz band at extreme distances and in challenging environmental conditions.

Multicast Capable


Every Bolt model is capable of transmitting to 4 receivers of the same range (or Sidekick II) simultaneously, ensuring your clients, director, producer, and others can view the feed wherever they are on set.

Spectrum Analyzer


Bolt XT receivers include a built-in spectrum analyzer, allowing you to detect congestion in the area and determine which frequency is best for your devices

Channel Selection | 20MHz


Bolt 1000 XT and 3000 XT systems allow you to manually select your 5GHz channel on the fly to avoid interference or abide by local wireless laws. For extremely challenging RF situations, the Bolt XT 3000 can be set to operate over 20MHz to improve wireless performance.

FCC Certified


We take the safety of our products seriously, which is why all Teradek Bolt models are legally licensed for use around the world. Many other wireless transmission systems falsely claim to hold proper licenses, putting you and your crew’s safety at risk and making you legally liable for non-compliance fines. View Teradek’s FCC license

AES 128 Encryption


Our built-in encryption ensures your video footage is impossible to intercept, even if somebody tries to pair an unauthorized Bolt receiver to your system.

Bolt is more than just video

Transmitting audio and video isn’t all that Bolt can do. Auxiliary data can be sent with each video feed and users can upload and apply custom 3D LUTs to their receiver’s output.

Metadata / Timecode

Every 3G-SDI Bolt model supports timecode and start/stop flags from many camera manufacturers, including RED, ARRI, Canon, Sony, and Panasonic. Bolt XT models support extended metadata from certain camera manufacturers.

3D LUTS

Apply the look you’re after directly to your wireless video feed using Bolt’s integrated 3D LUT technology.* Upload your own LUTs using the free Bolt Manager software or select from a number of built-in presets using Bolt’s OSD.
*Available on Bolt XT, 10K and 703 Bolt

Bolt's Intelligent Design with Efficiency in Mind

Bolt is more than just a wireless video system, it can also simplify your workflow. Whether you’re a handheld gimbal operator streamlining your rig or a DIT pulling wireless feeds into your cart, Bolt has an answer.

Power Options

Bolt XT and LT offer integrated pass-through power options for both the TX and RX. The transmitter for both lines and the LT receiver are compatible with Canon LP-E6 or Sony L-series battery plates, while the XT receiver is available with Gold-mount or V-mount plates.

Mounting Options

Integrated mounting options ensure optimal performance and quick set-up for your units. All XT and LT transmitters include a built-in ARRI 3/8" Pin-Loc , while 1000 & 3000 XT receivers include a built-in NATO rail.

Bolt Manager

Configure your Bolt system quickly with Bolt Manager. Perfect for rental houses, the Bolt Manager hardware box helps you rapidly pair multiple receivers, change wireless channels, and configure regional settings on set without a computer. The Panel Array Antenna is your go-to solution for cutting through wireless interference in crowded environments. When attached to a Bolt 1000 or 3000, the antenna provides an extremely robust directional signal that will ensure your video feed arrives uninterrupted. *Not compatible with Bolt 500
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