xG Technology, Inc. ("xG" or the "Company") (Nasdaq: XGTI, XGTIW), a leading provider of wireless video solutions to broadcast, law enforcement and defense markets, and private mobile broadband networks for critical communications, and its Integrated Microwave Technologies ("IMT") business unit, recently provided the microLite COFDM HD Transmitter to support Monarch Video with its video transmission needs and help enhance its services.
When Andrew Schmetterling, owner and operator of Monarch Video, LLC, needed a wireless transmission system to support his video assist work for movie and commerical shoots, he chose IMT, a leader in advanced digital microwave systems serving the law enforcement, broadcast, sports and entertainment markets, and its microLite transmitter.
Schmetterling's main task is to take the output of the camera(s) during a commercial, TV or movie shoot and show clients, directors or main point of contacts what's being captured in real-time to help them better understand what the end-result will look like. The microLite provides him with a clean, sharp image, which he pairs with IMT's RF Central Direct VU HD Handheld Video Assist Receiver to round out a real-time ecosystem that is unique and effective. Schmetterling's setup is coupled with a variety of ARRI Alexa and RED cameras, as well as QTAKE HD software to record multiple camera angles at once.
"The microLite is the best system out there," says Schmetterling. "It's great to have something that's always reliable, and that I know will work every day. For example, we were shooting in New York City by the Waldorf Astoria, where I was all the way around the corner on 50th Street. I went halfway down the block and still had no problem transmitting and receiving the image. It's good to know that you can do that."
Schmetterling has used the microLite and Direct VU for several different types of shoots. One of his go-to examples is when he is participating in driving shots for well-known companies, such as Ford and Chrysler. He takes both the camera and the car and places them on a process trailer that's being towed. Schmetterling then takes his shots and transmits them via the microLite to the base camp, receive bus or van and monitors everything he is transmitting to them via the Direct VU.
"I love how easy the microLite is to set up," continues Schmetterling. "There are no tedious pairing options that complicate things. With certain competitors, you have to put in a paper clip to reset a button to get it to try to pair and if we are unsuccessful in getting that to work it causes significant delays and a lot of stress. You don't have this problem with the microLite. You set it to a preset, you set the receiver with the preset and then you're done."
The microLite COFDM HD Transmitter is a superior portable system of wireless camera transmission links for high-quality video applications of up to one-mile line-of-sight (LOS). It provides exceptional range at no cost to microLite HD's signature portability. Featuring superb H.264 SD and HD encoding capabilities and operating in the standard 2k DVB-T COFDM mode, the H.264 video encoder supports the main profile of the H.264 standard and therefore provides a 30 percent bit-rate reduction or video-quality improvement compared to encoders that only support the H.264 baseline profile.
Schmetterling is also impressed with the Direct VU's feature set, which help make setup a breeze. "If any frequency issues are encountered, there are two easy ways of resolving it - either change the frequency continuously to find an open channel, or, by using the Direct VU receiver, its frequency spectrum analyzer can locate an open channel quickly," he elaborates. "Another good feature is being able to choose between analog or embedded audio. It's a very professional unit with features that give me less to think about on a shoot."
Overall, Schmetterling views the microLite and Direct VU as great products. "When people ask me what to use for transmitting, I have no problems recommending the microLite with Direct VU because I know the products and I know how well they work."
About xG Technology, Inc.
xG Technology's brands provide wireless video solutions to broadcast, law enforcement and defense markets, and private mobile broadband networks for use in challenging environments. xG's brand portfolio includes Integrated Microwave Technologies (IMT), Vislink and xMax.
IMT has pioneered advanced digital microwave systems and is a trusted supplier to broadcast, sports and entertainment, and MAG (Military, Aerospace & Government) markets. Its products are recognized for their high level of performance, reliability, build quality, extended operating ranges and compact form factors. More information about IMT can be found at www.imt-solutions.com. Vislink specializes in the wireless capture, delivery and management of secure, high-quality, live video, and serves broadcast & media and public safety & surveillance markets. More information about Vislink can be found at http://www.vislink.com/.
xMax is a secure, rapid-deploy mobile broadband system that delivers mission-assured wireless connectivity in demanding operating environments. xMax was specifically designed to serve as an expeditionary and critical communications network for use in unpredictable scenarios and during fluid situations. This makes it a compelling solution for disaster response, emergency communications, and defense applications. More information about xMax can be found at http://www.xgtechnology.com/products/. In addition to the above business lines, xG has a dedicated Federal Sector Group (xG Federal) focused on providing next-generation spectrum sharing solutions to national defense, scientific research and other federal organizations. Additional information about xG Federal can be found at http://www.xgtechnology.com/technology/xg-federal/.
Based in Sarasota, Florida, xG Technology has over 100 patents and pending patent applications. xG is a publicly traded company listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market (symbol: XGTI) For more information, please visit www.xgtechnology.com.