"Firewire & Bluetooth"
Comdex and the Consumer Electronic Show (late 1999 and early 2000, respectively), showed us that the digital future is very bright.
Most noteable was the proliferation of Firewire and Bluetooth technologies. Firewire, also known as iLink and IEEE 1394, allows for high-speed quality transmission of digital content, such as video or still frames from video cameras and digital cameras. A Firewire card for a PC these days can be found for less than $150 bucks. Expect this price to keep dropping.
Bluetooth is the radio frequency technology that allows video and digital cameras along with PDAs and a myriad number of devices to transmit and receive data without needing to fuss with wires (or line-of-sight constraints, as was imposed through the use of infra-red technology).
Attach a Bluetooth Firewire Transmitter (BFT) to your Firewire-ready video camera Firewire port and add a Bluetooth Firewire Receiver (BFR) to each computer on your set's Firewire card. There are a lot of benefits to this approach.
The bad news. Until the Bluetooth Firewire Transmitter (BFT) and Bluetooth Firewire Receiver (BFR) devices are commercially available, you will have to run the Firewire wire from your camera to your recording and/or monitoring computer.
Some company is going to make a bundle selling BFTs and BFRs. These little devices will be small, no bigger than a one-to-two telephone wire coupler that you stick into a wall phone jack. Each will have the ability to change the transmission/receiver key number manually. Expect to pay around $50 to $80 a piece for these little gems.
Comdex and the Consumer Electronic Show are giving us indicators of a very bright digital future - one that isn't wireless - but, moreover, one with less wires, one that allows for lower production costs and greater monitoring of what is being recorded. That has to be welcome news to producers. It sure is to me!
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