August 25, 2020 - Every day I am asked by customers what are some of the differentiators offered by the AVIWEST PRO380 bonded cellular and IP remote field encoder compared to the competition. I like to share a testimonial from recent users in the field who have used the AVIWEST PRO380 next to the competition in real-world remote production applications for live sports.
Our live show is going great this week. We are live on ESPN 2 today thru Sunday. I have really been watching my XxxxX unit closely. I have the competitors backpack and your AVIWEST backpack. I have been watching the data signals very close. The AVIWEST is kicking butt compared to the XxxxX unit. I am seeing my XxxxX units struggle and the AVIWEST stays rock solid. Data signal never drops, stays in a straight line. XxxxX graphs are all over the place. Up and down. I included 2 screenshots. There is no comparison. You guys have them beat hands down.
Broadcast Engineer, Sports Production
You may ask why is the AVIWEST PRO380 performing so much better.
Here are some of the reasons:
Superior Internal Cellular Modems.
The cellular modems used by AVIWEST support virtually every cellular band available globally. The ability to connect to additional bands gives the system a much higher probability of finding a signal in challenging areas. In the StreamHub receiver interface, you will see next to each cellular modem a small label with a B with a number. The label indicates the Band Number of the cellular connection (ie, B6 for band #6).
The unit is killing it for us right now. It stays rocksolid. We are live on ESPN2
Superior Patented Antennas.
Not all cellular and RF antennas are created equal. AviWest has put a significant investment into its RF R&D to deliver the highest performing cellular intent on the market. When you combine a superior antenna with an excellent cellular modem, you get far superior results.
The AVIWEST unit exceeded our expectations. The side-by-side tests went really well compared to our XxxxX units
As a customer mentions above, AVIWEST was the first bonded cellular manufacturer to mount a field encoder transmitter on the camera between the battery and the camera. Today the AviWest PRO380 is still the smallest profile eight cellular modem system that will mount between the camera and the battery. The competition either does not offer a camera mounted solution, or their camera mounted solution is 50% larger than the AVIWEST PRO380.
My camera guys like the unit to. They don’t have to deal with a 10-foot video cable.
(The AVIWEST PRO380 mounts directly on the camera and you don’t have to have the unit on the ground or in a backpack.)
Analog Audio Inputs.
I’ve learned from working with sports and Field production companies that extra audio channels are always needed. The AVIWEST PRO and AIR-series both have stereo analog audio inputs on mini-XLR. Analog audio inputs give many VidOvation and AVIWEST customers the ability to have extra microphones catching the action such as lapel microphones on commentators and talent, parabolic microphones capturing audio from a distance, Toptracer golf ball tracking systems and more.
We sent the AVIWEST unit out today to an area that we knew was going to be difficult for cell coverage. All in all the unit does better than the XXXX unit and that was our main goal. To see the difference. We had a XxxxX in that same area yesterday and could not get a signal.. We sent the AVIWEST unit to the same exact spot and had signal. It works better than the XXXX and that’s what we wanted to see. I am very happy with the unit.