Technically-speaking, the image quality is possible because of the arrival of the 802.11ac wireless network protocol, which is capable of delivering data at 7Gb/second. Outside of a testing lab it’s more likely to deliver c2Gb/second, but even that speed makes it over three times faster than the more common 802.11n protocol, which has been kicking around in various forms since 1997 – when Netscape Navigator was the browser of choice and hardly anything on a location shoot worked wirelessly other than the location manager’s brick phone.

CrewView’s wifi network is effective for c100 metres before repeaters need to be added to the system.

Mills shared an early prototype of the system with potential clients in Auckland and Wellington recently, getting good responses. Blogging about their experience with the prototype, Film Construction declared themselves “very excited about this new technology”.

Queenstown Camera is the South Island’s largest supplier of hire equipment to the industry, recently servicing Disney’s Pete’s Dragon and Jackie van Beek’s Inland Road as well as the regular flow of commercials that are local crew’s bread and butter.

Given that almost everything that shoots in and around Queenstown is there for the scenery, anything that makes life on location more efficient is good news for producers and crew alike.

Mills currently has four CrewView kits, and is still refining the tech. Currently it works for iOS devices only, although Mills plans to add Android support. He’ll be bringing the kit to Auckland soon, so get in touch if you’d like to see it in action or give it a try.


CrewView on location with Matt Murphy’s Pork Pie
Photo: Brett Mills

Written by Keith Barclay

Keith is the editor of SCREENZ, and the co-creator and founding editor of CREWED.


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