On Tuesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced the Scientific and Engineering Awards, two of them to be awarded to the development and engineering work done by Teradek and Amimon, two brands that fall under the Creative Solutions (a division of The Vitec Group plc) umbrella.
These honors will be presented at the Scientific and Technical Awards presentation on February 13, viewable at the Oscars.org website, beginning at 1pm PST.
Both companies have released statements on these honors.
One of the honor recognizes the work by Nicolaas Verheem, Greg Smokler and Ilya Issenin in the development of the ruggedized Teradek Bolt wireless video transmission system for on-set monitoring. The second plaque will be presented to Dr. Zvi Reznic, Prof. Meir Feder, Guy Dorman and Ron Yogev for the development of the Amimon wireless chipset.
The Scientific and Engineering Award is given for “achievements that impact the advancement of the motion picture industry in a meaningful way,” with this year’s esteemed Board of Governors selecting two Creative Solutions innovations for their related accomplishments.
Nicolaas Verheem, founder and CEO of Teradek, responded to the honor in a statement: “We are honored to receive a Scientific and Engineering Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for our development of Teradek’s Bolt. The Bolt was forged over almost a decade of hard work, with a relentless focus on the customer, leading to our solution slowly pulling ahead of the alternatives and having a meaningful and lasting impact in the industry. But it must be said that we stood on the shoulders of giants, not only those of our colleagues in California and Israel, but also the many groundbreaking scientists over the last two centuries that made the magic of wireless video become a reality.”
Teradek designs and manufactures high performance video solutions for wireless video transmission, wireless lens control, live streaming and IP video transmission, camera control and color correction. The result of several generations of refinement, today’s Bolt 4K wireless video system transmits 4K HDR to multiple concurrent receivers with high link reliability, superior signal strength, and high security. Today over 40,000 Bolt transmitters and 60,000 Bolt receivers are working in the motion picture and broadcasting industry—owned by Steadicam operators, DITs, drone pilots, production companies and rental houses—all to keep up with the demands of production crews large and small.
In turn, Amimon Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer Dr. Zvi Reznic expressed, “We would like to thank the Academy for honouring us with this Award. When we started Amimon in 2004 we knew that the challenge of low latency video transmission was high, but we were ready for it. What caught us by surprise is the type of markets that we ended up serving. We started with consumer products and ended up in endoscopy, in drones, and on movie sets, where our technology has made a substantial impact.”
As the market leader in wireless video, Amimon’s exclusive technology brings untethered mobility to cameras and other video equipment, allowing beautiful 4K HDR content anywhere on any remote display. Their patented zero latency technology enables instantaneous transmission of uncompressed video across a wireless link. The proprietary chipset within Teradek Bolt wireless video systems, often coupled with SmallHD monitors, offers expansive scenes and more dynamic shots than ever before. This technology allows camera operators greater creative flexibility and complete freedom in camera movement.
The two brands have collaborated since 2012 when Teradek created a worldwide market for zero-delay wireless video production. In November 2018, Creative Solutions announced the acquisition of Amimon Inc.
Regarding their combined contributions, Verheem added, “Our success in the market clearly illustrates Teradek’s relentless pursuit of serving visual storytellers, and Amimon’s underlying technical achievement enabling high quality wireless video, so reliable, so well integrated into the workflow, that the device itself seems to disappear, becoming as commonplace and as easy to use as a cable. We are proud that Bolt, using Amimon technology, has changed the industry for the better.”