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TeradekVidiU
 
4.0

(based on 33 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (21)
  • Lightweight (19)
  • Easy to use (16)
  • Professional quality (15)
  • Highly compatible (8)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (8)
  • Poor performance (4)

Best Uses

  • In the studio (4)
  • Complex projects (3)
  • Live events (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Business owner (9), Professional artist (6), Enthusiast (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (27)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Web Browser App solves interface issues

I'd give this product a 5 star rating but the interface on the box is just flat out difficult to use. I've had trouble using the mobile app as well because my phone seems...Read complete review

I'd give this product a 5 star rating but the interface on the box is just flat out difficult to use. I've had trouble using the mobile app as well because my phone seems to be on the fritz but....while on the phone with support I discovered there is a web browser interface app included in the latest firmware update (not documented in included documentation) which pretty much eliminates all the interface problems in my book and I love it even more now. You just point your web browser to the IP address of the Vidiu. I have 2 of these. One as my primary encoder the other as my backup.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Works Great After Teradek Fixed It

Unfortunately, the unit I received was defective and I had to ship it back to Teradek for repairs. Once I got it back it works flawlessly. Be aware that only certain USB...Read complete review

Unfortunately, the unit I received was defective and I had to ship it back to Teradek for repairs. Once I got it back it works flawlessly. Be aware that only certain USB 3G/4G modems work and Teradek does not have a list online of which work and which don't. My AT&T Beam does NOT work so that's still a headache for me since I would have to pay a restocking fee if I returned it to AT&T. On WiFi and Ethernet the units works like its supposed to. I've only used it with Ustream so I can't speak for other platforms. Quality of streams is excellent although expect :30 to 2:00 delays in the stream depending on the quality of the stream and your Internet connection. Overall it's a great device if you get one that works. Unfortunately I've heard from several people who got defective units and had to ship them back to be fixed. Great news is Teradek customer service is excellent and get an A+ grade.

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4.0

excellent encoder in a small device

By Amin

from Undisclosed

Comments about Teradek VidiU:

I bought this product after reading reviews and watching youtube reviews. Bhphoto was great on offering cheap and fast shipment and it arrives in my country in less thn 5 days. Received the unit with a small crack on the glass but the unit was working fine. I dare not return as it will cost me extra on shipping.

Performance wise using ethernet was great. The application on Ios is excellent, on android you have to use the web version. I tried using android vidiu apk that I found in the net but it keep crashing. Use the Ios or the web version which is more stable. Modem support is great, I used Huawei e8276s which is not on the list but it is working fine. I use youtube live , you can schedule instant live event or schedule time and it allows automatic recording based on time. Nothing more that I need for live streaming in a small device. Hope bhpphoto double check their shipment for international order so it will not ship items which has defects. In all its a great product for live streaming.. would have given 5 if not due to small crack

Amin
Malaysia

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5.0

Lifeline

By KB Video

from San Diego, CA

About Me Business Owner

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Highly Compatible
  • Lightweight
  • Professional Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Teradek VidiU:

      Manages all the necessary protocols for a YouTube livestream.

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      • No

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      3.0

      wifi setup not great

      By Mark

      from Hartford, CT

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Wifi Needs Work

        Best Uses

          Comments about Teradek VidiU:

          Was expecting SSID selection to be similar to a PC or Smartphone in that it would select the best signal quality from the saved ssid list. Thus when going from building to building, the proper ssid for the building would automatically be selected. This is not how it works. The operator must manually select the ssid from the saved list and then expect several false "cannot connect" messages before the Vidiu finally does connect.

          Once connected, the vidiu works great so long as the wifi is good.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Better Than A Laptop

          By Sean

          from Elmer, NJ

          About Me Communications Director

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Improves Performance
          • Lightweight
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

          • Learning Curve

          Best Uses

          • Church Service Broadcast
          • Live Streaming

          Comments about Teradek VidiU:

          This device is so much more reliable and stable than any laptop in it's price range. Great product for streaming and easily worth it's price.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Delivers

          By Jman

          from Victoria, BC

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Teradek VidiU:

          Overall a great little broadcaster. Cant comment on Wifi connectivity, or battery life as Im using a wired ethernet connection & the included AC adapter. Using app on a tablet for broadcast control (Android). This setup works flawlessly. Boot up does take a couple minutes, but isnt an inconvenience if broadcast is planned. Super easy install (Basically plug & play) and configuration, as long as you use the app. Display is easy to read. Navigation is intuitive, however if you were stuck using just the little directional button, you would probably find inputting info a bit finicky and time consuming.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Perfect

          By J

          from Victoria BC Canada

          Comments about Teradek VidiU:

          A breeze to set up, easy to read display. Using a wired Ethernet connection for broadcast, so I can't comment on wireless. Using internal AP with tablet (Android) app has worked flawlessly.

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          5.0

          Great alternative for free online streaming!

          By DerrickP

          from Richmond,KY

          About Me Av Coordinator

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy To Use
          • Improves Performance
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Online Steaming

            Comments about Teradek VidiU:

            Easy setup, can use Android or IOS

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            • No

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            3.0

            Dead after 1 1/2 year

            By Fahd

            from NJ

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Teradek VidiU:

            Served as great encoder as was streaming to youtube but today it died...nothing on LCD display...just a little red blink when turning on.

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            • No

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            3.0

            Very nice device but limited by design.

            By Bryhudso

            from Indianapolis, IN

            About Me Business Owner

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

            • Limited Compatibility
            • Pricey / Poor Value

            Best Uses

            • In The Studio

            Comments about Teradek VidiU:

            I purchased the VidiU but decided to return it because of its limited capability. We purchased it to use with the "free" iPad Live:Air app. Also purchased it to use with Wirecast. The free app requires a $ upgrade to remove the watermark and enable needed features. Requires another $ to enable recording.First of all, VidiU works brilliantly as advertised in accepting HDMI input from any camcorder or DSLR. This allows you to stream SD TO HD video signal direct to an iPad running Live:Air. We use an iPad Pro and it looks and works impressively! The VidiU will allow you to stream direct to a CDN such as Ustream, Livestream, or any RTMP based provider.A MAJOR limitation is that the VidiU only has a one hour battery life. This makes it unusable for a mobile streaming rig for filming/streaming live events or anything last more than one hour. Of course, AC power can be used but that defeats the purpose of being mobile and wireless in the field. I suppose that you can connect an accessory battery to the device but that's another expense. They could have easily made a unit with 2-4 hours of battery life.Another major limitation is that this device does not work with Wirecast using the StreamReader plug-in. I was told by Tech Support that this model of Vidiu is incompatible with the Streamreader plug-in. Using the plug-in requires Wirecast pro ($ upgrade to regular wirecast). Also requires using the VidiU Pro device which costs $.Teradek is a high-end professional products company. Sales and service support are excellent. I was informed that both the VidiU Mini and VidiU are consumer-grade products. I'm thinking that for producers such as myself who do excellent work for some clients on limited budgets that these products are ultimately frustrating because of designed limitations. It is best to spend more money (if you have it) and go with professional-grade products produced by Teradek.

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            5.0

            Works great!

            By BC

            from Washington DC

            About Me Business Owner

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use
            • Highly Compatible
            • Improves Performance
            • Lightweight
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

            • User Manual

            Best Uses

            • Streaming

            Comments about Teradek VidiU:

            First I bought the Livestream Broadcaster Pro but realized that I cannot use it for YouTube Live. I thought I read somewhere that it can be used for YouTube but when I called Livestream support the guy's unenthusiastic and curt reply was that I can't use it for YouTube. May be I misread. So I returned it and bought VidiU. I had to google to figure out how to access its web interface. Once there it was a breeze to setup. My first streaming of a four-hour live event went unbelievably smooth, without a hitch! Overjoyed!
            Curious fact: When I opened the VidiU packaging it looked eerily similar to the Livestream Broadcaster Pro I just returned! Same size, shape and design packaging. Are they both made at the same factory? Not that it matters - it does what I want it to do.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Worked great in tough environment

            By KO

            from Mid-Atlantic region

            About Me Video Professional

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Complex Projects
              • Streaming - No Computer

              Comments about Teradek VidiU:

              This little box worked like a champ for a sporting event - connected to Livestream every time it was needed during 6 wet, torturous days. Very happy with its performance.
              Fed it signal straight out of a switcher, as well as from output of Wirecast software.
              A little more expensive than some other options, but more flexible, too!

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              • No

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              1.0

              Audio wont stream

              By me

              from Toronto, ON

              About Me Business Owner

              Pros

                Cons

                • Poor Performance
                • Pricey / Poor Value

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Teradek VidiU:

                  I am using the VidiU with a Sony HDR-PJ440 Handycam and a Canon EOS 70D digital slr, with a free Livestream account. I get video to stream, but audio will not stream. When I plug in headphones into the VidiU I get audio, and the playback of the video recordings off the cameras have audio. But the VidiU unit is not streaming out the audio to Livestream. I got no help from Teradek.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  AWESOME PRODUCT

                  By Ang

                  from Texas

                  About Me Hobbyist, Professional Artist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Highly Compatible
                  • Improves Performance
                  • Lightweight
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • In The Studio

                    Comments about Teradek VidiU:

                    This is exactly what my department needed and as usual B&H pulled through with not only having it in stock, but processing and delivering the order in record time. I can always count on B&H and will continue to refer them to others for future purchases!

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                    • No

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                    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Compare to Cerevo LiveShell Pro

                    By Mike

                    from NYC

                    Comments about Teradek VidiU:

                    I've been using the Cerevo LiveShell Pro when I decided to purchase the Teradek Vidiu for an additional broadcasting location. Teradek is definitely a more solid brand as is made in the USA compared to Cerevo which is Japanese, this is easily noticeable in the quality and feel of the device. The Vudiu has some cool features over the LiveShell Pro such as automatic speedtest and recommended settings accordingly. Also it integrated with all CDN's including the new LiveStream which the LiveShell, and most other devices I've seen do not support, that's a big plus. Additionally the Wifi is a lot stronger and more reliable than the LiveShell Pro. On the other hand there are some important features that are missing. Unlike the Cerevo LiveShell and other Teradek devices, there is no web-based dashboard. The device can only be controlled remotely while in the same WiFi network, this is a major downside for many people when compared to the LiveShell or the Teradek Cube for example. Also the controls in the Cerevo Dashboard are alot more powerful than Vudiu's controls which is lacking subtitles, lighting, and other sound and video controls. Battery life is a big con with the Vudiu, only lasts 1 1/2 hrs, is dc not usb so cannot use those inexpensive external batteries, the only other choice is a bulkier $ external battery that Teradek itself sells. Also the price is a bit heftier than the LiveShell pro. So depending on your needs this may be what you need. Or maybe wait for the next version.

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                    4.0

                    Great little box

                    By Jesse

                    from Ypsilanti, MI

                    About Me Hobbyist

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Movies
                      • Small Business

                      Comments about Teradek VidiU:

                      I've used the VidiU to stream a couple live sporting events. It's great for a compact, single-camera setup. I streamed 720p with great results (1080p was going to be too much for the bandwidth I was allocated). Definitely go with the iOS app for setup as it's incredibly tedious to get set up on the device itself. The app makes setup a lot easier plus it includes a nice monitor with minimal delay along with easy access to the encoder and platform settings. My biggest complaint is that this device doesn't include a shoe extension - if you want to mount anything else on your camera, you'll need a shoe extension or v-bracket.

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                      4.0

                      Works to stream without computer

                      By Tariq

                      from Cleveland

                      Comments about Teradek VidiU:

                      Pros:Easy to set up. Does stream without computer Nice built Cons: Power cable requires a hard push to chargeKept going offline while connected to wifi

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                      5.0

                      Easy to use

                      By Houston Videographer

                      from Houston, TX

                      About Me Videographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Easy to setup

                      Cons

                      • Plastic Enclosure

                      Best Uses

                      • On The Go Videotaping

                      Comments about Teradek VidiU:

                      This unit is easy to setup and use. I had purchased the 'cube' previously and it would not recognize the network until the button was pressed a second time. Even then, it did not recognize my home network. I returned it and bought the VidiU (about half the price) and it works perfectly. VidiU does not have the antenna's, MicroSD slot and a few other bells and whistles, but I really didn't need those things anyway. The VidiU does have a plastic enclosure instead of aluminum like the cube, I would prefer the latter, however, it works great for me.

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                      4.0

                      Worked out of the box, no worries.

                      By kstc

                      from California

                      About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Pricey / Poor Value

                      Best Uses

                      • Complex Projects

                      Comments about Teradek VidiU:

                      Seems well thought out. Setup was easy once you understand the legend icons for what the buttons do. I couldn't see at the time of setting it up so that was the only difficult thing. Flashlight took care of that.
                      Seems well thought out and build is decent.

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                      5.0

                      Reliable streamer; good smart phone inte

                      By Rick

                      from Oakland, CA

                      About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist, Lecturer, Mc, Professional Artist

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Flexible
                      • Highly Compatible
                      • Lightweight
                      • Professional Quality
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • Pricey / Poor Value

                      Best Uses

                      • Live events
                      • Streaming

                      Comments about Teradek VidiU:

                      I help run a live lecture-in-a-bar series & wanted a way to stream our shows both online and into the next room. This does the trick well at a pricepoint that apparently can't beat. Streaming to ustream and YouTube worked well. We use the ethernet streaming for reliability, but it worked reasonably well over wifi and with a USB 3G modem I tested with. I wish the front panel interface was a bit more useful. I've found the android app is nearly essential in changing settings. This has proved to be more more dependable than our HDMI (over cat5) extenders.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Excellent - Superior to capture cards

                      By MR

                      from San Francisco Bay Area

                      About Me Audio Video Installer, AV Installer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Teradek VidiU:

                          Fought with a Blackmagic Design Ultrastudio Express, and a Matrox MXO2 Mini to setup a live streaming rig. Between drivers and compatibility issues it was an unsuccessful headache. Tried the VidiU, and all my problems were solved. Client was very impressed.

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