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XLMT Test-Drives New Marantz Pro-RecorderPMD670 portable recorder captures Test cricket for talkSPORT (September 03, 2004)
XL Media Technologies, the London-based specialists in OB technical and production services, attributes its recent reporting scoops from the world of Test cricket to its new Marantz PMD670 Professional Recorder.
Under contract to talkSPORT, the national sports broadcast channel, XLMT sent a production team to the West Indies to report on the British cricket tour and Test matches. Armed for the first time with a PMD670 portable recorder, XLMT's field reporters were engaged in general news gathering, and capturing interviews with players, fans and local people. Recorded material was broadcast live from the West Indies, or sent back to the studio for use in talkSPORT's news bulletins.
Nick Prater of XLMT explains that the PMD670 Recorder has provided them with significant advantages over traditional tape- or minidisc-based systems. "Material doesn't have to be transferred back into our production systems before we can edit it. We can plug the PMD670 straight into a production laptop and start editing immediately. The file formats enable us to email files directly. We don't have to worry about arranging IDSN lines or global satellite links, we can email a file straight from the laptop to the UK."
The advantage is speed. "When it comes to the end-of-match press conference, it can be a bit of race to get the story through," says Prater. "The PMD670 enabled us to work more quickly, which meant that, on several occasions, we got our stories through and first on-air."
Marantz's PMD670 Solid State Recorder features non-stop record with seven hours of battery life, a menu-driven remote operation, and an EDL marking system for creating new files on-the-fly during the recording for easy file selection during playback. Users are assured a high-quality recording result due to the built-in lock down panels that secure the recording setting switches and media door from accidental changes in-the-field.
Designed with compatibility for MP3, MP2, BWF, WAV formats, the PMD670 boasts an impressive 40 assignable quality settings as well as a FAT32 File Allocation Table for future multi-gig file capability. A table-top portable model, the PMD670 features a computer I/O connection that allows it to be easily linked for easy file transfer.
For more information contact David Atkinson, D&M Pro Europe, Tel: +44 (0)1753 278041, Fax: +44 (0)1753 880109, or visit www.d-mpro.eu.com.
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