Engineering Service, Inc.
Lectrosonics has released its V2.0 Firmware update for its PDR Portable Digital Recorder, incorporating a number of user suggestions, including the addition of iXML file header support, Filesystem protection, and an improved menu structure.
Introduced last year, the PDR has been used on numerous film and broadcast production, as the unit’s small size has allowed it to be placed in garments and costumes or planted in certain locations.
The new Update offers iXML Header Support, which allows for recordings to contain industry-standard iXML data in the file headers, aiding use with typical editing software.
Filesystem Protection adds provisions to protect recorded data on the Micro SD card when users mount the card onto a computer. The menu structure has also been updated with some items moved to submenus, including “Timecode…”, “SD Card…” and “Settings…”, which is designed to allow for quicker navigation for users.
Timecode can now be copied from the internal real time clock; scene and take numbers can now be manually entered, and are embedded in the filenames and iXML headers of recordings. Take number automatically increments each time the record button is pressed.
File browsing and playback can now be organized by file or by scene and take. And the PDR now understands recordings made in SMWB Series transmitter/recorders and can list their format, length, timestamp information and so on.
Recording segment size has been increased from approx. 200 MB to 4 GB. On the largest SD card size supported (32 GB), the maximum number of segments a single recording can have is 8. And finally, the two original file naming templates ("Clock Time" and "Sequence") have been enhanced.
“Lectrosonics has been very proud to offer the PDR, which gives professionals a highly compact, professional grade sound recorder at a very attractive price point. In a little over a year since its introduction, we’ve been amazed by the variety of uses that our customers have found for it,” says Karl Winkler, VP of sales for Lectrosonics. “And users have given us valuable feedback, so we are pleased to incorporate some of their suggestions in the new Version 2.0 Firmware Update for the PDR. We’re always grateful for input which helps improve our products!”
The new PDR v.2.0 Update is downloadable free from the PDR – Firmware page: https://www.lectrosonics.com/Support/category/93-firmware.html
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