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JoeCo announces iXML support for the BLACKBOX RECORDER giving greater flexibility for broadcast, film and TV applications (8/10/2010)

In a recent software update, BLACKBOX RECORDER manufacturer JoeCo has implemented optional support for iXML in the award-winning 24-track live audio recorder. iXML is an open standard developed to simplify the transfer of recorded digital audio files through the post production process. It allows for the inclusion of location sound metadata in Broadcast WAV audio files. This includes data like Scene, Take and Notes information, which can be logged during location sound recording in the film and TV industry and subsequently utilised by post production editors.

When enabled for iXML, the BLACKBOX RECORDER allows the user to enter and edit typical iXML data fields, which are accessed via the main menu. A standard QWERTY keyboard can be connected to the BLACKBOX RECORDER for rapid data entry, with most frequently used items accessible via a series of keyboard shortcuts. The iXML menu consists of three screens that enable the user to include a range of location sound metadata in Broadcast WAV files, from project names through to scene, take and notes information. The data is then embedded into the BWAV file at the end of the recording to be recalled later in the production chain.

The iXML implementation also enables the BLACKBOX RECORDER to remember different headphone monitor mixes that have been set up during the recording process. This data is stored as part of the iXML chunk in the Default Mix section, allowing the user to quickly refer to an earlier recording, for example a previous scene that may have had different monitoring requirements. It will also be possible to adjust the monitor mix via standard MIDI controllers.

Joe Bull, Managing Director of JoeCo says, ”iXML can be a real benefit to both sound recordists and post production personnel in the film and broadcast industry, ensuring that important information that would have traditionally been noted on the tape box does not get separated from the audio it pertains to. Saving a rough monitor mix starts to become really important when handling large multi-track recordings, to be able to quickly locate specific takes. I’m really pleased that we can now offer these facilities to JoeCo customers, helping to streamline their workload.”

The BLACKBOX RECORDER update additionally offers enhanced 9-pin support for edit controllers and support for 23.98fps time code via a newly added time code selector.

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