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Deva ready for Oscar close-up

15 February 2007

Zaxcom’s Deva is the hard disk recorder behind three out of the five films being considered by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for 2007 Academy Awards for achievement in sound mixing. The sound mixers for the films Blood Diamond, Dreamgirls, and Flags of Our Fathers – all of whom used the Deva on the projects – are under consideration for the award.

The Zaxcom Deva, available as the eight-track Deva IV and 10-track Deva V, provides 24-bit multidisk, multiformat location recording with backup to DVD. The ability to background record multiple disks throughout the day saves precious time in feature film and episodic television production by allowing users to record all disk copies required by post at the same time as the original recordings.

Production staffers can immediately reference previous recordings on set, reducing potential disputes with post and providing extra copies of recorded audio in the case of lost, damaged, or stolen material. Both the Deva IV and V feature 16 channels of audio mixing and a 10-second record buffer, as well as Fire Wire disk recording.

Winners of the 2007 Academy Awards will be announced February 25 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.

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