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Presteigne buys IDX in bulk

6 August 2007

Presteigne Broadcast Hire has invested in a wide range of IDX Endura batteries, chargers and accessories for its HD camera systems, which are being used on sports events such as the Red Bull series of air races, writes David Fox.

The largest requirement was for its RF department, which needs to power Sony HD1500 and Grass Valley LDK 6000 portable HD cameras complete with Gigawave and Link Research HD wireless systems. It is using Endura E-10 batteries to ensure there is enough power to cover each half of a football match without battery changes.

Twelve new sets, of four E-10 batteries and a VL-4S four-channel simultaneous charger, are now in service. Colin Tomlin, Presteigne’s head of RF, explained the choice: “The IDX Endura products are very good and come complete with a V-Mount as standard. That suits us as they fit straight onto most of our cameras. But its after-sales service is second to none, and that was a big factor in our choice. There are no dramas about service, never a quibble; it’s just sorted and that’s exactly what we need.”

E-10 batteries were also chosen to power Canon HDTV box lenses. These were supplied as two-battery kits with a VL-2Plus 2-channel sequential quick charger and power supply.

Presteigne also bought V-Mount plates and adapters, plus X3 Lites, the LED camera lights, as well as two MC-8i eight-channel wall-mount charger panels to provide simultaneous fast charging for the batteries when at base.

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