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NEWS CAPTURE & PRODUCE Batteries PAG now offers a 4-position charger, in addition to its 2-position PL16, for charging PAGlink Gold Mount Li-Ion batteries, it has been announced. In 2014, PAG introduced Gold Mount batteries that can be linked to provide more power (12A) and longer run-times for cameras and other broadcast equipment; and the first that can be linked for more efficient charging. PAG’s new 4-position PL16+ simultaneous charger is said to be “the ideal workshop charger for broadcast organisations and rental facilities.” It reduces the number of chargers required to manage a large PAGlink Gold Mount battery inventory. Four PAGlink 94Wh Li-Ion batteries can be fully charged in less than 6 hours, the company said. Sound recording Sound Devices has unveiled a free firmware update for the Video Devices PIX 270i and PIX 250i video recorders, and the Sound Devices 970 audio recorder. Version 2.20 includes improvements to time synchronisation, file transfer and playback, and the PIXNET web interface. Several audio features have also been added including an updated visual identifier for disarmed tracks. Now, audio metering will appear grey 8 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 108 DECEMBER 2015 whenever a track is disarmed. In addition, peak hold time is now customisable, allowing the user to set peak hold at one to five seconds, based on preference, along with the ability to shut this feature off entirely. For 970 and 270i users, there is a new Dante setting menu for configuring Dante redundancy, and primary and secondary IP parameters direct from the unit.