The Zaxcom ZFR300 is a bodypack style recorder with timecode. Audio is recorded to a removable microSD card using the highly reliable MARF (Mobile Audio Recording Format) which eliminates file corruption common to recordings due to a dead battery or early card removal.
It’s the same size as Zaxcom TRXLA3 wireless transmitter and accepts standard lavaliere microphones via the 3-pin micro LEMO connector.
The ZFR can be used as an easy way to record ISO tracks on multiple talent with no fears of being out of range or having to deal with RF issues.
Since all files are timecode stamped, post-production can easily drop any number of each ZFR’s ISO tracks into their non-linear edit system and have a clean timecoded audio track to work with.
Any number of ZFR recorders and wireless transmitters can be utilized to form an unlimited virtual multi-track recording system with full ZaxNet control.
Recording systems can be as simple as a single ZFR recorder and a single ERX3TCD receiver to wirelessly monitor the audio and timecode from the recorder. Any number of ZFR recorders and wireless transmitters can be utilized to form an unlimited virtual multi-track recording system. The advantage of this system is that for production sound it eliminates the limitations of wireless microphones.
NeverClip™ is a standard feature of the ZFR300. It works by utilizing two A-D converters to extend the dynamic range of the transmitter to 123 dB, so there’s never any limiter distortion.
ZFR300 is equipped with ZaxNet™, a long-range remote-control system allowing the user to send timecode, adjust pre-amp gain, and place the unit in record, playback, and stop modes – all without ever needing to disturb talent.
On power up the ZFR will jam timecode by receiving the ZaxNet 2.4 GHz signal and will then start transmitting QC audio with timecode within 10 seconds. The built-in ZaxNet transmitter can be used for quality control monitoring and as a timecode master to wirelessly jam other recording bodypack recorders or recording wireless transmitters. The bodypacks can optionally re-jam timecode every few minutes to maintain sub-frame accurate timecode lock. At the end of your shoot, you gather each SD memory card from the ZFR and deliver them to post.
The ZFR300 runs on two AA batteries with up to 12 hours of runtime.