HOUSTON — There are times when you are given a task and the first
thing that comes to mind is, “Why me?” In this case, not so. I have the honest privilege
of talking about a product I love, a program that actually works, and works well.
A.D. Rigmaiden accesses the Stirlitz Media
Logger from a rack station.
The Stirlitz Media
Logger, represented in the U.S. by Broadcast Electronics, is the most user-friendly
broadcast logger program with which I have been affiliated. I started the
research for this article by asking my production guys what they viewed as the
pros and cons for the logger. I heard many pros and only a few cons.
Setup for the
program is straightforward, just your typical Windows setup file. Once the
program is installed and executed, actually setting up the stations with Media
Logger is almost self-explanatory. Fill in the fields under “add,” run the
appropriate audio into the sound card port and start recording.
Access to the logger is another plus. As
long as your computer is on the same subnet and network, you can access the
logger files from anywhere. Remote access is also a breeze. The middle of the
logger screen has an access configuration button to add users and user rights. The
logger can be set up with a public IP address in order to get to it remotely,
or you can route setup in your Internet router and you are set. Remote control
and emailed alarms are included so that you don’t miss critical audio.
The best aspect of
the program is the user interface, Stirlitz Media Player. Once the setup has
been accomplished on the player, monitoring and extracting audio from the logger
have the option of accessing audio in increments of months, days, hours,
minutes and seconds. It’s as easy as clicking the audio you want to listen to
and drag it up. Once you have the audio you are looking for pulled up,
exporting it is just as easy. Mark in the start of your audio, mark out the end
of your audio, add to list. Click “export to file” and pick your location path.
can pick the file format: MP3, WMA or PCM. There is also the ability to change
the speed and volume of the audio that you are listening to. You can place a
bookmark to return to your work area at a later time.
is refreshing to get a chance to talk about a product that works and doesn’t
have many “issues.” The only issue that should be considered is making sure
that you have a good quality computer and a good Internet connection for remote
access. Overall the Stirlitz Media Logger and Media Player are well worth it.
For information, contact Gene McAneny at Broadcast Electronics in
Illinois at (217) 592-4428 or visit www.bdcast.com.