Single or multi DSLR / single sound recordist
Who’s on the shoot?
- A sound recordist recording audio locally.
- Single or multiple camera operators recording pictures only on a DSLR camera (with no timecode record capacity).
The timecode conundrum
Syncing separately recorded video and sound (like in the good old days of film).
Step 1: Make the right connections
- Buddy to sound. Slot a Timecode Buddy: master into the sound bag and attach to the mixer and recorder.
Step 2: Fire up the timecode
- Set the Timecode Buddy: master to ‘time of day’ free run timecode (Internal Mode), at the same frame rate as the camera.
- Timecode status. Check the LED halo around the antenna and control button.
One flash per second – timecode is running
No light – no timecode
Step 3: Sync camera with sound timecode
- Create a DigiSlate. Open up the free Timecode Buddy: app on your iPad, and log onto the WiFi network of the Timecode Buddy: master.
You’re synced. The timecode, user bits and frame rate of the Timecode Buddy: master in the sound bag will appear as a DigiSlate on your iOS device. For each take, the DSLR camera can be visually slated with the timecode of the recorded sound. This allows the editor to easily re-sync the sound and pictures in the edit.
Launch another Timecode Buddy: app if…
The director or PA wants to note camera timecodes
Use any iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch to access the free Timecode Buddy: app, log onto the WiFi network of the Timecode Buddy: master and create a highly accurate DigiSlate that they can make notes from.
A self-shooting camera arrives on the scene to ‘cross shoot’ the action.
Use your iOS device to log onto the WiFi of the Timecode Buddy: master. Open the Timecode Buddy: app and visually slate this second (third or fourth) camera with the timecode display from the Timecode Buddy: master in the sound bag. This allows the editor to easily re-sync the sound and pictures in the edit.
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