Multi professional cameras /
single multi-tracked sound shoot


The scenario

Who’s on the shoot?

  • A sound recordist with a multi-track digital audio recorder (e.g. a SD788T).
  • Multiple cameramen in or around the same location.


The challenge
Syncing locally recorded sound with the pictures of multiple cameras that could be
shooting multi-camera sequences together or filming separately.


The set up

Step 1: Select your ‘master unit’  

The timecode can be sourced either from:

  • Sound as the ‘master unit’ and cameras as ‘slaves’
  • Camera A as the ‘master unit’ and other cameras and sound as ‘slaves’


Attach a :wifi master, a :mini trx or a :mini tx  to the ‘master unit’.


Step 2: Run timecode

  • Select a channel on the Buddy (in TX mode) attached to the ‘master unit’
  • Check the LED halo around the antenna. A solid light = valid stationary code.
    One flash per second = timecode is running. No light = no timecode


Step 3: Sync ‘master unit’ and ‘slaves’

  • Attach :wifi masters :mini trxs  or a :mini rx to your ‘slave units’.
  • Select RF/Continuous mode on your ‘slave’ units using the same RF channel as the ‘master unit’.


The sync

The timecode, user bits and frame rate of the ‘master unit’ Buddy will appear on the Timecode Buddy display screens attached to the ‘slaves’.


When ‘slaves’ are in signal range of the ‘master unit’ they will stay synced. If a ‘slave’ moves out of range, it will continue recording identical timecode accurately on its internal timecode generator (losing less than 1 frame in 24 hours). When it picks up the radio frequency again, its timecode output re-syncs to the ‘master unit’ without any jumps or corrupt timecode signals.