Introducing the SyncBac PRO
We’re excited to announce the launch of the newest addition to our range of wireless timecode products – the SyncBac PRO, a customised GoPro timecode sync accessory.
By enabling the GoPro HERO4 Black and Silver to generate its own frame-accurate timecode, the SyncBac PRO creates the capability to wirelessly timecode sync multiple GoPros and GoPros with pro cameras and pro audio devices over long range RF. SyncBac PRO is being launched at the 2016 NAB Show, with demonstrations on the Timecode Systems booth C2221.
Over the last few years wearable cameras have become commonplace on professional film and broadcast sets. But as non-timecoded cameras, the challenge has always been how to sync the footage captured not only with other GoPros, but also with pro cameras and pro audio devices.
“Until now, all we could do was advise production houses to visually slate using a digislate – it was a decent workaround, but it wasn’t the seamless solution productions craved,” said Paul Scurrell, CEO of Timecode Systems Limited. “What they really wanted was timecode generated at source, synced over long range RF, producing a single file with timecode embedded that post production can work with in exactly the same way as media extracted from more traditional professional cameras and audio equipment. This is exactly what we’ve delivered with the SyncBac PRO.”
At the end of a shoot, SyncBac PRO users simply remove the SD card from their GoPro and hand post-production footage with embedded timecode. The single MP4 file can be uploaded into their chosen editing package in the same way as media captured by large scale professional broadcast cameras and audio devices.
The SyncBac PRO neatly clips to the HERO4 Silver and Black via the HERO Bus 30 pin port, with no requirement for external connectors. This keeps the GoPro as small and light as possible and means it’s fully compatible with HERO4 standard BacPac backdoor housings. All you have to do is clip on, switch on and run timecode to integrate your GoPro seamlessly into a Timecode Systems production workflow.
“The SyncBac PRO adds an important new capability to the GoPro – the ability to integrate into a multicamera film and broadcast workflow in the same way as larger scale professional cameras,” said Adam Silver, director of strategic product partnerships at GoPro. “This is not only an important tool at the point of shooting, but is a powerful workflow enabler for post production – it could save hours in edit time, freeing up budget for the production and studios. Add to this the capability to wirelessly control and remote monitor GoPros from a single application – now that’s true innovation.”
With GoPro cameras now compatible with the entire Timecode Systems range of wireless timecode and metadata products, there is also capability to wirelessly view, control and monitor all GoPros on a shoot over long range RF from a single application – the B:LINK Hub.
The B:LINK Hub is a new feature embedded within the Timecode Systems :pulse, a timecode and metadata mini base station. By connecting the SyncBac PRO to the B:LINK Hub dashboard via a :pulse, production teams can view, monitor status and remotely control multiple GoPros from any smartphone (iOS or Android), tablet, Mac® or PC. This, among other things, unlocks the capability to adjust camera settings and record start/stop remotely – a great way to maximize a GoPro’s battery life when it’s gear-mounted or not easily accessible.
At the 2016 NAB Show, Timecode Systems is inviting delegates to join them at booth C2221 to experience this exciting new technology and see how it integrates with all of their solutions to create their most cohesive workflow solution yet.
Visit www.syncbac.com to find out more.