Mikme Pocket & DISH.TC

Two quick audio for video gear Kickstarter campaigns: 1) Mikme Pocket - a wireless lavalier body pack recorder and bluetooth transmitter. 2) DISH.TC - a super-simple to use timecode generator which jams with satellite time.

See the DISH.TC kickstarter page.

See the Mikme Pocket kickstarter page.

Copyright 2019 Curtis Judd

Tentacle Sync E: Timecode Generator and Demo

A couple of years ago, Tentacle Sync released their first timecode generator which was not only easy to use but also more affordable than other generators. Now they have released their next generator called the Sync E with wireless setup and monitoring from iOS or Android devices. Here we show how timecode can help simplify the process of capturing professional quality sound separate from the camera and easily and quickly syncing the sound to picture in post. We also look at the new features on the Sync E and how they make the process of shooting with timecode easier than ever.

Demonstration with many video and sound clips:

Links to gear discussed and used to record this session:

Tentacle Sync Sync E Kit (2 Sync E timecode generators and license for Tentacle Sync Studio

Tentacle Sync Sync E (single timecode generator and license for Tentacle Sync Studio)

Sound Devices MixPre-10T Audio Recorder/Mixer

Sennheiser MKH 8050 Supercardioid Boom Microphone

Tentacle Sync to BNC Bidirectional Timecode Cable

Tentacle Sync Cables for all other cameras

Copyright 2017 by Curtis Judd

Timecode Demo with NanoLockit from Ambient Recording

What is timecode and when does it help make things easier for finishing your video or film project? When you’re shooting a project with a LOT of clips and you’re recording your sound separate from camera to get the highest quality sound, syncing can be a lot of work. Using the timecode generators like the Ambient NanoLockit can save you a lot of time. Here’s how it works at a high level.

Links to Gear Discussed and Used to Record This Session:

Ambient Recording NanoLockit Timecode Generator (2 pack)

Single NanoLockit

Sound Devices MixPre-6 Audio Recorder

Sound Devices 633 Audio Recorder/Mixer

Blackmagic Design Ursa Mini Pro Cinema Camera

Panasonic GH5 Camera

Olympus 45mm f/1.8 Lens

Copyright 2017 by Curtis Judd 

Photos of the Ambient Master Lockit are copyrighted by B&H Photo and used here with permission.

Sound for Video Session: Syncing Sound and Timecode

This week we did a high-level overview of syncing audio to video and timecode. I've recently learned some basic lessons since jumping in to timecode. You can hopefully learn from my mistakes and bad assumptions. :)

Sync Tutorials:

Premiere Pro
Final Cut Pro X

Tentacle Sync Demonstration

The general idea with timecode is that it will simplify the process of syncing sound to video by recording precise clock information to both the camera and sound recorder. Then in post, your video editing app (NLE - non-linear editor) can sync each audio clip to its corresponding video clip very quickly and easily. That's an oversimplification, of course, but we talk through a few of the practical issues in this episode just in case your find yourself in the sound recordist role on a project which requires timecode some day.