We will use the following gear: a Sony Alpha 7s and an audio recorder.
To timecode sync this setup, you will need two NanoLockits and these two TC-IO-35RA timecode cables, which are included when buying a NanoLockit.
Start the NanoLockits by pressing and holding the power button for three seconds.
The LED will flash green / red, which means the LEMO timecode output is still muted.
Press and hold the green button of one NanoLockit for three seconds until LED double-blinks green: This sets the timecode and frame rate, wirelessly syncs all other NanoLockits and activates all LEMO outputs.
The NanoLockit always starts with its Real Time Clock at last frame rate or at default 25 fps.
If successful, all units will flash green in sync. Which means: they are ready to sync other devices.
But before we can connect the NanoLockit, we need to set up the camera for use with an external timecode device and adjust the Frame Rate.
To do so, press „Menu“ and select „Record Setting“.
Make sure to select the correct frame rate for your upcoming project – and do not change it.
Now your SonyAlpha 7s is all set up and waiting for the Lockit.
Take the timecode cable and connect it to the camera’s audio input.
You will see a level amplitude of 1 audio channel and hear a strange tone.
That is a good sign as it means: The TC now will be recorded on one of the audio tracks.
For best results, the track levels must be set correctly:
1. Manually set the camera audio input level to 50% of the range.
2. Adjust the NanoLockit TC output level by either pressing green and repeatedly tap red to reduce level or vice versa.
Make sure that the meter falls between –30 dB to –20 dB.
There you have it – the Sony Alpha 7s is correctly connected to the NanoLockit and in perfect sync with the audio recorder.
Later in post-production, you will now have the ability to auto-conform relating clips to the timeline using any professional tool.
For more information on that subject see our other Ambient tutorials.
Additionally we strongly recommend that you check the synchronisation of your system by performing a test-run before shooting starts to avoid any issues.
NanoLockit – the small, wireless and easy2use timecode generator by Ambient.