RED Cameras

Step-by-step tutorial

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We will use the following gear: a RED camera and an audio recorder.

To timecode sync this setup you will need one NanoLockit and these two timecode cables: a TC-IO cable which is appropriate for this audio recorder – and an LTC-OUT/EPIC cable appropriate for RED cameras.

Start the NanoLockit 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.

Now let us set the internal clock of the NanoLockit with the Audio Recorders timecode.

Connect the NanoLockit to the TC Port of the audio recorder with the TC-IO cable.

The NanoLockit then will take over the audio recorders timecode and frame rate.

The LED flashes indicating it is ready to timecode sync another device.

But before we can connect the NanoLockit, we need to set up the camera for use with an external timecode device.

First we need to adjust the Project Frame Rate.

To do so, press „Menu“, then „Settings“, „Project“ and „Frame Rate“.

Make sure to select the correct project frame rate for your upcoming project – and do not change it.

Now let us enter the timecode menu and adjust the camera to accept free-run timecode from an external source.

Click TOD, which is Time of Day, and select „External“ as the source.

Now your RED is all set up and waiting for the Lockit.

Take the LTC-OUT/EPIC cable and connect it to the „Sync“ port of the RED.

Now you can see the correct timecode on the camera display. At the same time, the „TC“ indicator on the display should turn green.

There you have it – the RED 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.

Learn more about timecode and synchronisation in the Ambient University.

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