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Vasik Greif
Syncing 4 DSLR's - record timecode?
on Dec 20, 2010 at 10:46:10 pm

Hi, I'm planning to do a music promo video, and I'm propably going to use 4 DSLR cameras - mix of 5D's and 7D's. I really would like to prepare things the best way I can, which I think would be recording timecode to be able to sync the cameras more easily later. Could you recommend me a workflow how to do that? Or is there some other, more convenient way to prepare the footage for editing later? I have option to edit both in Premiere CS5 on Win and Final Cut Studio 3 on Mac...
Thanks

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Richard Harrington
Re: Syncing 4 DSLR's - record timecode?
on Dec 20, 2010 at 11:49:18 pm

No such thing as timecode with DSLR

Software side is Plural Eyes.

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Phil Balsdon
Re: Syncing 4 DSLR's - record timecode?
on Dec 21, 2010 at 3:51:26 am

The cameras don't record timecode.

A good option might be to use PluralEyes or DualEyes from singular software to sync the cameras and your master audio track using the audio track waveform.

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Peter Burger
Re: Syncing 4 DSLR's - record timecode?
on Dec 22, 2010 at 7:37:43 am

If you don't have, or don't want to invest in third party software for syncing, there's a little trick I used quite a couple of times in music videos:
Prepare the playback track with two or three sound-beeps, before the music starts.
In your NLE you can easily sync the different waveforms of each camera by eye with those "sound events".

For workflow I would recommend the multi camera mode. In Premiere it is limited to four cameras.


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Mark Petereit
Re: Syncing 4 DSLR's - record timecode?
on Dec 23, 2010 at 5:28:14 pm

Or as Paulo has suggested in the past, use a JavaScript timecode generator to display timecode on a monitor, have all cameramen start recording by shooting the monitor first and don't interrupt recording. Sync the timecode at the head on all angles and you're good to go.


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Anthony Bari Jr.
Re: Syncing 4 DSLR's - record timecode?
on Jan 4, 2011 at 3:17:02 am

Jam Sync in post, you can use Pluraleyes if you want to use the multiclip workflow, make sure to shoot in the same framerate across the board.

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Johan Maertens
Re: Syncing 4 DSLR's - record timecode?
on Feb 23, 2011 at 1:12:39 pm

If you already have a continuous LTC SMPTE timecode source you can actually use timecode on dslr cameras...

http://www.lockitbuddy.com


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