Timecode Buddy
In Sync is a great place to be!

They've succeeded in making timecode sexy with beautifully designed boxes that are lightweight but still feel solid.

From the moment I saw the tx automatically see and display the incoming frame rate.... I was hooked! The menu system is well thought out and very easy to navigate.

The WiFi.... That's just down right awesome! The TCbuddy app works great and the integration with Movie Slate justifies that iPad purchase I've been eyeing! Now anybody with a smartphone can see frame accurate TC! Producer's love moving numbers! Speaking of integration, look for TCBuddy to be featured in a Denecke slate real soon!

The units all have a coldshoe mount attachment that, on the wifi masters, recedes into the unit for a smooth surface when not being used. The battery compartment is very clever, just a squeeze on the blue ribs and the whole section slides out for quick and easy replacement of the 2 AA's. The external power is via 4 pin Hirose or lemo connector. The TC is via a lemo or bnc connector pretty much insuring you can mate to just about anything.

2 Timecode Buddy WiFi Transceivers
1 tx Transmitter

No more DIP switches!
 

The setup on this job was somewhat dictated by one of the cameras having a faulty bnc connector on its tc input so that ended up being the driver. The tx on the A camera with wifi masters on the B cam and in my audio bag feeding my Sound Devices as well as driving my Betso on the front of the bag for LPS (little pieces of shit) sync.

A hop to A with B cam just laying down nats from the onboard and sync in my bag. Smooth sailing all the way! I internally powered the masters with 2 lithium batts and so far at hour 7 there isn't any sign of fading power. I should add that the units are in full wifi mode with the backlights on.

The small tx does not have an internal power option but this isn't a problem on professional cameras with the 2 looped 4 pin Hiroses which provides power out to what you may already have onboard the camera such as a hop. They also offer a separate battery pack accessory to power via AA's. At the end of the day, there are no rules as to the best work flow but utilizing the tri-level sync when working with multiple cameras is ideal.

A bit about the menu system. You scroll through 6 categories which provide very quick access to all the functions such as;

Timecode Mode: This section is where you select the code source. Internally generated or via RF or BNC. The External RF Cont mode is most likely to be my default. The unit constantly jams in this mode via RF link until the signal is lost at which time it marches on utilizing the internal clock until it finds the RF link again. This allows cameras to come and go at will and not need to be rejammed as they come back together.

Internal Generator: A very simple and fast way to set TC, User Bits and Frame rates when using a Buddy to generate code.

RF Settings: The system has 14 channels in the US and another 14 channels in the UK to select from and this is also where you turn the RF transmitter on/off. (It looks like the US version doesn't have access to the UK freqs. I'm guessing thats an FCC requirement. Thats a shame, I shoot in Europe.)

WiFi: As you might think this offers access to the WiFi functions as well as the battery saving stealth mode.

System Settings: TV Sync options as well as pass-codes if you want to be able to change the settings via the TCBuddy app or Movie Slate.

Backlight On/Off: :-)

It's obvious this system was designed by an actual mixer! Well done and definitely a piece of gear for your kit!!

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