Is there a timecode solution for DSLR?

If a device does not have a dedicated timecode input to allow for embedded timecode then we can use a work around to record timecode on to the audio track.

Select the correct cable:

  • If you're using a minitrx+ you will need our custom BNC to Mini-jack cable (TCB-42) to connect to the external device's 3.5mm aux in. 
  • If you're using an UltraSync ONE you will need our custom DIN to Mini-jack cable (TCB-52).

Both the TCB-42 and TCB-52 can also be purchased via our web store. 


Configure the unit:

  • Ensure that your device is set to the same RF channel as the master transmitting unit (if in RF Slave mode).
  • Configure the unit to output timecode at mic level through the following menu settings on your device: System Settings > LTC Output Level > Mic Level.
  • Connect the LTC output to the 3.5mm aux in port on the external device.
  • Timecode will then be recorded to the audio track of the camera (sometimes referred to as AUX TC) when the camera starts recording.


Decode for post production:

In post production this AUX TC needs to be converted to embedded timecode in the video file.

AVID Media Composer and Black Magic Design's DaVinci Resolve can natively decode AUX TC. However for other NLE’s such as Apple FCP X and Adobe Premiere Pro you will need additional software to decode the AUX TC.

Once the AUX TC has been decoded, you can can start the creative process as normal, using timecode as the sync point, in your preferred editing software. 




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