Quick Setup: SyncBac PRO

If you are familiar with SyncBac PRO settings, you can quickly set up your SyncBac PRO by following the procedures below.

If you are new to SyncBac PRO, you should follow the same steps, but refer to the more detailed sections for more information.

 

Quick Setup: SyncBac PRO as Slave

If you want your SyncBac PRO to have its clock set by another device, such as another SyncBac PRO or a :pulse, set it to run as an RF Slave.

  1. Connect SyncBac PRO to a GoPro HERO4™.
  2. Switch your SyncBac PRO on (see To switch your SyncBac PRO on:.
  3. Your SyncBac PRO can communicate with other devices via radio. Before you use your SyncBac PRO, you need to set it to use the correct radio frequencies for the country you are in. This is because the regulations for the use of radio frequencies vary in different countries. .

    This is important as your SyncBac PRO has to be set to use the appropriate frequency range for your country.

  4. Set the Timecode Mode to RF Slave (see SyncBac PRO has two different Timecode modes: RF Slave and GP Master TX. These modes define how your SyncBac PRO's clock is synchronised with other devices, and so it is important that you choose the appropriate setting.).

    This is important as it defines how your SyncBac PRO synchronises with other devices.

    Timecode devices use a master-slave relationship for synchronisation. If this concept is new to you, you can find explanations in Clock Synchronisation - Master and Slaves.

  5. SyncBac PRO is designed to synchronise with other devices in a BLINK network, so that all of the devices have the same, highly accurate clock settings. A BLINK network is a group of devices that are all set to communicate on the same RF channel..

    The RF Channel defines which BLINK network your SyncBac PRO will be a member of, and therefore, which master or slaves it can communicate with.

When you have completed these steps, you have applied the minimum required settings for your SyncBac PRO in RF Slave mode. But to work with its attached GoPro HERO4™, the SyncBac PRO must first synchronise with a master device.

If there is no master device in your BLINK network, you will need to set one up and make sure your SyncBac PRO is in range so that it can synchronise for the first time.

Quick Setup: SyncBac PRO as Master

If you want your SyncBac PRO to be the master clock, set it to run as a GP Master TX. As the master, the SyncBac PRO will send its clock settings to slave SyncBac PROs in the same BLINK network and the slaves will synchronise with the master SyncBac PRO.

  1. Connect SyncBac PRO to a GoPro HERO4™.
  2. Switch your SyncBac PRO on (see To switch your SyncBac PRO on:.
  3. Your SyncBac PRO can communicate with other devices via radio. Before you use your SyncBac PRO, you need to set it to use the correct radio frequencies for the country you are in. This is because the regulations for the use of radio frequencies vary in different countries. .

    This is important as your SyncBac PRO has to be set to use the appropriate frequency range for your country.

  4. Set the Timecode Mode to GP Master TX (see SyncBac PRO has two different Timecode modes: RF Slave and GP Master TX. These modes define how your SyncBac PRO's clock is synchronised with other devices, and so it is important that you choose the appropriate setting.).

    This is important as it defines how your SyncBac PRO synchronises with other devices.

    Timecode devices use a master-slave relationship for synchronisation. If this concept is new to you, you can find explanations in Clock Synchronisation - Master and Slaves.

  5. SyncBac PRO is designed to synchronise with other devices in a BLINK network, so that all of the devices have the same, highly accurate clock settings. A BLINK network is a group of devices that are all set to communicate on the same RF channel..

    The RF Channel defines which BLINK network your SyncBac PRO will be a member of, and therefore, which master or slaves it can communicate with.

  6. Set the SyncBac PRO's FPS rate to the appropriate value (see This section only applies if you have set your SyncBac PRO to run in GP Master TX mode (see SyncBac PRO has two different Timecode modes: RF Slave and GP Master TX. These modes define how your SyncBac PRO's clock is synchronised with other devices, and so it is important that you choose the appropriate setting.).).

    Note: The FPS for the SyncBac PRO is not an exact match of the HERO4™'s FPS setting. The SyncBac PRO uses more precise values than the HERO4™.

  7. Set the SyncBac PRO's timecode or 'T/C' (see This section only applies if you have set your SyncBac PRO to run in GP Master TX mode (see SyncBac PRO has two different Timecode modes: RF Slave and GP Master TX. These modes define how your SyncBac PRO's clock is synchronised with other devices, and so it is important that you choose the appropriate setting.).). This sets the SyncBac PRO master's clock. The clock settings will be sent to any slaves in the same BLINK network.

When you have completed these steps, you have applied the minimum required settings for your SyncBac PRO in GPS Master TX mode. It should now be able to time stamp your HERO4™ recordings and use appropriate clock settings (it will use its own clock settings and these settings will also be used by slave SyncBac PROs in the same BLINK network).

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