• Download the SyncBac Pro Manual

    Click here to download the SyncBac Pro Manual

  • SyncBac PRO for Synchronisation

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    SyncBac PRO is a highly accurate timecode generator and multichannel digital timecode transceiver. It can be used:

    • With other SyncBac PROs for multi camera synchronisation.
    • With Timecode Systems :pulse mini-base stations, as a complete 'on-set' solution for synchronising GoPro HERO cameras with other professional cameras and audio recorders.

    Tip: If you use SyncBac PRO with a :pulse, you have free access to BLINK Hub app, which provides remote control and remote monitoring of your SyncBac PRO and GoPro HERO. For more details, see Remote Control and Monitoring with :pulse.

     

  • Connect SyncBac PRO to a GoPro HERO4

    IMPORTANT: Before you connect a GoPro HERO4, you must ensure that it is operating the latest firmware (from version 4 onwards), otherwise it will not embed timecode. You can update your GoPro here

    Your SyncBac PRO connects to the battery pack connection on the rear of the Go Pro HERO4:

    1. Hold the SyncBac PRO so that its screen is facing you. At the back of the SyncBac PRO, on the right-hand edge, you will see the curved hinge.
    2. Slide the curved hinge of the SyncBac PRO into the grooved edge on the rear-right of the HERO4.
    3. Gently press the rear of the SyncBac PRO so that its HEROBus connector slots into the connection slot on the rear of the HERO4.

    You have now physically connected your GoPro HERO4 to your SyncBac PRO. But the two will not work together until you have set up your SyncBac PRO.

  • Connect SyncBac PRO to a GoPro HERO6 Black

    To connect your SyncBac PRO to your GoPro HERO6 Black:

    1. Place the GoPro HERO6 Black in the frame that is supplied with the camera.
    2. Clip the bottom of the SyncBac PRO frame to the bar on the bottom of the HERO6 Black frame.
    3. Place your SyncBac PRO into the SyncBac PRO frame. The back of the SyncBac PRO should face the rear screen of the HERO6 Black.

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    1. Close the SyncBac PRO frame and secure it with the buckle on the top of the HERO6 Black frame.
    2. Use the USB C to USB C cable to connect the SyncBac PRO to the GoPro HERO6 Black.

    You have now physically connected your GoPro HERO6 Black to your SyncBac PRO. But the two will not work together until you have set up your SyncBac PRO.

  • Switch SyncBac PRO On and Off

    To switch your SyncBac PRO on:

    1. Press and hold the Select button. Keep the button pressed down.


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      The SyncBac PRO screen lights up and displays the message:

      Push Up/Dn twice to switch on

    2. Press the up or down button twice to turn on the SyncBac PRO. This extra step is designed to prevent you from accidentally turning the SyncBac PRO on. If you do not press the up or down button twice within a 5 second period, the SyncBac PRO stays off.

    When the SyncBac PRO comes on, it shows the main screen by default (see Display and Controls).

    Note: If your SyncBac PRO does not come on when you press and hold the Select button, the battery may need to be charged (see Charging your SyncBac PRO). The LED lights red when the battery charge is running out.

     

    To switch your SyncBac PRO off:

    1. Press and hold the Select button. Keep the button pressed down. A countdown appears on the screen:

      Shutting down in 3

    2. Keep the button pressed down until the countdown is finished and the following message is displayed:

      Push Up/Dn twice to switch off

    3. Press the Up or Down button twice to turn off the SyncBac PRO. This extra step is designed to prevent you from accidentally turning the SyncBac PRO off. If you do not press the up or down button twice within a 5 second period, the SyncBac PRO stays on and the screen reverts to showing the main display.

     

    Tip: If your SyncBac PRO is connected to a GoPro HERO and is a slave of a :pulse, you can use the BLINK Hub app to turn the HERO on and off remotely. This is a great way to save battery power.

  • Display and Controls - SyncBac PRO

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    Key Description
    1 OLED
    2 LED
    3 Up
    4 Down
    5 Select

     

    OLED Display

    The OLED display is a blue 128 × 32 pixels screen. When you switch on the SyncBac PRO, all status information, messages, and menus and options are shown on this screen.

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    To learn about the various status displays, including the 'Main' screen shown above, see Main Screen status information.

     

    LED

    The LED to the right of the OLED display acts as a colour-coded status indicator.

    Colour Description
    Green

    If the SyncBac PRO is switched on and set to run as an RF slave, a green light indicates that the SyncBac PRO is communicating with a master device. Its timecode is synchronised with a master device's timecode.

    If the SyncBac PRO is switched off, the green light indicates that the battery is fully charged.

    Blue

    A blue light indicates that the SyncBac PRO has been synchronised with a master device but is currently 'free running'. It has lost its connection with the master and is using its own highly accurate internal timecode. When the master is back in range, the SyncBac PRO will attempt to reconnect and re-synchronise.

    A flashing blue light means that the SyncBac PRO is in the process of synchronising with a master.

    Red

    If the SyncBac PRO is switched on, a red light indicates a warning message is displayed on screen or that the battery power is low.

    If you are unfamiliar with master and slave devices, you can learn more in the following sections:

     

    Up and Down

    Use the Up and Down buttons to scroll through the menus and menu options, and also to scroll through the status displays.

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    Select

    Use the Select button to choose a menu or option. You will also use Select to switch your SyncBac PRO on and off.

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    To make a selection, use the Up and Down buttons to scroll to a menu or option and then press the Select button once.

    To switch your SyncBac PRO on or off, press and hold the Select button (see Switch SyncBac PRO On and Off, for more details).

  • Ports - SyncBac PRO (HERO6)

    Your SyncBac PRO has a variety of ports for connecting with other devices and chargers.

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    On the left edge of the SyncBac PRO, you will see the mini USB 2.0 port (labelled PC), which is used for:

    • Charging the SyncBac PRO (and HERO6™ Black when attached). The port is 5v power IN.
    • Connecting the SyncBac PRO to a PC or Mac for downloading firmware updates.

    Also on the left edge is a USB-C port (labelled CAM), which is for connecting the SyncBac PRO to the Go Pro HERO6™ Black.

    For the CAM connection, you need to use the supplied HEROBus connection ribbon cable. You can attach it so that the ribbon faces upwards or downwards, depending on what is more practical for how you have your camera positioned.

     

  • Ports - SyncBac PRO (HERO4)

    Your SyncBac PRO has a variety of ports for connecting with other devices and chargers.

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    On the left edge of the SyncBac PRO , you will see the mini USB 2.0 port, which is used for:

    • Charging the SyncBac PRO (and GoPro HERO4, when attached). The port is 5v power IN.
    • Connecting the SyncBac PRO to a PC or Mac for downloading firmware updates.

    The connector that protrudes from the rear of the SyncBac PRO is for connecting the SyncBac PRO to the GoPro HERO4. It fits into the battery pack slot on the back of the HERO4.

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    On the right edge of the unit is an MMCX connector, which is for connecting an external aerial.

    By using an external aerial, you can increase the range of the SyncBac PRO (see Technical Specification).

    Please Note this is for the SyncBac for Hero 4 only

  • Charging SyncBac PRO

    SyncBac PRO has a built-in Li-Polymer 3.7V battery and it should last around 10-12 hours from a full charge.

    Note: Battery life may be reduced if your SyncBac PRO is used in extreme temperatures. Both very hot and very cold conditions can affect battery performance.

    If the battery in your SyncBac PRO is running out of power, the LED flashes red and the following message is displayed on screen:

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    The low battery power is also indicated on the battery icon in the bottom-right of the main screen, next to the channel number. The amount of white in the inner of the battery icon represents the amount of charge left in the battery. In the image below, the inner of the battery icon is black, which means there is no charge in the battery.

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    It is also shown on the battery status screen (see Power and Battery).

    To recharge the battery, you will need the mini USB cable that is supplied with your SyncBac PRO and a mini USB compatible charger socket (not supplied). The mini USB cable connects to the SyncBac PRO via the mini USB port on the left-hand edge (see Ports - SyncBac PRO (HERO6) or Ports -SyncBac PRO (HERO4)).

     

    Note: You do not have to disconnect your SyncBac PRO from the GoPro HERO when charging.

     

  • Technical Specification - SyncBac Pro
    Category Specification
    OLED Display Blue 128 × 32 Pixels
    Timecode Generator Accuracy TCX0 0.5ppm when free running. In practice, approximately 1 frame drift in 24 hours. Zero ppm when RF locked to a master.
    Supported FPS Modes

    23.976

    25

    29.97

    External Power mini USB 2.0 (5V DC)
    Internal Power Built-in Li-Polymer (3.7V battery)
    T/C Input Provided by a Master Timecode Systems product, such as a :pulse base station or another SyncBac PRO.
    T/C Outputs

    USB-C (SyncBac PRO for HERO6 only)

    HEROBus connector (SyncBac PRO for HERO4 only)

    Embedded timecode metadata in MP4 camera media

    Multi-Channel Digital Receiver

    UK: 865.050 - 868.550 MHz

    FCC: 915.050 - 922.200 MHZ

    JAPAN: 920.600 - 923.300 MHZ

    Range*

    If your SyncBac PRO is using its internal aerial only, the typical range for synchronisation with a master is approximately 200m (256 feet, 219 yards)*.

    If your SyncBac PRO has an external aerial attached, the typical range is 500-600m (1640-1968 feet, 546-656 yards)*.

    (SyncBac PRO for HERO4 only)

    *These are typical ranges. The range can vary and is based on an uninterrupted line of sight. If there are obstacles between a slave and master, the range can be reduced.