• 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).

  • Connect SyncBac PRO to a HERO 4

    Connect SyncBac PRO to a GoPro HERO4™

    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.

  • Turn SyncBac PRO On/Off

    To switch your SyncBac PRO on:

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

      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 OLED Display).

    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 SyncBac PRO has a built-in Li-Polymer 3.7V battery and it should last around 10-12 hours from a full charge.). 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 HERO4™ and is a slave of a :pulse, you can use the BLINK Hub app to turn the HERO4™ on and off remotely. This is a great way to save battery power.

  • Set the RF Country/Area - SyncBac PRO

    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.

    Note: The RF Country/Area setting does not apply to SyncBac PRO units sold in North America and Canada. If you purchased your SyncBac PRO in the US or Canada and wish to use it in another country, please contact Timecode Systems. We can provide you with a free updater application that will allow you to set the country/area.

    To set the RF country/area:

    1. If your SyncBac PRO is currently off, switch it on (see To switch your SyncBac PRO on:).

    2. Press the Select button.
    3. Use the Up and Down buttons to scroll to the System Settings option.

    4. Press the Select button.
    5. Use the Up and Down buttons to scroll to the Set RF Country/Area option.
    6. Press the Select button.
    7. Use the Up and Down buttons to select the appropriate area:
      • Europe/UK
      • Japan/China
      • US/CA/AU/NZ (for USA, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand).

      Note: If you want to use your SyncBac PRO in another region, please contact Timecode Systems for advice.

    8. Press the Select button to confirm. Your SyncBac PRO will now communicate using radio frequencies that are appropriate for the region you selected.
  • Set the Timecode Mode - SyncBac PRO

    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: If you are unfamiliar with the concept of master and slave devices, please read Clock Synchronisation - Master and Slaves.

    To set the Timecode Mode:

    1. Connect your SyncBac PRO to a HERO4™ (if it is not connected already). For further details, see Connect SyncBac PRO to a GoPro HERO4™.

    2. If your SyncBac PRO is currently off, switch it on (see To switch your SyncBac PRO on:).

    3. Press the Select button.

    4. Use the Up and Down buttons to scroll to the Timecode Mode option.
    5. Press the Select button.

    6. Use the Up and Down buttons to scroll to the appropriate mode:

      OperationTimecode Mode

      SyncBac PRO is master and sets the clock of:

      • Its own HERO4™ camera (the HERO4™ camera that is connected to the master SyncBac PRO)
      • Other SyncBac PROs in the same BLINK network.
      GP Master TX
      SyncBac PRO is slave and has its clock set by another device in the same BLINK networkRF Slave

      *When a SyncBac PRO is free running and in RF Slave mode, it uses its own clock settings but continues to search for a master on the same BLINK network. If it finds a master, the master will set the clock.

      continues...

      Note: A SyncBac PRO can only be the master to SyncBac PRO slaves - it cannot be a master to :wave, :pulse, or minitrx+.

    7. Press the Select button.

    8. Use the Up and Down buttons to set the RF Channel that the SyncBac PRO will use to communicate with the master device. The master device can only communicate with slave devices that use the same RF Channel as the master.
    9. Press the Select button.

     

    The following table shows how you should set your SyncBac PRO when there are other Timecode Systems devices in the same BLINK network.

    Devices in same BLINK Network SyncBac PRO Mode
    SyncBac PRO with other SyncBac PROs

    1 GP Master TX SyncBac PRO, all others set to RF Slave.

    or:

    All SyncBac PROs set to RF Slave.

    SyncBac PRO with :pulse RF Slave, :pulse as BLINK Master
    SyncBac PRO with :wave

    RF Slave, :wave as a timecode-only Master

    or:

    RF Slave, :wave not set as Master

    SyncBac PRO with minitrx+

    RF Slave, minitrx+ as a timecode-only Master

    or:

    RF Slave, minitrx+ not set as Master

  • Master and Slave Relationship - SyncBac PRO

    Timecode Systems products, including your SyncBac PRO unit, use a relationship to maintain highly accurate clock settings. It is important that you understand how the master-slave relationship works, as you will need to set each SyncBac PRO in your BLINK network to run in either master mode (GP Master TX) or slave mode (RF Slave).

    Tip: If you use a Timecode Systems :pulse as the master, you can do much more than synchronise the clocks. With the free BLINK Hub app, you can remotely control and monitor your SyncBac PRO units and the HERO4™ cameras they are attached to (see Did you know that you can monitor and control your SyncBac PRO and HERO4™ remotely, via a tablet or desktop PC or Mac? All you need is a Timecode Systems :pulse in your BLINK network and the free BLINK Hub application. ).

    In the following sections, we explain how the master-slave relationship works and provide answers to some commonly asked questions:

    When you understand the master-slave relationship, you can set your SyncBac PRO units to run in RF Slave mode or 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.).

    Clock Synchronisation - Master and Slaves

    To synchronise the clocks of multiple Timecode Systems devices, you need to set up a BLINK network. A BLINK network is a group of devices that are all set to the same country/area and the same RF Channel.

    In the BLINK network, you need to have one 'master' device (a Timecode Systems device set to run in Master TX mode). The master device has the clock settings that you want all of the devices to use. All of the other devices in the BLINK network should be set to run as 'slaves'.

    When a slave device is on, it transmits a signal (via the set RF Channel). If there is a master device within range and using the same RF Channel, the master detects the slave. It then sends its clock settings to the slave. The slave sets its own clock to match the clock of the master.

    The master and slave communicate with each other regularly to make sure that their clocks are synchronised.

    Note: There should be no more than one master per BLINK network. For more details, see What if there are Multiple Masters in the Same BLINK Network?.

    How Can I Tell if a Slave is Communicating with a Master?

    You can tell when a slave is connected with a master by looking at its main screen display. An antennae icon flashes in the top-right corner when the slave and master are communicating. The number shown to the right of the antennae icon shows the signal strength (0-7 where 7 is the maximum signal strength).

    Note: The LED flashes blue if your SyncBac PRO has lost its connection to its master.

    What if a Slave Can't Find a Master?

    If your SyncBac PRO cannot connect to a master device, it will use its own clock settings instead. The most likely reasons for a slave being unable to connect to a master are that the master is out of range or the devices in the BLINK network are all set to run as slaves (so there is no master). A SyncBac PRO slave that runs using its own clock is often described as 'free running'.

    When a SyncBac PRO slave is 'free running', it will continue to try and find a master device. As soon as it finds a master device within range and on the same BLINK network, it will try to connect and synchronise with the master.

     

    Example:

    Let's say you want to film two riders in a mountain bike event. Both of the riders are wearing HERO4™ cameras that have SyncBac PROs attached. The first rider, Paul, has his SyncBac PROs set to run in GP Master TX mode and use RF Channel 4. The second rider, Susan, has her SyncBac PRO set to run in RF Slave mode and use RF Channel 4. At the start, Paul and Susan's SyncBac PROs are within range of each other and so they synchronise their clocks.

    During the event, Paul has a puncture and has to stop to repair it. During this time, Susan continues ahead and goes out of range of Paul. At this point, Susan's SyncBac PRO loses communication with Paul's master SyncBac PRO, and so it carries on using the clock settings that it has in place.

    Paul fixes his puncture and catches up with Susan. His master SyncBac PRO is back in range of Susan's slave SyncBac PRO and so they connect and re-synchronise.

    What if there are Multiple Masters in the Same BLINK Network?

    You should set up your Timecode devices so that there is one master device per BLINK network. This ensures that all of the slave devices synchronise with the same clock (the clock of the master device).

    If you have multiple masters in the same BLINK network, each slave will connect to the first master that detects it. There is no guarantee that all of the slaves will connect to the same master, and so this can lead to differences in the clocks.

    Example:

    Let's say you have a BLINK network where all of the devices are set to use RF Channel 4. There is one master (:pulse), and three slaves (SyncBac PROs).

    The devices in the network are all turned off and you add a new SyncBac PRO to the BLINK network. The new SyncBac PRO is set to run in GP Master TX mode, so when the devices are all turned back on, there are two masters in the BLINK network - the :pulse and the new SyncBac PRO.

    The slave SyncBac PROs will attempt to connect to the first master they find. Two of the SyncBac PRO slaves connect to the :pulse master first, and so synchronise with that clock. The other SyncBac PRO connects with the new SyncBac PRO first and so synchronises with that clock. As a result, the devices in the BLINK network are not synchronised to the same clock.

    For this reason, make sure that there is one master device per BLINK network.

     

    Remote Control with :pulse and BLINK Hub

    If you use a Timecode Systems :pulse as a master device, you can do much more than just synchronise the clocks. The :pulse and the free BLINK Hub app allow you to:

    • Control your SyncBac PRO slaves and the HERO4™s remotely
    • View the status of SyncBac PRO slaves in BLINK Hub
    • View the status of the HERO4™ cameras that are connected to your SyncBac PRO slaves.

    To learn about monitoring and controlling your SyncBac PRO units remotely, please refer to the :pulse user guide.

    Note: When :pulse masters communicate with slave devices, they can set the clocks, receive status information, and send controls. Remote monitoring and control is only available with :pulse. SyncBac PRO and :wave masters can only set the clocks of slave devices - they do not support remote controls.

  • Set the RF Channel - SyncBac PRO

    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.

    To get your SyncBac PRO to join a BLINK network, you simply set it to use the same RF channel as the other devices in that BLINK network.

    You need to set the RF Channel when:

    • You first set up your SyncBac PRO to join a BLINK network
    • Your SyncBac PRO is in a BLINK network but you want it to join a different BLINK network instead
    • You are changing the master device in the BLINK network. Your SyncBac PRO needs to have its RF Channel reset if you introduce a different master device, even if the same channel is going to be used.

     

    Note: SyncBac PROs can only be part of one BLINK network. If you need to remove a SyncBac PRO from a BLINK network and set it to join another one, simply change the SyncBac PRO's RF Channel.

    To set your SyncBac PRO to join a BLINK network:

    1. Connect your SyncBac PRO to a HERO4™ (if it is not connected already). For further details, see Connect SyncBac PRO to a GoPro HERO4™.

    2. If your SyncBac PRO is currently off, switch it on (see To switch your SyncBac PRO on:).

    3. Press the Select button.

    4. Use the Up and Down buttons to scroll to the Set RF Channel No. option.
    5. Press the Select button.

    6. Use the Up and Down buttons to change the channel number. You need to set the SyncBac PRO to use the same channel number as the other devices in the same BLINK network.
    7. Press the Select button to confirm.

    Look at the main screen to find out which channel a SyncBac PRO is set to use. The channel is shown in the bottom-right corner, next to the battery indicator.

    In the image above, Ch.CE09 means the SyncBac PRO is using RF Channel 09.

    Example 1: Join a BLINK network

    Let's say you have three SyncBac PRO units and a :pulse unit. The :pulse unit is set to be the 'master' and uses RF Channel 4.

    To get the SyncBac PRO units to synchronise with the :pulse unit, you need to set all three of the SyncBac PROs to use RF Channel 4. They also need to be set to the correct country/area and to run in RF Slave mode.

    With these settings in place, the master :pulse unit will connect to the slave SyncBac PROs and set their clocks (as long as the slave SyncBac PROs are within range of the master).

    Example 2: Multiple BLINK networks in range

    Let's say you have six SyncBac PROs and two :pulse units and you want to arrange them in separate BLINK networks. For the purpose of this example, we will assume you want three SyncBac PROs in each network, but you could allocate them differently if you wanted.

    For the first network, you set the :pulse and the three SyncBac PROs to have the correct country/area setting and to use RF Channel 4. You set the :pulse to run as the master and the SyncBac PROs to run in RF Slave mode. The :pulse and the three SyncBac PROs are all in the RF Channel 4 BLINK network.

    For the second network, you set the :pulse and the three SyncBac PROs to have the correct country/area setting and to use RF Channel 6. You set the :pulse to run as the master and the SyncBac PROs to run in RF Slave mode. The :pulse and the three SyncBac PROs are all in the RF Channel 6 BLINK network.

     

    The two networks are completely separate and the devices in one network will not communicate with devices in another network.

     

    Example 3: Replacing a Master in a BLINK Network

    If you need to change the master device in a BLINK network, you may need to set the RF channels again. This is because the slaves store the master and channel details in memory, and need to be refreshed if a different master is used.

    Let's say you have a :pulse as master and three slave SyncBac PROs. They are all set to use RF Channel 05. The SyncBac PROs and their connected HERO4™ cameras all synchronise with the master correctly and filming begins.

    Unfortunately, there is an accident and the :pulse gets damaged. You have another :pulse unit available, and so you swap it for the damaged one. You set the new :pulse to use RF Channel 05, but the slave SyncBac PROs do not connect with it. This is because they are 'locked' to the :pulse that was damaged.

    To get them to connect to the replacement :pulse, you can either turn the SyncBac PRO slaves off and then on again to refresh their memory. Alternatively, you can set them to use RF Channel 5 again (re-applying the RF Channel also refreshes the SyncBac PRO's memory).

     

    For details on country/area, see 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. .

    For details on RF Slave 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..

    To learn more about master and slave relationships, see Clock Synchronisation - Master and Slaves

  • Set the Time Code for the Master - SyncBac PRO

    Note: 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.).

    You need to set the timecode for the master SyncBac PRO, so that it has the clock settings you require. These clock settings will then be sent to the slave SyncBac PROs that are in the same BLINK network as the master SyncBac PRO.

    To set your SyncBac PRO's timecode:

    1. Connect your SyncBac PRO to a HERO4™ (if it is not connected already). For further details, see Connect SyncBac PRO to a GoPro HERO4™.

    2. If your SyncBac PRO is currently off, switch it on (see To switch your SyncBac PRO on:).

    3. Press the Select button.

    4. Use the Up and Down buttons to scroll to the Set TimeCode option. This option is only available if the SyncBac PRO is 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.).
    5. Press the Select button.

    6. Use the Up, Down, and Select buttons to set the SyncBac PRO's time. Press Up or Down to change the value of a character, and then press Select to confirm that value and move to the next character (from left to right). When you have set the last value, pressing Select will confirm the time entry.

     

    If you are setting up a SyncBac PRO to run as a master, you also need to 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.)..

  • Set the Frame Rate Per Second for the Master - SyncBac PRO

    Note: 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.).

    Your SyncBac PRO can add accurate time stamps to each frame that is recorded by a GoPro HERO4™ (attached to the SyncBac PRO). To make these time stamps, the SyncBac PRO needs to be set to have a frame rate per second (FPS) that matches the FPS of the HERO4™. But it is not an exact match - the HERO4™ uses FPS values that are rounded up, whereas the SyncBac PRO FPS is very precise and accurate.

    1. Connect your SyncBac PRO to a HERO4™ (if it is not connected already). For further details, see Connect SyncBac PRO to a GoPro HERO4™.

    2. If your SyncBac PRO is currently off, switch it on (see To switch your SyncBac PRO on:).

    3. Press the Select button.

    4. Use the Up and Down buttons to scroll to the Set FPS Rate option.
    5. Press the Select button.

    6. Use the Up and Down buttons to set the SyncBac PRO's FPS to the appropriate value.
      GoPro HERO4™ FPSSyncBac PRO FPS

      24

      23.98 =GoPro:24

      25

      25:00 =GoPro:25
      3029.97 =GoPro:30
      5025:00 =GoPro:25
      6029.97 =GoPro:30
    7. Press the Select button to confirm.

    Note: Your HERO4™ must be set to either NTSC for 30 fps and its multiples or PAL for 25 fps and its multiples. Please refer to your HERO4™ documentation for details on how to set the camera FPS.

  • Change the LED Brightness - SyncBac PRO

    You can set your SyncBac PRO so that its LED is more/less bright, depending on your requirements.

    To change the LED brightness:

    1. If your SyncBac PRO is currently off, switch it on (see To switch your SyncBac PRO on:).

    2. Press the Select button.
    3. Use the Up and Down buttons to scroll to the System Settings option.

    4. Press the Select button.
    5. Use the Up and Down buttons to scroll to the Set LED Brightness option.
    6. Press the Select button.
    7. Use the Up and Down buttons to change the value. The brightness range is 1 to 5, where 1 is the dullest and 5 is the brightest.
    8. Press the Select button to confirm.

  • Change the Screen Brightness - SyncBac PRO

    In certain conditions, you may need to change the brightness of the screen. For example, if you are filming in dark conditions, you may want to increase the screen brightness to make it easier to see the settings. When you have finished setting up, you might want to reduce the screen brightness back down.

    To change the brightness of the screen:

    1. Connect your SyncBac PRO to a HERO4™ (if it is not connected already). For further details, see Connect SyncBac PRO to a GoPro HERO4™.

    2. If your SyncBac PRO is currently off, switch it on (see To switch your SyncBac PRO on:).

    3. Press the Select button.

    4. Use the Up and Down buttons to scroll to the Display Settings option.
    5. Press the Select button.

    6. Use the Up and Down buttons to scroll to the Set Brightness option.
    7. Press the Select button.

    8. Use the Up and Down buttons to set the brightness value (1 is dullest, 5 is brightest).
    9. Press the Select button to confirm.

     

  • Change the Screen Light Time - SyncBac PRO

    By default, the SyncBac PRO's screen is lit at the set brightness level all of the time. This makes it easier to read the display, but uses up more battery power. If you want to reduce the use of battery power, or just prefer the screen to dim after a short amount of time, you should change the Display Settings.

    1. Connect your SyncBac PRO to a HERO4™ (if it is not connected already). For further details, see Connect SyncBac PRO to a GoPro HERO4™.

    2. If your SyncBac PRO is currently off, switch it on (see To switch your SyncBac PRO on:).

    3. Press the Select button.

    4. Use the Up and Down buttons to scroll to Display Settings.

    5. Press the Select button.

    6. Use the Up and Down buttons to scroll to your preferred screen light display time:
      • Always on to have the screen lit all of the time.
      • Short timed on to have the screen lit for approximately 10 seconds after the last press of the Up, Down, or Select button. The screen will dim as long as you don't press any of the buttons.
      • Long timed on to have the screen lit for approximately 20 seconds after the last press of the Up, Down, or Select button. The screen will dim as long as you don't press any of the buttons.

      Note: As soon as you press the Up, Down, or Select button, the dim timer is reset.

    7. Press the Select button to confirm.
  • Flip the Display - SyncBac PRO

    In some locations, you may need to mount the HERO4™ so that it hangs upside-down. But this doesn't mean you have to look at the SyncBac PRO display upside-down too - by using the Flip Display option, you can rotate the screen display by 180°.

    To flip the display:

    1. Connect your SyncBac PRO to a HERO4™ (if it is not connected already). For further details, see Connect SyncBac PRO to a GoPro HERO4™.

    2. If your SyncBac PRO is currently off, switch it on (see To switch your SyncBac PRO on:).

    3. Press the Select button.

    4. Use the Up and Down buttons to scroll to the Display Settings option.
    5. Press the Select button.

    6. Use the Up and Down buttons to scroll to the Flip Display option.
    7. Press the Select button to confirm.

    8. Repeat steps 3-7 inclusive to rotate the screen display to its previous orientation.

     

  • Button Lock - SyncBac PRO

    In some situations, you may find that your SyncBac PRO's control buttons are pressed accidentally, which can affect the settings. For example, if you are a skier and you are wearing your SyncBac PRO and HERO4™, you may find that your clothing or body knocks into the controls as you move. To prevent these accidental button presses from affecting your SyncBac PRO, you can turn on the Button Lock.

    With the Button Lock enabled, any accidental presses of the Select button will have no effect. To get into the menus when Button Lock is enabled, you first have to manually deactivate the lock.

    1. Display the Main Screen
    2. Use the Up and Down buttons to scroll to the screen that shows Button Lock: at the top.

      The Button Lock screen will present you with one of two messsages:

      • Press to Lock - This message is shown if Button Lock is currently disabled. if you press the Select button, Button Lock will be enabled. SyncBac PRO will not allow you to access the menu options again until the Button Lock has been disabled.
      • Press to Un-Lock - This message is only shown if Button Lock is currently enabled. If you press the Select button, Button Lock will be disabled. You will be able to access the menus again by pressing the Select button.
    3. Press the Select button to confirm.