• SyncBac PRO Status Information

    Your SyncBac PRO has a collection of status displays that you can use to view the status of your SyncBac PRO and the GoPro HERO4™. To see HERO4™ information, the SyncBac PRO needs to be connected to the HERO4™.

    The status displays include:

     

    Main Screen

    The Main screen is displayed when you are not using the SyncBac PRO to view other status displays or to access menu options.

    You can use the Main screen to view:

    • The current timecode that is used by the SyncBac PRO
    • The mode of the SyncBac PRO (GP Master or RF Slave)
    • The RF channel that is used by the SyncBac PRO
    • A battery icon that shows the amount of battery charge remaining.

     

    Version Number and Serial Number

    If you contact Timecode Systems technical support, you may be asked to provide the serial number of your SyncBac PRO. You may also be asked what version of the firmware your SyncBac PRO is running. To find this information:

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

    The sbpVb value is the version number of the firmware that is installed on your SyncBac PRO.

    The Ser.No value is the serial number of your SyncBac PRO unit.

     

    Power and Battery

    You can view the amount of charge remaining in the battery on the Main screen or on the dedicated Power and Battery screen. The Power and Battery screen also provides information about any external power source, such as a mains charger.

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

      The Power value shows the status of the external power supply (EXT-OFF means there is no external power supply, EXT-OK means there is an external power supply).

      The Battery value is a 5 bar icon that shows the battery charge (1 bar being low, 5 bars being maximum charge).

    GoPro Status

    You can use your SyncBac PRO to view the status of a GoPro HERO4™ (the HERO4™ needs to be connected to the SyncBac PRO).

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

      The Status shows what the GoPro is currently doing - Standby means it is connected but is not being used, Recording means it is filming, and Not Ready means the GoPro is disconnected or off.

      The Link shows whether the GoPro is connected to the SyncBac PRO and turned on. Wait Cam On means the SyncBac PRO is either not connected to a GoPro, or the GoPro is turned off. Ready means the GoPro is connected, has power, and is synchronised. After the Ready value, you should see a sequence of one dot followed by two dots. This sequence shows that the SyncBac PRO is communicating with the HERO4™ camera.

      The Battery status shows the amount of power remaining in the GoPro's battery (as a percentage of its maximum charge).

     

    Synchronisation Status

    When you add or change devices in a BLINK network, you should check that they are synchronising correctly and using the correct frame-per-second settings. An easy way to do this is to look at the Synchronisation Status screen.

    1. Display the Main Screen
    2. Use the Up and Down buttons to scroll to the screen that shows TCR or TCG at the top.
      StatusDescription
      TCR or TCG

      TCR (timecode receiving) is shown if your SyncBac PRO is a slave. The timecode shown is the clock setting that your SyncBac PRO is using and is received from the master device.

      TCG (timecode generated) is shown if your SyncBac PRO is a master. The timecode shown is the clock setting of your SyncBac PRO's internal clock. This setting is used by your SyncBac PRO and is also sent to the slave SyncBac PROs in the BLINK network.

      For more details, see Clock Synchronisation - Master and Slaves.

      FPS

      The frames-per-second setting that is currently used by your SyncBac PRO. The first part of the value shows the actual FPS and the =GoPro part shows the equivalent setting in the GoPro HERO4™ camera. The SyncBac PRO and HERO4™ need to have compatible FPS settings, so if your SyncBac PRO is set to 23.98 =GoPro:24, your GoPro camera should be set to 24 FPS.

      For more details, 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.)..

      Master

      This status is only shown if your SyncBac PRO is running in RF Slave mode. It shows one of two possible values:

      • The 'friendly' name of a :pulse master. This is a user-defined name, and should make it easy for you to identify which :pulse is the master. The default 'friendly' name is Unit 1.
      • UnConnected. This means the SyncBac PRO is only receiving timecode data. You will see this when the SyncBac PRO is a slave to a SyncBac PRO master or a :wave master.

    Note: If you can see a 'friendly' master name and the LED is flashing blue, it means that your SyncBac PRO has lost its connection with the :pulse master. This could be due to the master being out of range or having no power.

     

  • Remote Control and Monitoring - SyncBac PRO with :Pulse

    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 BLINK Hub, each device in the BLINK network has its own status panel. The status panel shows a variety of status information about the device and its attachments. So you can view the status of your SyncBac PROs and the HERO4™s to which they are connected.

    Even better, you can use BLINK Hub for remote control. With a :pulse as the master, you can switch slaves on and off and start and stop recordings from your desktop, tablet or smartphone. To control a SyncBac PRO remotely, it must be set to run in RF Slave mode, and a :pulse must be set as the master (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.).

    For instructions on how to use BLINK Hub, please refer to the BLINK Hub documentation, which is provided with :pulse mini-base stations.

     

    Tip: Visit www.timecodesystems.com or contact your local stockist for more information on :pulse mini base stations.