• Main Screen - SyncBac PRO

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

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    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 - SyncBac PRO

    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.

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    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 - SyncBac PRO

    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.

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      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 - SyncBac PRO

    GoPro Status

    You can use your SyncBac PRO to view the status of a GoPro HERO (the HERO 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.

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      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 GoPro HERO camera.

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

     

  • Synchronisation Status - SyncBac PRO

    When you add or change devices in a 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.
      Status Description
      TCR or TCG

      TCR (timecode receiving) is shown if your SyncBac PRO is a slave. The timecode shown is the time that your SyncBac PRO is using, and this was received from the master device.

      TCG (timecode generated) is shown if your SyncBac PRO is a master. The timecode shown is the time 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 network.

      For more details, see Master and Slave Relationship.

      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 HERO camera. The SyncBac PRO and GoPro camera 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 Set the Frame Rate Per Second for the Master.

      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.