• 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. Switch on your SyncBac PRO (see Switch SyncBac PRO On and Off).

    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 timecode 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 Master and Slave Relationship.

    To set the Timecode Mode:

    1. Connect your SyncBac PRO to your GoPro HERO. For details, see Connect SyncBac PRO to a GoPro HERO4 or Connect SyncBac PRO to a GoPro HERO6.
    1. Switch on your SyncBac PRO (see Switch SyncBac PRO On and Off).

    2. Press the Select button.

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

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

       

      Operation Timecode Mode

      SyncBac PRO is master and sets the timecode of:

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

       

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

      Note: A SyncBac PRO can only be the master to SyncBac PRO slaves - it cannot be a master to other Timecode Systems products, such as :wave, :pulse, or minitrx+.

    6. Press the Select button.

    7. 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.
    8. 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 network.

    Products in Workflow Recommended Set-up
    SyncBac PROs only

     

    Set one as the master and all others as slaves for timecode sync.

    :pulse and SyncBac PROs

    Set :pulse as timecode master and SyncBacs PROs to RF slave mode, for timecode sync and BLINK Hub control. Other products in the workflow can be set to RF slave mode for timecode sync only.

    SyncBac PROs and other TCS products

    Set one unit as the master (preferably a pulse, wave or USO) with all other units set to RF slave mode, for timecode sync. 

  • Set the RF Channel - SyncBac PRO

    SyncBac PRO is designed to synchronise with other devices in an RF network, so that all of the devices have the same, highly accurate timecode settings. An RF 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 network, set it to use the same RF channel as the other devices in that RF network.

    You need to set the RF Channel when:

    • You first set up your SyncBac PRO to join an RF network
    • Your SyncBac PRO is in an RF network but you want it to join a different RF network instead
    • You are changing the master device in the RF 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 RF network. If you need to remove a SyncBac PRO from a network and set it to join another one, change the SyncBac PRO's RF Channel.

    To set your SyncBac PRO to join an RF network:

    1. Connect your SyncBac PRO to your GoPro HERO. For details, see Connect SyncBac PRO to a GoPro HERO4 or Connect SyncBac PRO to a GoPro HERO6.
    1. Switch on your SyncBac PRO (see Switch SyncBac PRO On and Off).

    2. Press the Select button.

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

    5. 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 network.
    6. 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.

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    In the image above, Ch.CE09 indicates that the SyncBac PRO is set to use RF Channel 09.

    Example 1: Join an RF 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 timecode (as long as the slave SyncBac PROs are within range of the master).

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    Example 2: Multiple RF networks in range

    Let's say you have six SyncBac PROs and two :pulse units and you want to arrange them in separate 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 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 network.

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    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 Network

    If you need to change the master device in a 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 HERO6™ Black 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.

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    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 Set the RF Country/Area.

    For details on RF Slave mode, see Set the Timecode Mode.

    To learn more about master and slave relationships, see Master and Slave Relationship.

  • Set the Timecode 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 Set the Timecode Mode).

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

    To set your SyncBac PRO's timecode:

    1. Connect your SyncBac PRO to your GoPro HERO. For details, see Connect SyncBac PRO to a GoPro HERO4 or Connect SyncBac PRO to a GoPro HERO6.
    1. Switch on your SyncBac PRO (see Switch SyncBac PRO On and Off).

    2. Press the Select button.

    3. 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 Set the Timecode Mode).
    4. Press the Select button.

    5. 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 Set the Frame Rate Per Second for the Master.

  • Set the FPS 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 Set the Timecode Mode).

    Your SyncBac PRO can add accurate time stamps to each frame that is recorded by a GoPro HERO camera (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 HERO camera. But it is not an exact match - the HERO camera uses FPS values that are rounded up, whereas the SyncBac PRO FPS is very precise and accurate.

    1. Connect your SyncBac PRO to your GoPro HERO. For details, see Connect SyncBac PRO to a GoPro HERO4 or Connect SyncBac PRO to a GoPro HERO6.
    1. Switch on your SyncBac PRO (see Switch SyncBac PRO On and Off).

    2. Press the Select button.

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

    5. Use the Up and Down buttons to set the SyncBac PRO's FPS to the appropriate value.

      GoPro HERO6™ Black FPS SyncBac PRO FPS

      24

      23.98 =GoPro:24

      25

      25:00 =GoPro:25
      30 29.97 =GoPro:30
      50 25:00 =GoPro:25
      60 29.97 =GoPro:30
    6. Press the Select button to confirm.

    Note: Your GoPro HERO camera must be set to either NTSC for 30 fps and its multiples or PAL for 25 fps and its multiples. Please refer to your HERO6™ Black 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. Switch on your SyncBac PRO (see Switch SyncBac PRO On and Off).

    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 your GoPro HERO. For details, see Connect SyncBac PRO to a GoPro HERO4 or Connect SyncBac PRO to a GoPro HERO6.
    2. Switch on your SyncBac PRO (see Switch SyncBac PRO On and Off).

    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 your GoPro HERO. For details, see Connect SyncBac PRO to a GoPro HERO4 or Connect SyncBac PRO to a GoPro HERO6.
    2. Switch on your SyncBac PRO (see Switch SyncBac PRO On and Off).

    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 GoPro HERO 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°.

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    To flip the display:

    1. Connect your SyncBac PRO to your GoPro HERO. For details, see Connect SyncBac PRO to a GoPro HERO4 or Connect SyncBac PRO to a GoPro HERO6.
    2. Switch on your SyncBac PRO (see Switch SyncBac PRO On and Off).

    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 GoPro HERO, 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.

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      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.