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  1. NEW: Timecode Systems | UltraSync One

    As you know, not with 23.98, 29.97, and 59.94 ... so, you never ever want to switch between even and odd framerates (leave alone drop and non drop) without a rejam - otherwise you'll be losing (or, actually, completely running out of) sync. This may sound a stupid thing noone would ever happen to do, but regarding that some particular camera brand will actually do 23 when set to "24".... Within "region" again you can even mix and match (cross sync) units synced to different framerates. Formerly that was done when editing on early mediacomposer systems that were only capable of 25FPS. So, (film) cameras were shooting @24 while sound was on 25 (here in Europe, that is and I can only guess it was 23 and 29 in US) Anyway, as Bouke already layed out, steam age technology... It seems to be comon sense lately that the framerate adjusts automatically on jamming from external witht hese boxes (AFAIK Tentacle has implemetned this with the SyncE and I recently read TCS with the USO as well but couldn't find the time to confirm this on ours). So one headache less. Oh, and let me help you out on this one: it's all our units - and they accept wireless sync (well they would even stay on with the Nano being charged after 10 minutes to run the rest of the day). (I'm not the shameless plugger, I'm the shameless pluggers son...)
  2. NEW: Ambient | NanoLockit

    Currently not through the LockitToolbox. However, if you jam with Time of day and set the userbits to MM.DD.YY.AD it wil acept the American Date scheme and set the RTC accordingly. Oh, and in Rome they use the EU scheme,IIRC
  3. Ambient PowerSlot

    Backup cell is a LiPo, rated at 7.4V/800mAh
  4. Cabled boom poles: Cable exit versus fixed connector

    Side angled connector would stick out more prominent and might be mor susceptible to mechanical damage. Here the cable sneaks along the side. Not only can you adjust the position and/or orientation of the connector itself, you can also loosen the sleeve and "disknot" or unwind twists in the coiled cable what frequently happens on coiled cables and sometimes make it hard to collapse properly.
  5. Cabled boom poles: Cable exit versus fixed connector

    The idea, simply is to put the boom down to the floor on the bumper, not connector. Secondly, it also works for the straight cable option. Lastly, we also do offer a connector butt-end version. So, in the end it is all about options.
  6. NEW: Ambient | NanoLockit

    Oh, that must be a new breed then
  7. NEW: Ambient | NanoLockit

    Thanks everybody for the input. Range: well you won't find a specification even with radio mike systems as it is depending on so many parameters. 23m of what nagnila experienced is very low and usually we see doubler the range in typical environments (we had 50m at NAB showfloor and that is something) - Still, it's 2.4GHz and can be compromised by anything else in that band. The guide: Intentionally kept as instructive and compact as possible to keep the mandatory settings ready at hand but I admit it could carry more information - but then, who reads manuals? What is (also) not included is, that the Nanos automatically kick in a low noise ampplifier for better reception range when powered over USB. We will have a power adaptor from typical set level voltages to micro USB soon. The orange indicator to visualize a padded output was in fact introduced only after manufacturing and shipping the first batches and QSGs were printed - we have meanwhile included a separate sheet with revised LED blink patterns and eventually revised the whole QSG, ready for download at nanolockit.com. TC in on ring: stay tuned a little while and it will make much more sense. Bidirectional cables: we were indeed not aware that this would be an issue and will introduce the jam lock as on our bigger Lockits in an upcoming firmware. Auto power: same thing. While we still think it is a good feature and appreciated by a few productions equipped we understand it is not for everyone - but what's the LockitToolbox good for if not to introduce options and tickboxes? Again, we absolutely appreciate your feedback, feel free to post it here or on the Lockit Timecode User's group on facebook. @nagnila: It puzzles me one of your unit lost its RTC, there is a remeining capacity of a whooping 4% to keep that running. Please let it run completely empty and if the problem reoccurs apply for a service ticket, please.
  8. NEW: Ambient | NanoLockit

    @Jordan SyI know. Unfortunately, that's a hardware limitation due to the low power design. We are currently investigating all directions into improving this.
  9. NEW: Ambient | NanoLockit

    Point taken. We're still wrapping our heads around the best and most intuitive solution. So, probably it's just going to be an "Auto Power" tickbox where "On" does what it does now and "Off" requires manually starting under any condition.
  10. NEW: Ambient | NanoLockit

    It indeed is, however, and since this is a NanoLockit labelled thread, I think it is just fair to add a "displayless, one button Time of Day TC Jam sync", "automatic framerate adjustment on jam", and "jam and go by cable without menu acrobatics" with a "Yes" on Nano, oh, and a full metal aluminium enclosure that lasts a life time..... Well noted, without intention to make the Ultrasync One small - which it physically btw. is We decided against some features and pro others with simplicity of use in mind.
  11. NEW: Ambient | NanoLockit

    And here is what they do: (or me, to be exact as it is a blunt copy and paste to my email answer @thope) "the Nanos will come on automatically when connected and stay so in any condition. Very much like a mobile that’s on wouldn’t turn off after charging this is not going to change as they would otherwise shut down when powered externally while connected to camera. However, we are evaluating an option so they can be configured to power down after external power has been disconnected." Many productions use them with external power and a C-Jam Master - they just stay on camera and do not need to be taken care of in any way, not even power on/down. They come up with the camera and are ready to be synced, as soon you do, AC can do what they want - TC will always be there on spot. Have to power them down after charge is a trade off but cannot be avoided without risking they got shut off while on camera with external power and resulting TC inconsistencies. I know, you guys here are savvy enough to deal with LockitToolbox and take care of TC well enough - Still, the Nano was designed above all to also help and guide the even most inexperienced and intimidated by the daunting timecode task. Doing support and troubleshhoting on timecode and sync here at Ambient since 1994 I know that most problems originate from untis not being kept on camera or not being powered on accidentially. The ACN with C-Jam, auto framerate and autopower helps to eliminate these problems in the majority of applications.
  12. NEW: Ambient | NanoLockit

    @VAS: you beat me ;)Thanks for sharing!
  13. NEW: Timecode Systems | UltraSync One

    That would be a Y - cable: TC and genlock DINs into 4 pin Sync socket - probably that's why not. But, you can use the 3 BNC split cable from RED.
  14. NEW: Ambient | NanoLockit

    @Derek H On from upcoming firmware 5.0 we improved immunity of ACN(s) so much, that 2 or more crews can bump into each other and all systems ar.e unaffected even when using C-Jam on the same channel. However, C-Jam Master is unavailable on the Nano due to complexity, and so a set of Nanos could theoretically be hijacked - but there's gotta be a reason to keep your Tiny s, 204s and MasterLockits, right? @Stuart: any typical USB compliant voltage between 4.8 to 5.2V. We will announce downcinvertor cables shortly. @Sound Intuition: Range, depends some what in between 60 feet through walls to 600 line of sight. Bear in mind, though, ACN doesn't rely on constant connection.
  15. NEW: Ambient | NanoLockit

    @edward chick @shug: Yes, absolutely. The Tiny (or ACL204 or MasterLockit) are perfect companions and Masters to a full horde of Nanos Also, we have done some changes to Lockit Firmware in 5.0 scheduled for release early May which makes using the Tiny as master even more easy - after powering on all you need to do is going to ACN in the menu and hit Master, you can then take the running TC or edit and satrt c-jamming right away. Another option was to one-time jam the Tiny from one of the Nanos RTCs and then enable C-Jam with TOD.
  16. Quick question about tentacle sync

    That'll be intersting to see, indeed. BT is just p2p and even more quite latency prone varying between 70-300mS , depending on hardware implemetation on both ends and limited range. Which is why we decided on 802.15.4 instead .2 and thus, no mobile device support. If they make this work reliably, hats off.
  17. NEW: Ambient | NanoLockit

    No, the Nano has no built-in scratch mic. From our testing we just found a covered omni capsule would hardly give you any useful audio reference - especially on a gimbal or steady-cams. But, when going with an external micro shotgun anyway, or even more a radio receiver, then why not with an y-loom cable (and you can use the same that work on you Tiny ) Of course,we clearly see the application and the wireless jam alone plays its card extremely well exactly on gimbals and/or cluttered, obstructed rigs. With padable TC output it was clearly designed towards DSLRs. However, "as well" - It was designed to be as versatile and easy to operate as possible and most ressources went into satisfying also requirements other solutions did not offer. And while not everyone might need all the options, as Constantin mentioned in another thread, or there might be better fits for one dedicated application, 2 Nanos alone will really take you far.
  18. Quick question about tentacle sync

    haha, literally "rushes" (had to go into shipping as NAB demos and FedEx was at the door step already) or a typical "Gun and run" if you prefer so.... Interesting fing on the T-Box, assume they got the scratch mic working on this one. Any other info what could be new?
  19. NEW: Ambient | NanoLockit

    @Yullover: Yes, you can It will even autoadjust the framerate from any source for hazzle free configuration. Just think of it as a Tiny Lockit sans OLED and just one Lemo (ACN port included!). Also it seamlessly replaces our TCTRX series as it can be run as freewheeling TC radiolink for LTC and MIDI requirements. @Philip Perkins: you mean mini Hartkes? Sorry no...;) @Constantin: These have been in development actually before Tentacle launched their crowdfund campaign. We're a little team however and good things take their time. Timecode by itself is no rocket science but with ACN, metadatanetwork, autoconfiguration we've gone the whole mile. What you see here is a poirt of our existing Lockit core technology to a new, shrunk MPU architecture and it will be at the foundation of all future products. @Jim Feeley: exactly! our first unit that comes in cheaper than the case @Matthew Manville: when powered through USB on the cam they turn on automatically and can't even be turned off And if so (which takes a deliberate 5s ress and hold), watch 'em disappear on your ACN Radar and then pull the cameras studio power or PSU of the KinoFlo in return before powering them back up @VAS: Thanks for sharing.
  20. Quick question about tentacle sync

    Small example how good checking sync works. 5 units, 5 LEDs, one button And yes, AFAIK this works equally well on Tentacles
  21. Dear Ambient friends, today we proudly introduce to you our latest development – the NanoLockit! Visit http://www.nanolockit.com for more details Continuing the 25 year history of Lockit boxes, the NanoLockit redefines the on-set timecode sync box. Since the release of the original Lockit, Ambient has never had a reputation for standing still – and we are proud to live up to our reputation with the NanoLockit. It extends the existing timecode product range and caters to the latest developments in camera technology and on-set workflow. Your Ambient Team
  22. Ambient Eumel Noise

    As said nothing changed since some years. What's the conector on it?
  23. Ambient Eumel Noise

    Hi, we use special tools and heat. But I don't think you will find anything serviceable from your end inside, and I doubt even more that's causing the noise. Do you have other lavs to compare it with? Is that a newer one that's hissy and the older ones don't? We haven't made changes since quite a while.
  24. Quick question about tentacle sync

    Yes, but - and that's mine (and Constantin's) point - in reality it works much better than one would believe. Although that's not so much of concern for devices that don't support cross jam, cross-compatible framerates (like 23.976 and 29.97ND) should not drift anyway against each other while 23.976 against 24 can immediately be spotted. Tentacles - not supporting crossjam - will even indicate jam from a cross compatible framerate (they actually would accept) with clearly visible asynchronous blinking. Long story short, not blinking sync is rarely a matter of whacky equipment rather than misconfiguration - and that being - clearly - visible is definitive a plus.
  25. Quick question about tentacle sync

    Between 1992 and 2012 this was the only - and still sufficient indicator on our Lockit boxes - and honestly, it works surprisingly well (and way better than any kind of LCD/OLED) as it actually is not blinking but rather flashing.