We just got our brand new Nano Lockits and made a test on set. Here are our first impressions about them.
Tested amount of devices: 3
• Charging time
• Battery life
• ACN network range
• TC drift amount
• Setting parameters
• TRX Mode
• Charging time:
It took 2 hrs to full fill each battery. (after making them all empty)
The device turns on automatically when you plug usb cable for charging. Unable to turn off this feature.
• Battery life :
1st NL survived for 30 hrs,
2nd NL survived for 32 hrs,
3rd NL survived for 35 hrs.
Unfortunately there is no way to see the actual amount of the battery. Leds shows us only if it is full or still charging.
• ACN network range:
We tested ACN network range at outside of the city where there are nobody living near 6 kilometers. The frequency spectrum was really clear.
Jamming with one button was so easy and quick. We were able to jam all 3 NL without any problem. Maximum distance that we measured was 23 mt. They were not responding incoming signals when the distance is more than that.
• TC drift amount:
TC drift was 0,5 frame between 3 NL during 24 hrs (working with 24fps). That was almost perfect.
• Setting Parameters
There are two ways to change NL settings.
1. connect to a computer (no mobile phone or tablets)
2. connect with cable to a device having target parameters. Fps also can be changed with an incoming TC signal.
If you don't have a computer on set and if your away from your recorder you can only use RTC and can not change FPS.
At the second day of the test, one of NL's lost its RTC and started to flashing red light continuously when you turn it on. You have to understand what's the problem because there is no manual saying that it is because of RTC has been lost. We plugged it on a computer and reset its RTC then flashing led turned to red-green (normal)
- TRX mode:
We followed instructions in Quick Setup Guide to set all NL to TRX mode and we had a problem: 2 of them stopped responding, 1 was able to switch to TRX mode.
We spent 1 hour and tried everything to reset these 2 NL in order to make them work again. Finally we plugged the usb cable and suddenly they started working. But we cannot found the reason. Everytime that any of these 3 NL is lost, we start charging it and everything becomes normal.
If the distance is more than 23 meters, the signal gets lost and NL switches automatically to TC Generator mode. You cannot observe anything on flashing leds saying that the mode has been changed.
The problem starts here: when you come back inside of the range, it is still using its TC Generator. If the TC has been changed when you're outside of the range, you are unaware of what has been changed.
As an example... If you have 1 camera and 1 recorder running both in Rec Run mode, if you start shooting inside this 23 meter range and you finish outside of the range, your recorder will continue recording even if the camera has been stopped.
Same thing as; you all started shooting inside of this area and the camera goes outside and returns to this area, same thing happens.
Solution: to disconnect and reconnect master NL solves the problem if the slave NL returned back inside the area. If it is still away, nothing to do..
I saw that there is no User Manual explaining technical datas like range, distance, capacity, frequency, pins etc. The box includes only a Quick Setup Guide which is not sufficent for most of the TC users.
If you want to use them online like Rec Run mode or like Playback TC, or you're planning to trigger cameras or recorders, be sure that all devices are really close to each other.
If you want to use them as seperate TC generators they are really solid, you can trust on them.
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