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Does one need a timecode slate in order to sync footage or can one just have a

lock it box to feed timecode to camera?

 

For example if you're using a lock it box can one use a dumb slate and still sync via timecode?  

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if you have proper timecode on both the video and audio files you don't need a slate at all to synch footage.

but if the project allows for it, it usually still makes sense to have some kind of slate as a failsafe and for organisation purposes in editorial.

chris

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When working with film cameras, I find recommending a TC Slate is a good idea, as it's not a guarantee that TC can be striped onto the film reliably. Digital cameras however, it's not a necessity.

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Slates need to be there for Editorial, and it can be a godsend -- especially if the timecode turns out to be bad. They also need to know the name of the scene and the specific take, and the camera roll (folder) number, sound roll (folder) number, shoot date, and so on. Merely turning on the camera and turning on the sound and rolling doesn't help get the material organized later on, when you're desperately trying to locate a specific shot weeks or months after it was shot. 

 

The timecode slate can be very helpful in trying to diagnose whether sound timecode is bad, picture timecode is bad, or both are bad. 

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Mungo   

TC slate is always a good idea, never had anyone complaining or requiring a normal slate instead.

 

It is inevitable for cameras which don't have any useable timecode option. Many shooters show up with an FS7 (without the TC adapter), FS5, Alpha7S, 5D, C100 ...

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Editors tell me they only able to know what scene  is playing is because of electronic slates, timecode, and sound reports - they aren't going to get that info from the camera dept.  No better reference than a happy editor.

 

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