Post NAB 2014 Spotlight: Timecode Buddy

Now that the 2014 NAB show in Las Vegas is over it’s time to do some coverage! Starting on April 11th and going until the end of the month I will be doing a spotlight on what was good at the show. Each day I’ll focus on something new that I saw. *note* These are being released in no particular order*

**note** I apologize for the delay in these posts, I’ve been battling WordPress back-end bugs.**

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Timecode Buddy

NAB is chalked full of unique little gadgets that supposedly help make production easier; and most of the time they’re not really great solutions. Timcode Buddy (timecodebuddy.com) is NOT one of those. Normally I don’t spend a lot of time in the first part of central hall (mostly audio stuff), but I was hanging out with Rob Ruscher (ruschervisuals.com) at the show, and he wanted to check these guys out.

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Rob had just had an audio guy use the Timecode Buddy (TCB) on a shoot, and said that it was a great solution. So, when we got to the booth I was genuinely intrigued. The TCB is a wireless timecode transmitter. “It offers a reliable and user-friendly way to generate, sync and share accurate timecode and metadata wirelessly over RF and WiFi” (from their site).

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Because the timecode being sent out is accurately synced between devices it means that crews don’t have to jam the audio as often. TCB has a wonderful walkthrough of how it works in different scenarios on the “In Action” section of their site (timecodebuddy.com).

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What’s especially nice about TCB is that you can sync your timecode to iOS apps, like Movie Slate. So if you’re using a digital slate it matches up easily. And if you’re using a smart slate with a wifi chip in it, the TCB will send timecode out to it! It also syncs up to Prelude LiveLogger, which means you can have one dedicated person (maybe your scripty) taking timecode matching audio and camera reports.

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TCP offers a variety of models that have different levels of functions. But, each of the models is low-key and lightweight; making it easier for the camera crew to handle the addition of the box to the rig.

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There’s a ton of great stuff on the Timecode Buddy site (timecodebuddy.com), and you can follow them on twitter (@TimecodeBuddy) for up to date information.

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Post NAB 2014 Spotlight: Timecode Buddy

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