InCinematographer - Issue 1 - June 2017 - 55
www.incinematographer.com | Issue 1 | June 2017
Data & Timecode Network
Ambient's Lockit boxes are synonymous with mission critical and
bulletproof on-set timecode synchronization...
ctively pushing new technologies Ambient cameras such as RED DSMCs or ARRIs ALEXA
introduced the ACN some years ago, a timecode Classic line, now also supports ZEISS all new
and metadata network plus accompanying workflow CP.3 XD lens series. While some cameras may
to connect camera, sound, and script departments.
support the Cooke /i standard ZEISS based
The system is based on the meticulous precise their protocol on, they would not process the
timecode the Lockit product range is famous for and eXtended Data required for lens correction.
consolidates all collected data on a small device, Neither would the data be available for
the MasterLockit. Immediate access and processing immediate processing by the DIT. This
over WiFi allows seamless data and report transfer makes the MasterLockitPlus the perfect
between sound, script, production offices, and post gateway to DIT tools like Pomfort's
suites via the cloud based services of the newly LiveGrade and Silverstack. Both have
implemented the XD protocol and open
With unprecedented ease of use due to automatic MasterLockit API already to provide real-time lens
and wireless fail-safe synchronization this workflow correction, color grading, and metadata processing.
has met great acceptance by production facilities,
On top, the ACN is fully scalable and multiple
video editors, script supervisors, sound mixers units can work in a compound. This not only holds
(who are mostly in charge of proper TC and sync), true for the MasterLockitPlus but the whole Lockit
and, last but not least, camera
range: Even the smallest unit,
departments. Put to use with
the NanoLockit, can collect
great success worldwide, it was
and transfer clip data from
just logical for Ambient to expand
a RED DSMC and transmit to
their system even further when
joining forces with ZEISS and
while LockitSlates contribute
the claptime. With third party
Born was the MasterLockitPlus
integrators of Ambient's OEM
which, additionally to popular
module such as Offhollywood
Ambient Timecode system
in its OMODs, Panavision with their Millenium DXL,
or Panther, the list of integrated devices reaches
beyond their own product line, making it worth
looking out for the ACN logo.
Ambient emphasizes that, although the system
may be considered the most advanced and
sophisticated out on the market, it was carefully
designed with greatest simplicity in operation. CP.3
lenses are automatically detected on connection.
All interaction required is to choose the timecode/
project framerate on the master device once on
a project and from two units to the most complex
setup, everything will be synced up automatically.