Take control of a multi-camera film or television shoot using Timecode Systems’ free and easy to use production dashboard and device control app.
B:LINK Hub allows film and broadcast production teams to remotely monitor and control not only multiple Timecode Systems units but also any compatible cameras and audio devices they are connected to from a single screen. This gives crews access to the complete production workflow from wherever they are - in the studio, on set or on location – directly from their smartphone, desktop or tablet.
What it can do
From the app users can:
- Access a real-time dashboard displaying every Timecode Systems unit on set in one place.
- Monitor and control the battery levels, sync status and settings of any Timecode Systems devices in use (:pulse, :wave, SyncBac PRO and :minitrx+ are all compatible).
- Adjust settings, monitor battery levels, hit record and pause any compatible cameras and audio devices directly from the app.
- Remotely put a GoPro (docked with a SyncBac PRO) to sleep and then start recording again from the app when the action starts.
When is this useful?
- On multi-camera shoots where there are several sources of sound and video.
- To save time in post-production by making sure multi-camera footage and sound is synchronised at the point of shooting rather than relying on a costly manual fix during the edit.
- Remotely controlling cameras that have been rigged in difficult to access locations.
- Saving battery life on gear-mounted GoPros by putting the camera to sleep from the app and then starting recording remotely when the action starts.
Getting started – choose your B:LINK master unit
The B:LINK Hub is a feature embedded within Timecode Systems’ flagship :wave and :pulse products.
- To monitor and control multiple Timecode Systems’ devices you can use either the :pulse or the :wave as your B:LINK master unit.
- To control multiple Timecode Systems units plus a Sound Device 6-Series mixer/recorder, you can use the :pulse or the :wave as the B:LINK master unit.
- To control multiple Timecode Systems units and compatible third party cameras, the :pulse must be the B:LINK master unit.
- The:pulse can be used in conjunction with B:LINK Hub to remotely control an ever-increasing number of professional film and broadcast cameras including the ARRI Alexa, Canon C300 and GoPro HERO4 Black and Silver.
Four simple steps to launch the B:LINK HUB
1. Set a :pulse or :wave as your timecode master.
2. Attach a :minitrx+ or SyncBac PRO (as appropriate) to all camera and audio devices on set. This ensures all sources of sound and picture are synced.
3. Use either the WiFi connectivity of the :pulse or :wave or the Ethernet connection on your :pulse to activate the B:LINK Hub app.
4. That’s it! All of your devices are synchronised and you can start controlling the workflow centrally from a simple dashboard on your device.
A few technical notes
As a web based application, connection to the B:LINK Hub is via either:
- WiFi (connected using the simultaneous WiFi feature of the :pulse or :wave)
- A wired connection to the Ethernet port on the :pulse
Timecode synchronisation, timecode and metadata exchange and wireless device control is over long-range and incredibly reliable B:LINK RF.