Options for Time Code
Posted 09 December 2005 - 03:19 PM
(1) buy Aaton's Origin C+ time code generator and a sound recorder like the Tascam HD-P2 that records time code
(2) buy Aaton's GMT time code generator and a sound recorder like the Tascam that records time code
(3) buy a sound recorder such as the Sound Devices 744T or Fostex FR-2 that both records and generates time code
I have read the document on Aaton's web site on time code, but I did not come away from the experience with a particularly clear picture of what the real world differences are between these options. I know the cost of each option. I'd appreciate comments on the advantages and disadvantages from the point of view of performance. Also, is there a product that competes with the Origin C+ and GMT?
Posted 10 December 2005 - 05:15 PM
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Posted 14 December 2005 - 03:00 PM
Posted 14 December 2005 - 06:36 PM
There are a couple of things that I need to know about the Tascam that are not clear to me from the owner's manual on the Tascam website; in particular, whether the way that the Tascam records date, and its time code modes, are consistent with the way that Aaton Code works. There are also procedural questions. While the Tascam will apparently generate code after initialization without being tethered to the source, I also need to think about whether it is a good idea, despite that, to keep the GMT-s, at 1 ppm, connected to the recorder. How frequently should I re-initialize? Etc, etc. This stuff can tie up one's brain in knots, especially if, like me, one is fairly new to the issues.
Note that I am talking about the A-Minima. It appears that an A-Minima/GMT-s mix would not work in the same way with other Aaton cameras.
I gather that in shoots where there is a firm line between the camera dept and the sound dept, the former is in charge of camera time code and the latter is in charge of sound time code. Thankfully, I don't have to concern myself with this distinction, but I'd be interested in any comments on how this necessarily interdependent function gets separated in situations where the distinction is maintained.