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Mount Kilimanjaro Expedition Develops Efficient Workflow

When Marcus Skogstrom set out on a recent trek to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, his goal wasn’t simply to make it up to the summit—it was to capture enough footage for a one-hour cooking show on the way.

It was a small crew—two camera operators, a producer and a presenter trekking through highly changeable conditions that included rain, wind, moisture and freezing temperatures, all at high altitude. “

The crew took two Sony PXW-FS7s and a Sony a7S II as the main cameras, but had GoPros on hand as well. Because they were recording sound independently, Skogstrom’s crew needed a means to generate and sync timecode.

Photo by Marcus Skogstrom.

Skogstrom’s solution was to make a BNC-to-XLR cable allowing him to record the timecode signal to an audio channel. He then set a Timecode Systems’ :wave as the master unit and sent timecode wirelessly over RF to two Timecode Systems :mini trx+ receivers on the cameras. The :wave also fed the Sound Devices 633 mixer with timecode. “The :mini trx+ units are small and lightweight and have a built-in battery with around ten hours runtime,” says Skogstrom.

“A new feature of the :wave is the B:LINK interface, which allows you to set timecode, change userbits, name the units and check battery levels all from your iPhone,” he continues. “The connection time of the :mini trx+ units to the :wave is almost instantaneous so my setup time in the morning was next to zero.”

Paul Scurrell is CEO of Timecode Systems Limited.

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