Tentacle sync to denecke slate

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Dear Tentacle Sync,

I am about to purchased a couple of boxes. Beside jamming to dslr and cameras, it is possibile to jam also electronic slates such as denecke slate from one tentacle sync? I meant with a proper cable (1/8 to 1/4 hrs) ?

I just want to be sure

Thank you
Antonio

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Hi Antonio,

Tentacle Sync does standard SMPTE 12M timecode, so it can be used together with any kind of professional timecode gear, like slates, cameras, sound-recorders and other competitors timecode products.

Best,
Ulrich

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Thank you Ulrich,

one more thing, I can’t find the right cable for giving timecode from tentacle sync to denecke ts-3 electronic slate. Will be a normal mini trs to ts cable suitable for that?

Thanks!

Antonio

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Hi Antonio,

as the ts-3 has a mono 1/4 inch input, this cable will do the job: https://shop.tentaclesync.com/product/tentacle-to-63mm/

“They don’t call it a Quarter Pounder with Cheese? – No, they got the metric system there” ?

Best,
Ulrich

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Thanks Ulrich,

Nice quote 🙂

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Hi,

I hooked up the denecke TS3 via Tentacle to XLR with an XLR/TRS Adapter (not needed if you go straight to TRS).

Works perfectly.

I am just testing how far the Denecke´s own TC runs away from the tentacle… Otherwise leave the Tentacle hooked up (dont forget to swith the TS3 to JAM then)

Uli

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Short Result:

TS3 (tc 25fps) ran off internally 1 frame against Tentacle Unit after 4-6hrs.

Since the Tentacle is so small and energy efficient I´ll velcro one unit to the TS3 backside for production if necessary.

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Fine with 2 Tentacles.

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OK , here comes Denecke TS3 internal TC vs. Tentacle TC:

Today I started the Denecke jammed to Tentacle, 25fps, room temperature.

Direct test was 0frames off (perfect!) at 00:00:00:00

1h:20min (total) TS3 was offset 1 frame (slower than Tentacle)

5h:30min (total) TS3 was offset 3 frames (slower than Tentacle)

Rg. the price of a Tentacle its a good idea to spend a dedicated Tentacle directly to the TS3 for continous jamming – otherwise better sync it every 1-2 hrs.

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Aren’t you assuming that it is the TS3 that is a few frames slower, could the Tentacle not be a few frames faster?

What are you using as a control?

Unfortunately taking photo’s is not a definitive test and results can vary enormously.

The only way to be sure is to use either a Timecode Master Unit like the Ambient Clockit Controller or something like the compare feature on the Sound Devices 6 Series Recorders.