Tentacle Set Up for Indie Feature

Hello, I have a few questions for those more “in the know” than I.

I’m preparing for a indie feature shoot in January and are looking for a cheap timecode solution and I have recommended Tentacle to producers, and seen as I’m editing, I get a big say in what we use!

I just have a few questions. We’ll be using the Zoom H6 for our audio recording and we’ll be connecting more than one mic at one point. Sometimes a condenser, a lapel, boom, or all three at once.

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  1. Will I be able to connect the Tentacle Sync to one of the XLR inputs (or to a 3.5mm jack) to record the timecode while using all/some of the microphones mentioned above?¬†Will this work to the best effect? Seen as I know the H6 records each audio source in it’s own file.
  2. We’ll be using FCP X to edit the feature and using Sync N Link to sync the audio with picture. Has anyone tested this application with the Tentacle Syncs? Does it identify the timecode across the separately recorded files?
  3. If none of the above work, would I be able to compile the audio files in a program such as Wave Agent into one multichannel file with the timecode track and then disable it in the edit? Would that option work?

I apologise for the multiple questions, want to check to see if others have done anything above to avoid spending money on something that won’t work that well.





It will work.

You need to make new audio files with Tentacle Sync Studio where the timecode recorded on an audio track will appear as metadata.

You might have to do the same with the camera files if there is no timecode input on the camera. You don’t mention what camera will be used.

Then import everything into FCPX, make an XML and feed that to SyncN-Link. SyncNLink is great. If you can name channels in the Zoom it will make Rolls of those if you enable the iXML option in Sync-N-Link.

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