The problem here is that t


The problem here is that the camera you are using dont have means of creating timecode. They do have counters, but alas, it’s not the same. SMPTE timecode is a set of cooperating standards to label individual frames of video or film with a timecode defined by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE).

How long are the productions you are taping?

One sure fire method of syncing the two is using a “slate”. You know the clapping thing you see in movies, “Scene two, take one.” CLAP! Its that clapping thing that they use to sync film with the audio which is being recorded with a seperate device. They would line up the film at the first frame of the clap, and the audio at the first sound of the clap. A method of syncing that has been used for almost a century. You want to point both camera’s at the slate and clap it. This way in post production you can line up both recordings at the exact millisecond the slate claps. The problem with this though, is as soon as you change tapes you need to do it again. If the production is shorter than the length of tape your set! Also, don’t feel that you have to go out and purchase a real slate, a good well defined hand clap works just as well.

There is another method that the fine people at Apple developed. Using Apple Final Cut you can use multi clipping. It is a very powerful method of live switching in a post production enviroment. That’s another thread entirely though.

Hope this helps,


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