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Time sync for multiple cameras
Paul Alesse, Photographer
Centereach | NY | USA | Posted: 5:34 PM on 08.30.07
->> Assuming more than one shooter at a game, is there any other way to sync the times of the cameras other than the "3-2-1 NOW" method?
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Jeff Kowalsky, Photographer
West Bloomfield | MI | United States | Posted: 5:40 PM on 08.30.07
->> If they are canon mark II or higher you can hook them up to your computer via firewire and sync them to your computers clock with the Canon Utility program.
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Maxwell Yedor, Student/Intern, Photographer
Ventura | CA | USA | Posted: 5:44 PM on 08.30.07
->> Pocket WIzards, the regular transceivers can all fire at exactly the same time, the Multi-Max units can be set to have a specific delay so you can set up the rigging anyway you need to.
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Max Simbron, Photographer, Assistant
Phoenix | AZ | USA | Posted: 8:01 PM on 08.30.07
->> Paul, you got both answers I would have suggested.

In EOS Utility, you can go to the tools area and check the time and date of your camera. Check the time, and click the "sync to pc clock" button.. (it says something like that)

Do this for all cameras, and you should be fairly synced (within a second or two)

As for syncing cameras to fire together, ya, set them all to the same channel, and fired off one trigger, and if they don't match well, read the full manual to read up on measuring the delay, then sync them up using the crazy math they have in the manual (which is why I can't go into detail here. It's a fairly detailed instruction and I'd rather not butcher it)

Max
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Mark Loundy, Photo Editor
San Jose | CA | USA | Posted: 9:12 PM on 08.30.07
->> You can use the time-honored method of rolling all cameras and then shoot the same person clapping their hands. Or, you could use an actual clapper board. You'll need to keep all cameras rolling for each shot and then shoot the clapper board again for the next shot.

http://www1.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/90455/2/istockphoto_9045...

--Mark
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Dennis Wierzbicki, Photographer
Plainfield | IL | USA | Posted: 8:46 AM on 08.31.07
->> Hey, Cool. Thanks.

I've been doing this manually, trying to get the cameras sync'ed on the fly, and as Rocky says (the squirrel, not the boxer), "That trick never works"

Does the same software work with different camera platforms, as in 20D and MkIIn?

Guess I might have to go find those silly USB camera cables...

You can also sync in post using PhotoMechanic, if you take multiple shots at exactly the same time. I've used this before, and it actually works pretty well. It's under the Tools menu, called something like "Adjust Capture Dates and Times". Also seen this used when you have many cameras, and you just need to have a countdown, have everybody together, and have them all fire at once.
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Bryan Rinnert, Photographer, Photo Editor
Raleigh | NC | United States | Posted: 9:30 AM on 08.31.07
->> The computer sync does work with the 20D. I have a Mark II and 20D and you can sync both with Canon Software.
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Delane B. Rouse, Photographer, Photo Editor
Washington | DC | US | Posted: 2:21 PM on 08.31.07
->> "and you just need to have a countdown, have everybody together, and have them all fire at once."

We shoot pictures of a digital watch...shoot 1 frame and it gets you to the same second. The problem is that there can be up to 8 frames in that second (now 11 with the new Nikon D3)...so in theory your sequence could be off by the entire 11 frames...

I think we previously used Nikon Capture to sync Nikon bodies as well...

Nikon users can get answers to questions like this, 24./7/365 by calling their digital tech support # 1-800-Nikon-UX.

Delane
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