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Header image for article NAB 2017: Ambient NanoLockit

NAB 2017: Ambient NanoLockit

I met with Klaus Grosser of Ambient about their new NanoLockit wireless timecode generator. Even smaller than the Tiny Lockit, the NanoLockit isn’t much bigger than a nine-volt battery or matchbox. The NanoLockit aims to simplify dealing with timecode, while at the same time encapsulating Ambient’s 25+ years of experience producing location timecode equipment.

The NanoLockit can generate its own timecode, using a built-in Real Time Clock (based on time of day) and easily synchronize with, or “jam,” other NanoLockits that might be plugged into multiple cameras, audio recorder/mixers, and other equipment. Connections are made via a standard 5-pin Lemo connector. The NanoLockit’s “jamming” is a one-time event. For continuous jamming (“c-jam”) from a master clock, look to Ambient’s broader product line. However, the NanoLockit should only need to re-jam once per day. Also, the NanoLockit is a fully-enfranchised ACN client device (Ambient Communication Network, a wireless protocol for timecode created by Ambient) so it will receive timecode broadcast from Master Lockits, the Lockit Slate, and other Ambient hardware supporting ACN.

The NanoLockit broadcasts on a 2.4GHz frequency with ranges of 60-600’ depending on the environment. The NanoLockit will last 35 hours or more on a single charge of its internal battery, which is coincidentally the same amount of time these units take to drift by a single frame. The NanoLockit can also be powered via 5v regulated micro-USB. The Ambient NanoLockit is debuting with introductory pricing through mid-summer for $299, with wide availability by May 1, 2017. Check out the video above to learn more.

Ian McCausland
Camera Technology Specialist, AbelCine LA


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At AbelCine, we're often asked about audio solutions for the Arri AMIRA, such as how to maintain timecode during battery changes and recommendations for low profile, on-camera microphones designed for the camera. Ambient recently released two new products that address these needs, the Ambient PowerSlot and the Ambient TinyMike Kit.
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