Issue 87

Fully Sync’d To A World Of Opportunity

TASCAM and ATOMOS Announce Wireless Synchronisation for the Portacapture X8.


1 June 2022

TASCAM and ATOMOS have announced the availability of wireless Bluetooth synchronisation for the TASCAM Portacapture X8. With the addition of the optional TASCAM AK-BT1 Bluetooth dongle for the Portacapture X8 and either the newly announced ATOMOS CONNECT devices, AtomX SYNC or Ultrasync Blue timecode sync adapters, videographers and audio professionals alike can now seamlessly — and wirelessly — synchronise the Portacapture X8’s 8-track recording capability using 192kHz/32-bit float point recording technology with a wide array of video cameras, including DSLR and Mirrorless models. 

The result is superior audio that enhances the visuals, fully synchronised for maximum flexibility throughout production.

Without timecode embedded into the audio and video files, the process of editing sound for picture is quite cumbersome, as the editor needs to visually time align audio with video. Syncing via timecode greatly helps the post-editing process by aligning files on a time basis, especially for projects using multiple cameras or recorders. Now, TASCAM and ATOMOS have solutions that address multiple production scenarios.

Used as the master timecode device, the ATOMOS Ultrasync Blue is an easy-to-use, low-cost, wireless timecode adapter that can synchronise any compatible camera and the Portacapture X8/AK-BT1 using ATOMOS AirGlu connectivity. With wireless Bluetooth transmission up to 30 meters for as many as six devices, the combined system provides greater freedom to shoot from creative angles using smaller, more mobile cameras.

Yosuke Matsuno, TASCAM business unit manager, commented on the newfound synchronisation capabilities of the Portacapture X8, “The ability to use wireless timecode and synchronise the Portacapture X8 to cameras takes the unit to an entirely new level of capability designed for adding supreme audio to top-level video and cinema production. I‘m confident that the combined effort of TASCAM and ATOMOS will result in greater flexibility for audio and video professionals that will ultimately, bring about a higher overall level of production.”



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