Tentacle Sync

PROFESSIONAL TIME CODE SYNCING FOR ANYONE'S BUDGET.

For far too long, timecode has been perceived as an expensive feature meant only for professionals. Now Tentacle Sync makes timecode technology accessible and affordable for everybody!

But Tentacle Sync is not just another timecode generator – it is a complete, professional workflow solution that suits everyone who works with film and wants to save time and money.

Starting at 249 €
BUY NOW

IT'S TIME TO SYNC DIFFERENT!

AUDIO / VIDEO PROFESSIONALS

Accurate, small, lightweight and easy to use: You won’t want to work without Tentacles again.

Learn more

PRODUCERS

Provide a perfect workflow solution for everyone on your production team and save time and money.

Learn more

EDITORS / DITs

The Tentacle Sync software makes syncing, viewing and exporting files with timecode a breeze.

Learn more

AUDIO / VIDEO
PROFESSIONALS

With batteries lasting for up to 40 hours, an inaccuracy of less than 1 frame in 24 hours and a super-convenient UI, Tentacles are true “set and forget” devices.

 

The small, lightweight and unobtrusive Tentacles work with virtually all cameras and recorders on the market and bring timecode technology to any set.

PRODUCERS

As a producer, your job is to provide your crew with a streamlined production environment. So why not try a simple, cost-efficient workflow solution?

 

Tentacle Sync makes teamwork more fluid than ever while minimizing the risk of delays in post-production – saving you time and money. A perfect solution for all budgets.

EDITORS / DITs

The Tentacle Sync software prepares your material for editing within a glimpse. Just throw your clips in and that’s it!

 

Tentacle Sync allows you to read and analyze all kind of timecodes, including audio timecode, and enables you to sync, view and export dailies immediately – faster and more reliable than other software solutions.

HOW IT WORKS:

THE PRINCIPLE

Tentacles can be seen as accurate clocks, all running the exact same time. Connected to each camera or audio recorder, this time information will be recorded into the files of that recording device. In postproduction you can easily make use of that information to synchronize audio and video files which have been recorded at the same time.

Since this method is based on precise digital timing information and does not rely on shaky audio tracks, it works 100% and can be synchronized much faster than with pure software solutions.

CONVENIENT SETUP

Before shooting starts, you synchronize Tentacles by connecting them via cable, so that every Tentacle runs exactly the same time. The setup of the device works super-convenient either via laptop or smartphone. 

CONNECT YOUR EQUIPMENT:

COMPATIBLE WITH ALMOST EVERY DEVICE

From a DSLR to an Arri Alexa, Tentacle works with all of them. Use as many Tentacles as you need.
To connect Tentacle to different devices, we offer a wide range on specific adapter cables. 

SYNC YOUR VIDEO & AUDIO:

BEYOND TIMECODE

Timecode itself does not synchronize your material, it only makes it possible. For this task we have invented Tentacle Sync Studio (OS X)

Just throw your clips in and that’s it. Tentacle Sync Studio automatically synchronizes video and audio via timecode. It enables you to sync, view and export dailies immediately with almost no effort!

TENTACLE SYNC
HARDWARE

 

design by Frederick Brückner / PRDC-DSGN

  • Super small (34 x 50 x 16 mm) and lightweight (30 g)
  • Super simple usage:
    • DIP-Switchless operation (no screwdriver needed)
    • Just one button and LED
    • Setup via laptop or smartphone
  • DSLR-ready: Switchable mic/line output + build-in microphone for reference sound
  • Generates all SMPTE timecode rates: 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 29.97DF and 30 FPS
  • Compatible with all professional equipment: Uses LTC timecode according to SMPTE-12M standard
  • High precision TCXO:
    • Inaccuracy less than 1 frame in 24 hours
    • Temperature range -30°C to +85°C
  • Can act as master clock (Green Mode) or jam-sync to any external timecode source (Red Mode)
  • Built-in rechargeable lithium polymer battery
    • Lasts for up to 40 hrs
    • Fast charging via USB (1.5 hrs)
    • More than 3 years of battery life (depends on usage)
    • Will be replaceable
  • Integrated hook surface on back for easy mounting
  • Made in Germany

TENTACLE SETUP

Simple and easy to use Software for Mac, Windows, Android and iOS to setup your Tentacles.

  • Set framerate and tc output level
  • Check battery and currently running timecode
  • Now Supports User-Bits

TENTACLE SYNC
STUDIO FOR OS X

Every Tentacle unit comes with a fully full featured version of Tentacle Sync Studio wich enables you to sync your material with just a click. It works with nearly any kind of timecode, even if you have used a competitors timecode technology.

  • Drag and drop functionality: Just throw your media folders in and view your synced dailies instantly.
  • Reads and analyses any timecode recorded on audio tracks, even from competitor’s products
  • Supported import formats: Quicktime, AVCHD, R3D, MP4, BWF, WAVE, MXF, CinemaDNG (coming soon)
  • Supported export formats: Quicktime, XML: FCP7, Premiere (FCPX coming soon), AAF
  • Simultaneously sync and transcode your material on export to more editing-friendly codecs like ProRes
  • Multicam support
  • System requirements: min. OSX 10.9

 

 

Downloads

Setup Software

Application Software

  • Tentacle Sync Studio V1.05 (min. Mac OS X 10.9)
    Batch timecode synchronisation software for OS X. Sync, check and export your footage within seconds for your favorite editing.
  • Tentacle Timecode Tool V1.06 (min. Windows 7)
    Handy tool for windows users that reads audio timecode and prepares your footage for editing.

Manuals

White Papers

Pinouts and Wiring Diagrams
Please note: Tentacle recommends to use Neutrik NTP3RC connectors!

Foto: Heike Fischer, Köln
www.heikefischer-fotografie.de

US AND OUR MISSION

We are both cameramen who have been working in the film sector for many years. We filmed with all kind of cameras and also edited some of our projects. Our experience was that syncing can be a real pain – especially when using DSLR cameras or other semi-professional equipment. We thought there must be an affordable professional technical solution for this problem. But so far there was none. So we decided to change this. 

When we realized that this worked flawlessly, we thought that Tentacle could actually be a really helpful tool for others too. Over the last two years we and a lot of our friends and colleagues tested the Tentacles and the software in all kinds of settings: From student film to international high-end commercials, from rough documentary settings to TV multicam studio productions. 

Whenever we thought of a way to improve it, we got on it and found a solution. And now, Tentacle Sync is ready for market. We hope you love it!

Contact Us!

Tentacle Sync GmbH
Eifelwall 30
50674 Köln (Germany)

Managing Directors: Ulrich Esser, Maximilian Kaiser
Handelsregister: HRB 87105, Amtsgericht Köln

USt-Id-Nr./VAT: DE305922358

Phone +49 221 6778320 32
Fax +49 221 6778320 39

www.tentaclesync.com
info@tentaclesync.com

To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.

Limitation of liability for internal content

The content of our website has been compiled with meticulous care and to the best of our knowledge. However, we cannot assume any liability for the up-to-dateness, completeness or accuracy of any of the pages.

Pursuant to section 7, para. 1 of the TMG (Telemediengesetz – Tele Media Act by German law), we as service providers are liable for our own content on these pages in accordance with general laws. However, pursuant to sections 8 to 10 of the TMG, we as service providers are not under obligation to monitor external information provided or stored on our website. Once we have become aware of a specific infringement of the law, we will immediately remove the content in question. Any liability concerning this matter can only be assumed from the point in time at which the infringement becomes known to us.

Limitation of liability for external links

Our website contains links to the websites of third parties (“external links”). As the content of these websites is not under our control, we cannot assume any liability for such external content. In all cases, the provider of information of the linked websites is liable for the content and accuracy of the information provided. At the point in time when the links were placed, no infringements of the law were recognisable to us. As soon as an infringement of the law becomes known to us, we will immediately remove the link in question.

Copyright

The content and works published on this website are governed by the copyright laws of Germany. Any duplication, processing, distribution or any form of utilisation beyond the scope of copyright law shall require the prior written consent of the author or authors in question.

Data protection

A visit to our website can result in the storage on our server of information about the access (date, time, page accessed). This does not represent any analysis of personal data (e. g., name, address or e-mail address). If personal data are collected, this only occurs – to the extent possible – with the prior consent of the user of the website. Any forwarding of the data to third parties without the express consent of the user shall not take place.

We would like to expressly point out that the transmission of data via the Internet (e. g., by e-mail) can offer security vulnerabilities. It is therefore impossible to safeguard the data completely against access by third parties. We cannot assume any liability for damages arising as a result of such security vulnerabilities.

The use by third parties of all published contact details for the purpose of advertising is expressly excluded. We reserve the right to take legal steps in the case of the unsolicited sending of advertising information; e. g., by means of spam mail.