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Clappers/Slate 06 Mar 2016 01:18 #74104

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Hello All-

I need to come up with an alternate item which can take the place of a clapper. I'll be filming out of a pack and in the back country for some time.

What could take the place of a traditional clapper that I alone can use, preferably something that would fit within the palm of my hand, that I can "click, snap" to sync my reference and recorder audio tracks? Any ideas?

TIA
Robes

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Clappers/Slate 06 Mar 2016 01:27 #74105

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Hand clap is traditional.

P.S. FCP uses the audio waveform to sync clips with matching sound.

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Clappers/Slate 06 Mar 2016 02:05 #74106

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I don't know how "rough" you'll be roughing it but I've used this when shooting on my own in the field. If you have an iPhone this works pretty well - www.movie-slate.com - plus you can make shot notes.

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Clappers/Slate 06 Mar 2016 03:27 #74107

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Battery powered, small photography flash. That flash is only one frame in duration, and should be bright enough for all cameras to see it. Then in FCPX, make a marker on each flash frame, and sync to markers. I've actually done this on some land I have that is total woods, where sound won't travel well enough to be picked up and sync (cameras a good distance apart, plus drone), and it works really well, even during the day.

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Clappers/Slate 06 Mar 2016 04:36 #74108

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all sorts of 'clapper.apps' avail at iTS. …

What I like to recommend
Apogee Metarecorder
itunes.apple.com/us/app/apogee-metarecorder/id965930387?mt=8

(free with some ext mics, 5€)

You can not only record a clap, but make Markers while recording (just tapping) - which appear inside FCPX as markers!
So, your iOS device not only mutates to an audio field recorder, but a script-assistent too ....
Very handy, lil' known ...

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Clappers/Slate 06 Mar 2016 16:46 #74114

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I'm glad I asked the question, lots of good replies and of course many I didn't know about. Thanks again everyone for your replies! ;)
Robes

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Clappers/Slate 06 Mar 2016 16:52 #74115

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I have this on my iPhone and iPad:

www.dslrtoolkit.com

It has a reasonable slate, and a bunch of other useful goodies. Obviously the slate works better on a larger iPad, rather than a small phone.

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