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Old 17th May 2018
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Zoom F8 timecode issue


I'm working on a school project. I recorded the sound for a short film using shotgun mics + Lavalier microphone sets going into a M3i going into a Zoom F8.

We were asked to not use Timecode so to synchronise with a clapperboard and no connection between the F8 and the Cam. Problem is: I didn't check the timecode setting which was set to external during the filming.

I think that's probably why when we tried afterwards to sync audio and video to the clapperboard the audio progressively drifts until not being synced at all. Moreover the voices sound kind of distorted and shaky which is probably caused by the F8 trying to sync to something that wasn't there. I don't know if there's a way to fix this. Probably not but I still want to try my luck on here.... Please help

Anyway if there's no answer please be aware of this when using the F8: when set to external timecode the little s*** will not keep a steady timecode
Old 17th May 2018
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Audio shouldn't sound distorted from a faulty timecode setting. At least not when syncing to a clap. Have you verified that samplerates of both NLE project & capture settings match the audio from the F8? Likewise, all should be 48Khz.
Old 2nd June 2018
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Hey thanks for the reply
Samplerate was the same on the zoom and protools session (48 kHz)
Maybe it's just the zoom that's dodgy ?
Here's a sample. it's in french but can clearly hear the "trembling" effect.
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Old 2nd June 2018
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That file came straight from the F-8? Or from the NLE? What's an M3i? Could it be responsible? Can you repeat the recording with faulty settings to get that garbled sound again, cause I'm puzzled like you..
Old 3rd June 2018
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Yep that file did come straight out of the F8. The M3i is basically a 4 tracks mixer that we use because the preamps are better than the F8's preamps. So basically the mics go in the M3i which goes in the F8 through XLRs. I'm 100% sure it did not come from the mixer.
My tutors are puzzled too. They say that they've never seen anything like it in their whole career
We've tried putting the files back into the F8 to try and correct that but it did not do anything. I haven't actually tried to repeat the process. Might do that...
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