Wireless Ambient communication and synchronization network
The ACN is a proprietary network technology built into the newest generation of Lockit devices.
With the ability to wirelessly control all device clocks on the set, the ACN delivers line-accurate syncing of all production cameras while syncing picture with sound. Along with its innovative, time-saving metadata collection/management system and distribution of our world-renowned timecode, the ACN guarantees smooth, cost-effective workflow from the set to post-production.
Furthermore the ACN enables devices to become a fully-functional timecode transmitter or receiver. With the highly accurate generator running in the background taking over in case of a connection loss, timecode drop outs are relics of the past.
The new control center for all Lockits in your arsenal
The Master Lockit adds control, flexibility and comfort to your existing Lockit setup.
Being designed to perform as central hub in your system, the unit is able to display and control all other ACN devices on set. With built-in web access, ACN system control is also available using the browser of any computer or mobile device via WiFi or ethernet. This enables you to name your Lockits and assign them to the camera or audio recorder to which they are connected.
What’s more, you can remotely jam sync all units on set, view battery status, set the time and user bits, use time of day, see the last clap time of the ACN-LS. Thus, one ACN-ML on your sound cart or in your bag improves efficiency by enabling control and monitor capability from a single location. Simply switch on your Lockits in the morning, set them to the correct ACN channel, and mount them on the device. The rest can be performed remotely and you always are up to date what your units are doing.
Lockit Metadata Communication
As productions already use Lockits and connect them to cameras, 3D-rigs, Sound recorders…, ACN-equipped Lockit units can also read out device-specific metadata for transmission to the Master Lockit server.
Based on the unrivaled accuracy of the Lockit system, the ACN uses global timecode as reference to create a comprehensive shot list containing crucial clip information like name, roll number, start and stop times of each and every recording and machine.
Ambient has developed Lockit OEM modules with full ACN capabilities available for effortless 3rd party integration. This provides other equipment manufacturers the ability to incorporate Ambient’s highly accurate timecode and metadata network.
The ACN utilizes an extremely reliable, proprietary 2.4GHz ̶ network with 16 selectable channels for communication to minimize lag and interference with other radio sources. All gathered information is buffered until it is successfully received and stored.
With the LockitScript app, script supervisors note content information for every single clip. The Master Lockit Web Interface enables DITs to access the merged data through the Master Lockit in real-time, and to download important clip-based content information as e.g an ALE-File for direct import into your pregrading software.
- Tell a script supervisor to work with the LockitScript app and a Master Lockit on set
- Connect to the Master Lockit WiFi with your laptop
- Enter the Master Lockit Web View in a browser
- Go to Tab “Metadata Export” and select the information and format you need
- Download the selected file directly to your accessing device
The ACN is only one of three components of the sophisticated LockitNetwork system
The next step in digital content production workflow
Where the magic happens
At the end of the day just press the app´s export button and the magic happens.
All required script and sound reports will be processed automatically, saving time and ensuring accurate synchronized data.