Ambient Recording ACN-CL Lockit Compact Wireless Synchronizer

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Ambient Recording ACN-CL Lockit Compact Wireless Synchronizer
Key Features
  • Timecode Generator with Genlock
  • Wireless Transceiver over ACN Network
  • Compact Form Factor with OLED Screen
  • One-Button Syncing
The Ambient Recording ACN-CL Lockit is a wireless synchronizer designed to enable simple and stable synchronization of cameras and audio equipment in professional film and video production applications. Capable of generating timecode from 23.976 to 60 fps, genlock at 1080p or 1080i, and word clock up to 192 kHz, the ACN-CL Lockit provides the functionality of multiple devices in a single, compact, rugged aluminum body.
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Ambient Recording Lockit Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Internal Battery
  • 3OLED Screen
  • 4Size and Signals
  • 5Outputs
  • 6Powering and Charging

The Ambient Recording ACN-CL Lockit is a wireless synchronizer designed to enable simple and stable synchronization of cameras and audio equipment in professional film and video production applications. Capable of generating timecode from 23.976 to 60 fps, genlock at 1080p or 1080i, and word clock up to 192 kHz, the ACN-CL Lockit provides the functionality of multiple devices in a single, compact, rugged aluminum body.

One-button syncing, dual LEMO 5-pin outputs, and 2.4 GHz wireless communication with other devices in the Lockit series make it easy to link up multiple cameras and digital audio recorders. The ACN-CL Lockit is powered via an internal NP-50 compatible battery, which is removable for convenience in the field. Charging and external powering is possible through a USB Type-C connection.

Internal Battery

  • Running off a changeable Li-ion battery that can be charged in the unit while operating makes sure you never be let down with depleted power.
  • The supplied NP-50 type battery is not only widely available along with economically priced chargers, but it is also used by professional radio mic brands, which further reduces the variety of gear to carry along.

OLED Screen

  • Just like the NanoLockit, jamming units to "time of day" with the internal Real-Time Clock is a one-button experience, but with the additional perk of a crisp OLED screen.
  • The Lockit can operate as the master by automatically jamming units that are added or restarted during the day.
  • The OLED also brings the useful timecode compare tool (introduced with firmware 6.0), which makes it easy to determine if other equipment is still in sync—with an accuracy of 1/100 of a frame.

Size and Signals

  • While smaller Ambient units were always marked by a prefix such as Tiny or Nano, the ACN-CL proudly carries the name “Lockit” and it wouldn’t do so without supplying both timecode and sync signals.
  • Designed for today’s equipment, it supports 1080p and 1080i genlock for project rates from 23.976 to 60 fps, while audio recorders are covered with wordclock sample rates up to 192 kHz.

Outputs

  • Dual LEMO 5-pin output connections provide maximum flexibility and continued use of available cables. Timecode in and out follow industry standards and allow for syncing of two cameras in parallel or jamming via a cable while leaving the synced unit connected.
  • The primary output carries timecode and genlock/wordclock. This gives you the freedom to choose running it either on a Y-cable or two separate leads. In addition to offering timecode functionality, the second connector can connect to devices that support ACN for metadata transfer.

Powering and Charging

External power and charging are available through a common USB Type-C port. Connected to a Mac or Windows computer, the Lockit transforms into a MIDI timecode interface without additional configuration, allowing deep-level editing of the settings.
The sync LED is now full RGB for versatile status indication and party mode. This and more is found in the compact solid aluminum case, which makes the ACN-TL TinyLockit and ALL601 LancLogger look large by comparison.

Ambient Recording Lockit Specs

Wireless Frequency Band2.4 GHz (2405 to 2480 MHz)
Antenna1 x SMA RP 2.4 GHz
I/O Connectors2 x LEMO 5-Pin Female
Frame Rates Supported23.976, 24, 25, 29.97, 29.97 Drop, 30, 49.95, 48, 50, 59.94, 59.94 Drop, and 60 fps
Genlock Sync support1080p and 1080i
Wordclock SupportUp to 192 kHz
Ambient Temperature41 to 122°F / 5 to 50°C
Battery1 x NP-50 Compatible Lithium-Ion Battery
Charging Port1 x USB Type-C
Power RequirementsInternal Battery or External Power via USB Type-C Connection
Construction MaterialAluminum
Dimensions2.6 x 1.7 x 0.8" / 6.6 x 4.4 x 2.0 cm
Weight2.8 oz / 80 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.45 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)4.7 x 3.5 x 2"
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Does this include 2 units - one for the audio ...

Does this include 2 units - one for the audio recorder and one for the camera, or do I need to buy 2?
Asked by: Benjamin
This is for a single unit. It does not include two units.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2019-09-04

What's the battery life on a fully charged NP-50?

What's the battery life on a fully charged NP-50?
Asked by: Nicholas
Because battery life depends on too many factors, manufacturer's rarely list the life. Based on professional experience, battery life is determined under actual use. Therefore it is strongly recommended to have spare batteries. That being said, the life of a L-50 should be an hour or maybe two. You can also use an external power source such as this. IndiPRO Tools Compact 95Wh V-Mount Battery with Portable Charger Kit BH #INPD95SACK (B&H Kit)
Answered by: Dennis A
Date published: 2021-08-13

Is this basically a stripped down Master Lockit? ...

Is this basically a stripped down Master Lockit? Or would this be used in conjunction with a Master?
Asked by: Godofredo
The Lockit ACN-CL replaces the discontinued ACL204 and TinyLockit ACN-TL in terms of functionality. As such it delivers timecode and sync signals such as genlock, wordclock, and PPF required to make it the perfect choice to be an external synchronizer for all kinds of cameras and recorders. It also can be set to act as a C-Jam master to slaves other units when used as the timecode reference on a soundcart, so the sound mixer can comfortably synchronize the set. However it does not feature the sophisticated web interface of the MasterLockit, which is still an active product. These features are based on an additional web server accessible through WiFi which the Lockit lacks both. So, if your customer is looking for sound reporting together with Sound devices 6series and 788T, visual monitoring of synced devices over ACN, metadata processing including a virtual slate, this will always require a MasterLockit.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2019-11-11

Will this device accept an SDI signal as a ...

Will this device accept an SDI signal as a genlock input, broadcast this over ACN, and output a wordclock referenced to it? I see lots of discussion of genlock output, but not input. I have a camera without genlock, and I want to avoid pops when combining HDMI + AES - SDI. Therefore I want to synchronize the audio ADC to the un-genlockable camera.
Asked by: Miles
no this device will not work as a genlock for a camera without genlock, it's base/fundamental mode of synchronization is time code
Answered by: Sean
Date published: 2020-06-18
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