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Timecode Systems' SyncBac PRO has been used on the current series of 'The Island With Bear Grylls', delivering cost savings in media management and post-production. The SyncBac PRO was used to timecode-sync all GoPro HERO4 cameras during filming.

The show features British people attempting to survive on a remote, uninhabited Pacific Island. Left completely alone, the show is recorded by the castaways themselves. A handful of the islanders are trained camera operators, but a large volume of content is captured via GoPro cameras attached to the contestants. Synchronising large volumes of GoPro footage has added time and cost savings to the edit process for earlier series of the programme.

Paul Scurrell, CEO of Timecode Systems Limited, said: "Deciding to create a series that was completely self-shot by contestants is an example of the groundbreaking approach this production team takes to creating unique, exciting, and engaging television. Filming using GoPros puts the audience for 'The Island' right where they want to be – in the middle of the action, peeking over a castaway's shoulder. We're thrilled to be able to provide a workflow solution that not only supports their ambitious vision for the show, but also allows them to achieve cost savings along the way."

Toby Robertson, Technical Operations Manager, Princess Productions, added: "It previously took a phenomenally long time for us to sync GoPro media without timecode; using SyncBac PROs has reduced this to seconds per clip. Using the SyncBac PRO to embed timecode into the GoPro camera media has completely streamlined our workflow. It's saved us a huge amount of time, and by extension, money, and we wouldn't hesitate to use them again. Now that we know this solution just works out of the box, we plan on implementing it on other shows that we edit such as 'Hunted'."


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