Hitomi Add App To Lip Sync Kit MatchBox

Hitomi Broadcast is promoting its MatchBox Glass app for “near instant” lip-sync alignment of mics and cameras.

MatchBox is already used by broadcasters to ensure the timing of live sports, news and events. Now, when teamed with the use of the free iOS App, Matchbox Glass, it enables camera line-up into truck, remote production facility or in newsgathering applications. 

To use, an iPhone or iPad is simply held up in shot running the Glass App. This allows the MatchBox analyser to verify camera and mic timing alignment. Glass reduces a time consuming and error-prone process “to a matter of seconds.”

Hitomi Broadcast Director Russell Johnson said, “Synchronisation is often one of the last items on a field production checklist and can happen right up to going live or on-air. Often, it can be discovered too late that there are sync issues, which can be costly and, at the very least, embarrassing to resolve at the last second.

“The MatchBox Analyser tool is typically situated in a master control room, studio or OB vehicle. It looks and listens for the specific Hitomi video and audio signatures produced by the hardware MatchBox Generator or MatchBox Glass App. The measurement performed by the analyser is very fast - just a few seconds - and highly effective, vastly speeding up the process and ultimately helping to eliminate the headaches and frustrations of last-minute lip-sync issues.”

The appliance features rapid measurement of lip sync, audio coherence, audio levels, phase inversions and video timing, and is also a 4K test pattern generator.

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