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Using SyncView

Using SyncView

SyncView is a feature that allows you to shoot faster than your cameras sync speed by using the strobes normal flash pulse.  It does not force the strobe into FP/HSS mode when above X-Sync and use multiple flash pulses.  Thus, SyncView saves battery power on battery operated strobes and offers sync speeds higher than normal for AC powered strobes that don’t have HSS.  The fastest achievable shutter speed is subject to shutter blade travel time and strobe flash duration.  Both of which will vary by the manufacturer and model of the camera and strobes used.  For best results, all strobe heads, or packs, used for the picture will need to have similar flash duration. 

When you press the SyncView button on the right side of the Raven, it will display a screen that shows the characteristics of the strobes flash pulse.  The Raven records the strobes flash pulse by using the light meter built into the Raven’s nose cone.  Every time the Raven is used to trigger a strobe unit, it records the flash pulse by using the light meter built into the nose cone of the Raven.  When you press the SyncView button on the right side of the Raven, the SyncView screen will display a flash pulse characteristic.  It is not uncommon to see the display of the flash pulse to extend to the right edge of the screen.  However, you will want to center the highest point of the flash pulse in the screen.  Simply rotate the dial around the touch screen display to align the center of the flash pulse between the Yellow and Blue vertical lines.  By doing this you are adjusting the timing of when the strobe is triggered in relation to the shutter blades movement and eliminating any clipping that can occur.  You might need to make very small adjustments using the rotating dial to fine tune the timing and allow for the fastest shutter possible while avoiding catching the shutter blades in the image creating “Clipping”.

*If you are using SyncView for the first time, you might need to make a big adjustment to have the Yellow line on the left, and the Blue line on the right.  The Blue line shows the first curtain has finished travelling, and from the far left edge of the screen to the Blue line is the first curtain travel time.  The Yellow line represents when the second curtain is starting to travel.  From the Yellow line to the far right edge of the screen is the second curtain travel time. 

*Example of shutter speed vs strobe flash duration using a Godox AD600BM and Nikon D800  Godox AD600BM set to 1/1 with a flash duration of 1/220, 1/6400 shutter speed is possible. Godox AD600BM set to 1/4 with a flash duration of 1/1196, 1/400 shutter speed is possible

*When using PocketWizard Plus IIIe and Plus IVe units, they will need to be updated with the latest firmware.  Click here to see the latest firmware for your device.






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