Nano Lockit Logger I The live-logging gadget that works like magic

How to use the NanoLockit Logger

This is a short manual how to use the Logger and the required software. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Quick Overview

Required Software

To ingest the markers into Premiere Pro you need to install two things:

  • The NanoLockit Logger Software (for Mac or Windows) to set the Logger and download the log file (the format is .markers)
  • The Lockit Panel to import the .markers file and match your markers with the clips

Before you shoot

In any case

  • Connect NanoLockit Logger via USB cable to your computer
  • Open the NanoLockit Logger Software
  • Set the RTC (Real Time Clock) of your NanoLockit Logger to local time

If you shoot with several Lockits:

  • Make sure all Lockits run on the same ACN channel to communicate with each other.
  • Set one of the Lockit’s RTC to local time and the correct project frame rate.

Charge it

And don’t forget to charge your NanoLockit Logger before you shoot 🙂

Fully charged the battery will last for at least 20 hours running time. That should be enough even for the worst shooting days.

On Set

Press „Green“ or „Red“

That’s it. Basically it’s about pressing the green for a good take (or several good parts within the take, since you’ll see all markers in the timeline) or the red button for a bad take. Still there are some things to consider before you start logging:

Shooting in Creative Mode

  • If your NanoLockit Logger is the only Lockit device on set
  • Power up the device by pressing the power button for a few seconds
  • Press and hold the green button for a few seconds until the LED flashes green only
  • Create a so-called “clapper clip”: record a clip of your hand creating 3 markers (green or red) in short succession (i.e. click the green or red button 3 times within 2 seconds). If multiple cameras are used, they must all be recording your hand performing the triple-click simultaneously.
  • Start logging
  • Please note for the camera settings: DON’T shoot in Rec Run (TC settings), but use Free Run mode instead.

Shooting in Sync Mode

  • If other Lockit Timecode devices are connected to cameras and/or sound recorders
  • Power up the device by pressing the power button for a few seconds
  • Press and hold the green button on one of the Lockits (make sure they are in the same ACN channel) for a few seconds
  • All Lockits should blink green and in sync now
  • Optional: create a “clapper clip” (see Creative Mode) as fallback
  • Start Logging
  • Learn how to connect Lockits to cameras and sound recorder here: https://nanolockit.com/en/tutorials/

Good to know: Logging Algorithm

Often it will be the case that you press „Green“ or „Red“ when the camera isn’t recording anymore.

Don’t worry: the algorithm in our Premiere Pro panel ensures that these markers are assigned to the last clip. Until the next clip starts.

Good to know: Clapper Clip

Sometimes you might forget to shoot the clapper clip at the beginning of the day.

Don’t worry: you can also shoot it in the middle of the day or at the end. The algorithm will still work. Just make sure all relevant cameras are rolling and and the NanoLockit Logger is visible while you triple-press the button.

In Post-Production

  Download Markers

  • Connect NanoLockit via USB cable
  • Open NanoLockit Logger Software
  • Click „Download Markers“ and save the .markers file locally

Good to know: Download after every shooting day!

It is important to download the .markers file after every shooting day. Otherwise the timestamps might overlap and the matching process goes wrong. We recommend to rename the .markers file to a telling name like: ProjectX_Day1.markers

  Choose the Reference Point

  • Open Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Navigation to Window –> Extensions –> Lockit Panel
  • Choose between a clapper clip (Creative Mode) or Timecode (Sync Mode) as reference to match the markers with the clips.

  Clapper Clip as Reference

  • Search the footage for the „Clapper Clip“ (triple-press green button)
  • Move the timeline cursor to the exact event
  • Click „Set Clapper Clip“ in the panel
  • Select all clips of the respective camera of this shooting day in the footage
  • Click „Import Markers“ in the panel
  • A window will open asking you to select a file on your computer. Select the .markers file you have previously downloaded
  • Then you’ll see the magic happen: the markers get automatically matched to the clips

Timecode as Reference

  • Select all clips of this shooting day in the footage (of all cameras)
  • Click „Import Markers“ in the panel
  • A window will open asking you to select a file on your computer. Select the .markers file you have previously downloaded
  • Then you’ll see the magic happen: the markers get automatically matched to the clips

Good to know: Multi-Cam Shoots

When using Creative Mode with multiple cameras, markers have to be imported in a separate step for each camera. If you can use Timecode as a reference (Sync Mode) you can select all clips of all synced cameras at once.