The features of a typical slate will include the clapperboard, as well as several sections where the filmmaker can write in certain key information, which they can later erase. Some of the sections on these slates include the name of the production, the roll, scene, take, director, camera, date, and whether it is day or night. In addition, some of the options today also have a digital timecode embedded in them.
How slates & timecodes work
The slates and timecode help to synchronize the sound and picture in film and video. They are used to designate particular scenes of a film. The slates have audio and video elements to them to help the filmmakers and editors. They show the actual timecode of the film and can synch to the audio. In the past, the "clapper" sound would be heard on the audio and would be easily seen on film. The editors only had to match up the two. It is even easier now.
About slates & timecodes
Slates have been an important part of the film production business since the dawn of film. In the past, they would write out the information and timecode onto the slate, and the editors would then use that information when they were cutting together the film. Today, things have changed, and they are far more advanced. Many filmmakers utilize digital slates and timecode devices which help to make it easier than ever to record and edit film properly. Another term commonly used for this device is a clapperboard.