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5010, 5010-VITC, 5010-VITC-24Fps & 5010-24Fps

Time code Generator/Reader with Character Inserter

The 5010 is a full function Time code Generator and full speed Reader. A Video Character Generator with high resolution characters and on-screen programming menu is standard. The 5010 has the features to provide you with the power and flexibility to meet your most difficult operational requirements.

The 5010-VITC is a Time Code Generator/Reader/Character Inserter for both Longitudinal and Vertical Interval Time code.

The 5010-24Fps and 5010-VITC-24Fps are special purpose time code generators designed to work with the 23.98Fps time code commonly in use with the high definition 1080p/24 video format.


  • Generates Time code in accordance with SMPTE ST 12-1 locked to NTSC or PAL video or free run on internal crystal oscillator
  • High resolution Character Inserter, with three Character sizes: 8,16 and 32 lines, time and user bits separately positionable on raster
  • Reads LTC from 1/30th to 70x play speed
  • Well proven input circuitry design permits reliable recovery of even severely distorted code
  • Momentary or continuous Jam-sync modes
  • Time and user bits are presettable from the front panel
  • RS-232 serial port permits interfacing to computers
  • 25Fps ⇔ 29.97Fps drop frame time code translator mode
  • Parallel control of commonly used functions
  • User bit Transfer from Reader Time or User bits
  • On-screen programming menu
  • Date/Time Zone may be encoded into user bits according to SMPTE ST 309
  • Generates and reads universal co-ordinated time (UTC) or local time in time/date mode
  • Automatic daylight saving time adjustment in time/date mode
  • 2 General purpose outputs can be assigned to several output modes

Additional Features of the 5010-VITC

  • Vertical Interval Time code Generator and Reader
  • Separate genlock and PGM video inputs
  • Set VITC Generator Line numbers from the front panel
  • Translates LTC to VITC or VITC to LTC
  • Reads VITC over the full shuttle range of most VTR's
  • Selectable reader line range
  • Optional Bypass relay on VITC Generator

Additional Features of the 5010-24Fps

  • Genlocks to 23.98 'slow PAL' or NTSC
  • 23.98 Fps ⇔ 29.97 Fps time code translator code
  • Momentary or continuous Jam-sync modes
  • Locks to 6Hz reference in 24Fps mode

Time Code Feature Comparison

LTC GeneratorYesYesYesYes 
Adjustable Output LevelYesYes Yes 
VITC Generator Yes Yes 
LTC ReaderYesYesYesYesYes
VITC Reader Yes YesYes
VITC to LTC Translator Yes YesYes
LTC to VITC Translator Yes Yes 
LTC Re-shaper    Yes
PAL and NTSCYesYesYesYesYes
Colour FramingYesYesYesYes 
Drop FrameYesYesYesYesYes
Set User Bits (0-9, A-F)YesYesYesYes 
Transfer RDR.Time or UB to GEN, UBYesYesYesYes 
SMPTE ⇔ EBU Time code TranslatorYesYes   
Date/Timezone in User BitsYesYesYesYes 
Momentary and Continuous Jam-syncYesYesYesYes 
Character GeneratorYesYesYesYesYes
On-screen Programming MenuYesYesYesYesYes
GPS Referenced Time code  YesYes 
Serial Remote ControlYesYes   
GPI Remote ControlYesYesYesYes 
GPO OutputsYesYesYesYes 


LTC Generator

Standard SMPTE ST 12-1: NTSC 2/4 field; PAL 4/8 field menu selectable, NTSC or 24Fps (5010-24Fps only)
Connector 3 pin male XLR type
Level Adjustable, 0.5V to 2V p-p
Rise Time 40 ±10µs
Jitter < 2µs

LTC Reader

Standard SMPTE ST 12 Time code
Connector 3 pin female XLR type
Level 0.2 to 4V p-p, balanced or unbalanced
Speed 1/30th to 70x play speed, fwd and rev, machine dependent

VITC Generator

5010-VITC & 5010-VITC-24Fps
Input Comp. Video 1V p-p, 75Ω terminated
Output 2 Comp. Video + keyed VITC (1 Output bypass relay protected when +BP option installed)
Differential Gain < 0.5%
Differential Phase < 0.5°

VITC Reader

5010-VITC & 5010-VITC-24Fps
Input Comp. Video 1V p-p, High Z, BNC Loop
Speed Still frame to > 40x play

Character Generator

Input Comp. video 1V p-p, 75Ω terminated
Output Com. video 1V p-p + keyed high resolution characters, selectable background and sizes

Serial Remote Control

Type RS-232/422 interface, 9 pin "D" connector Computer control of all functions, selectable baud rate


Power Auto ranging 100-230V AC, 50/60Hz 25 Watts
Safety TÜV Listed, Complies with EU Safety Directive
EMI/RFI Complies with FCC Part 15 Class A, EU EMC Directive


Dimensions 19" W x 1.75" H x 7.75" D
(483mm W x 45mm H x 196mm D)
Weight 7lbs. (3.5kg)

Ordering Information

5010 Time Code Generator/Reader
5010-24Fps NTSC/24Fps Time Code Generator/Reader
5010-VITC Time Code Generator/Reader with VITC
5010-VITC-24Fps NTSC/24Fps Time Code Generator/Reader with VITC

Ordering Options

+BP Bypass Relay for 5010-VITC and 5010-VITC-24Fps