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The 8010TM SDI Time Code Master is a full function time code reader/generator system for serial digital video. The 8010TM is a combination generator/reader for Linear Time Code (LTC) and Digital Vertical Interval Time Code (D-VITC), and contains a high resolution character inserter that can burn the generator or reader numbers directly into the digital program output as well as an optional analog monitoring output. A 16 digit alphanumeric display can be quickly delegated to show the required data.

The 8010TM will accept 525 or 625 line component digital video. The 8010TM's time code generator can be preset to lock to the digital program video either by simple frame locking, or where necessary it will color lock to an analog Color Reference in accordance with the 4 field NTSC or 8 field PAL color sequence.


  • Accepts 4:2:2 (525 and 625 line) digital video signals
  • Serial digital video input provides automatic cable equalization on cable lengths up to 200 meters of low loss coax such as Belden 8281
  • Optional bypass relay for program path protection on power loss
  • Auxiliary serial digital video output (not bypass protected)
  • Passes embedded audio and other ancillary data signals
  • LTC and D-VITC Time Code Reader with line select
  • LTC and D-VITC Time Code generator with line select
  • Character Inserter displays reader & generator time and user bits in the picture
  • Separate positioning of each character window
  • 16 digit Alpha-numeric display, with 16 pushbuttons
  • Serial Remote Control of most functions - Broadcasts reader data or sends it on request
  • Rack mountable
  • Momentary or continuous jam sync modes
  • User bit transfer from reader time or user bits
  • 25 Fps « 29.97 Fps SMPTE drop frame converter
  • Optional composite monitor output converts digital video to analog
  • GPI Remote Control mode allows user to pass remote control contact closure information in VITC user bits
  • Recalculates EDH after VITC and character insertion
  • Optional input bypass relay for power failure bypass protection
  • Optional dual power supply configuration

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Serial Digital Video Input
StandardsSMPTE ST 259-C (270Mb/s)
Connector1 BNC per IEC 61169-8 Annex A
EqualizationAutomatic 200m @ 270Mb/s with Belden 8281 or equivalent cable150m @ 270Mb/s when bypass relay is active
Return Loss> 15dB up to 540Mb/s
Serial Digital Video Outputs
Number of Outputs1 with relay bypass (+BP option)
1 additional output
ConnectorBNC per IEC 61169-8 Annex A
Signal Level800mV nominal
DC Offset0V ±0.5V
Rise and Fall Time900ps nominal
Overshoot< 10% of amplitude
Return Loss> 15dB up to 540Mb/s
Wide Band Jitter< 0.2UI
D-VITC GeneratorSMPTE ST 266
Analog Monitor Video Outputswith +MON option
StandardsAnalog composite NTSC if input is 525i/59.94 video
Analog composite PAL if input is 625i/50 video
Connectors2 BNC per IEC 61169-8 Annex A
Signal Level1V p-p nominal, internally adjustable
DC Offset0V ±0.1V
Return Loss> 35dB up to 5MHz
Frequency Response0.8dB to 4MHz
Differential Phase< 0.9°(< 0.6° typical)
Differential Gain< 0.9% (< 0.5% typical)
SNR> 56dB to 5MHz (shallow ramp)
LTC Generator
StandardSMPTE ST 12-1
NTSC 2/4 field; PAL 4/8 field menu selectable
NTSC or 24Fps (5010-24Fps only)
Output3 pin male XLR type
LevelAdjustable, 0.5V to 4.5V p-p
Rise Time40 ±10 ms
Jitter< 2 ms
LTC Reader
StandardSMPTE ST 12-1
Input3 pin female XLR type
Level0.2 to 4V p-p, balanced or unbalanced
Speed1/30th to 70x play speed, fwd and rev, machine dependent
General Purpose Inputs and Outputs
Inputs6, programmable control functions
Outputs2, programmable tally functions
Connector9 pin female "D"
TypeOpto-isolated, active low
Signal LevelPulled up to +5 volts. 3.3V DC provided
Serial Remote Control
StandardRS-232 or RS-422, programmable baud rate
Connector9 pin female "D"
ControlFirmware upgrade, serial remote control of all functions
PowerAuto ranging 100-240VAC 50/60Hz 40 Watts
SafetyTÜV listed
Complies with EU safety directives
EMI/RFIComplies with FCC Part 15 Class A
EU EMC Directive
Single Power Supply version
Dimensions19" W x 1.75" H x 7.75" D.
(483mm W x 45mm H x 196mm D)
Weight7 lbs. (3.2 Kg)
Dual Power Supply version
Dimensions19" W x 1.75" H x 18.75" D.
(483mm W x 45mm H x 477mm D)
Weight8 lbs. (3.5 Kg)

Ordering Information

8010TMSDI Time Code Reader/Generator with Character Inserter
Ordering Options
+2PSRedundant Power Supply
+MONAnalog Monitoring
+BPBypass Relay