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SDI Time Code Reader/Generator with Character Inserter

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


Serial Digital Video Input

Standards SMPTE ST 259-C (270Mb/s)
Connector 1 BNC per IEC 61169-8 Annex A
Equalization Automatic 200m @ 270Mb/s with Belden 8281 or equivalent cable150m @ 270Mb/s when bypass relay is active
Return Loss > 15dB up to 540Mb/s
D-VITC Reader SMPTE ST 266

Serial Digital Video Outputs

Number of Outputs 1 with relay bypass (+BP option)
1 additional output
Connector BNC per IEC 61169-8 Annex A
Signal Level 800mV nominal
DC Offset 0V ±0.5V
Rise and Fall Time 900ps nominal
Overshoot < 10% of amplitude
Return Loss > 15dB up to 540Mb/s
Wide Band Jitter < 0.2UI
D-VITC Generator SMPTE ST 266

Analog Monitor Video Outputs

with +MON option
Standards Analog composite NTSC if input is 525i/59.94 video
Analog composite PAL if input is 625i/50 video
Connectors 2 BNC per IEC 61169-8 Annex A
Signal Level 1V p-p nominal, internally adjustable
DC Offset 0V ±0.1V
Return Loss > 35dB up to 5MHz
Frequency Response 0.8dB to 4MHz
Differential Phase < 0.9°(< 0.6° typical)
Differential Gain < 0.9% (< 0.5% typical)
SNR > 56dB to 5MHz (shallow ramp)
Impedance 75Ω

LTC Generator

Standard SMPTE ST 12-1
NTSC 2/4 field; PAL 4/8 field menu selectable
NTSC or 24Fps (5010-24Fps only)
Output 3 pin male XLR type
Level Adjustable, 0.5V to 4.5V p-p
Rise Time 40 ±10 ms
Jitter < 2 ms

LTC Reader

Standard SMPTE ST 12-1
Input 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

General Purpose Inputs and Outputs

Inputs 6, programmable control functions
Outputs 2, programmable tally functions
Connector 9 pin female "D"
Type Opto-isolated, active low
Signal Level Pulled up to +5 volts. 3.3V DC provided

Serial Remote Control

Standard RS-232 or RS-422, programmable baud rate
Connector 9 pin female "D"
Control Firmware upgrade, serial remote control of all functions


Power Auto ranging 100-240VAC 50/60Hz 40 Watts
Safety TÜV listed
Complies with EU safety directives
EMI/RFI Complies with FCC Part 15 Class A
EU EMC Directive


Single Power Supply version
Dimensions 19" W x 1.75" H x 7.75" D.
(483mm W x 45mm H x 196mm D)
Weight 7 lbs. (3.2 Kg)

Dual Power Supply version

Dimensions 19" W x 1.75" H x 18.75" D.
(483mm W x 45mm H x 477mm D)
Weight 8 lbs. (3.5 Kg)

Ordering Information

8010TM SDI Time Code Reader/Generator with Character Inserter

Ordering Options

+2PS Redundant Power Supply
+MON Analog Monitoring
+BP Bypass Relay