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WTCS-1
Wireless time code slate in slim, lightweight and durable design

Overview

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New BETSO WTCS-1 wireless time code slate is carefully designed to meet rising demands on displayed information capability, overall product durability and lightweight and "plug and play" functionality. It is WiFi ready for cooperation with iOS MovieSlate application

and has our latest RF transceiver module for wireless transmission of time code and status information. And of course a lot of more cool features to make your work easier.

CNC milled wooden arms

Ultra bright 1" graphic LED display with anti-glare surface

Illuminated front face

Intuitive menu based settings

Internal highly accurate temperature compensated oscillator

Bright blue leds for clap indication

Implemented WiFi and long range radio transceivers for advanced functionality

Main features

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RF transmission

Our whole new concept of wireless transmission of time code and status information is ideal for simple on stage workflow control. Each device connected to the network will be continuously jammed from transmitter and on each device you can observe status information of all other devices in the network.

The operating range is up to 500m within the line of sight. The RF protocol incorporates frequency hopping spread spectrum technology approach which ensures robust functionality even in the environment with high RF noise.

When the unit set as receiver is out of the RF range, it keeps generating synced timecode.

All Time Code and Word Clock Formats

The WTCS-1 can receive, precisely jam or start to generate new time codes of all existing SMPTE time code formats.

Also, all commonly used word clock formats are supported, including their pull-up and pull-down options.

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1" Super-bright graphical LED display with Anti-glare Surface

Ambient light independent time code readouts are guaranteed thanks to a large, 1-inch high, super-bright graphical LED display with a special anti-glare surface that avoids sun reflection. Its brightness can be easily adjusted in ten modes to meet actual light conditions or can be set automatically in relation to actual ambient light conditions thanks to integrated sensor.

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Solid and Precise Mechanical Construction with Reduced Weight and Decent Dimensions

During the development phase, special focus was kept on the infield daily use. Therefore the main body is made from very stiff anodized aluminium alloy using CNC milling and laser cutting technologies. This was the only way to get a very robust, but still as small and as lightweight a device as possible.

The highest in quality demands were also put on the details, which led to ball bearing and stiff wood utilization in the arms of the slate and high quality writing sheets.

Technical specifications

Display Graphical 1“ high, white LED display with adjustable brightness
Dimensions (h x w x d) 230 x 185 x 24 mm (9.0" x 7.3" x 0.9")
Weight (w/o batteries) approx. 760g (1.68 lb)
Mechanical construction CNC milled, anodized aluminium alloy and stiff wood
Powering 6x AA battery (alkaline or lithium) / 6x accu (NiMH, NiCd)
External powering 6 - 16 V DC
Current consumption approx. 30 - 1000 mA *
approx. 4 mA in stand-by mode (arms of the slate closed)
Battery life Up to 100 hours **
SMPTE TC formats 23,976 fps - 30 fps including DF and NDF (also 2x multiples: 23.976 fps - 60 fps supported)
Input TC sensitivity 0.2 - 10 V (p-p)
Frequency range 902 - 928 MHz (USA/Canada)
863 - 870 MHz (Europe)
920.6 - 923.4 MHz (Japan)
Number of channels 5
RF output power 10mW (10dBm)
Operating range up to 500m ***

* depends on the brightness of LED display

** with the lowest display brightness

*** within the line of sight

Advanced features

RF transmission RF transmission of time code and device status information
GPS calibration Factory GPS based calibration of TCXO with better than 0,1ppm accuracy result
Jamming calibration Jamming calibration feature to copy master's TCXO precision
Cross jamming Cross jamming allowes timecode sync between two different framerates
Auto ON Automatic power ON function after active time code detection
Auto OFF Can automatically power down after long period withou manipulating with the slate
Smart arm LED Can flash during each zero frame of each second and also in the frame of clapping
Backlight Backlight of writing area of the slate
Display orientation Allows to set 180° display rotation for upside down WTCS-1 LED display readout including automatic display rotation
Ambient light sensor Display brightness can be adjusted automatically according to actual ambient light conditions
TC offset Time code offset adjustment from -10.0 to 10.0 frames with 0.1 frame step
UB settings Variable user bits settings including preset value, jammed user bits and live external timecode insertion
Real Time Clock Real time clock option for user bits settings including combinations of year, month, day, hour, minute and second
GPS time TC Starts to generate exact UTC time code synchronized all over the world
USB ready USB connector available for future firmware upgrades