BETSO TCX-2 : TC TRANSCEIVER

R6 286.95
(R7 229.99 incl VAT)
Short description:

Ultra compact highly accurate timecode transceiver

04-TIM-SYN-007
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The BETSO TCX-2 is ultra compact highly accurate timecode transceiver and generator. It is based on our very easy to use "plug and play" philosophy, which is guaranteed by wide OLED display and easy to replaced single AA battery.

New RF transmission brings wireless continuous jamming of time code with 0 ppm error and clear status information of all connected devices to the network with just one click of button.

Main features

RF transmission

Our whole new concept of wireless transmission of timecode 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 unit set as receiver is out of the RF range, it keeps generating synced timecode.

All Timecode Formats

The TCX-2 can receive or transmit signal with all existing SMPTE timecode formats. With upgrade to TCX-2+ (can be bought separately) can be jammed and used as a standalone unit with advanced functions.

Jamming Calibration

Thanks to our sophisticated software methods, the ultra-highly accurate TCXO can be further calibrated to achieve much better than 0.2 ppm accuracy. These methods can be applied during jamming, when TCXO is calibrated to obtain exactly the same time base as the source of timecode

This accuracy is almost impossible to beat. And, as you know, accuracy is what TC syncing is all about!

Ultra Highly Accurate TCXO

Embedded high precision temperature compansated crystal oscillator TCXO with frequency accuracy off 0.2 ppm is the fundamental piece of hardware for stable and accurate timecode generator.

The superior quality of TCXO is best suited for changing environmental conditions where temperatures vary a lot during the day. Even in extreme weather conditions, the TCX-2 will keep timecodes in sync.

Status and battery monitoring

Any device connected to our BETSO NETWORK has great, easy to access, feature of monitoring signal levels and battery levels of all other devices connected to the BETSO NETWORK. With just one click of a button you will have peace in mind knowing exactly the state of all time code synced devices on the location.

Furthermore, unit set as transmitter has enabled special system of warnings, which will inform you about any device with low battery level state.

TCX-2+ Upgrade

Do you want to use just a single TCX-2 with RF transmission turned off? Do you miss simultaneous timecode input and output on BNC connector to enable standalone jamming? Or do you want to have transmitter generating it's own master timecode without the necessity of jamming it from external timecode source and use the transmitter's timecode output?

TCX-2+ Upgrade Key will unlock all these great features and more.

Top Build Quality

Thanks to precise CNC milling manufacturing technology, anodized aluminium alloy material and original hi-quality connectors and components, the TCX-2 is very durable but still a very versatile timecode unit.

TCX-2 housing is almost completely sealed for great water resistant performance.

Small, Lightweight, and Easy to Mount and Protect

With its weight and dimensions, the TCX-2 is the smallest and most lightweight TC transceiver on the market. It can be easily mounted on most camcorders or photo cameras available. Mounting on your rig is even easier when using our Hot Shoe Holder.

Powering

The TCX-2 is powered by one AA battery, which are able to power the device for up to 50 hours of continuous use. This outstanding performance is achieved by a lowering of the display brightness and by switching the display to complete Standby Mode when activity is indicated by blue LED.

 

Technical specifications

Display Wide graphic OLED display with adjustable brightness
Dimensions (h x w x d) 59 x 35 x 16 mm (2.35" x 1.37" x 0.62")
Weight (w/o battery) approx. 45g (1.58 oz)
Mechanical construction CNC milled, anodized aluminium alloy
Powering 1x AA battery (alkaline or lithium) / 1x accu (NiMH, NiCd)
Current consumption 50 - 100 mA *
Battery life Up to 50 hours **
SMPTE TC formats 23,976 fps - 30 fps including DF and NDF (also 0.5 and 2 multiples: 11.98 fps - 60 fps supported)
Output TC amplitude Adjustable from -30dBu to +6dBu
Input TC sensitivity 0.2 - 10 V (p-p)
TCXO crystal Calibrated temperature compensated oscillator (+/- 0.1 ppm)
Accuracy error Less than 0.3 frames / 24 hours
Accuracy error with RF transmission 0 frames / 24 hours
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 operating mode

** with the lowest display brightness, RF off, alkaline battery (Lithium cell)

*** within the line of sight

Advanced features

RF transmission RF transmission of time code and device status information
Jamming calibration Jamming calibration feature to copy master's TCXO precision
Auto ON Automatic power ON function after active time code detection
Advanced power saving features Various different actions after 10s without any button activity including OLED display dim and turn off
Display orientation Allows to set 180° display rotation for upside down TCX-2 mounting position
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
USB ready USB connector available for future firmware upgrades

Manual (TCX-2_user_manual_EN.pdf, 219 Kb) [Download]

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