NAB 2017: Timecode Systems Adds UltraSync ONE to Budget-Friendly Sync Systems
Timecode Systems (C2746) will unveil the new UltraSync ONE solution at the 2017 NAB Show. With its latest product, the company has taken the full extent of its sync capability, increased battery life to at least 25 hours, miniaturized all these features into its smallest product yet, and given it a price tag of $299. This creates a cost-effective, RF-powered timecode, and genlock solution, offering a robust and flexible sync available at a price point that makes it affordable for multicamera, multi-audio shoots, and professional 360-degree VR custom rigs.
“The benchmarks are moving for sync, and with UltraSync ONE we are leading the way by creating new, higher standards for small, budget-friendly sync solutions,” says Paul Bannister, chief science officer for Timecode Systems. “Our goal with UltraSync ONE was ambitious: inject the full capability of our timecode, genlock, word clock and RF technology into the most compact sync product on the market, all at a price point that makes it a cost-effective option in a multicamera environment. That meant re-engineering every element to make UltraSync ONE not only smaller, but also superior to any comparable timecode solution on the market. In terms of features and cost, there is no need for our customers to look anywhere else.”
Advances in filming are changing the landscape of the film and broadcast industry and what it demands from timecode technology manufacturers. Size and price are obviously important factors, but not at the cost of the quality of the sync and the confidence that battery life will last an entire day of filming. Measuring just 55mm x 44mm x 17mm, UltraSync ONE is the smallest generator and transceiver on the market to provide timecode, genlock for camera sync, and word clock for sound, all synchronized wirelessly and with sub-line sync accuracy over bi-directional BLINK RF. This combines to provide synchronization to such a high degree of accuracy that it’s suitable for even genlock-synchronized 360-degree VR arrays. And even with every UltraSync ONE feature turned on and an OLED display set to maximum brightness, 25 hours of battery life is the minimum that can be expected from a single charge through its USB C port, providing the added reassurance that UltraSync ONE has the power to keep going throughout the filming day, whatever twists and turns a shoot takes.
UltraSync ONE will make its debut at the 2017 NAB Show and will be available to preorder as part of an exclusive show bundle offer.