Masterclock TCDS Series User manual

TCDS Series Digital Clocks
User Manual
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Table of Contents
Forward ......................................................................................................................................... 5
Disclaimer..............................................................................................................................................................................5
Copyrights .............................................................................................................................................................................5
Trademarks ...........................................................................................................................................................................5
Icons Used In This Manual ....................................................................................................................................................5
Printing ..................................................................................................................................................................................5
Compliance .................................................................................................................................... 6
CE Marking ............................................................................................................................................................................6
FCC Statement.......................................................................................................................................................................6
WEEE .....................................................................................................................................................................................7
RoHS ......................................................................................................................................................................................7
Introduction ................................................................................................................................... 8
IRIG-B ....................................................................................................................................................................................8
SMPTE ...................................................................................................................................................................................8
Features ................................................................................................................................................................................8
General Use Precautions .......................................................................................................................................................9
Unpacking and Installation ........................................................................................................... 10
Supplied (Ship Kit) ...............................................................................................................................................................10
Connections ........................................................................................................................................................................11
Mounting.............................................................................................................................................................................12
Wall Mount Bracket ............................................................................................................................................................12
Rack Mount Bracket ............................................................................................................................................................14
Swivel Mount Bracket .........................................................................................................................................................14
Operating Environment ................................................................................................................ 16
Operation ............................................................................................................................................................................16
Time Zone Offsets ...............................................................................................................................................................17
Daylight Saving Time ...........................................................................................................................................................17
Pre 2007 Standard – U.S.A. and Canada .........................................................................................................................17
Post 2006 Standard – U.S.A. and Canada........................................................................................................................17
EU Standard – European Union.......................................................................................................................................17
Freewheeling Accuracy .......................................................................................................................................................18
TCXO and RTC circuit .......................................................................................................................................................18
Maintenance-free Rechargeable Battery ........................................................................................................................18
Default Configuration ..........................................................................................................................................................18
TCD-Set ........................................................................................................................................ 20
Installation ..........................................................................................................................................................................20
USB Device Driver ...............................................................................................................................................................21
Installing the Device Driver .............................................................................................................................................21
Device Manager ..................................................................................................................................................................21
Using TCD-Set, USB Configuration Utility ............................................................................................................................22
Time Zone Offset .............................................................................................................................................................24
Daylight Saving Time .......................................................................................................................................................24
Time Code Settings..........................................................................................................................................................25
Display Properties ...........................................................................................................................................................25
Set Date Time ..................................................................................................................................................................26
Set To Default Configuration ...........................................................................................................................................26
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Specifications ............................................................................................................................... 27
Communications I/O ........................................................................................................................................................... 27
Power Requirements .......................................................................................................................................................... 28
AC.................................................................................................................................................................................... 28
Internal Battery Circuit ....................................................................................................................................................... 28
Maintenance Free Rechargeable Battery ....................................................................................................................... 28
Operating/Storage Temperature and Humidity ................................................................................................................. 28
Size and Weight .................................................................................................................................................................. 28
Care and Cleaning......................................................................................................................... 29
Job Site Precautions ............................................................................................................................................................ 29
Stainless Steel Case ............................................................................................................................................................. 29
Compatible Cleaners and Polish ......................................................................................................................................... 29
Washing to Minimize Scratching ........................................................................................................................................ 29
Minimize Hairline Scratches ............................................................................................................................................... 30
"Don't" - Very Important .................................................................................................................................................... 30
Cleaning the Lens ................................................................................................................................................................ 30
Foreign Substance Removal................................................................................................................................................ 30
Troubleshooting ........................................................................................................................... 31
Clock is displaying dashes (- - - - ) and/or colon’s are flashing (i.e. unable to “lock” to time code) ................................... 31
Not displaying the correct local time and/or date. ............................................................................................................ 32
Clock did not properly negotiate the DST. .......................................................................................................................... 32
UTC time and/or date is incorrect. ..................................................................................................................................... 32
Limited Warranty ......................................................................................................................... 33
Exclusions ........................................................................................................................................................................... 33
Limitations .......................................................................................................................................................................... 33
Exclusive Remedies ............................................................................................................................................................. 33
Service Information ...................................................................................................................... 34
RMA Policy .......................................................................................................................................................................... 34
Contacting Us ...................................................................................................................................................................... 34
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Disclaimer
The material in this document is for information only and subject to change without notice. While
reasonable efforts have been made in the preparation of this document to assure its accuracy,
Masterclock, Inc. assumes no liability resulting from errors or omissions in this document or from the
use of the information contained herein. Masterclock, Inc. reserves the right to make changes or
revisions in the product design or the product manual without reservation and without obligation to
notify any person of such revisions and changes
Copyrights
Copyright © 2011 Masterclock, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be
reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic,
mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written consent of
Masterclock, Inc.
Trademarks
Windows is a registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Other trademarks mentioned in this
manual are the property of their respective owners.
Icons Used In This Manual
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Helpful Hint: This icon suggests the general setup and practice.
Printing
While optimized for onscreen viewing, the pages of this manual are formatted for printing on
8 1/2” x 11” and A4 sized paper, giving you the option to print the entire manual or just a specific
page or section.
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Compliance
CE Marking
Electromagnetic Compatibility 2004/108/EC
Tested and Conforms to the following EMC standards :
EN 55024:1998 +A1 +A2
EN 61000-4-2:1995 +A1:1998 +A2:2001 (Electrostatic Discharge)
EN 61000-4-3:2000 +A1:2008 (RF Immunity)
EN 61000-4-4:2004 (Fast Transient Common Mode)
EN 61000-4-5:2006 (Surge)
EN 61000-4-6:2007 (RF Injection Common Mode)
EN 61000-4-8:1993 +A1:2001 (Power Frequency Magnetic Field)
EN 61000-4-11:2004 (Voltage Dips)
EN 61000-6-3:2006 +A1:2009 +A2:2009 (EMC Emissions Generic Commercial)
EN 55022:2006 +A1:2007
CISPR22
EN 61000-3-2:2006 (Harmonic Current Emission)
EN 61000-3-3:2008 (Voltage Fluctuations and Flicker) (TCDS26)
EN 61000-3-3:1995 +A1:2001 +A2:2005 (Voltage Fluctuations and Flicker) (TCDS29)
Low voltage directive 2006/95/EC
Tested and Conforms to the following Safety standards:
EN 60950-1:2006 (Safety of Information Technology Equipment)
Certificated By CELAB® www.celab.com
UCN = 800425240291 (TCDS26)
UCN = 800342569958 (TCDS29)
FCC Statement
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules and found to comply with the
limits for a Class B digital device. These limits are designed to provide reasonable
protection against harmful interference in a commercial/residential installation.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause
harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired operation
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WEEE
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) 2002/95/EC
The TCDS series is considered WEEE Category 9 (Monitoring and Control
Instruments Equipment) as defined by the WEEE Directive and therefore fall within
the scope of the WEEE Directive.
For more information about Masterclock’s WEEE compliance and recycle program,
please visit: http://www.masterclock.com/rohs_compliance.php
RoHS
Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances Directive 2002/95/EC
Compliant
by
Exemption
The RoHS directive covers the same scope of electrical and electronic equipment
that are under the WEEE directive, except that Category 8, Medical Devices, and
Category 9, Monitoring and Control Instruments, which are under WEEE, are
excluded from the RoHS directive.
The TCDS series fall under the category of Monitoring and Control Instruments
Equipment (Category 9 as defined in Annex 1A of WEEE 2002/96/EC Directive)
which is excluded from the RoHS directive 2002/95/EC (reference Article 2,
paragraph 1) requirements.
These products are manufactured using lead in the soldering process as allowed
for items excluded from the RoHS directive. These units are RoHS Compliant only
in that they are excluded from the RoHS directive under Category 9, Monitoring
and Control Instruments.
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Introduction
The TCDS is a precision, multi-featured time code driven digital time display. The TCDS decodes IRIG-B
and SMPTE linear/longitudinal time code formats to function as a clock.
IRIG-B
Defined by the Range Commanders Council, U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range. The format is
used by military, government, power industry and many other commercial and industrial
applications. The TCDS decodes IRIG-B in both a 1 kHz modulated (IRIG-B1) and unmodulated/pulse width coded/DC level shifted (IRIG-B0) format. All formats of IRIG-B time code
decoded by the TCDS use the time of year information BCD (Binary Coded Decimal). All formats
of IRIG-B time code decoded by the TCDS also use the extended year/date and time zone
information in the control functions as defined by the IEEE 1344 specification. SBS (Straight
Binary Seconds) information is not decoded. Manchester format/encoding is not supported.
The TCDS can be configured for world-wide time zone offset and automatic DST (Daylight Saving
Time) adjustment and allows for reliable, accurate and maintenance free operation. Use of the
automatic DST feature requires that the clock be enabled to accept the time code date encoding,
using the USB port and TCD-Set software application. The time code source must provide date
encoding in the control bits/fields to the Masterclock/Leitch date encoding standard for SMPTE or the
IEEE-1344 year encoding for IRIG-B.
SMPTE
Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers format is available in frame rates of 24, 25, and 30
frames second. The TCDS time code clock supports all three formats. All formats of SMPTE time code
decoded by the TCDS use the full date information in the user bits as defined by Leitch, Inc.
The TCDS does not support decoding of SMPTE drop-frame, reverse running, VITC, NTSC,
color frame, blackburst or other video time code formats and synchronization options.
Please refer to the “Specifications” section of this document for additional details on
each model. For available options, visit Masterclock’s website: www.masterclock.com
Features
• Time or Date display
• 24 or 12 hour display mode
• DOY (Day of Year) on TCDS29
• AM/PM indicator (12 hour mode)
• +12 to -11 hour time zone offsets
• Programmable time and date when time code not present
• Automatic level adjustment to incoming time code signals
• Automatic detection of time code type and date encoding availability
• Retains time and date during loss of power and/or time code using a battery backed real-time
clock (RTC) and maintenance free rechargeable battery
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General Use Precautions
Do not expose this clock to temperatures outside the range of 0° C to 50° C (32° F to 122° F). Placing
your device in an environment that is too cold or humid may damage the unit. Do not place heavy
objects on top of this clock or use excessive force on it. Never use benzene, paint thinners, detergent
or other chemical products to clean the outside of this clock. Such products will disfigure and discolor
the casing.
Please refer to the “Care and Cleaning” section of this document for details on cleaning and
recommended products.
The Masterclocks's TCDS warranty may be void as a result of the failure to respect the
precautions stated above.
Only qualified persons are authorized to carry out maintenance on this device. Read this User’s
Manual carefully, and follow the correct procedure when setting up the device. Do not open your
Masterclock product or attempt to disassemble or modify it.
Never insert any metallic object into the clocks case, doing so increases the risk of electrical
shock, short circuiting, fire or personal injury.
Never expose your clock to rain or use it near water or in damp or wet conditions. Never
place objects containing liquids on or near this clock, as they may spill into its openings
increasing the risk of electrical shock, short circuiting, fire or personal injury.
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Unpacking and Installation
Supplied (Ship Kit)
The list below is for illustration purposes. Refer to your sales order for actual items shipped.
• TCDS digital clock/date display
• Mounting bracket
• CD-ROM (TCD-Set USB Configuration Utility and User Manual)
• Power cord
TCDS29
Powder coated steel case
9 Digit Display (Day of Year)
* shown with optional rack mount brackets
TCDS26
Powder coated steel case
6 Digit Display
CD-ROM
IEC power cord (select power option when ordering)
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Connections
Un-balanced Signal: Connect the 50 ohm (Ω)
RG59 coaxial cable (not included) to the BNC
connector, located on the back panel.
Balanced Signal: Secure the wires (not included) to
the terminal block, located on the back panel.
AC: Insert the IEC, AC power cord into the
IEC socket located on the back panel.
UDC-RCU control: Insert the 6P6C cable,
included with UDC-RCU, in to the RJ12 socket.
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Mounting
The TCDS digital time display is designed for table, wall or rack mount. Power and low voltage signal
wiring should be installed according to local electrical codes, so to access the back of the clock.
Do not route power or signal cables between the case and the wall (along the exterior of the
wall), which may pinch the power or signal cable and create a hazardous condition.
Wall Mount Bracket
A wall mounting bracket is supplied which has been designed to fit on either a standard 2”x 4” or 4” x
4” conduit box. Mount the bracket on the wall/conduit box, attach the power cord and RG58 coax
cable and secure the clock to the bracket using the supplied retaining screws.
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Rack Mount Bracket
Attach the time code cable and power cord, and then secure the clock to the
equipment rack or cabinet.
Swivel Mount Bracket
Mount both swivel brackets to the wall, attach the time code cable and power cord and secure
the clock to the brackets using the supplied retaining screws.
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Operating Environment
The TCDS contains microprocessor control electronics designed to operate indoors between 32˚ to
140°F (0˚ to 60˚C) with 0-90% relative humidity, non-condensing.
The TCDS is not water or moisture proof. Treat it as you would any other delicate electronic
device and do not expose it to water, excessive heat or physical abuse.
Operation
After applying power, the clock will go through an internal check. Time from the RTC backup will be
applied until a Time Code reference is acquired.
Connect a valid time code signal to either the unbalanced BNC connector or balanced terminal block
located on the back of the clock.
The time code input circuit of the TCDS can automatically detect and synchronize to either a
single-ended unbalanced or a differential balanced time code signal.
Once a source of IRIG-B or SMPTE time code is “Locked”, the time should appear on the display. If the
time code signal is lost or disconnected, the TCDS will continue to display time based on its internal
reference until the time code signal is returned.
The colons of the clock display will flash when the time displayed is not locked to time code. When
time code is present and decoding properly the colons will remain steady-on.
If the TCDS is configured for a 12-hour time display mode an AM/PM indicator will appear in the
bottom right corner of the display during the PM hours.
To change the display to/from local time, the user must select the time zone offset for the region of
interest and if desired, the optional DST feature which automatically adjusts according to the
currently entered DST rules.
In the event that a time code source is not present, the unit is designed to operate as a standard
(stand-alone) clock using the built in RTC (Real Time Clock). The RTC is battery backed with a
maintenance free rechargeable battery. When operating in time/date display mode the operator may
program time and date information into the clock.
When time and/or date information is available from the time code source it will always
override any operator-programmed information.
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Time Zone Offsets
The TCDS time display maintains time as UTC initially. A time zone offset or bias can be provided to
adjust the time for display purposes. A bias can be set as a positive (+) or negative (-) value with a
resolution of one second.
If the time code being input into the TCDS is different from UTC do not adjust the time zone
and/or DST offset.
Daylight Saving Time
An automatic daylight saving time (summer time for European Union) adjustment can be configured
separately and in addition to a time zone offset.
The incoming time code must have a date encoded in a format recognized by the TCDS
for daylight savings time adjustments to be performed. For best reliability Masterclock
recommends a time code source that encodes full date information, such as
Masterclock’s GPS200A time code generator.
For SMPTE time codes, date must be encoded to the Leitch specification. IRIG-B date decoding is
supported for the IEEE 1344 standard. Masterclock’s master clock system also supports these
specifications.
Pre 2007 Standard – U.S.A. and Canada
Traditional US/Canada daylight/summer time is configured as one (1) hour positive bias. For
the U.S. (through 2006) and Canada, daylight savings time begins on the first Sunday of April
at 2:00AM (Local Time) and ends on the last Sunday of October at 2:00AM (Local Time).
Post 2006 Standard – U.S.A. and Canada
On August 8, 2005, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 was signed. This Act changed the time
change dates for Daylight Saving Time in the U.S, effective in 2007. DST now begins on the
second Sunday of March at 2:00 AM (Local Time) and end the first Sunday of November at
2:00 AM (Local Time).
EU Standard – European Union
In the European Union, daylight change times are defined relative to the UTC time of day
instead of local time of day (like in the U.S.). For the European Union, summertime period
begins at 1:00 AM UTC on the last Sunday of March and ends at 1:00 AM UTC on the last
Sunday of October. European customers, please carefully consult the section entitled Device
Settings for details on setting daylight time.
To ensure proper year-around operation, daylight time adjustments must be configured
using the daylight time option and not with the time zone offset option.
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Freewheeling Accuracy
The TCDS has built-in provisions to allow the clock to freewheel and maintain accuracy for extended
periods in the absence of time code. These features also allow the unit to be set manually and run
without time code with precision.
TCXO and RTC circuit
The TCDS contains a precision TCXO ( Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator) and RTC
(Real Time Clock) circuit allowing the clock to maintain an accuracy of +/- 1 minute per year to
the last known time code input (+/- 165 mS per day) when time code is not present or cannot
be decoded (i.e. freewheeling mode).
Maintenance-free Rechargeable Battery
The RTC and TCXO are maintained continuously from a rechargeable battery circuit during
periods of power outage. Minimum holdover period is two weeks once the battery is
charged.
Default Configuration
The TCDS digital clock maintains its configuration data in non-volatile flash memory allowing the unit
to retain configuration settings even when power is off. The clock may be configured by using the
Windows software application, TCD-Set configuration utility and a USB cable.
The TCDS ships from the factory with the following configuration as defined below.
SETTING
Disabled
Disabled
Enabled
Enabled
CONFIGURATION SELECTION
Time Zone Offset
Daylight Savings Time
Date information in time code
24 Hour format
The TCDS ships from the factory with “Time Zone / Time Offset” options set to off in
order to display UTC time.
The TCDS interprets the incoming time code as UTC.
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TCD-Set
The TCD-Set configuration utility is a program designed to run under the Microsoft Windows
operating system and is supplied with the time code clock.
Installation
To install the software program on your Windows server, workstation or PC, complete the following
steps.
1. Insert the CD, “Time Code Products”, supplied with your time display.
2. Run “Setup_TCD-Set.exe” executable file from the TCDS folder. By default, the setup utility
will install the files to C:\Program Files\Masterclock\TCD-Set\.
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USB Device Driver
A USB type B port has been included on the rear cover of the clock to provide a means of configuring
the clock via software and to allow for firmware upgrades for either firmware corrections or future
product enhancements.
To utilize the USB port, connect a USB type A to USB type B cable from the computer to the clock.
USB A cable end
(to computer)
USB B cable end
(to clock)
USB B port on
clock
(back panel view)
Installing the Device Driver
First, power-on the TCDS. Next, use a USB cable (not supplied) and connect to the PC.
The Windows Plug and Play manager will detect a new USB device and request device drivers. If
Windows is unable to install the USB device drivers, the system will send an alert.
Open “Device Manager” and locate “Time Code Display” listed under “Other devices”.
Right click the device and click on “Update Driver Software”. This will need to be
performed for both USB device drivers (i.e. COM and BUS).
There are two locations for the USB Device Driver:
1. C:\ Program Files\Masterclock\TCD-Set \Drivers\
2. CD labeled, “Time Code Products” X:\Products\TCDS\Drivers\
Note: “X” is the CD/DVD drive letter of your Windows PC.
Device Manager
Device Manager with correct USB Device Driver
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Using TCD-Set, USB Configuration Utility
Open TCD-Set from the “Start Menu” or by double-clicking the shortcut icon on the desktop.
The lower left section of the main window shows the model, firmware version and serial number
of the clock. Above that is the current status of the clock display. This information is continually
updated.
Local Time is the time displayed on the clock, including any time zone and/or DST offset
information. UTC Time is the un-adjusted time from whatever format of time code coming into
the clock. Time Code Status states the format of time code if the clock is locked to it, or "No time
code" if none is in-coming or if the clock is not locked to it.
The time shown is not perfectly in sync with that displayed by the clock, but is meant to give a
view of the clock display for basic troubleshooting and maintenance purposes.
This is a screenshot of a TCD-Set when connected to a typical TCDS clock from Masterclock:
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This is a screenshot of TCD-Set when connected to a TCDS112, which has two 6-digit display
sections, so it can display a second time with its own time zone and DST settings:
Click [Apply] from the main window to save the modified settings made from the
sub-menus (i.e. Time Zone, Daylight Savings Time, Time Code Settings, etc.).
The “Local Time” field is displayed in the 24 hour format, even if the clock’s
display is set to the 12 hour format.
The TCDS can be configured to display local time using “Time Zone” and “Daylight Saving
Time” settings. These offset changes are made relative to UTC time. The clock always
interprets the incoming time code as UTC.
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Time Zone Offset
Modify the time zone by clicking the [Time Zone] button. This opens a new window that gives
you a list of time zones, including descriptions to help with the selection. Select the desired time
zone and click [OK] to close the window. Changes are applied when you click [OK].
Daylight Saving Time
Configure and/or enable the daylight saving function by clicking the [Daylight Saving Time]
button. North American and European Union DST settings are quickly entered by clicking the
appropriate button; [US Standard] or [EU Standard].
Daylight saving time configurations will be applied when you click [OK].
US/Canada Standard, Post 2006
European Union Standard
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Time Code Settings
To use the automatic DST adjustments requires that date/year encoding is enabled.
This product contains an automatic detection and gain control circuit for the incoming SMPTE
30/25/24 fps longitudinal/linear time code or for IRIG-B(0) pulse width modulated or IRIG-B(1)
amplitude modulated time code.
To support common SMPTE/IRIG-B standard time codes without date/year encoding to the
aforementioned standards, an option of ignoring the date information encoded in the time code is
provided.
Display Properties
The settings on this window control how the clock displays time, date and level of brightness.
Display Properties configurations will be applied after you click [OK] and then click [Apply]
from the main window.
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Set Date Time
The [Set Date Time] feature lets you manually set the time and date for the clock. This may be
most useful for lab situations as the clock keeps time via its internal precision oscillator and realtime clock when time code is not present. The time can either be set to the time of the Windows
PC or a manual time and date can be entered.
Practical use of this feature requires the clock to be removed from the time code source.
When the clock has access to a valid time code source, information obtained via timecode
will immediately overwrite any manually established time/date.
Set To Default Configuration
The user may set the configuration to the factory default settings. The user will be prompted with the
message window below.
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Specifications
Communications I/O
USB……………………........................................B type connect
Format……………………………………………………..v1.1
Time Code Formats
I
N
P
U
T
S
SMPTE – 30 fps
SMPTE – 25 fps (EBU)
SMPTE – 24 fps (FILM)
IRIG-B* pulse width modulated
IRIG-B(1)* amplitude modulated
DST supported
Masterclock/Leitch
IEEE - 1344
Date Encoding
Year Encoding
√
√
√
√
√
Type…………………………………… .........................LTC (Longitudinal/Linear Time Code), forward running,
automatic detection and automatic gain adjustment.
Impedance .....................................................> 50 KΩ
Nominal Level ................................................1.5 Vpp (0dB/600Ω)
Input Level Range...........................................0.175-12 Vpp (-15dBV to 20dBV)
Auto-Detection/Gain Adjustment Range.......IRIG-B00 un-modulated, 0.5 to 12 Vpp
IRIG-B12, 1KHz AM, 0.5 to 8 Vpp, 3:1 mark to space ratio
SMPTE 24, 25 and 30 fps, NDF, 0.2 to 12 Vpp
Input Signal and Connector ………………………BNC-female, Single Ended, Unbalanced:
Center pin: Time Code Signal (+)
Outer Conductor: Time Code Return (Common)
Terminal Block, Differential, Balanced:
Pin 1: Signal (+)
Pin 2: Return (optional)
Pin 3: Shield (-)
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Power Requirements
AC
AC Input Voltage ..................................... 90-265 VAC
AC Input Frequency ................................. 47-63 Hz
AC Input Connector ................................. Universal IEC input connector
AC power consumption ........................... 10 W
There are no user serviceable parts inside the TCDS digital clock.
Please contact Masterclock, Inc. if you require servicing or repair.
Internal Battery Circuit
Maintenance Free Rechargeable Battery
3V,17 mAh, Coin Cell
Rechargeable Manganese Lithium
Panasonic ML1220/V1A
Rechargeable Manganese Lithium coin cell (Panasonic ML1220) and recharging
circuit requires no maintenance and retains all configuration settings for two weeks (minimum
holdover) without applied external power.
Operating/Storage Temperature and Humidity
Operating Temperature .............................. 0 to +50°C
Relative Humidity ....................................... Up to 90% (non condensing @ 25°C)
Storage Temperature ................................. -40 to 70°C
Size and Weight
6 Digit Display
TCDS26
Physical Size
Width
Height
Depth
Weight
Material
Case
Lens
9 Digit Display
TCDS29
17.5” (44.5 cm)
3.75” (9.6 cm)
3” (7.6cm)
17.5” (44.5 cm)
3.75” (9.6 cm)
3” (7.6cm)
4.4 lb (2 kg)
4.4 lb (2 kg)
Powder Coated Steel
Acrylic
Powder Coated Steel
Acrylic
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Care and Cleaning
Adherence to regular and proper cleaning procedures is recommended to preserve appearance.
Scratched or otherwise damaged lens caused by misuse, mishandling and improper storage or
improper cleaning is not covered under the limited warranty.
Job Site Precautions
It is recommended the clock be removed from the wall and stored face up in its protective shipment
bag during painting and construction.
New construction and renovations frequently require that the job site be cleaned of any excess
mortar, paint, sealant, primers or other construction compounds. Only recommended cleaners
should be used to clean the polycarbonate lens. Contact with harsh solvents such as methyl ethyl
ketone (MEK) or muriatic acid can result in surface degradation and possible crazing of the
polycarbonate.
When the clock is first installed, glazing compound and masking tape adhesive can be easily removed
from the lens by applying naphtha (VMandP) or kerosene with a soft cloth, followed immediately
with a thorough soap and water cleaning.
Stainless Steel Case
If your clock has a stainless steel case, a cleaner and polish designed for use on stainless steel is
recommended. Use a recommended product to maintain and protect the stainless steel finish while
resisting water spots and fingerprints.
Compatible Cleaners and Polish
The following cleaning and polish agent has been found to be compatible with the
stainless steel case finish. Manufacturer's instructions should be followed.
Magic® Complete™ Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish Spray (Magic American Products.
Washing to Minimize Scratching
Wash with a mild soap or detergent (such as 409™ (Clorox Co.), cleaner) and lukewarm water, using
a clean sponge or a soft lint free cloth. DO NOT USE PAPER TOWELS OR PAPER PRODUCTS TO CLEAN
OR DRY THE LENS. Rinse well with clean water. Dry thoroughly with a chamois or moist cellulose
sponge to prevent water spots. Do not scrub or use brushes or abrasives on these products; the UV
coating is not mar resistant. Also do not use butyl cellosolve in direct sunlight.
Fresh paint splashes, grease and smeared glazing compounds can be removed easily before drying by
rubbing lightly with a good grade of naphtha or isopropyl alcohol. Follow the alcohol rub with a mild
detergent wash with warm water and end with a thorough rinsing with clean water using a clean
damp lint free cloth.
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Minimize Hairline Scratches
Always store the clock face-up in the protective plastic shipping bag until ready for installation and
during transporting to the installation site. Do not place the clock face (lens surface) down on any
surface as this may scratch or mar the lens.
Scratches and minor abrasions can be minimized by using a mild automobile polish. Three such
products that tend to polish and fill scratches are Johnson Paste Wax, Novus Plastic Polish #1 and #2,
Novus, Inc., Minneapolis, MN and Mirror Glaze plastic polish (MG M10) Mirror Bright Polish Co.,
Pasadena, CA. It is suggested that a test be made on a very small section of the polycarbonate lens
with the product selected and that the polish manufacturer's instructions be followed.
"Don't" - Very Important
• Don't store the clock without the protective plastic shipment bag.
• Don't store or place the clock face down on any surface, as this may scratch the lens.
• Don't use abrasive or highly alkaline cleaners.
• Don't use paper towels, paper products, rayon or polyester cloths to clean or dry the lens.
• Don't scrape the lens with squeegees, razor blades or other sharp instruments.
• Don't ever use benzene, gasoline, acetone, methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), muriatic acid or carbon
tetrachloride on the lens.
• Don't clean lenses in hot sun or on very hot days.
Cleaning the Lens
The following cleaning agents have been found to be compatible with the Polycarbonate and Acrylic
lens. Manufacturer's instructions should be followed. Formula 409™ (Clorox Co.), Top Job™ (Proctor
and Gamble), VM and P grade Naphtha Joy™(Proctor and Gamble), Windex w/Ammonia D™Drackett
Products), Palmolive Liquid™(Colgate Palmolive).
Foreign Substance Removal
• Butyl Cellosolve (For removal of paints, marking pens, lipstick, etc.)
• The use of adhesive tape or lint removal tools work well for lifting off old weathered paints.
• To remove labels, stickers, etc., the use of kerosene, naphtha or petroleum spirits is generally
effective. When the solvent will not penetrate sticker material, apply heat (hair dryer) to
soften the adhesive and promote removal. Gasoline should never be used.
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Troubleshooting
The easiest way to verify that TCDS is decoding time code is to observe the LED colons on the front of
the clock. The colons will be on continuously when the TCDS synchronized to a time source (i.e.
decoding time code). If the colons are flashing at a rate of 1 pulse per second or dashes are displayed,
then there is an issue with the input time code signal.
A secondary method is to monitor the time code status while using the TCD-Set application.
Time code decoding problems can include any of the following:
• No time code present
• Ground loops or other interference such as coupling from nearby AC power lines,
bad/intermittent cables, wiring or connectors incorrect wiring connection for unbalanced or
balanced input signals
• Out of range signal level that is too high or too low
• Fluctuating signal level
• A signal that is distorted
• Excessive loading on the time code line
• A time code type or encoding that the TCD option does not support
There are no user serviceable parts inside the TCDS digital clock/display.
Please contact Masterclock, Inc. if you require servicing or repair.
Clock is displaying dashes (- - - - ) and/or colon’s are flashing (i.e. unable to “lock” to time code)
Possible reasons/solutions:
1. Clock is not currently connected to a time code source.
2. There is a problem with the cabling between the clock and the time code source.
3. There is a ground loop or other interference between the clock and the time code source.
Verify that a common ground exists between the clock and the time code source. If the
cabling distance between the time code source and clock is large you may want to consider
inserting an audio distribution amplifier between the devices.
4. The signal level of the incoming time code is out of the range of the time code circuitry.
5. The signal level of the incoming time code is fluctuating or has changed. The signal level must
be stable for the TCDS to detect and decode the time code. Cycle power of the TCDS device to
re-initiate the auto-detection of time code.
6. The time code being fed to the TCDS is not a recognized format. Verify that your time code
source is providing one of the time code formats that the TCDS can decode.
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Not displaying the correct local time and/or date.
Possible reasons/solutions:
1. The TCDS has a time zone offset and/or DST offset configured.
2. Your time code source and/or the TCDS are set with time zone and/or DST offsets.
3. Your time code source is not providing the time and/or date that you expect. Contact the
individual responsible for the time code source for more information.
Clock did not properly negotiate the DST.
Possible reasons/solutions:
1. Your time code source is not providing date information and/or a valid date was not
programmed into the TCDS.
2. Your time code source already provides the DST adjustment.
3. Your time code source or the TCDS does not have the correct DST rules configured.
UTC time and/or date is incorrect.
There are several potential failure points:
• Invalid, intermittent or missing time code source
• Date/year overwrite function for non-date encoded time code may be configured improperly
• Battery may need to be replaced
• A local time zone or DST configuration not set correctly
1. Verify that your time code source is generating the UTC referenced time and date that you
expect and that this time code format is at an acceptable signal level and quality that can be
detected at the client side (i.e. TCDS input).
2. When using SMPTE time code, verify that you are not using drop frame time code. Use only
NDF (non-drop frame) SMPTE time code.
3. If you are using in-house time code, verify that the time code source is locked to the GPS
satellite system for UTC time code. Time code sources such as SMPTE time code that is fed via
a broadcast satellite will have a delay due to the satellite transmission. The TCDS cannot
compensate for satellite transmission delays.
4. If you are using a time code source from another vendor, be certain your time code contains
encoded year/date information to the IEEE 1344 [IRIG-B] or Masterclock/Leitch [SMPTE] time
code encoding formats. IRIG-B(0)/B(1) time code format must have the year/date encoded to
the IEEE 1344 specification in the CF (Control Functions). SMPTE-type time codes must have
the date be encoded to the Masterclock/Leitch specification in the user bits.
5. If your time code source is providing DST adjustments and time zone offsets these functions
must be disabled in your TCDS in order to eliminate double offsets.
6. If you are using the date/time display such as on a Windows system to validate the time on
the clock, this may provide misleading information as these may be configured to display local
time zone and daylight saving time information and they may not be currently synchronized to
UTC time. This is configured through the Date/Time applet in the Control Panel or using an
NTP client.
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Limited Warranty
This Masterclock, Inc. product warranty extends to the original purchaser.
Masterclock warrants this product against defects in materials and workmanship for a period of one
year from date of sale. If Masterclock receives notice of such defects during the warranty period,
Masterclock will, at its option, either repair or replace products that prove to be defective.
Should Masterclock be unable to repair or replace the product within a reasonable amount of time,
the customer's alternate remedy shall be a refund of the purchase price upon return of the product
to Masterclock. This warranty gives the customer specific legal rights. Other rights, which vary from
state to state or province to province, may be available.
Exclusions
The above warranty shall not apply to defects resulting from improper or inadequate installation or
maintenance by the customer, customer-supplied software or interfacing, unauthorized modification
or misuse, operation outside of the environmental specifications for the product or improper site
preparation and maintenance (if applicable).
Limitations
Masterclock makes no other warranty, either expressed or implied, with respect to this product.
Masterclock specifically disclaims the implied warranties of merchantability of fitness for a particular
purpose.
In any state or province which does not allow the foregoing disclaimer, any implied warranty of
merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose imposed by law in those states or provinces is
limited to the one-year duration of the written warranty.
Exclusive Remedies
The remedies provided herein are the customer’s sole and exclusive remedies. In no event shall
Masterclock be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental or consequential damages, whether
based on contract, tort or any other legal theory.
In any state or province that does not allow the foregoing exclusion or limitation of incidental or
consequential damages, the customer may have other remedies.
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Service Information
We sincerely hope that you never experience a problem with any Masterclock product. If you do
need service, contact Masterclock’s Technical Support team. A trained specialist will help you to
quickly determine the source of the problem. Many problems are easily resolved with a single phone
call or email. If it is necessary to return a unit to us, an RMA (Return Material Authorization) number
will be given to you.
Visit our website to download a current RMA request form.
http://www.masterclock.com/rma.php
Masterclock tracks the flow of returned material with our RMA system to ensure speedy service.
You must include this RMA number on the outside of the box so that your return can be
processed immediately.
RMA Policy
Our RMA policy is straight forward and is based on several basic premises
• An item can be returned, subject to several basic requirements, under our
30 day Satisfaction Guarantee.
• If an item fails within the Warranty Period we will repair and return it freight prepaid.
• If an item is outside the warranty period and requires repair we will inspect, repair and return
the item to you for a reasonable charge for the work and the cost for freight.
• If you think an item or system is not working properly we expect you to read the instruction
manual, talk with our technical support department and make a reasonable effort to resolve
the issue.
• If you return an item to us for repair and the item is found to work properly then we will
charge you an "Analysis and Inspection" charge plus the return freight.
Please supply us with as many details about the problem as you can. The information you supply will
be given to the repair department before your unit arrives. This helps us to provide you with the best
service, in the fastest manner.
We apologize for any inconvenience that the need for repair may cause you. We hope that our rapid
service meets your needs. If you have any suggestions to help us improve our service, please give us a
call. We appreciate your ideas and will respond to them.
Contacting Us
Masterclock, Inc.
2484 West Clay Street
St. Charles, MO 63301 USA
website
www.masterclock.com
USA and Canada
1-800-940-2248
1-636-724-3666
1-636-724-3776 (fax)
International
1-636-724-3666
1-636-724-3776 (fax)
Sales
sales@masterclock.com
Technical Support
support@masterclock.com
Masterclock, Inc.
2484 West Clay St.
St. Charles, MO 63301
+1-(636)-724-3666
1-800-724-1778
support@masterclock.com
sales@masterclock.com