Timecode Systems Releases of V4 Firmware With New ‘BLINK Master ID’

Timecode Systems has announced the release of Version 4 firmware. An essential upgrade required across all Timecode Systems products and adds a new ‘BLINK Master ID’ feature to the system, it not only integrates SyncBac PRO devices into the company’s network, but also provides significant enhancements to its BLINK RF protocol.

BLINK is the RF protocol that locks together the company's wireless timecode system by generating a robust and reliable RF link between Timecode Systems' devices. It allows timecode, metadata, status, and control commands to travel between individual units and creates the wireless communication network driving the system.

Timecode BLINK Diagram

Timecode BLINK Diagram

With the new Version 4 firmware update, each Timecode Systems unit can now be assigned a "BLINK Master ID," which is a friendly name for the network chosen by the user. This new function enables all receiving timecode sources to be paired with a specific master unit.

The friendly name is shown on the screen of every receiving unit connected to a master, making it easy to confirm a link. When filming in an environment where there are multiple crews, and therefore potentially multiple master units operating within the same range, the BLINK Master ID allows users to see, at a glance, that receiving units are syncing with the correct master.

The creation of the BLINK Master ID was part of the development process for SyncBac PRO, Timecode Systems' new wireless, embedded timecode sync solution for GoPro HERO4 Black and Silver cameras. The release of the new Version 4 firmware update follows shipping of the first SyncBac PRO units last week.

"Filming using GoPros not only increases the number of video sources involved in a shoot, but also means cameras are often roaming and can easily stray into the range of another master unit. By assigning each SyncBac PRO with a BLINK Master ID, we guarantee that even when a GoPro is on the move, its SyncBac PRO will stay locked to the crew's master timecode source.”
— Paul Scurrell, CEO of Timecode Systems Limited

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