Timecode Systems Ltd., a pioneer in wireless technologies for sharing timecode and metadata, announced today that the Denecke TS-TCB Hardware Clapper IntelliSlate with integrated Timecode Buddy functionality is shipping in April. First demonstrated at last year's NAB Show, the IntelliSlate combines the convenience and functionality of a traditional clapper slate, but with super accurate RF-locked timecode readout, transmission of stick closing timecode, and a second ultra-bright LED dot matrix display to mirror metadata from iOS applications. This means that, for the first time, production teams can use a real hardware slate with two-way network communication enabled by the Timecode Buddy system.
"While many users appreciate the capabilities of an app-based digital slate in terms of metadata logging and accurate timecode in a visual slate, many still demand the 'clap,' robustness, and sunlight readability of a traditional slate. That's precisely what they get with this combination of Denecke and Timecode Systems products. We teamed with Denecke -- the industry standard for electronic timecode slates -- to incorporate all the advantages of Timecode Buddy RF and Wi-Fi networking into a solid hardware clapper," said Paul Scurrell, Timecode Systems managing director. "This collaboration is a boon for production teams that rely on a hardware clapper slate, and it represents another leap forward in Timecode Systems' quest to simplify and enhance production workflows with integrated solutions."
The Denecke TS-TCB Hardware Clapper IntelliSlate now incorporates a Timecode Systems' S1C RF circuit board and a S1C custom display board. Together, they equip the Denecke slate with a highly accurate timecode generator, RF transceiver, Wi-Fi connectivity, and a customised display panel. As a result, the slate puts out timecode, clap stick times, and metadata that is instantly configured and synced, and then remains in perfect harmony all day long, even if RF is momentarily lost.
The addition of the S1C boards makes the Denecke TS-TCB automatically compatible with the entire Timecode Buddy system. The board also allows the Denecke slate to integrate fully into the control surface of the MovieSlate app and Timecode Buddy: app. It also enables compatibility with the other third-party applications Timecode Buddy supports, such as Adobe Prelude(R) Live Logger, Softron Media Services' MovieRecorder and Multicam Logger, and IN2CORE QTAKE HD.
"Now our customers get a rock-solid, trusted slate with the added value of Timecode Systems' RF and Wi-Fi capabilities, not to mention the incredibly accurate timecode for which both companies are known," said Charles Parra, president of Denecke. "Our collaboration with Timecode Systems has yielded a physical slate with networking capabilities that users can seamlessly integrate into digital workflow apps for content logging and automatically ensure that the displayed slate timecode is constantly in sync throughout the shoot."
Timecode Systems will demonstrate the integration with the Denecke TS-TCB IntelliSlate at the 2015 NAB Show in booth C1134. More information about Timecode Systems' S1C board and Timecode Buddy can be found at www.timecodebuddy.com.