Timecode Buddy: wifi master

The Timecode Buddy: wifi master is the core product of the Timecode Buddy: system.  Super accurate ‘out-of-the-box’, it will transmit and sync timecode seamlessly between all units on a shoot using 14 license-free ISM BAND RF channels – no daily tuning needed.  Activate the additional WiFi connection to stream sample accurate timecode to up to 10 iOS devices for logging and notes.

Key functions include:

  • World class accurate timecode generator – pre-tuned temperature controlled crystal
  • Multi-channel transceiver – transmit and sync between all master and slave units
  • WiFi connectivity – access for loggers, camera assistants, script supervisors and directors
  • Workflow solution – use with MovieSlate as a timecode and metadata logging tool and import directly into the timeline of your edit

Use a highly accurate Timecode Buddy powered digislate and workflow solution via the Timecode Buddy: app or theMovie★Slate App from PureBlend Software.

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Product Description


  • Blue backlit display screen shows set up mode, timecode, user bits, frames per second (FPS) and TX/RX channel number.
  • Simple programming from an onscreen menu using a one finger navigation system. No confusing DIP switches to worry about.
  • Pre-programmed with 14 licence free channels in the ISM Band, for robust timecode syncing between TCB devices.
  • Provides GENLOCK TV SYNC in ‘standard’ level output and ‘high’ level output to feed two cameras in a 3D camera rig, including HD formats.
  • Adjust and fix all settings simply ‘on set’ from your iPhone or iPad and access product manuals from any web browser using the Timecode Buddy: webview.
  • Transform an iPad into a digislate with the Timecode Buddy: app and unlock the advanced logging features of the latest Movie★Slate app.
  • Powered by two AA batteries or an external 9-24v DC supply.
  • Separate dual buffered timecode outputs to feed two cameras in a 3D camera rig.
  • Timecode in and outs via BNC sockets or a standard wired Lemo five pin connector.
  • Set up your Timecode Buddy: wifi master to generate its own mobile ‘timecode wifi network’ wherever you are, or it can join an existing infrastructure network on set to expand the range of the ‘timecode wifi network’ across a whole set or sound stage for everybody to share.
  • Update your Timecode Buddy: wifi master firmwareonline.

Special features

In 2012, the Timecode Buddy: wifi master  won the IABM Peter Wayne Award for Design and Innovation.  These are the extra features (in addition to the standard Buddy specification) that caught the judges’ attentions.

WiFi connectivity
Each Timecode Buddy: wifi master  has a dedicated WiFi channel. Anyone on set with an iPhone or iPad can use the free Timecode Buddy: app to log onto their :wifi master’s network and wirelessly stream and display real-time SMPTE timecode directly to their iOS device.

Logging on
Create accurate real time timecode stamps and intelligent logging notes by connecting your Timecode Buddy: wifi master to MovieSlate or Adobe Prelude Live Logger.

As we tweak and improve the firmware, you can update your units by simplydownloading the latest version over WiFi.

Remote control
Operate your Timecode Buddy: wifi master  from our :app. Use your iPad to access firmware information. Configure advanced settings simply from any web browser. Access product manuals easily online for on location troubleshooting. The Buddy Webview (a collection of web pages built into your :wifi master) makes accessing everything to do with the Timecode Buddy: system hassle-free.

On the go connectivity
Complete firmware updates on the go using the micro USB connection. We’re also hatching plans to use this port to transfer metadata in future.

External dimensions 29.8mm x 87mm x 110mm
LCD display 2 line, 16 character, blue variable brightness backlit display
Supported FPS modes 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 29.97DF, 30DF
Antenna ‘halo’ lightpipe Tri-colour LED (Blue/Green/Red)
T/C input BNC connector or 5 pin LEMO (pin 2 sig, pin 1 gnd). 0.1 to 5V pp
Frequency 865.050-868.550 MHz (CE approved) & 915.050-918.650 MHz  (FCC/IC/C-Tick approved)
Internal power 2 x AA batteries
T/C output BNC connector and 5 pin LEMO (pin 5 sig, pin 1 gnd). 1V pp. (3D camera rigs)
Output sync modes PAL, NTSC, 720p, 720p double frame, 1080i, 1080p, 1080p double frame
Output video sync 1V pp / 75 ohm or 1V pp /37.5ohm for ‘High Level Genlock’ mode (3D camera rigs)


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