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SMPTE Time Code Generator/Reader/Inserter - The ES-488U is a microprocessor-based unit which can Generate, Read and Video Insert SMPTE time code. All controls are front panel mounted while the inputs and outputs are accessible via rear mounted connectors.


The ES-488U is a combination SMPTE/EBU Time Code Generator, Reader and Inserter. The unit can read and generate both time and user bits, and can operate in either drop frame or non-drop frame modes. Front panel controls select Time or User Bits, Drop Frame or
Non-Drop Frame, Run or Hold and Reader or Generator modes. The micro-processor circuitry automatically detects and corrects for errors in time code (when reading). The ES-488U has "jam-sync" capability, a color sync input and a reconstituted time code output (when in reader mode). Video Inserter controls allow the Brightness to be adjusted and the Size and Position to be adjusted horizontally and vertically.



  • Reader/Generator "Hold" control
  • Presettable Time & User Bits
  • Reads/ Generates Time and User Bits
  • .56" Yellow LED display
  • Regenerated Time Code output
  • Error Bypass
  • Reads 1/30 to 30x play speed,
  • Drop-Frame/Non Drop-frame modes with indicator
  • Video/Black-Burst and Color Frame inputs
  • 2 Video outputs
  • Position/Size/Brightness controls for Video Insert
  • Keyed/Transparent/Background/No Background Modes
  • SMPTE, EBU & Film modes
  • Optional RS232 Remote Control Interface


  • Time Code Input: 100 mV - 10 Vpp; 2k? input impedance
  • unbalanced
  • Time Code Output: 0 dB into 600?, balanced
  • Video In/Out: 1 Vpp, 75?
  • Color Frame Input: Field #1 Vertical interval negative
  • TTL/CMOS pulse
  • Drift: 2 Seconds/Day
  • Display: Eight Digits, Yellow LED, .56" High
  • Electrical: 117 VAC, 50/60 Hz
  • Power: 10 Watts Maximum
  • Mechanical: 1.75" x 19" Rack Mount, 10" Deep
  • Options: Black, J, R, UL

ESE ES-488

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