HOW TO: Use Timecode Systems products (previously Timecode Buddy)

With MovieRecorder and Multicam Logger, you can use multiple Timecode sources. One of them is "Timecode Systems Products". Timecode Systems offer a wide range of Timecode solutions, among which the :pulse  and :wave that can send accurate timecode over WiFi or Ethernet (among other things), making it the ideal companion for the Mac. 

Note that the products used to be called "Timecode Buddy", so some of our applications still use the term "Timecode Buddy", while newer versions will use "Timecode Systems Products", but both will work the same way.

 

WiFi with :pulse and :wave

About the WiFi connection

To provide accurate TC, Timecode Systems works in what is called an "Ad Hoc" mode.  This has 2 important implications:

  • When connected to the :pulse device in WiFi, your mac will then not be able to connect to another network using WiFi. You will need to plan on having a wired connection if you need to connect to a local network and/or have internet access.
  • Only one application at a time can use :pulse. You will not be able to connect both Multicam Logger and MovieRecorder to the same :pulse if they are running on the same computer. It will work if Multicam Logger and MovieRecorder are on separate computers.

 

How to configure your :pulse for Wi-Fi?

Use the knob on your :pulse to:

  • go in the "Wifi Settings" menu
  • go in "Network Type" and select 'Soft AP
  • you may want to check the "Network ID No", either to change it to a unique number in case you have multiple :pulse, or just to know its number.

 

How to configure your Mac and Softron application?

  • First connect your Mac to the :pulse. For that, Select the Wi-Fi network of the Timecode Systems :pulse – i.e. "Pulse095". 
  • Then in the preferences of MovieRecorder or Multicam Logger, select "Timecode Systems Products" or "Timecode Buddy" as your Timecode Source.

That's it! Your application should now show the TC coming from your Timecode Systems product.

 

Ethernet only with :pulse

About the Ethernet connection

Ethernet is more reliable to use than Wi-Fi, but you will have to use a dedicated network for that, do not plug the :pulse to a regular Ethernet network. The :pulse has a built-in DHCP Server, so there won't be any setup required.

If your Mac has 2 Ethernet ports, then you will be able to connect one of them to your internet network, and the other port will be used for the timecode.

 

How to configure your :pulse for Wi-Fi?

To enable it, use the knob on your :pulse to:

  • go in the "Wifi Settings" menu
  • Turn OFF Wi-Fi.
  • go in the "Ethernet Settings" menu 
  • Turn ON Ethernet broadcast

 

How to configure your Mac and Softron application?

  • First connect your Mac to the :pulse. For that,
    • go in the "System Preference pane"
    • in "Network" settings, select the ethernet port on which the :pulse is connected
    • make sure that it uses DHCP to retrieve the TCP/IP
    • it should show up as green and connected
  • Then in the preferences of MovieRecorder or Multicam Logger, select "Timecode Systems Products" or "Timecode Buddy" as your Timecode Source.

 

WiFi with Timecode Buddy - Wifi Master

If you own the first product of Timecode Systems, called Timecode Buddy - WiFi Master, the behaviour will be slightly different.

About the WiFi connection

To provide accurate TC, Timecode Systems works in what is called an "Ad Hoc" mode.  This has 2 important implications:

  • When connected to the :pulse device in WiFi, your mac will then not be able to connect to another network using WiFi. You will need to plan on having a wired connection if you need to connect to a local network and/or have internet access.
  • Only one application at a time can use :pulse. You will not be able to connect both Multicam Logger and MovieRecorder to the same :pulse if they are running on the same computer. It will work if Multicam Logger and MovieRecorder are on separate computers.

 

How to configure your :pulse for Wi-Fi?

Use the knob on your :pulse to:

  • go in the "Wifi" menu
  • turn on the option "OSX T/C Port". If this option is not turned on, you will be able to connect to the Timecode Buddy from your mac, but you won't receive any Timecode for it.

 

How to configure your Mac and Softron application?

  • First connect your Mac to the :pulse. For that, Select the Wi-Fi network of the Timecode Systems :pulse – i.e. "Pulse095". It should be listed at the bottom of the list. Select it, the Wi-Fi icon should change to the "Adhoc" connection, not the regular Wi-Fi icon.
  • Then in the preferences of MovieRecorder or Multicam Logger, select "Timecode Systems Products" or "Timecode Buddy" as your Timecode Source.

That's it! Your application should now show the TC coming from your Timecode Systems product.

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