BLINK Hub and :pulse

Remote Control and Monitoring

With :pulse, you can monitor and control your recording equipment remotely, via:

  • Apple® Macintosh® computer
  • iOS or Android smartphone or tablet.

This gives you far more options when making recordings, especially in dangerous environments - you can leave your camera/sound mixer in place and control your recording some distance away, in a safe location.

To make use of your :pulse's remote control and monitoring features, you need to connect it to an external app. For most types of device, we recommend that you use our free BLINK Hub app, which is available on the ITunes app store (iOS) and Google Play store (Android). You can download BLINK Hub for Mac OSX on our website:

http://www.timecodesystems.com/products-home/blink-hub/

 

To learn more about what you can do with BLINK Hub and third-party apps, see:

 

If you are familiar with the concept of using apps to monitor and control your Timecode Systems devices, you can set up your :pulse for data streaming. You can choose to use an Ethernet connection or the :pulse's built-in Wi-Fi for data streaming:

BLINK Hub

BLINK Hub on Tablet

BLINK Hub is a user-friendly app that displays a separate box for each device that it detects, including:

  • Your :pulse
  • Any supported devices that are physically connected to your :pulse
  • Every Timecode Systems device in the BLINK network (if your :pulse is the master)
  • Any supported devices that are connected to the slave devices in a BLINK network (if your :pulse is the master).

Each box contains status information for that device.

:pulse status in BLINKHub

 

BLINK Hub Settings

Another great feature of BLINK Hub is that you can use it to change the settings of Timecode Systems devices remotely. Select the box for a device and BLINK Hub displays the device's settings in the Settings sidebar.

You can use the settings to monitor status, such as the battery level, and also to make changes to the configuration of a Timecode Systems device.

The settings work in a similar way to the menu settings on the device. When you make changes to settings in BLINK Hub, they are applied to the matching device automatically, just as if you had made the changes on the device.

Remote control is also very easy in BLINK Hub. Simply select the box for a device that can be controlled, and BLINK Hub presents you with a simple control panel. For example, if you selected the box for a SyncBac PRO connected to a GoPro HERO4™ camera, you would be presented with controls like these:

BLINK Hub Controls for GoPro HERO4

 

The control panel provides simple buttons for controlling your device via BLINK Hub, such as power on/off, start, stop, record, and pause. Below the controls, status information about the device is also shown, such as remaining battery power, SD card memory, etc.

The control panel always presents you with controls and status information that are relevant to the selected device.

For more information on the BLINK Hub interface, please refer to the BLINK Hub user guide.

Third-Party Apps

BLINK Hub isn't the only app that :pulse can connect to. It can also connect to other popular apps, including:

  • Adobe® Prelude LiveLogger®
  • PureBlend Software MovieSlate 8®.

For certain features, you may need to use one of these external apps. For example, to use a :pulse for remote control of an an ARRI® Alexa® camera, you will need to use the MovieSlate app.

 

Which Apps Do You Need?

The following table shows which apps you need to monitor and control your Timecode Systems and third-party equipment. As you can see, BLINK Hub meets most requirements.

Device BLINK HubRemote Monitor BLINK HubRemote Control MovieSlateRemote Control
:pulse, :wave, :minitrx+, Denecke TS-TCB Slate Supported Supported Not Supported
GoProHERO4™ Black/Silver (connected to SyncBac PRO) Supported Supported Not Supported
Sound Devices 6-series sound mixers/recorders Supported Supported Supported
ARRI® Alexa® video cameras Supported Not Supported Supported
Other video cameras connected to Timecode Systems devices Supported Not Supported Not Supported

Set up :pulse to Connect to External Apps

Your :pulse can connect to external apps by using its built-in Wi-Fi or via an Ethernet connection. Ethernet connections are more stable, but require the :pulse to be physically connected to a computer or Local Area Network, which can be impractical in some situations.

:pulse has ethernet support

Wi-fi does not require any physical connections, and so can be a more versatile solution. However, Wi-Fi connections are less stable than a wired Ethernet connection, and can be prone to intermittent loss of connection.

Note: :pulseonly uses Wi-Fi and Ethernet for communicating with external apps. It uses Timecode Systems' proprietary RF protocol to communicate with the devices in the BLINK network.

 

For more details, see:

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