• How do I connect to the BLINK Hub app?

    On your :wave or :pulse make sure the wifi is on and make a note of the wireless ID.

    If the wifi is off, press the control knob once, rotate to "wifi settings", "Turn on/off press knob again. You will be prompted to turn the wifi on, press the knob to confirm that you wish to turn the wifi on.

    Note: If the wifi was already on you will be prompted to turn the wifi off, in this case rotate the knob to "exit" and press the knob. This will keep the wifi on.

    On a tablet/smart phone: Turn on the Wi-Fi of your :wave or :pulse. On your smart device select the Wi-Fi network of your TCS device (e.g. Pulse85). Open the BLINK Hub app and you should see the running timecode from the :wave or :pulse. The BLINK Hub data will be downloaded from the :pulse into the app.

    On a Mac: If you wish to connect to the :pulse via Ethernet for using the BLINK Hub app, ensure that the Wi-Fi is switched OFF and the Ethernet is switched ON. Connect your Mac to the :pulse using an Ethernet cable. The PC or Mac will get an IP address from the :pulse DHCP server. Launch the BLINK Hub app and you should see running timecode on the app and the BLINK Hub status page will load.

  • How do I use BLINK Hub with my SyncBac PRO?

    Did you know that you can monitor and control your SyncBac PRO and GoPro HERO remotely, via a tablet or desktop PC or Mac? All you need is a Timecode Systems :pulse in your RF network and the free BLINK Hub application. When a network has remote monitoring and control capabilities, we call it a BLINK network (it is an RF network with remote features provided by BLINK Hub and a :pulse).

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    In BLINK Hub, each device in the BLINK network has its own status panel. The status panel shows a variety of status information about the device and its attachments. So you can view the status of your SyncBac PROs and the GoPro HERO cameras to which they are connected.

    Even better, you can use BLINK Hub for remote control. With a :pulse as the master, you can switch slaves on and off and start and stop recordings from your desktop, tablet or smartphone. To control a SyncBac PRO remotely, it must be set to run in RF Slave mode, and a :pulse must be set as the master (see Set the Timecode Mode).

    For instructions on how to use BLINK Hub, please refer to the BLINK Hub documentation, which is provided with :pulse mini-base stations.

    Tip: Visit www.timecodesystems.com or contact your local stockist for more information on :pulse mini base stations.

     

  • How do I use BLINK Hub with my :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: :pulse only 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: