Learn how to set up your UltraSync BLUE to connect with other UltraSync BLUEs, other Timecode Systems products, and your recording devices.

  • Set the Frame Rate - UltraSync BLUE

    If you are using your UltraSync BLUE for professional broadcasting, you need to set its frame rate to match the frame rate of your recording equipment. But if you are using your UltraSync BLUE for online content, such as a vlog, you can use the default frame rate (or choose a higher frame rate for a smoother image). Movies and other cinematic productions are usually filmed at 24 frames per second.

    UltraSync BLUE supports these frame rates:

    Frame rate per second Standard Used in
    25, 23.98, 24.00 PAL UK, EU, most other countries
    29.97, 29.97 dropframe, 30.00, 30.00 dropframe NTSC USA, Canada, Mexico, Japan

    To set the frame rate:

    1. Make sure your UltraSync BLUE is switched on (see Switch UltraSync BLUE On and Off on page 1).

    2. Press the Select button.
    3. Choose the Timecode option and press Select.

    4. Choose the Frame Rate option and press Select.
    5. Use the Up and Down buttons to choose a frame rate and press Select.
    6. Choose the Confirm option and press Select (or choose Back to return to the previous screen).

    Note: If your UltraSync BLUE is running in RF slave mode, it will receive and use the frame rate settings from the master device in the network. You don't need to set the frame rate on a slave.

  • Set the Timecode - UltraSync BLUE

    If you're using your UltraSync BLUE in Int Master RF TX mode or Free Run mode, you need to enter its timecode settings. The UltraSync BLUE will use the timecode settings that you provide, and will send the timecode to your recording device via Bluetooth®.

    If your UltraSync BLUE is a master, it will also send the timecode to other Timecode Systems devices via radio, so that they can all synchronise.

    Note: Using an UltraSync BLUE in RF Slave mode? You don't need to enter the timecode settings as your slave UltraSync BLUE will synchronise with the master device as soon as the master is in range.

    To enter the timecode settings:

    1. Make sure your UltraSync BLUE is switched on (see Switch UltraSync BLUE On and Off on page 1).

    2. Press the Select button to display the main menu.

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    3. Choose the Timecode option and press Select.
    4. Choose the Set Timecode option and press Select.

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    5. Enter the time you want the UltraSync BLUE to use. The first two digits are selected automatically and you can use Up and Down to change them. Press Select to move to the next pair of digits and use Up and Down to change those. Repeat until you have set all of the digits.
    6. Press the Select button.

    7. Choose the Confirm option and press Select (or choose Back to return to the previous screen).

  • Sync with Other Timecode Devices

    To get your UltraSync BLUE to synchronise with other UltraSync BLUEs (or other Timecode Systems timecode sync products):

    When the mode and RF settings are in place, the UltraSync BLUE can connect and sync with other UltraSync BLUEs via radio (RF). This timecode is then passed on to the recording devices via Bluetooth.

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    UltraSync BLUE (1) is set to run in Int Master RF TX mode and is the master in the RF network. The other UltraSync BLUEs (2) are set to run in RF Slave mode. The slaves sync with the master.

    Set the RF Channel and RF Region

    Your UltraSync BLUE uses radio (RF) to synchronise with other Timecode Systems devices. It can only connect with devices that use the same RF channel and RF region.

    Note: The RF region setting may be disabled due to FCC regulations. If you cannot access the RF region setting and need to use your UltraSync BLUE in a different country, please contact Timecode Systems for advice.

    To set the RF channel (radio frequency) and RF region:

    1. Make sure your UltraSync BLUE is switched on (see Switch UltraSync BLUE On and Off on page 1).

    2. Press the Select button to display the main menu.

    3. Scroll down to the RF Settings option and press Select.
    4. On the RF Control screen, choose RF Channel and press Select.

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    5. Change the channel to the appropriate number and press Select. There are 14 channels available.

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    6. Choose the Confirm option and press Select (or choose Back to return to the previous screen).

    7. On the RF Control screen, choose RF Region and press Select.

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    8. Use the Up and Down buttons to choose the appropriate area:
      • Europe/UK
      • Japan/China
      • US/CA/AU/NZ (for USA, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand).
    9. Press the Select button.

    10. Choose the Confirm option and press Select (or choose Back to return to the previous screen).

    Choose a Mode

    UltraSync BLUE can run in one of three modes:

    Mode Description
    Int Master RF TX The UltraSync BLUE is the master in the network. It uses its own timecode settings and sends them to slave devices. The slave devices sync with the UltraSync BLUE master.
    RF Slave The UltraSync BLUE is a slave in the network. It receives timecode, frame rate, and user bits from the master device and synchronises to those.
    Free Run The UltraSync BLUE does not connect to other Timecode Systems devices. It uses its own timecode, frame rate, and user bits settings.

    To learn more about the modes, see Example Setups on page 1.

    To set the mode:

    1. Make sure your UltraSync BLUE is switched on (see Switch UltraSync BLUE On and Off on page 1).

    2. Press the Select button to display the main menu.

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    3. Scroll down to the Device Mode option and press Select.
    4. Choose the mode for your UltraSync BLUE.

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    5. Press the Select button.

    6. Choose the Confirm option and press Select (or choose Back to return to the previous screen).

    When you have set the mode, you need to set the RF channel and RF region so that the UltraSync BLUE uses the correct radio frequency.

     

    If you have set your UltraSync BLUE to run in RF Slave mode, it will use its own timecode settings until it is in range of a master device. The radio range is 200m approx. When the UltraSync BLUE is in range, it will sync to the master device's timecode.

    If you set your UltraSync BLUE to run in Int Master RF TX mode or Free Run mode, you need to Set the Timecode (see page 1).

    You may also want to Set the Frame Rate (see page 1) and Set the User Bits (see page 1).

  • Pair with Recording Devices

    To get your UltraSync BLUE to send timecode to your recording device(s), you need to pair them via Bluetooth®.

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    UltraSync BLUE can pair with up to four recording devices at the same time*.

    Note: If you use a Timecode Systems :pulse as a master, you can use BLINK Hub to control and monitor your UltraSync BLUEs and their recording devices remotely. For remote control you will need to have one UltraSync BLUE for each recording device.

    To pair your UltraSync BLUE with a recording device, such as an iPhone:

    1. Activate Bluetooth on your recording device to enter pairing mode.
    2. Make sure your UltraSync BLUE is switched on (see Switch UltraSync BLUE On and Off on page 1).

    3. Press the Select button to display the main menu.

    4. Choose Bluetooth Pair and press Select.

      The Wait to Pair line changes to <Searching> as the UltraSync BLUE searches for other Bluetooth devices in range. When it detects your recording device, it will pair with it.

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    UltraSync BLUE not Pairing?

    If your recording device is within range and the UltraSync BLUE cannot pair with it, make sure that you have enabled Bluetooth on your device. If it is already enabled, try disabling Bluetooth and then re-enabling it. If the UltraSync BLUE is still unable to pair, select the Bluetooth Pair menu and choose Clear Table, and then Confirm. This clears the UltraSync BLUE's memory of previous pairings.

    If you are still unable to pair the UltraSync BLUE with your recording device, contact Timecode Systems for advice.