Evertz Master SPG / Master Clock Combo
The 5600MSC Master Sync and Clock Generator, is both a broadcast quality master sync pulse generator (SPG) and a master clock. It provides all of the synchronizing signals needed in a 21st century TV station at the same time as solving the problem of locking the in-house master clock system to the master video sync pulse generator.
A high stability, temperature controlled oscillator, provides the 5600MSC with better than 0.5 x 10-9 (0.005ppm) frequency reference. The free running drift of this 10MHz reference will be less than 0.1Hz (which amounts to less than 1 millisecond time drift per day). This guarantees that any frequency drift, with time and temperature, will be within the tolerances expected from the best SPGs or master clocks available in the industry. The 5600MSC may also be referenced to an external 5MHz or 10MHz master oscillator if higher stability is required. Both the SPG and the Master Clock sections, may be referenced to high stability time and frequency standards present in the Global Position System (GPS) by adding the GPS option. The 5600MSC provides a high stability 10MHz output reference for use by other devices.
The SPG section provides two banks of three timeable outputs. These six BNC outputs may be configured to provide 6 independently timed color black (black burst) outputs or 6 independently timed HDTV tri-level sync outputs, or 3 of each signal type. Each color black output can optionally carry vertical interval time code (VITC) on a user specified set of lines.
When referenced to the optional GPS receiver, the start of the NTSC four field sequence, or the PAL eight field sequence, will coincide with a specific point in the GPS code. In this way, by referencing all the 5600MSCs in a system to GPS, they will all be automatically locked to each other. This is ideal for applications requiring remote facility frequency, phase and time locked! GPS heads may be remoted from the unit with standard 50' cables included or optional 100' & 400' weatherproof cables. For remote GPS head requirements of greater than 400' or fiber optic isolation, GPS Data Fiber Transmitters & Receivers are also available (7707GPS-DT-F2 & 7707GPS-DR-F2).
The unit also has absolute time reference support (ATR). ATR is a set of data currently being proposed by SMPTE and will be inserted onto the SMPTE 318M universal reference signal. This information gives the absolute time of the signal in seconds, and fractions of a second since the SMPTE Epoch (midnight, January 1, 1958 UTC). ATR tells when the signal was created, regardless of current time when the signal is received and provides an additional means of locking two 5600MSCs together. (This feature will be implemented when the signal is standardized by SMPTE.)
The master clock section provides a primary linear time code (LTC) output on an XLR connector and a 9 pin D connector, as well as a secondary LTC output available only on the 9 pin D connector. The time code may be set from the front panel or referenced to a number of different sources. Having two LTC outputs provides the ability to drive 24 and 30 Fps, or drop-frame and non-drop frame timecode simultaneously. Time may be externally referenced to GPS, or via modem to a high-level time source or extracted from VITC on reference input. Time derived from such sources can be offset from UTC to a specific time zone as required. When referenced to GPS or by modem, the 5600MSC can provide RFC-1305 compliant NTP via Ethernet, and operates in broadcast and server mode. GPS, NTP and Modem access are all options for the 5600MSC. The 5600MSC includes a battery backed-up real time clock to maintain its time while power is not applied to the unit.
An optional word clock output is available for the 5600MSC (+WC) and also audio word clock may be generated from DARS with 520DARS-W module (Refer to 520DARS-W brochure).
There are two test signal generator options available. The STG option provides a composite analog video test signal output, AES and balanced analog audio tone generators and a digital audio reference output (DARS). The STG option also provides two standard definition SDI test signal outputs and two SDI black outputs. The HTG option provides two high definition SDI test signal outputs and two HD SDI black outputs.
All versions of the 5600MSC offer an AUX I/O port and a COM port for software upgrades and/or interconnecting two 5600MSC units (when used with the 5600ACO). An optional redundant power supply is also available.
Two 5600MSC units in combination with an Automatic Change Over (model 5600ACO) provide an extra degree off reliability where dual redundant installations are required. The ACO provides relay changeover for the two LTC outputs, the six Sync pulse outputs, the 10MHz reference output, and the GPI/O interface. A serial cable interconnecting the COM ports of the two 5600MSC units guarantees that the configuration and timing of the units are identical so that changeovers are done with minimal disruption of the plant timing reference.