The Denecke TS-C: A Compact, Full-Featured Smart Slate
The Denecke TS-C is a compact smart slate that’s 1/3 smaller than its predecessor, the TS-3. It weighs under 2 lbs. with batteries and measures at 5.00″ x 8.25″ x 1.24″. This lightweight and portable device is perfect for documentary work or situations where a larger slate would be cumbersome. The TS-C impresses with its compact size and powerful functionality, delivering accuracy through its 16-bit flash microprocessor and high-precision TCXO.
Reading, Generating, & Displaying Timecode
The Denecke TS-C jams to all standard frame rates, including 23.976 for high-definition video, automatically setting user bits when jammed to external time code. In manual set mode, it enables cross-jamming frame rates, while the auto-set mode allows for automatic jamming to the incoming time code’s frame rate.
The TS-C is also a versatile time code reader, capable of reading both ascending and descending timecode. It displays off-speed timecode for special situations like music video playback and can be configured as a real-time “+1 frame reader.”
Aaton Serial Communication and Sync Error Warning
The TS-C, Denecke’s pioneering product, supports Aaton serial protocol, enabling seamless communication between the slate and other Aaton-compatible devices.. Sync errors resulting from differing frame rates are detected and warned, ensuring accuracy and synchronization in multi-camera setups.
Electro-Luminescent (EL) Backlit Face Plate and Display Intensity Control
The Denecke TS-C’s EL backlit face plate ensures easy reading of time code and settings in low-light environments. Display intensity can be adjusted in 12 precise steps. With each step equal to 1/2 f-stop in exposure, it allows for optimal visibility under varying lighting conditions.
Battery and Power Management
The TS-C uses six alkaline “AA” batteries and includes a quick-load battery pack with a sliding access door for easy battery replacement. The device additionally accommodates external power sources with a range from 5.7v to 16v DC. A battery voltage readout and low battery warning guarantee users stay informed about the slate’s power status
Re-Jamming Without Powering Down
With the Denecke TS-C, there’s no need to power down the device to re-jam timecode. Users can simply close the sticks and press the display brightness up button while feeding external timecode to the slate, allowing for a seamless and uninterrupted workflow.
Choice of Clapper Sticks
The TS-C comes with a choice of either black & white or color clapper sticks. It caters to personal preferences and offers flexibility in different production environments.
The Denecke TS-C prioritizes durability and user convenience with its robust design that withstands on-set use. It enhances usability and efficiency through the sliding access door, improved quick-load battery pack, and versatile connectivity options.
The Denecke TS-C Compact Smart Slate is essential for precise time code management and synchronization in film and video production. With its user-friendly design, the TS-C is a must-have tool for those who demand the highest levels of accuracy.