The Use of Time Code within a Broadcast Facility

This application note will provide information for you to understand the data structures of the various formats to ensure data integrity throughout your facility using a GPS signal. The GPS option of the Tektronix SPG8000 provides a variety of different timecode formats and timecode offsets to suit the demanding needs of today’s facility.

Time Code is a critical reference signal within a facility that is used to provide timing and control code information for a variety of equipment with the facility and is used by such equipment as servers and automation systems forplayout of material. Time Code described time in terms of
Hours, Minutes, Seconds and Frames (HH:MM:SS;FF) with frame rates of 60, 59.94, 50, 30, 29.97, 25, 24 and 23.98 supported. There are several ways in which this Time Code information can be carried within the system.