Setting the C300 timecode

In   mode, the camcorder can generate a time code signal and embed it in your recordings. You can have the camcorder output the time code signal from the HD/SD SDI terminal or TIME CODE terminal (90). In   mode, you can output the time code of the clip being played back through the same terminals. Additionally, you can superimpose the time code on video output from the HDMI OUT terminal or SYNC OUT terminal. For NTSC recordings, you can also select between a drop frame and non-drop frame time code. To synchronize the camcorder’s time code to an external time code generator, refer to Synchronizing with an External Device 

Selecting the C300 timecode Running Mode

You can select the running mode of the camcorder’s time code.

1 Open the time code [Mode] submenu.

[00:00 TC/UB Setup]   [Time Code]   [Mode]

2 Select the desired option and then press SET.

If you selected [Regen.], you do not need to perform the rest of this procedure. If you selected [Preset] and would like to set the time code’s initial value, see the following section Setting the Time Code’s Initial Value.

3 After you select [Preset], open the time code [Run] submenu.

[00:00 TC/UB Setup]   [Time Code]   [Run]

4 Select the desired option and then press SET.

C300 timecode Options

[Preset]: The time code starts from an initial value you can select in advance. The default initial time code is 00:00:00.00. The time code’s running mode depends on the [Run] setting.

[Rec Run]: The time code runs only while recording so clips recorded consecutively on the same CF card  will have the continuous time codes.

[Free Run]: The time code starts running the moment you press SET to select this option and keeps running regardless of the camcorder’s operation.

[Regen.]: The camcorder will read the selected CF card and the time code will continue from the last recorded time code on the CF card. The time code runs only while recording so clips recorded consecutively on the same CF card will have continuous time codes.

Setting the C300 timecode’s Initial Value

If you set the time code mode to [Preset], you can set the initial value of the time code.

1 Open the time code [Setting] submenu.

[00:00 TC/UB Setup]   [Time Code]   [Setting]

2 Select [Set] and then press SET.

The time code setting screen appears with an orange selection frame indicating the hours.

To reset the time code to [00:00:00.00], select [Reset] instead. If the running mode is set to [Free Run], the time code will be reset the moment you press SET and keep running continuously from 00:00:00.00.

3 Use the joystick   or SELECT dial to set the hours and press SET to move to the minutes.

4 Change the rest of the fields (minutes, seconds, frame) in the same way.

Press the CANCEL button to close the screen without setting the time code.

5 Select [Set] and press SET to close the screen.

If the running mode is set to [Free Run], the time code will start running from the selected time code the moment you press SET.

Selecting C300 timecode Drop or Non-Drop Frame

When [    Other Functions]   [NTSC/PAL] is set to [NTSC], you can select between a drop frame (DF) or non-drop frame (NDF) time code, depending on how you plan to use your recordings.

In the following cases, the time code is set to non-drop frame (NDF) and cannot be changed.                  

[   Other Functions]   [NTSC/PAL] is set to [PAL]

[   Other Functions]   [24.00P] is set to [On]

[   Other Functions]   [NTSC/PAL] is set to [NTSC] and the frame rate is set to 23.98P

1 Open the [DF/NDF] submenu.

[00:00 TC/UB Setup]   [Time Code]   [DF/NDF]

2 Select the [DF] or [NDF] and press SET.

The time code display will differ depending on the setting. When you select [DF], the time code will appear as [00:00:00.00]; when you select [NDF], it will appear as [00:00:00:00].

Putting the C300 timecode Display on Hold

If you set an assignable button to [Time Code Hold] ( 111), you can press the button freeze the display of the time code*. While the time code display is put on hold, [H] will appear on the screen next to the time code and [HOLD] will appear on the rear panel.

The time code continues to run normally while the time code display is on hold. When you resume the time code display, the current time code will be displayed.

* The time code signal output from the HD/SD SDI terminal or TIME CODE terminal will not be put on hold. The time code superimposed on the video signal output from the other terminals will be put on hold.

About the Time Code Display

An icon may appear next to the time code depending on the operation. Refer to the following table.

When [  Other Functions]   [24.00P] is set to [On] or [  Other Functions]   [Frame Rate] is set to [23.98P], the frames value in the time code runs from 0 to 23. When [Frame Rate] is set to [25.0P], [50.00i] or [50.00P], it runs from 0 to 24. For other [Frame Rate] settings, it runs from 0 to 29.

When you are using interval recording, frame recording or slow & fast motion recording mode, you cannot select the [Free Run] running mode. Conversely, when you are using pre-recording mode, [Free Run] is set automatically and cannot be changed.

When you mix drop frame and non-drop frame time codes, there might be a discontinuity in the time code at the point where the recording starts.

As long as the built-in rechargeable lithium battery is charged and you selected the [Free Run] running mode, the time code continues to run even if you disconnect all other power sources. However, this is less accurate than when the camcorder is on.

If you set an assignable button to [Time Code] ( 111), you can press the button to open the [00:00 TC/UB Setup]   [Time Code] submenu.

Setting the User Bit

The use bit display can be selected from the date or the time of recording, or an identification code consisting of 8 characters in the hexadecimal system. There are sixteen possible characters: the numbers 0 to 9 and the letter A to F.

If user bit information is being received along with an external time code, you can also record the external user bit on the recording media.

1 Open the user bit [Type] submenu.

[00:00 TC/UB Setup]   [User Bit]   [Type]

2 Select the desired user bit type and press SET.

Select [Setting] to set your own identification code, [Time] to use the time as user bit, or [Date] to use the date as the user bit.

If you selected [Time] or [Date], you do not need to perform the rest of the procedure. If you selected [Setting], continue the procedure to set the identification code.

3 Select [Set] and then press SET.

The user bit setting screen appears with an orange selection frame on the leftmost digit.

To reset the user bit to [00 00 00 00], select [Reset] instead.

4 Use the joystick  or SELECT dial to select the first character and press SET to move to the next digit.

Change the rest of the digits in the same way.

Press the CANCEL button to close the screen without setting the user bit.

5 Select [Set] and press SET to close the screen.

Synchronizing with an External Device

Using genlock synchronization, you can synchronize this camcorder’s video signal to that of an external video device. Similarly, using an external time code signal, you can synchronize this camcorder’s time code to the external signal. Using the external time code signal with multiple cameras allows you to set up a multi-camera recording. You can also output the time code signal from this camcorder to achieve the same result. If you output the time code from the HD/SD SDI terminal to an editing device, the editor can create video with the same time code.

Connecting an External Device

When synchronizing the camcorder to an external signal, input a reference video signal* through the GENLOCK terminal or output the camcorder’s signal as a reference signal for an external device through the SYNC OUT terminal.

When synchronizing a time code signal, use the TIME CODE terminal. Be sure to set the TIME CODE terminal to input or output in advance.

Connect the external device to the camcorder as shown in the following diagram.

*For the reference video signal, you can use an analog blackburst or tri-level signal.

Connection Diagram

Reference Video Signal Input (Genlock Synchronization)

When a reference sync signal (analog blackburst or tri-level signal) is input through the GENLOCK terminal, the phases of the camcorder’s V and H sync will automatically be synchronized to it. The phase difference between the external Genlock signal and the camcorder is initially set to 0. The H Phase can be adjusted within the range of approximately ±0.4 H (HD equivalent).

1 Open the [Genlock Adjust.]

2 Adjust the phase to the desired level, select [Set] and then press SET.              

Use the joystick   or SELECT dial to select the value for each field and press SET to move to the next field.

Time Code Signal Input

An external SMPTE-standard LTC timing signal received from the TIME CODE terminal will be recorded as the time code. The user bit of the external timing signal can also be recorded. Before connecting the device, set the TIME CODE terminal to input. Also, you must set the running mode of the time code to [Free Run] ( 84).

1 Open the [TC In/Out] submenu.

[00:00 TC/UB Setup]   [Time Code]   [TC In/Out]

2 Select [In] and then press SET.

Recording the User Bit of an External Signal

The user bit of an external time code signal can also be recorded with the time code itself.

1 Open the user bit [Rec Mode] submenu.

[00:00 TC/UB Setup]   [User Bit]   [Rec Mode]

2 Select [External] and then press SET.

The Genlock signal synchronization stabilizes after approximately 10 seconds. When the camcorder locks on an external Genlock signal, Gen will appear on the upper right on the screen.

If the external Genlock signal is incorrect or there is no input signal, the external time code that is recorded may be incorrect.

While a time code signal is being received, the external time code’s drop-frame bit will be used (if the external time code is non-drop frame, [NDF] will appear on the rear panel).

When an external time code signal is received, the camcorder’s own time code will be synchronized to it and the synchronization will be maintained even if you disconnect the cable from the TIME CODE terminal. However, performing any of the following actions while the cable is not connected will cause the synchronization to be disrupted; the correct time code will be restored once you reconnect the cable.

-Turning the camcorder off/on

-Changing the operating mode to mode

-Changing the video configuration

-Changing the frame rate

If the external time code signal is incorrect or there is no input signal, the internal time code set in the [00:00 TC/UB Setup]   [Time Code] submenu will be recorded instead.

When the camcorder locks on an external time code signal, [EXT-LOCK] appears on the rear panel.

Time Code Signal Output

The time code will be output from the TIME CODE terminal as an SMPTE-standard LTC timing signal. The user bit will also be output. Before connecting the device, set [00:00 TC/UB Setup]   [Time Code]   [TC In/Out] to [Out] to change the TIME CODE terminal to output ( 89). If you set  the [  Video Setup]   [SDI Output] setting to [HD] or [SD], the embedded time code will be output from the HD/SD SDI terminal.

The user bit of the time code signal is output while the camcorder is recording in  mode or during playback of a clip in   mode. When [  Other Functions]   [24.00P] is set to [On] or [  Other Functions]   [Frame Rate] is set to [23.98P] and the [00:00 TC/UB Setup]   [User Bit]  [Output Mode] setting is set to [Pulldown], the user bit will be 2:3 pulldown data. In other words, when a 23.98P or 24.00P recording is output from the HD/SD SDI terminal, the signal is converted to 59.94i / 59.94P or 60.00i / 60.00P using the 2:3 pulldown method. An external device can receive the data used in this conversion (2:3 pulldown data) to convert the signal to the original 1080/23.98P or 1080/24.00P specifications.