• from SMPTE

“Time code is an electronic signal which is used to identify a precise location on time-based media such as audio or video tape or in digital systems. Essentially a string of 80 pulses or bits, containing information pertaining to the hour, minute, second and frame, the type of time code (non-drop or drop frame) and 32 user-definable bits. In video production, the time code may be recorded as part of the video signal (in an unused line which is part of the vertical interval). Called VITC (“vitsee” or Vertical Interval Time Code) it has the advantage of being readable when the playback video deck is paused: since LTC is an audio signal, it is silent if the tape is not moving. Time code systems generally have a single Master or time code source with …”

STOP! STOP! ENOUGH ALREADY! Who has time to read and understand all THAT? 

  • well, then … how’s this:

“Timecode is ubiquitous whenever you have multiple devices that need to be synchronized on a time of capture basis. Generally, timecode is robust and fairly reliable, and it works, until it doesn’t. At which point you need to do some timecode debugging …”

– ‘Anonymous quote’ from The Factory Engineering Department

  • okay … well – that was a little better – but how the heck do you “debug it”?

Aaaah – thought you’d never ask! Thanks to recent Factory Ingenuity, we’ve found an easy, simple and inexpensive way to do this! Are you ready? Well, let us introduce to you another … yes … yet another …

“… Another Game-changer”

… and the latest portable production tool from Factory Optic:

… and yes, you will definitely need one of these in your pocket, on your keychain, or in your tool kit right away!

QuickTC is a LOW COST, battery-powered tool that takes SMPTE timecode in on BNC and reads out timecode, user bits, framerate and signal voltage peak-to-peak. It’s the quickest, easiest way to check timecode … another simple and useful tool of the trade from Factory Optic.

… Oh, and did we mention that it is a LOW COST Solution?


  • OLED pushbutton display 
  • Turns on with timecode
  • Auto turn-off by disconnecting timecode
  • LED that blinks at 1Hz with the :00 frame … Using two or more QuickTCs, you can visually confirm timing
  • LED to indicate battery charging
  • Internal rechargeable lithium-ion battery – allowed in airline carry-on and checked baggage
  • Quick battery recharge with USB-C
  • Low battery indication, letting you know when to charge
  • Lanyard / Loop / Strap



Framerate (23.98, 24, 25, 29.97 or 30) 

Drop frame/Non-drop frame 

SMPTE ST 12-1:2014 

Timecode Input:

Connector: BNC

Impedance: 10k ohm

Power Input:

Connector: USB-C (Power Only)

Power: 5V (2W MAX)


23mm x 24mm x 83mm

Now that you have had a peek at the specs, here are the really …


… that you will need to hang onto for future reference


If you love Timecode, you’ll love that number AND that price! Hurry … get one before the framerates go up!