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FIREONE TIMEMACHINE

Time Code Generation/Management Device

FireOne’s™ TimeMachine is a revolutionary concept for the entertainment/production industry. The TimeMachine integrates attributes of a number of discrete devices into a highly functional, logical package that ultimately brings new functionality to the marketplace.

The TimeMachine is a high quality stereo audio storage and playback device; a precision master time code generator; a time code regenerator; a GPS receiver; a frequency hopping spread spectrum (FHSS) communication device; an Ethernet communication device, and a precision time referenced contact closure and logic level activation device, integrated into one small package.

The TimeMachine is capable of regenerating and synchronizing to most time codes and GPS time signals. It can store and retrieve audio files on command. Additionally, with its RF component, the TimeMachine can simultaneously perform time code synchronization and audio playback while controlling external equipment and communicating via its built-in FHSS radio link or Ethernet connection.

KEY FEATURES

  • Operator control is optimized via the high-resolution OLED (Organic LED) graphic display, and associated soft-touch sealed membrane buttons
  • Internal monitor speaker and headphone monitoring
  • The balanced 3 pin XLR inputs and outputs of the TimeMachine receive and transmit most “recognized” time code signals
  • The TimeMachine can function as a master time source for multi-media productions
  • Remote control of multiple TimeMachines facilitated through wireless or Ethernet communication
  • Internal-rechargeable battery operation supplemented by AC power option
  • 4 Gigabytes of internal storage for audio files
  • Audio file transfer via mini-USB/computer interface or USB flash drive jack
  • Multiple TimeMachines can be synchronized for audio and/or time code operation via Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) signals
  • GPS operation in doors facilitated through wireless linkage of TimeMachines
Product-TimeMachine-1

DESIGN SUMMARY

The TimeMachine is one of the few devices that performs many tasks equally well in addition to having the ability to multi-task functions. As an example, it can receive GPS time; while in real time, converting the GPS time to SMPTE 29.97; while relaying the SMPTE 29.97 to another TimeMachine via its radio link to control a complex fireworks display; while playing a high quality music file to a sound system; while starting and synchronizing a laser image on a building; while triggering a video recorder to capture the whole process.

The TimeMachine is a multi-purpose, patent pending device that has earned its place in the world of show production. Through its “basic” operational mode and its “triggered” mode, it can solve many of the most difficult production synchronization issues. One of the fundamental issues that the TimeMachine “fixes” is converting one time source (code) to another, in real time:

  • SMPTE 25 to FSK
  • FSK to SMPTE 29.97
  • GPS time to SMPTE 24
  • FireOne FSK to PD FSK
  • SMPTE 30 to PD FSK
  • Or any conversion desired

INPUTS

The TimeMachine has the inputs generally aligned on the left side of the case. Active inputs cause the “Input LED matrix” to illuminate for each active input.

  • GPS Antenna: The small GPS receiving antenna connects to this SMA jack. It receives high-precision time messages derived from a constellation of satellites orbiting the sky
  • Wireless Antenna: Utilized to communicate with other TimeMachines
  • Power Input: AC charger plugs into this port to power the TimeMachine from AC Mains or to charge the internal battery
  • Timecode Input: This is an analog input that accepts time code from another source. It is used to synchronize the TimeMachine to the incoming time code and regenerate a new time code
  • MIDI Input: Used to synchronize the TimeMachine to MIDI timecode
  • Expansion port: Future options

OUTPUTS

The TimeMachine has the inputs generally aligned on the right side of the case. Active outputs cause the “Output LED matrix” to illuminate for each active output.

  • Flash Drive/Ethernet: This stacked port provides an standard USB connection for firmware updates and for transferring audio files to the TimeMachine’s internal memory
  • Relay Output: This is the interface for timed commanded contact closures
    • Pins 1-2: Max 24 VDC at 500mA contact closure
    • Pins 5-6: Max 5 VDC at 25mA logic lines
  • MIDI Output: Outputs the MIDI time code that is present on the MIDI input
  • Timecode Output: Analog time code output supplies user selected time code at 0 dbu
  • USB: Mini USB jack provides connection to computer
  • Audio Right Output: Provides Line level, right channel, analog audio signal
  • Audio Left Output: Provides Line level, left channel, analog audio signal

WIRELESS OPERATION

The TimeMachine provides a multiplicity of operational modes. Two of these modes provide intercommunication between units. When utilizing the wireless communications between TimeMachines, it is possible to synchronize all TimeMachines to one master time code source and start and stop remote units or change remote unit setting.

Diagrams-Configuration-TimeMachine-D1

When synchronized to Global Positioning Satellites (GPS) each TimeMachine can be independently linked to a common satellite time source even though the TimeMachines may be many kilometers apart. This means that each TimeMachine can perfectly synchronize audio, video, lighting, fireworks or many other time code driven features even when the devices that are being controlled are great distances apart.

EXAMPLES

In its simplest form, the TimeMachine can be used to provide time code, either self generated or regenerated from an external source, to a control panel. This ensures that the control panel will receive high quality digital time code.

Due to the TimeMachine’s multiple outputs, audio data can be sent to a multiple sources simultaneously. This could include time code to a control panel on one output, while sending either time code or music to a sound system.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

DOWNLOADS

Click the icon to download the
TimeMachine Brochure

KEY FEATURES

  • Operator control is optimized via the high-resolution OLED (Organic LED) graphic display, and associated soft-touch sealed membrane buttons
  • Internal monitor speaker and headphone monitoring
  • The balanced 3 pin XLR inputs and outputs of the TimeMachine receive and transmit most “recognized” time code signals
  • The TimeMachine can function as a master time source for multi-media productions
  • Remote control of multiple TimeMachines facilitated through wireless or Ethernet communication
  • Internal-rechargeable battery operation supplemented by AC power option
  • 4 Gigabytes of internal storage for audio files
  • Audio file transfer via mini-USB/computer interface or USB flash drive jack
  • Multiple TimeMachines can be synchronized for audio and/or time code operation via Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) signals
  • GPS operation in doors facilitated through wireless linkage of TimeMachines
Product-TimeMachine-1

DESIGN SUMMARY

The TimeMachine is one of the few devices that performs many tasks equally well in addition to having the ability to multi-task functions. As an example, it can receive GPS time; while in real time, converting the GPS time to SMPTE 29.97; while relaying the SMPTE 29.97 to another TimeMachine via its radio link to control a complex fireworks display; while playing a high quality music file to a sound system; while starting and synchronizing a laser image on a building; while triggering a video recorder to capture the whole process.

The TimeMachine is a multi-purpose, patent pending device that has earned its place in the world of show production. Through its “basic” operational mode and its “triggered” mode, it can solve many of the most difficult production synchronization issues. One of the fundamental issues that the TimeMachine “fixes” is converting one time source (code) to another, in real time:

  • SMPTE 25 to FSK
  • FSK to SMPTE 29.97
  • GPS time to SMPTE 24
  • FireOne FSK to PD FSK
  • SMPTE 30 to PD FSK
  • Or any conversion desired

INPUTS

The TimeMachine has the inputs generally aligned on the left side of the case. Active inputs cause the “Input LED matrix” to illuminate for each active input.

  • GPS Antenna: The small GPS receiving antenna connects to this SMA jack. It receives high-precision time messages derived from a constellation of satellites orbiting the sky
  • Wireless Antenna: Utilized to communicate with other TimeMachines
  • Power Input: AC charger plugs into this port to power the TimeMachine from AC Mains or to charge the internal battery
  • Timecode Input: This is an analog input that accepts time code from another source. It is used to synchronize the TimeMachine to the incoming time code and regenerate a new time code
  • MIDI Input: Used to synchronize the TimeMachine to MIDI timecode
  • Expansion port: Future options

OUTPUTS

The TimeMachine has the inputs generally aligned on the right side of the case. Active outputs cause the “Output LED matrix” to illuminate for each active output.

  • Flash Drive/Ethernet: This stacked port provides an standard USB connection for firmware updates and for transferring audio files to the TimeMachine’s internal memory
  • Relay Output: This is the interface for timed commanded contact closures
    • Pins 1-2: Max 24 VDC at 500mA contact closure
    • Pins 5-6: Max 5 VDC at 25mA logic lines
  • MIDI Output: Outputs the MIDI time code that is present on the MIDI input
  • Timecode Output: Analog time code output supplies user selected time code at 0 dbu
  • USB: Mini USB jack provides connection to computer
  • Audio Right Output: Provides Line level, right channel, analog audio signal
  • Audio Left Output: Provides Line level, left channel, analog audio signal

WIRELESS OPERATION

The TimeMachine provides a multiplicity of operational modes. Two of these modes provide intercommunication between units. When utilizing the wireless communications between TimeMachines, it is possible to synchronize all TimeMachines to one master time code source and start and stop remote units or change remote unit setting.

Diagrams-Configuration-TimeMachine-D1

When synchronized to Global Positioning Satellites (GPS) each TimeMachine can be independently linked to a common satellite time source even though the TimeMachines may be many kilometers apart. This means that each TimeMachine can perfectly synchronize audio, video, lighting, fireworks or many other time code driven features even when the devices that are being controlled are great distances apart.

EXAMPLES

In its simplest form, the TimeMachine can be used to provide time code, either self generated or regenerated from an external source, to a control panel. This ensures that the control panel will receive high quality digital time code.

Due to the TimeMachine’s multiple outputs, audio data can be sent to a multiple sources simultaneously. This could include time code to a control panel on one output, while sending either time code or music to a sound system.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

DOWNLOADS

Click the icon to download the
TimeMachine Brochure