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PC-456PC LTC SMPTE or EBU PCI Interface Card


ES-455U SMPTE / EBU Time Code Reader & Video Inserter

ES-456U SMPTE / EBU Timecode Display

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.55” 8-Digit Multi-speed/bi-directional SMPTE/EBU Reader - Desk Top, Amber LED(7)
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ESE’s Bi-Directional Multi-Speed SMPTE/EBU Time Code Readers include the ES-456U and ES-956U. Both have eight-digit, yellow LED displays and read drop frame or non-drop frame time code. Each unit features “on-time” frame count, a “Hold” control and automatic error correction. Rear mounted controls select whether SMPTE/EBU Time Data or User Bit Data are to be displayed.

The units described below are designed to decode and display SMPTE or EBU Time Code. The time code may originate from any ESE Master Clock, an ESE Converter or any other source of SMPTE/EBU Time Code.

Other size displays and different enclosures are available if “play-speed” only is required


The ES-456U is a Multi-Speed Bi-Directional SMPTE/EBU Time Code Reader. Hours, minutes, seconds and frames are displayed on the eight .56” LEDs.

The ES-456U tracks time code at speeds from 30x play speed to 1/30th play speed in forward or reverse. Time or User Bits are selected via a rear mounted toggle switch.

  • Reads SMPTE Time Code (EBU is factory option)
  • Reads Time and User Bits
  • .56" Yellow LED display
  • Bi-Directional reading, 1/30 to 20x play-speed
  • Error Bypass
  • Drop-Frame mode indicator
  • "Hold" control

Power: 10 Watts

Electrical: 117 VAC, 50/60 Hz

Input: SMPTE Time Code 

Display: 8-Digit, Yellow .56” LED 

Viewing Distance: 20 Feet 

Enclosure: Desk Top 

Mechanical: 2.8” H x 10” W x 6” D 

Options: B, Black, J, P, RS, UL