NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIA
A Video Time
(and Date) Inserter is a device that
connects between a video camera and the video recorder / monitor to electronically
imprint the time and date along a (chosen) edge of the video frame.
Earlier versions use an internal quartz clock (for example see the 'Supercircuits'
box below), but they can also be synchronised with an accurate external
time source, such as GPS.
in the US market a "Time
And Date Generator"
described in their documentation as follows:
The TDCT-3 will add time and date information to any camera/VCR combination.
Simply connect between the camera and the VCR. Internal back-up battery
retains settings when disconnected from power.
size and brightness is adjustable, and time/date information can be positioned
anywhere on the screen. Time & date are displayed in the familiar
01/01/00 12:30:29 PM format. Size is
3.4 X 3.95 X .95 thick, and weight is 9.5 ounces. Input and output
are standard RCA type connectors. (Price in 2003
US$115) NOTE: the above refers to the NTSC version of
the device. Currently, we do not know if a PAL version is available.
However, major brand video recorders sold in 'PAL standard' countries often
have the capability to record in NTSC format.
This inserter - as sold - uses an internal quartz clock. However,
we know of users who have converted the "set" button circuitry to enable
synchronisation with an external source of accurate time, such as a
GPS Time Receiver.
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