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Deity TC-1 and TC-SL1 Explained – Wireless Timecode Ecosystem

At Cine Gear Expo in Los Angeles, we stopped by the Deity Microphones’ booth to find out more about the members of their recently-released wireless timecode ecosystem: the TC-1 timecode generator box, the TC-SL1 smart slate, and the fresh Sidus Audio smartphone app. Let’s dive into it.

A few weeks ago, Deity Microphones introduced two wireless timecode devices, the Deity TC-1 wireless timecode generator box and TC-SL1 wireless smart slate. In case you missed it, make sure to also check out our previous detailed article about these new products.

The company promises to offer an accessible, straightforward, and time-saving approach to professional timecode workflows. Eager to discover more about the TC-1 and TC-SL1, my colleague Graham visited the company’s booth at Cine Gear Expo. Here’s what he found out while talking to Andrew Jones, Brand Developer at Deity.

Deity TC-1. Source: CineD

Deity TC-1 and TC-SL1: wireless timecode box and slate

The new wireless timecode ecosystem from Deity consists of two devices. The TC-1 is a tiny timecode generator box, while the TC-SL1 is a clapperboard packed with smart features. Their biggest selling point is the ability to perform wireless timecode sync via Bluetooth with a maximum operating range of 76m/250ft.

Deity TC-1 and TC-SL1. Source: CineD

In fact, along with these new devices, the company also dropped a companion smartphone app, called Sidus Audio (iOS/Android). As confirmed by Andrew, this was developed by the same team behind Aputure’s Sidus Link app. As a consequence, you can use your pre-existing Sidus Link account to sign in to Deity’s app and then sync multiple cameras/recorders from there.

Along with their wireless capabilities, both devices offer the ability to jam timecode with a classic hard-wired approach. Indeed, the TC-1 features a locking 3.5mm timecode port, while the TC-SL1 comes with a TRS jack as well as a 5-pin TC In/Out connector.

Deity TC-SL1. Source: CineD

Both products sport a user-friendly design and modern power options. Indeed, the TC-1 features a front OLED screen and onboard controls that grant access to menus and settings. Its integrated battery can be powered via a dedicated USB-C port and should ensure up to 28 hours of working time, according to the company.

The design of the slate is even more well-thought-out, in my opinion. In fact, I believe 2ACs will find the status OLED display on the back particularly useful. Furthermore, the front LED dot matrix is customizable, dimmable, and flippable, while the front white surface is backlit. Lastly, the TC-SL1 accepts two NP-F550 batteries for power. These can be easily found in most ACs’ kits, can be powered via USB-C, and should keep the unit running for approximately 5 production days.

Deity TC-SL1. Source: CineD

Price and availability

Pre-orders for the new TC-1 wireless timecode box and TC-SL1 wireless timecode slate are now open. These new Deity products are available on B&H (TC-1/TC-SL1) and CVP (TC-1), along with many of the company’s new locking timecode cables.

Currently, Deity is offering the TC-1 at the early bird price of $169.99 until the end of August (then $199). They should start shipping the unit by the end of June. Moreover, a 3-piece TC-1 bundle (B&H/CVP) is also available for $549. 

Also, the TC-SL1 slate currently retails for $999 and should start shipping by the end of August. Its price point easily makes it one of the cheapest wireless slate options on the market.

Do you often use timecode on-set? What are your thoughts on this new wireless timecode ecosystem from Deity Microphones? Let us know in the comment section below!

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