ES-978 SMPTE/EBU Timecode Display


SMPTE / EBU Timecode Display

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The ES-978 is a Time Code display featuring 7" high red LED displays. It is housed in a black-textured aluminum wall-mount enclosure (9" H x 56.25" W x 3.5" D). This eight digit display unit is designed to auto-detect and display SMPTE or EBU time code. It is capable of reading in either direction (forward or reverse) at speeds ranging from 1/20 to 10x play-speed. Setup features allow the unit to display time in either 12 or 24 hour format and to display "User Bits" data. An Error Detection and Correction feature maintains flicker-free operation in the event of poor quality time code. An Error Detection Indicator is also included and the Error feature may be turned off via an internal DIP switch. Grounding the "Hold" input (on the rear-mounted terminal block) allows the display to be "frozen". Another input selects whether "Time" or "User Bits" are displayed.

The ES-978 is viewable from over 250 feet away. See the ES-976 (six digit model) from over 250 feet away on the NAB 2013 showroom floor at

ESE is also accepting orders for the ES-978 in Green and Blue. Please call for pricing and availability of these colors.

  • Reads SMPTE & EBU Time Codes
  • Reads Time and User Bits
  • Eight 7.0" Red LED display
  • Bi-Directional reading, 1/20 to 10x play-speed
  • Error Bypass & Error Indicator
  • Drop-Frame mode indicator
  • "Hold" control
  • Viewing Distance 250'
  • Universal Power Supply (90-264 VAC)


Operation Manual