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Evertz 5601MSC

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BCS Price: $6,488.00
Item #:EQ702691N
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Model Description:
Master SPG/Master Clock Systems

Model Details

The 5600MSC and 5601MSC Master Sync and Clock Generators are both a broadcast quality master sync pulse generator (SPG) and a master clock. Each provides all of the synchronizing signals needed in a 21st century TV station or post production facility at the same time as solving the problem of locking the in-house master clock system to the master video sync pulse generator.

A high stability, temperature controlled oscillator, provides both the 5600MSC and 5601MSC with better than 1.0x10-8 (or 0.01ppm) frequency reference. The free running drift of this 10MHz reference will be less then 0.1Hz (which amounts to less than1 millisecond time drift per day). This guarantees that any frequency drift, with time and temperature, will be within the tolerances expected from the best SPGs or master clocks available in the industry. Both the 5600MSC and 5601MSC may also be referenced to an external 5MHz or 10MHz master oscillator if higher stability is required. Both the SPG and the Master Clock section of the 5600MSC or 5601MSC may be referenced to high stability time and frequency standards present in the Global Position System (GPS) by adding the GPS (+GP) option.

The SPG section of both 5600MSC and 5601MSC provides six timeable reference outputs. These six BNC outputs may be configured to provide independently timed color black (black burst) outputs or independently timed HDTV tri-level sync outputs. Each color black output can optionally carry vertical interval time code (VITC) on a user specified set of lines. Additionally, each output can provide 10MHz, 5MHz, PAL Subcarrier, NTSC Subcarrier, 1 PPS, 1/1.001 PPS, 6/1.001 PPS, PAL color frame pulse and 48kHz wordclock

When referenced to the optional GPS receiver, the start of the NTSC four field sequence, or the PAL eight field sequence, will coincide with a specific point in the GPS code. In this way, by referencing all the 5600MSCs (or 5601MSCs) in a system to GPS, they will all be automatically locked to each other. This is ideal for applications requiring remote facility frequency, phase and time locked! GPS heads may be remoted from the unit with standard 50ft. cables included or optional 100ft. & 400ft. weatherproof cables. For remote GPS head requirements of greater than 400ft. or fiber optic isolation, GPS Data Fiber Transmitters & Receivers are also available (7707GPS-DT, 7707GPS-DR).

On the 5600MSC, the master clock section provides a primary longitudinal time code (LTC) output on an XLR connector and a 9-pin D connector, as well as a secondary LTC output available only on the 9-pin D connector. The time code may be set from the front panel or referenced to a number of different sources.On the 5601MSC, the master clock section provides two longitudinal time code (LTC) or optional IRIG outputs on XLR connectors and a 15-pin D connector. The time code may be set from the front panel or referenced to a number of different sources.

Having two LTC outputs provides the ability to drive 24 and 30 Fps, or drop-frame and non-drop frame timecode simultaneously. Time may be externally referenced to GPS or via modem to a high-level time source or extracted from VITC on the reference input. Time derived from such sources can be offset from UTC to a specific time zone as required. When referenced to GPS or by modem (or LTC or IRIG or VITC on 5601MSC), either MSC can provide RFC-1305 compliant NTP via Ethernet, and operates in broadcast and server mode. GPS, NTP and Modem access are all options for both MSCs. Both the 5600MSC and 5601MSC includes a battery backed-up real time clock to maintain its time while power is not applied to the unit.

Input / Output Summary Diagram

On the 5600MSC, an optional word clock output is available (+WC) and also audio word clock may be generated from DARS with 520DARS-W module (Refer to 520DARS-W brochure). For the 5601MSC, a wordclock output is a standard feature. It provides 48kHz wordclock or may be configured as an additional sync output. Also for the 5601MSC, the 10MHz output provides 10MHz or 5MHz, or may be configured as an additional sync output.

For the 5600MSC, there are two test signal generator options available. The STG option provides a composite analog video test signal output, AES and balanced analog audio tone generators and a digital audio reference output (DARS). The STG option also provides two standard definition SDI test signal outputs and two SDI black outputs. The HTG option provides two high definition SDI test signal outputs and two HD SDI black outputs.

For the 5601MSC, there are three test signal generator options available. The SDTG option provides two composite analog video test generators, two AES and one DARS outputs (both balanced and unbalanced), and two balanced analog audio channels. The SDTG option also provides four standard definition SDI test signal generators. The HDTG option includes all features of the SDTG option and adds support for HD formats. The 3GTG option includes all features of the HDTG option and adds support for dual-link and 3G formats. Each test generator has two outputs and a large suite of test signals available. When the 3GTG option is ordered, 3D test signals are also available.

All versions of the 5600MSC / 5601MSC offer a COM port for software upgrades. An optional redundant power supply is also available. For the 5601MSC only, the redundant power supplies are hot-swappable.

Automatic Changeovers

Two 5600MSC units in combination with an Automatic Change Over (model 5600ACO) provide an extra degree of reliability where dual redundant installations are required. The ACO provides relay changeover for the two LTC outputs, the six Sync pulse outputs, the 10MHz reference output, and the GPI/O interface. A serial cable interconnecting the COM ports of the two 5600MSC units guarantees that the configuration and timing of the units are identical so that changeovers are done with minimal disruption of the plant timing reference. The model 5600ACO2 also provides changeover for the optional test generator signals.

In the case of the 5601MSC, two 5601MSC units in combination with an Automatic Change Over (model 5601ACO2) provide an extra degree of reliability. Again, the ACO provides relay changeover for the two LTC outputs, the six sync pulse outputs, the 10MHz reference output, wordclock and the GPI/O interface. The model 5601ACO2 also provides changeover for all the optional test generator signals.



  • 6 independently timeable programmable reference outputs
  • Bi-level or Tri-level outputs selectable
  • 2 Independent LTC Time Code outputs
  • LTC Input (optional on 5600MSC, standard on 5601MSC)
  • Reference loop input for video and 10MHz/5MHz references
  • GPS option for frequency and time reference
  • 3.58/4.43/5MHz frequency reference output (only on 5601MSC)
  • 10MHz frequency reference output
  • Wordclock output (optional on 5600MSC, standard on 5601MSC)
  • Output frequency stability guaranteed better then 1.0 x 10-8 (or 0.01ppm)
  • Optional modem for time reference dial up
  • 2 GPS based units will be in time and phase even when remotely separated by miles
  • Optional test generators available are (refer to ordering options): Composite Video, AES/DARS, Analog Audio Tones, SD SDI, HD SDI & 3Gb/s (only on 5601MSC)
    • Optional Network Time Protocol (NTP) server support (GPS option should be ordered with NTP option)
    • For 5600MSC, 16 character Alpha-numeric display, with 20 pushbuttons
    • For 5601MSC, dual 6 line x 16 character Alpha-numeric display, with 10 pushbuttons
    • Rack mountable
    • Optional redundant power supply (redundant power hot-swappable only on 5601MSC)
    • Automatic changeover units available for dual redundant systems applications
    • Compatible with Dual GPS Data Fiber Receivers & Transmitters
    • 2 factory presets and 3 user presets available
    • VITC reader on reference input for time reference
    • Ten Field Pulse is available on NTSC sync outputs
    • VistaLINK® control for device configuration and status monitoring
    • On 5601MSC, all active components are front panel extractable & serviceable
Comparison of 5600MSC and 5601MSC Inputs and Outputs
INPUTS5MHz/10MHz ReferenceGPS Option for Frequency and Time ReferenceModem Option for Time and Reference DialLTCDual Power
OUTPUTS6 Independent Timeable ReferenceBi-Level or Tri-Level SelectableTwo Independent LTC5MHz Frequency10MHz FrequencyNTP Server Support
OUTPUTSAnalog Test GeneratorSD-SDI Test GeneratorHD-SDI Test Generator3Gb/s & 3D Test GeneratorWord ClockIRIG Compatible


5601MSC Specifications

Analog Sync Outputs
Output Standards
Black BurstSMPTE ST 170 (NTSC-M), ITU-R BT.1700-1 (PAL-B)
Bi-LevelSlo-Pal 625i/48, 625i/47.95
HD Tri-LevelSMPTE ST 274 (1080p/23.98, 1080p/24, 1080i/50, 1080i/59.94, 1080i/60, 1080p/23.98sF, 1080p/24sF, 1080p/25, 1080p/29.97, 1080p/30)
SMPTE ST 296 (720p/59.94, 720p/60, 720p/50, 720p/24)
Pulse SignalsPAL color frame, 1Hz pulse, 1/1.001Hz pulse, 6/1.001Hz pulse
CW Signals5MHz, 10MHz, NTSC-M Subcarrier, PAL-B Subcarrier
Wordclock48kHz Wordclock
Connector6 BNC per IEC 61169-8 Annex A
Number of Outputs6
DC Offset0V ±0.05V
Return Loss> 40dB up to 10MHz
SNR> 75dB rms
10MHz Output
Output Levels1.0V p-p, 2.0V p-p, in 75O, selectable
ConnectorBNC per IEC 61169-8 Annex A
Output Type10MHz sine wave (default), all other analog sync standards (see above) selectable
SNR> 70dB rms
SFDR> 50 dBc
Wordclock Output
Output Type48kHz Wordclock (default), all other analog sync standards (see above) selectable
ConnectorBNC per IEC 61169-8 Annex A
Risetime< 25ns
Levels5V CMOS (1kO) or ±1V (75O)
LTC Outputs
StandardSMPTE ST 12-1 or IRIG-B
Frame Rate24, 25, 30 and 29.97 (drop frame and non-drop frame)
Number of Outputs2 balanced
Connectors3-pin male XLR type, Female DB-15
UnpoweredAdjustable, 1.0V to 8.0V p-p, balanced
Powered2V p-p with 11V DC offset to drive downstream 1200 series slave clocks
Output Impedance44O balanced (unpowered)
Rise Time40 ±10µs
Jitter< 2µs
IRIG Input/Outputs+IRIG option
StandardIRIG B122, B123, B126, B127
Number of Outputs2, shared with LTC, may be both LTC, 1LTC-1IRIG, both IRIG
Connectors3 pin male XLR type, Female DB-15
Level1.0-8.0 p-p, blanaced
Output Impedance44O balanced
LTC Input
StandardSMPTE ST 12-1 or IRIG-B
Number of Inputs1 balanced
ConnectorFemale DB-15
Input impedance> 30k O balanced
Sensitivity0.25V p-p min
Frequency Lock Range
Wide mode±15ppm min
Narrow mode±0.1ppm min
Communications and Control
Serial Port
ConnectorFemale DB-9
Baud Rate115200 baud
Format8 data bits, no parity, 2 stop bits
GPS Receiver+GP option
Temperature-40°C to +70°C
Humidity95% R.H. Condensing at 60°C
Dimensions3.74" D x 2.85" H (100mm x 72mm)
Modem+M option
ConnectorRJ-11 telephone jack
Baud Rate300/1200 baud Bell 103 compatible
Network TypeFast Ethernet 100 Base-TX IEEE 802.3u standard for 100Mb/s baseband CSMA/CD local area network
Ethernet 10 Base-T IEEE 802.3 standard for 10Mb/s baseband CSMA/CD local area network
FunctionVistaLINK® control
NTP port with +T option installed
NTP Port+T option
StandardRFC-1305 compliant, broadcast and server mode support
Time must be referenced to GPS, LTC, VITC or have been synchronized via modem within the last 10 days (as per RFC1305)
DARS & AES Test Generator Outputs+SDTG, +HDTG or +3GTG options
UnbalancedSMPTE ST 276 single ended AES (24-bits) (1V p-p into 75O)
BalancedAES3-1992 (24-bits) (4V p-p 110O terminated)
Number of Outputs
DARS1 unbalanced, 1 balanced
AES Test Gen2 unbalanced, 2 balanced
UnbalancedBNC per IEC 61169-8 Annex A
BalancedRemovable Terminal Strip
Sampling Rate48kHz
Unbalanced75O unbalanced
Balanced110O balanced
AES TonesMenu selectable
Genlock InputVideo/10MHz selectable
TypeAutodetects standard SMPTE ST 170 (NTSC-M), ITU-R BT.1700-1 (PAL-B), Color Black 1V p-p with optional VITC and 10-field pulse
HD Tri-level Sync (same HD standards as sync outputs)
Number of Inputs2 Loop thru, High impedance, isolated, differential - external termination required
ConnectorBNC per IEC 61169-8 Annex A
Return Loss> 40dB to 10MHz (with external 75O termination)
Video Input RangeFrom -3.5dB (double-terminated) to +6dB (unterminated)
10MHz Input Range0.3V p-p to 4.0V p-p
Analog Composite Video Test Signal Generator+SDTG, +HDTG or +3GTG options
StandardSMPTE ST 170 (NTSC-M) ITU-R BT.1700-1 (PAL-B)
Number of Outputs2
ConnectorBNC per IEC 61169-8 Annex A
Signal Level1V p-p nominal
DC Offset0V ±0.05V
Output Impedance75O
Return Loss> 40dB to 6MHz
Frequency Response±0.1dB to 5.5MHz
SNR> 75dB rms
Analog Audio Tone Generator+SDTG, +HDTG or +3GTG options
Number of Outputs2
TypeBalanced analog audio
Connector6 pins on 16-pin removable terminal strips
Output Impedance66O
Signal Level-30 to +10dBu into 10kO load
DC Offset< 10mV
Noise Floor< -90dBu, unweighted
THD+N< -100dB with 1kHz @ +10dBu into 10kO load
SDI Test Generators
StandardsWith SDTG option, SMPTE ST 259-C (270Mb/s)
With HDTG option, SMPTE ST 259-C (270Mb/s) and SMPTE ST 292-1 4:2:2
With 3GTG option, SMPTE ST 259-C (270Mb/s), SMPTE ST 292 4:2:2, SMPTE ST 372 dual link, and SMPTE ST 424
Number of Generators4 (2 outputs per)
Embedded AudioUp to 4 audio groups as specified in SMPTE ST 299-1 or SMPTE ST 272
Selectable tone frequencies (from 20Hz to 12kHz) and audio group
ConnectorBNC per IEC 61169-8 Annex A
Signal Level800mV nominal drive (1600mV drive for 5601AC02)
DC Offset0V ±0.5V
Rise And Fall Time100ps HD/3G, 600ps SD
Overshoot< 10% of amplitude
Jitter< 0.2UI
Return Loss> 15dB to 1.5GHz, > 10dB to 3GHz
General Purpose Inputs and Output
Number of Inputs2
Number of Outputs2 (function menu selectable)
Output TypeOpto-isolated, active closure to GND, 20k O pull-ups to +5V
Input TypeOpto-isolated, senses closure to GND, pull-ups to +5V
Connector4 pins plus 2 ground pins on DB-15 female
Dimensions19" W x 1.75" H x 11.5" D
(483mm W x 45mm H x 292mm D)
Weight8lbs (3.5kg)
VoltageAuto ranging 100 to 240V AC, 50/60Hz
ConfigurationOptional redundant supply available
Power90 watts max (all options installed)
SafetyETL Listed, Complies with EU safety directives
EMI/RFIComplies with FCC Part 15 Class A
Complies with EU EMC Directive

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