Set the time parameters:
Set sound volume of Start Clock:
Select type of sound:
Loud and clear beeps.
Automatically maximize in main timing window:
Fullscreen. In fullscreen mode, there is no menu available in the main timing window. To enter Settings, long press (tap and hold) in the main timing window. For devices that do not have physical back and home buttons, Swipe upwards from the bottom edge of the screen to show these buttons.
Choose colour theme:
Tap custom to pick text and background colours for:
The Normal, Ready, and, Start colours can be chosen to resemble a traffic light (for example, red-orange-green backgrounds).
Edit a short message, which is displayed in the main timing window.
Select text colour.
Align text (left, center, right).
Adjust the text size.
Position the text vertically.
Control if and how fast the text is flashing.
Adjust text transparency (opacity).
The background colour is defined by Normal, Ready, and, Start background colours, respectively.
Enter zero time point hh:mm:ss.
If using Time zero together with Start list, read more under Start list below.
The entered value ±hh:mm:ss.ss is added to current time.
Display a picture or a logo.
Select and preview image.
Where to place the image. Tap to toggle between the 9 different positions. Works best for small images that don't fill the screen.
Display a cropped image, the entire image, or a fitted (stretched) image. Tap to toggle. Works best for images that are larger than the screen.
Rotate image. Tap to toggle between Auto, 0°, 90°, 180° and 270°.
Stop displaying the image.
Reduce image size (1–100%). Use decrease/increase buttons or move slider.
Display an imported start list, or try this function with the built-in demo start list.
Select one or two columns in landscape orientation. Always one column in portrait orientation.
The names of the participants are read out by speech synthesis (speech services by Google).
Show details about the imported start list.
Show the start list.
Adjust text size of start list.
Adjust text size of clock.
The number of participants that can be displayed simultaneously is maximum 30 (15 if one column landscape), but is usually limited by the screen size.
Interval start — Start Clock shows the participants who will start at the next start signal. All contestants start with a fixed time interval.
Chasing start (pursuit) — Start Clock displays each competitor as his/her start time is approaching, then gives a start signal. Settings for chasing start:
Prepare start listCreate the start list, either in XML format, or, in CSV format (Comma-Separated Values).
Transfer start list to phone/tablet
Transfer the file to be imported (the start list) to the device (phone/tablet). This can be done in several ways, for example, by emailing or downloading the file.
Import start list
How to find the import file
Supported file formats
How to use Time zero together with Start list
Select time source:
This device. Use the internal clock of the device.
Use GNSS time (Global Navigation Satellite System; GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo, and/or, INRSS).
Start Clock adjusts the time given by the device's internal clock with a correction, which is updated once per second with GNSS time. If no GNSS update is received, the built-in clock is used, adjusted with the latest correction.
Place the device in an open area with a clear view for a large part of the sky. Trees and buildings as well as weather conditions may prevent accurate timing. Reliable GNSS time is achieved only after several minutes of use. Do not use indoors!
Tap on the satellite icon in the main timing window (upper right corner) to display GNSS status:
Locating satellites (blinking).
Running, fair quality.
Running, good quality.
GNSS unavailable. Android™ Location switched off.
Android permission Location not granted.
The start window is used when it is allowed to start before and/or after the start signal.
The custom parameters control when the colours of Ready, Start, and, Normal are used.
The parameters t1, t2, t3 are relative to Go! (the start signal).
Custom configuration examples.
Detect a false start by connecting an external start gate to the device (experimental).
If the gate signal is received before the given reaction time has elapsed, a false start is signalled:
The false start detection is activated at the first Get ready beep and is deactivated during the start second when the reaction time has elapsed. Outside that time window, any signal from the start gate is ignored.
The start gate is connected to the device through the headset interface. The signal from the start gate shall correspond to the button Play/Pause/Hook (the centre button) of the headset.
Try the function by connecting a headset and use the centre button to simulate the signal from the start gate.
Automatically take a picture at the start signal using the back facing or the front facing camera. Requires Android version 5 or later. If False start is enabled, pictures will only be taken at false starts.
Icons in the main timing window:
A picture has been taken.
Error when taking picture. Click on the icon to display an error message.
Customize camera settings:
Select rear or front camera.
Position of the image preview. Tap to toggle between the different positions.
Adjust size of the image preview.
Insert date and/or time on each picture. This post-processing of the picture is resource-intensive for old devices.
Position of the timestamp. Tap to toggle between the different positions.
Format controls date and/or time format. The date formats shown below are the English UK versions. They will be adapted to the language settings of your phone/tablet.
Adjust text size of the timestamp.
Set flash option (off, on, auto).
Request the camera to prioritize speed (low latency) or quality. Some cameras ignore this setting.
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