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Loosing Time Code FC6 - Mini DV

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ENIGMACODE Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
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Oct 14, 2012 12:01 PM

Hi Gang

 

Never expereinced loosing time code before. Have noticed it's becoming problematic, (during capture), when tape was stopped-started as it was being recorded. Never had this problem before. Have tried two different Panasonic Camcorders, (both are in great shape), cleaned heads in both units, problem continues. Wondering if trashing preferences would help?

 

Thanx

Mike

  • David Harbsmeier Level 7 Level 7 (29,560 points)
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    Oct 14, 2012 12:21 PM (in response to ENIGMACODE)

    Does the timecode on the tape read properly when playing back in the camera's display?

     

    -DH

  • David Harbsmeier Level 7 Level 7 (29,560 points)
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    Oct 14, 2012 12:59 PM (in response to ENIGMACODE)

    Are there any noticible timecode breaks when playing the tape in-camera?

     

    -DH

  • David Harbsmeier Level 7 Level 7 (29,560 points)
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    Oct 14, 2012 2:14 PM (in response to ENIGMACODE)

    If it's NTSC Drop Frame, the frame rate shown in the second photo should be 29.97

     

    -DH

  • David Harbsmeier Level 7 Level 7 (29,560 points)
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    Oct 14, 2012 2:47 PM (in response to ENIGMACODE)

    Yes, a non-drop frame rate would be 30.  But the second photo you posted shows DROP frame at 30 - change to non-drop frame if that's what you recorded.

     

    Also, is this problem just exhibiting itself with this one tape, or does it do the same thing with other tapes?

     

    -DH

  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,800 points)
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    Oct 15, 2012 9:23 AM (in response to ENIGMACODE)

    First, do you have abort capture on dropped frame and create new clip on timecode break enabled in user prefernces?  You should.  This is the only way to ensure that your capture will have audio in synch with the video and that you will be able to recapture with frame accuracy if necessary.

     

    Now if the time code resets on the record stops, that's either cause you have a short break in the recording (could just be a couple of frames) or if the internal battery on the camera is dead.  If that's the case, you're just gonna have to manually set up each capture after each timecode reset.

     

    And if fcp stops and starts capture at each record break, that's usually cause although the camera in an ideal world should create continous timecode, in reality, it ain't happening and it's a camera problem rather than an fcp problem. 

  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,800 points)
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    Oct 15, 2012 12:49 PM (in response to ENIGMACODE)

    Was it all SHOT on the same camera (not played back on different cameras)?  That's where the dead battery would be. 

     

    Does the timecode reset to Zero between takes?  If so, it's either the dead battery or discontinuous signal on the tape.  Always record a few extra seconds at the end of each take and rewind a little bit, play til you get past what you need and then pause and then hit record.  I'd do some tests to make sure you've got this down to make sure you're not going to erase anything.  If you've got continuous signal and the timecode always ascends, fcp should be able to stop the capture when it hits the timecode break, keep playing for sufficient preroll and then start capturing again.  that's the way it works on my system.  I had to beat my cameraman up a few times before he stopped checking tape and then letting there be a gap between takes. 

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