8 Replies Latest reply: Jul 19, 2013 5:15 AM by Luis Sequeira1
lburech Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I understand the value of the time code in projects but am baffled by what it exactly means when I click on a project when it starts off with 10 hours or so, wherever that may come from, and what exactly is its use, except for measuring the time and frames.


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  • 1. Re: Use of Time Code for Events
    Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (14,270 points)

    lburech wrote:

    baffled by what it exactly means when I click on a project when it starts off with 10 hours or so

    Project Starting TC is set by default to zero. But you can change it to whatever you wish.

     

    Are you asking about clip TC? If the TC was retained, it will be whatever the camera recorded…if no TC recorded, it will start at zero.

     

    hth

     

    Russ

  • 2. Re: Use of Time Code for Events
    Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (106,230 points)

    Could you post a screen shot of your timeline with this starting timecode?

  • 3. Re: Use of Time Code for Events
    lburech Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Screen Shot 2013-07-18 at 7.26.15 PM.png

    What is the significance of 19 hours, 21 minutes, 43 seconds and 34 frames in the selected clip?  If I click in the timecode, I get the actual time used in the selected range, which seems a lot more valuable?

  • 4. Re: Use of Time Code for Events
    Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (14,270 points)

    It's the clip TC. It was recorded by the camera.

     

    Take a look at this.

     

    Russ

  • 5. Re: Use of Time Code for Events
    Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (106,230 points)

    That TC is time of day, when the video was shot. This is standard practice in professional video cameras. Not sure what the problem is with it.

  • 6. Re: Use of Time Code for Events
    lburech Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The video you suggestd explained the time code as a sequential numbering system inserted by the camera onto each from of the video which was helpful in understanding what it is.  My question is whether it has any use whatsoever in the editing process or is it similar to the type of numbers I get from my still camera when I download my pictures such as sc00d0437e which I never use for anything and overwrite with a title, always wondering why the camera puts the effort into the number.

  • 7. Re: Use of Time Code for Events
    Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (106,230 points)

    You can't overwrite those numbers. They're embedded in a specific track in the video. They are used to determine the sequence in which the video is shot and which frame of video comes where in relation to every other frame. You can ignore them if you wish. Fortunately the editing application does not.

  • 8. Re: Use of Time Code for Events
    Luis Sequeira1 Level 5 Level 5 (5,640 points)

    lburech wrote:

     

    My question is whether it has any use whatsoever in the editing process or is it similar to the type of numbers I get from my still camera when I download my pictures such as sc00d0437e which I never use for anything and overwrite with a title, always wondering why the camera puts the effort into the number.

     

    Yes, it is very useful.

     

    Just an example: in multicam clips, if they have timecode it can be used for synchronization.