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Chapter 3. Synchronization and SMPTE Tim... > Origin and History of Time Code

Origin and History of Time Code

In order to better understand the variety of SMPTE formats, let’s take a look at how time code developed and eventually turned into the SMPTE format.

Time Code and Film

In the early days of film, scenes were filmed from beginning to end with one camera and in one complete take. Film scenes paralleled the way plays on stage were viewed. The only editing that would take place would be to cut all the scenes together in the correct order. The high-speed edits and rapid-fire cuts that are the norm today were simply not used in early film.


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