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SMPTE Time Code Scenarios

Now that you have the technical background, let’s examine potential project scenarios and see how the audio and time code would be handled. With the advent of HDTV, acquisition and delivery formats have expanded, creating many varied possibilities.

NTSC Video to NTSC Video

The simplest situation is a project shot on NTSC video that is destined to be seen only on broadcast TV or on VHS tapes and DVDs. In this scenario, the time code will run at 29.97 throughout the project. The choice to use drop-frame or not depends upon the requirements of the delivery format or the working practices of the video post facility.


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