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Timecode

The only way to consistently log and capture a clip frame-accurately is to have some means of uniquely specifying each frame. Timecode serves this purpose: an address for each frame given in hours, minutes, seconds, and frames. Timecode values are shown in the format HH:MM:SS:FF and range from 00:00:00:00 to 23:59:59:FF, where FF is the highest frame number for that format: 23 for 24 fps media, 24 for PAL-rate video, and 29 for NTSC-rate video (all numbers are zero-based, so 30 frames are counted from 0 to 29). Negative timecodes aren’t used.

Tip

If you try to capture a clip too close to 00:00:00:00, the deck will want to back up into “yesterday’s timecode.” Once the deck (or the controller) thinks it has backed up before 00:00:00:00, it’ll see its timecode as being around 24 hours, and it will try to rewind 24 hours further. That’s why you should always set your first capture point at least as far into the tape as the pre-roll amount of the deck.



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