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Fix Timecode Problems on an Existing Tape

Broken timecode will cause you headaches in the long run. Fix it early or invest in Excedrin.

If you have timecode that jumps from one time to an earlier time, you will encounter problems when digitizing your footage. For example, if your tape’s timecode is 00:34:23;00 and jumps to 00:00:00;00, you have a problem. It is best to fix problems in your process as early as possible. One way to avoid this problem is to black and code your tapes ahead of time.

Some people attempt to overcome timecode problems while digitizing by using tape numbers to indicate which breakpoint to locate. For example, tape TCP001 would be the section of tape before the jump and tape TCP001.1 would be the section of tape after the break. They continue to increase the last number for each break. Not only does this approach not solve the problem, but it might cause additional problems in the future with tape numbering and EDLs [Hack #3] .


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