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Chapter 6. Additional Editing Tools > Working with Timecode

Working with Timecode

The entire Avid Xpress Pro editing system relies on timecode. Timecode is an electronic addressing system. Each frame of video is designated a timecode number. This number is assigned to the frame from your camera. Timecode numbers consist of hours, minutes, seconds and frames. This addressing system is recorded/embedded along with the video. For example, if a frame on your video tape appears at 00:37:20:12 (37 minutes, 20 seconds and 12 frames) regardless of which VCR, VTR, or editing system you work on, that frame will always appear at that timecode number.

There are several areas where you can view a frame’s timecode. The first place to view a clip’s timecode is directly above the clip when it’s loaded in the source screen. (see Figure 6.12).


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