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  • DV timecode changed by 10 hours when captured?

    Posted by Tom Matthies on May 8, 2005 at 4:44 pm

    Just a weird one today.
    I captured a project off of a number of DV tapes. I haven’t done a DV project for a while.
    Most of the footage went into the computer, via Firewire, just fine. One reel , however, had a time code on the tape of two hours (Reel two oddly enough!). After logging and batch capturing it and getting a ways into the project I noticed that those clips fron that reel were displaying, not 2-hour time code but instead 12 hour code. The minutes-seconds-frames were correct, only the hour was different. I could still edit from my client’s paper list since only the hour had changed, but I can’t for the life of me, figure how I managed a 10 hour offset on the code. The properties window shows it captured at 12 hour code. All the logging info shows 12 hours. I can’t remember changing anything that could do this. It was one of six tapes involved and it’s the only one to do this. It isn’t a big deal in this case. I can work around it. I just can’t figure out how I managed to do this?
    Any ideas?

    Tom Matthies replied 19 years ago 4 Members · 5 Replies
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  • [Tom Matthies] “I just can’t figure out how I managed to do this?
    Any ideas? “

    Not a clue.
    You might try to Trash your FCP Preferences and try a test capture from that reel again.

    Click the following link for instructions on how to do this…

    Another method is to use “FCP Rescue” a free Apple Script that will Trash the Preferences for you (and restore nearly all of your user settings afterward).
    There are versions for FCP & FCE.

    Download these free Apple Scripts at

  • Alan Lacey

    May 8, 2005 at 5:52 pm

    What’s on the tape TC wise?

    JVC pro DV camcorders record to DV format but do have genuine 24 hr clock TC.

    Just a thought.


  • Tom Matthies

    May 9, 2005 at 2:39 am

    It was shot with a Panasonic DVX100 by the client. All the other tapes captured just fine. The tape in question plays in my deck with the correct code. When I was logging it, I guess I didn’t even notice that the hours were different. I needed all the footage captured, so I just broke it into chunks that followed the scenes the client shot. I really didn’t even notice the discrepency until I was well into the edit and got to that footage and my timecode numbers didn’t jive with the notes the client had taken. The time code was off by exactly 10 hours and tracked throughout the entire tape. It isn’t a problem at all since the offset was constant and the minutes/seconds/frames are consistant with the notes.
    Not a big problem just a weird thing that I hadn’t seen before today. I get uncomfortable when something like this pops up since these things have a way of coming back to bite you in the fanny at the worst times.
    Thanks all,

  • Eric Hansen

    May 10, 2005 at 9:58 pm

    i use Sony equipment. during logging, the cameras and decks only display 7 digits: 0:00:00;00 but in FCP 8 digits are displayed: 00:00:00;00

    if a tape has the hour of 12 on the TC, the Sonys will display it as 2:00:00;00 but FCP will recognise that the true TC is 12:00:00;00

    i’ve never used JVC equipment, but its entirely possible that the camera was set to record TC at 12 instead of 2 by accident, but the client may not have been able to tell if the JVC display is only 7 digits.


  • Tom Matthies

    May 10, 2005 at 11:06 pm

    Very interesting… [insert shot: Artie Johnson]
    The footage was shot by the client on a Panasonic DVX100, but I transfered it into FCP on a Sony camera, specifically a TRV-900. (don’t do much DV work…sorry no dedicated deck)
    Anyhow, it’s possible that the timecode was actually 12 hours. The client didn’t know how to set the code. It’s a rental camera and had different setups each time he rented it. Half of the project is 4×3, half is 16×9 letterboxed. Each day of shooting looks different. A bit of a mess, but he doesn’t care so what the heck…
    Interesting tip however…

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