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  • Julian Petschek

    November 12, 2021 at 1:44 am

    I want to render my comp, then I want AE or Media Encoder to automatically re-import the file, add timecode, and render that to the same location as my original file.


    Because sometimes the shots I’m working on get approved and I don’t want to have to re-render just to get rid of the timecode if the shot gets approved.

  • Bouke Vahl

    November 12, 2021 at 9:58 am

    I don’t get it.
    If you render, you render to a HQ file, that is probably NOT the same as you send out for approaval.
    If you must do a BITC (I would add a subtitle file with TC’s, so they can be turned off), why not do the BITC on the pass / transcode where you create the clips to send off?

  • Julian Petschek

    November 12, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    I want to not have to render twice just to get the BITC. Seems like a subtitle file (if it can be generated out of AE when I render) would do the trick.

    I am actually just sending HQ files for approval… but maybe an Adobe Media Encoder watch folder with a setting to burn in timecode could do the trick. That way I would have an HQ file AND a compressed version with timecode because yes ideally I would be sending smaller files for approval.

    I don’t know anything about subtitle tracks, or getting Adobe Media Encoder to add TC.

    Thanks for the reply!


  • Walter Soyka

    November 12, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    In Media Encoder, open up a preset and look in the the Effects tab. You’ll see features like “Name Overlay” and “Timecode Overlay” that should do what you want.

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