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  • Timecode on 5D

    Posted by Richard Sanchez on September 14, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Having brought in 5D footage in Final Cut, I always noticed the clips came in starting at 00:00:00:00 and so I always assumed there was no timecode with 5D which was a big personal gripe on that camera.

    I’m currently working on a show shot mainly on 5D, and the footage was brought in via AMA on Media Composer 5 and I’ve noticed there is timecode associated with it. Granted, the two cameras are not close to matching each other, but does anybody know if the 5D does indeed support timecode and only a newer implementation of AMA can properly interpret it, or is Avid assigning timecode based up on the computers internal clock, much like crash capturing.

    Richard Sanchez
    North Hollywood, CA

    “We are the facilitators of our own creative evolution.” – Bill Hicks

    John Pale replied 12 years, 8 months ago 4 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Shane Ross

    September 14, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    If you used LOG AND TRANSFER in FCP you’d note that timecode carried over. It is contained in the metadata somewhere. I thought it was in the THM files, but apparently the NEW L&T plugin from Canon allows FCP to bring in only the QT H.264 files. Oh, but I don’t know if then the Time of Day code comes with it. never tested.

    It is there…and it is time of day. So useful in many ways. WIth one camera off, that means that a lazy photographer…er…camera person didn’t set the cameras time.


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  • Daniel Frome

    September 14, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Avid will look at the .htm files and assign TOD timecode to the clips — exactly the same as what the FCP log and transfer plugin does.

  • John Pale

    September 15, 2011 at 3:57 am

    [Daniel Frome] “Avid will look at the .htm files and assign TOD timecode to the clips — exactly the same as what the FCP log and transfer plugin does.

    I don’t think thats true . Its my understanding that it based it on the creation time/date of the file (which may be different, if you are working with a copy and not the original file on the card). The THM files were ignored. Many people use QTChange from VideoToolshed to extract the time/date and embed TOD timecode in the file.

    Check out this recent thread on Avid’s forum and the response from the moderator. He’s not an Avid employee, so he may be wrong…but my experience tells me he’s right.

  • John Pale

    September 15, 2011 at 3:59 am

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