Adobe Premiere: How To Record and Replace Timecode

The timecode is recorded by almost all digital video cameras and the majority of professional video recording equipment. The timecode is very important for certain editing techniques because it helps to identify a precise part of the recording. The timecode also makes it possible to perform automated edits and batch processing.

The timecode is therefore an important part of your recording. However there are times when the timecode might not be continuous or might become corrupted for a number of reasons. If this happens then it will be necessary to replace the timecode so that batch editing is possible.

Step 1: Preparing the Source

The source is stored on your DV camera and will need to be copied to your computer. If the source code isn't continuous or is corrupt then it's possible to correct this by making a copy of the digital video. This is also known as a dub of the tape. By making a new copy of the tape it will be possible to create a new recording which has a new time code. This will help to avoid any problems with a discontinuous time code.

If you plan on dubbing then it won't be possible to do this using DVCAM format files. It also won't be possible to use all video recorders for this procedure. The AG-DV2500 from Panasonic for example is not compatible with this procedure.

Step 2: Loading the Tape

Now you need to load the tape with a problem with the time code into the camcorder or video recorder. Make sure that the video is completely rewound, if it's not then you will need to rewind it now. Make sure that the option to record the time code is disabled so that the corrupt time code is not copied onto the new tape.

Step 3: Second Tape

Next you need to prepare a second deck or camcorder. Place a blank tape in here and make sure that it's fully rewound too. If you're not using a blank tape make sure that you don't mind losing what's already on the tape.

Step 4: Connecting the Devices

Hopefully the recording device will also be digital which will make it possible to connect them using the digital ports. In this case you will be able to make a copy without any quality loss. Make sure that both of the devices are set into VTR mode. Also check that the recording camcorder or deck is set to record front he digital port if possible.

Step 5 - Starting Recording

Now start recording on your new tape and then start playing your original tape. Leave both of the tapes running until the entire tape has been copied to the new tape. This will create a continuous timestamp which will be useful in some circumstances. However it's worth bearing in mind that you won't be able to use Scene Detect because this looks out for significant changes in the time code.

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