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
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.Popular P&S Cameras for High Quality Photos: