Final Cut Pro: How To Modify Sequence Timecode

If you are working on your film in Final Cut Pro, you may need to modify the timecode, particularly when you are working on sequential clips. Modifying the timecode is not actually a difficult process in Final Cut Pro, as you have a number of options which will allow you to alter this, so you can get any type of modification that you require. Changing the timecode can be done for a number of reasons, including having a number of takes from a camera that is not synced to the main movie, where editing can be disrupted by the differences in the timecode. It makes sense, therefore, to modify this as best you can.

Materials Needed

  • Final Cut Pro
  • Computer
  • Movie File

Step 1: Open up Your Movie

The first step is to open up your movie in Final Cut Pro. If you have a second hard drive, which you use to store your movies on when you are not working on them, then you could duplicate the movie, so that you have a permanent master copy in case anything goes missing. Once your movie is saved onto your software hard drive, and given a name that you can remember easily, you are ready to begin using it in Final Cut Pro. Open up Final Cut Pro, and import the movie that you want to modify into your browser window. From here, you will be able to modify it with no problems.

Step 2: Create a Sync Map

The best way to modify the timecode is to assign an auxiliary one when you have synced all your clips together. Keeping your timelines together can be assisted by creating a multilayer timeline, known as a sync map. The clips themselves are not synced into the process, but are instead aligned with each other using the timeline. Once you have set up this map, you will be able to modify the timecode much more easily.

Step 3: Modify the Timecode

Open up the movie in the viewer window, and enlarge it so that you can easily read the timecode numbers on the screen. Once this is done, go to the Modify tab on your screen, and choose Timecode from the options. Read off the timecode that you can see in the clip, and insert this into the Modify Timecode dialogue box. For example, if you have a reading of 00:01:23, then this is the number that you should type into the button described as Aux TC1.

Step 4: Using the Frame to Set

As well as changing the timecode, Modify also allows you to use a dialogue called Frame to Set. This allows you to decide where you want the auxiliary timecode to be placed. You have two options: Current and First Frame. This allows you to set the point at which the timecode is adjusted for all the clips. You can also add more clips to the video once you have the auxiliary timecode, and they will all be set with the new timeframe.

Popular P&S Cameras for High Quality Photos: