I have some FCP movie files I need to convert to .flv files. My client has asked to include timecode. I am a bit stuck - I was going to use either after effects 7 or sorensen squeeze to do the job, but the time code thing has me perplexed. Can any of you flash folks explain how that is incorporated or if there's a trick or another program to do it? Thanks.
I suspect that what you client wants is a visual representation of the time for the purposes of marking things off for notes or whatever. If that's the case, I know AE can add timecode (Effect > Text > Timecode)on top of the video, and I'm sure that FCP can as well.
workflow would be to render out your video uncompressed with timecode on top of it, and then bring it into squeeze for compression.
thanks so much for the kind and quick response. Btw, your tutorials, especially in AE, Rock! you have a great way to convery complex ideas so that they make sense. Look forward to more.
If I could ask two more questions- I can do time code either by composite (super) output in to my AJA IO box during capture or the time code effect you mention. That's not a problem. Are you basically also saying that there is NOT a way to create an .flv file where the time counter or reader matches a tape tc or you can't create a specific starting counter point?
Secondly, does the footage have to be uncompressed (8 bit or 10 bit)? Can I not use a DV50 or DV codec? Is that the trick why I'm not getting the .flvs playable?
Sorry for being so specific, but I'll need to communicate definitively to my client. thanks.
All I;m saying is that the timecode has to be encoded visually into the FLV. If you have the ability to get the Exact timecode from the tape into AE - and that;s going to depend on how you capture your video and if it can include the actual timecode in the captured footage - then you can have a perfect match. otherwise do it manually with an effect like I mentioned. But before you compress to FLV, that info must be there visually. It cannot be added reliably later.
Then render it out uncompressed.
then convert it to flash video in flash or a compression program like Squeeze.
When you say "not playable" - what do you mean. What program are you using to open the FLV?