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Randi43082
Timecode break advice PLEASE!
on Sep 12, 2007 at 2:54:39 pm

I have several digital betacam tapes that are full of timecode breaks. I need to find a way that I can give these tapes new timecode without recording over picture and audio. Does anyone have any ideas other than pulling in the footage and laying it back off to a new timecoded tape? Thanks!



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Paul Thurston
Re: Timecode break advice PLEASE!
on Sep 14, 2007 at 2:44:25 pm

This scenario, which happens more often than not, has various solutions...

1. The expensive way... Make a copy of your tape to a new tape. (Most Editors prefer this option... Producers hate it... unless you use used work tapes to make the copies to.)

2. The cheap but harder way... just select shots that have usable timecode before and after the shot. (Editors hate this option, Producers love it)

3. The intelligent way... always make sure you press the "return" button on the camcorder before pressing the "record" button. (Editors and Producers love this option, but Talent hate it because it slows down shooting time... that is unless you have those nice Digital Betacam camcorders that have eight seconds of solid state memory that capture images eight seconds before you press the record button.)

As you stated, you have the Digital Betacam tapes with broken timecode. If you don't have used "work tapes" that you can use to copy your camera original tapes to, option #2 will be your option.

-Paul


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editvideo
Re: Timecode break advice PLEASE!
on Sep 14, 2007 at 3:37:38 pm

Digibetacam should have 4 audio tracks. Just record new TC to an unused audio track and let your editor know where the new TC is.


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Tom Matthies
Re: Timecode break advice PLEASE!
on Sep 21, 2007 at 1:04:12 pm

Guys...
ALL Digibeta editing decks have the ability to simply insert new time code information using a simple insert edit. Just set your starting code, do an insert on the time code track only and you will be good to go. The only problem here is if your original tape does not have a continuous control track. Then you will have problems.
If you have another Digibeta deck available, the best solution is probably to simply "clone" your tape to another tape. This will be a digital transfer to another machine resulting in a continuous time code track and control track with no loss in quality. If you have just a tape or two, and don't have two decks at your disposal, it might be a good idea to simply send these off to a dub house for the duping.
As for adding a little "heads" and "tails" to each shot in the field, while not strictly necessary for preroll purposes, it is just a good habit to get into. Tape is cheap. Production time isn't. Which would you rather pay for?
Tom


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Redflag
Re: Timecode break advice PLEASE!
on Sep 21, 2007 at 2:19:08 pm

Hi there

Yes all camera people learn/are told by editors early on to have a hold on each end of a pan,hold a shot for 10 sec,s etc.
But thanks for clarifying that not hitting the return button a couple of times in a week shoot is not going to mean the production company will go bust,or editors hurl themselves from tall buildings.Which is sometimes the message that they seem to put out :)


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