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Gerald Hetrick
Client used DSLR and sent me Mpeg4 for Closed Captioning. No Timecode
on Dec 30, 2012 at 6:10:38 pm

Hi all, new to this forum and DSLR. I originally posted this in the Closed Caption forum, that's what I do. I than ran across this forum.
Hi, I've run into a problem, worked on it a few days until I figure out was going on. Bottom line, client filmed with DSLR camera and cannot make any file with timecode, he is working in windows on adobe premier, and sends me a file for use with mac caption. I've tried everything, even going out to hdv and back in, but had tc breaks, tried blacking tape, not luck. His file is due is due on Monday, or a fine. So the questions is this, is there a way on my mac I can add tc to a mpeg 4 file? I have Mac Pro, 0s mountian lion and FCP 7.3 studio. I have other systems with newer operating system on, but not quicktime pro, I can run Studio on any, if that will help. Is there a way, is there software i can download and buy?

2nd questions, does anyone know of a way, my client can add timecode to his program line, not the individual files in adobe premier. But if he needed to, he put the clip in as one big file, so I don't think it would be a real problem for him to re-edit if needed. Video is only seven minutes long. Another easy solution for me would be if there is a windows version of software that will added timecode to quicktime a 1280x720 MPEG4. I'm really stuck here and have wasted several days. Any help or suggestions would be great appreciated.

Gerald Hetrick
http://www.closedcaptionservice.com


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Michael Phillips
Re: Client used DSLR and sent me Mpeg4 for Closed Captioning. No Timecode
on Dec 30, 2012 at 7:53:50 pm

Try the demo version of QTchange to add timecode to a .mov file:
http://www.videotoolshed.com/product/42/qtchange

Michael


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Gerald Hetrick
Re: Client used DSLR and sent me Mpeg4 for Closed Captioning. No Timecode
on Dec 30, 2012 at 9:20:13 pm

Thanks, I'll try the demo. I was at the site and I understood that it only worked on the actual camera
files, I came away thinking that it wouldn't do quicktime like mpeg4. Perhaps I am mistaken. It's worth a try and thanks so much for your response. I sent the editor links on how he could fix it, but his boss just told me he had done all he's able, so I'll have to see what I can do. I tried going to hdd and did get tc, but it is not working correctly. I may try going to DVCPRO50 16:9, so I can run component to it and perhaps I could trick it by feed timecode from one of my beta's into the DVCPRO, I worked with non time coded stuff way back when you'd get a vhs once in a while and never had trouble going to tape. But I believe my Media 100 back then had a tc generator built in. I'll give the software a try first, thanks again.

Gerald Hetrick
http://www.closedcaptionservice.com


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Jonathan Ziegler
Re: Client used DSLR and sent me Mpeg4 for Closed Captioning. No Timecode
on Dec 31, 2012 at 4:10:27 pm

Hey there, DSLRs don't add time code that I know of. You have to add it yourself. As for the file format, the Canon DSLRs basically run a modified AVCHD codec (this was the Canon rep who told me this, but I'm no expert) - so you have an h.264/mp4 combo in a .mov file format, but the original files run something like 50MBps (versus a max of 25MBps with AVCHD codec) or they do from my camera. So, basically, think slightly higher res Blu-Ray files (or AVCHD if that helps). You can get better quality data rates with Magic Lantern on a compatible Canon, but I digress.

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Jonathan Ziegler

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Gerald Hetrick
Re: Client used DSLR and sent me Mpeg4 for Closed Captioning. No Timecode
on Dec 31, 2012 at 5:20:01 pm

Thanks everyone for all the help. I got a workable h.264 file out of FCP. In my confusion and rush, I wasn't thinking. My software works with QT files, but works fine with Mpeg4 also. I talked with a nice guy from the Neverlands that sells the QTCHANGE software. (thanks Michael) and he explained that for his software to work with Mpeg4 it had to be wrapped in QT wrapper. Also said his software would do all qt files, so if I would have made a H.264 downloaded his demo, I would have been done in no time. I still will probably buy the software, seemed like a nice tool to have. Thanks also Jonathan for giving me a better understanding of the DSLR format. So problem solved and another learning experience. Thanks again.

Gerald Hetrick
http://www.closedcaptionservice.com


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