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Danya Abt
Media Composer First not reading source timecode
on Oct 27, 2017 at 4:55:30 pm

Hey yall

Started working with Media Composer First (my knowledge of Media Composer is also limited but I'm an experienced editor). My clips upon import don't seem to be retaining their source timecode. "Start" timecode is 00:00:00;00 for each clip.

If I import the same clips (Transcoded to Op-atom) into Premiere it reads the source timecode not problem.

I've messed with timecode display options to source and it doesn't seem to be here.

Am I missing a plugin? A key piece of knowledge? A hard drink cause at this point I could use one...

Many thanks!

D.A.


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Glenn Sakatch
Re: Media Composer First not reading source timecode
on Oct 27, 2017 at 5:49:07 pm

What are your source clips? Going to guess mp4s..A7?

Glenn


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Danya Abt
Re: Media Composer First not reading source timecode
on Oct 27, 2017 at 6:04:04 pm

Glenn - how did you know? ☺

Yep, A7s mp4s is what we started with, transcoded to Op-Atom DNxHD 36.


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Glenn Sakatch
Re: Media Composer First not reading source timecode
on Oct 27, 2017 at 7:34:06 pm

Because i hate that camera.

Avid does too.

Use either kyno or a videotool shed product to rewrap to quicktime first. Then bring into Avid.

This should give you quicktime.

I believe there is a paid plugin for AMA of the mp4s,but ive never tried it.

Glenn


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Glenn Sakatch
Re: Media Composer First not reading source timecode
on Oct 27, 2017 at 7:35:37 pm

Thi
s should give you "timecode"..

Glenn


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Michael Phillips
Re: Media Composer First not reading source timecode
on Oct 27, 2017 at 11:51:40 pm

A known limitation with Avid's support of the codec format; no timecode.

See my blog on current support and workflow alternatives:

http://24p.com/wordpress/?p=368




Michael


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Danya Abt
Re: Media Composer First not reading source timecode
on Oct 28, 2017 at 10:14:55 pm

Michael & Glenn

Thank you both for responding to this.

I just want to point out that the files i'm importing have already been transcoded - they are MXF, OP1-Atom files, not the original mp4s.

AVID is linking to them seamlessly, but then no timecode. Premiere & Davinci both read the timecode.

Many thanks!

D


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Michael Phillips
Re: Media Composer First not reading source timecode
on Oct 28, 2017 at 11:03:06 pm

How did you transcode the files to OP1a? What codec was used for the MXF?

Michael


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Glenn Sakatch
Re: Media Composer First not reading source timecode
on Oct 29, 2017 at 7:05:07 pm

I've had that happen as well. Transcoded in Resolve, shows timecode in Resolve, bring into Avid, and has no timecode.

I would suggest you just rewrap them and start again.

Glenn


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Michael Phillips
Re: Media Composer First not reading source timecode
on Oct 29, 2017 at 8:26:01 pm

I have seen this behavior before for certain formats when you don't make a sequence first. Transcoding directly from the Media Pool does not insert the timecode. Highlight your source clips, right-click "create a sequence from selected clips. Transcode the sequence on the deliver page selecting "individual clips". Create MXF OPAtom or OP1a with DNxHD codec of your choice.

GIve it a try and report back.


Michael


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