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Aryn Leigh
59.94 timeline skips frames
on May 1, 2013 at 7:03:09 pm

Hi there-

This is probably a fairly simple question to answer. We're working with 720 DVCPRO HD 59.94 footage, on a drop frame timeline in FCP 7.0.3.

We need to get the end of the series title to end at exactly 01:02:00;00, but it jumps from 01:01:59;59 to 01:02:00;04.

I assume this is a dropframe issue but I just want to confirm what exactly is happening on the timeline.

Thanks in advance,

AL


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Shane Ross
Re: 59.94 timeline skips frames
on May 1, 2013 at 7:34:15 pm

Typically titles or shows end on the last frame of the second. The 23 or the 29...or the 59 frame. The next frame should be black. Because your first frame is 00, your last frame should be 59...this way your show will time out exactly at a 00 time (for example, 23:00;00). If you go that one more frame, your show will be one frame long. Say 23:00:01

And yes, when you work in drop frame code, frames are skipped. This is how perfect show clocks are maintained. Read up on DROP FRAME TIME CODE in the Wikipedia to find out why.

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Dave LaRonde
Re: 59.94 timeline skips frames
on May 1, 2013 at 10:47:09 pm

[Aryn Leigh] "We need to get the end of the series title to end at exactly 01:02:00;00, but it jumps from 01:01:59;59 to 01:02:00;04. "

Do you need the video to RUN 01:02:00;00 or to END AT 01:02:00;00?

Since video begins with frame Number Zero and not frame Number One, video that ends at 01:01:59;59 runs precisely 01:02:00;00 in duration.

Dave LaRonde
Former Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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