Using the Timecode Window in Avid Media Composer — EVF Tutorial

Using the Timecode Window in Avid Media Composer — EVF Tutorial

hey guys what's up Josh short here from edit video faster it has been forever since I've created a new video for you so long that I have a notes that I'm gonna go off of for once in this video I'm going to show you how to use the timecode window an avid media composer so as you can see I'm in version 8.4 right now the time this recording there on 8.9 but it's pretty much the exact same thing and it's been this exact same way for forever with avid so why use the timecode window well first off you can see your timecode in two places by default and media composer so up here in your record window you see your timecode up here and down here in the timeline you see it right here and this actually hasn't always been here this maybe came around in version seven something like that so before that how you used to have to use something called the timecode window to see it a little easier and just kind of by habit I still keep this up in my workspace that I use pretty much all the time so if you go up to tools you can find the timecode window go ahead and click it and now mine jumps over here with two lines I'll show you that what that means in a moment yours might pop up over here or up here I don't really know where it jumps up by default anyway so we have our timecode window and we can see we have two lines of information yours might just say one line so real quick here's probably looks like this alright and what this means so master tc1 and these numbers here so this number correlates to your timecode for where your play position indicator is with tc1 your timecode track and so as you drag your time position indicator this is going to change and you see that number here and here and here and if you're like me and you've been staring at a screen for too many years and this just isn't big enough for you you can click this drop down go to size and make a different size make it larger or smaller all right got that a little bigger all right now let's say we want to display two lines of information and show something else we can click this drop-down in the timecode window go to add line and a new line is gonna pop up and I actually don't even know what REM stands for what I like to also display along with my timecode is the in and out if I had an in and an out selected it would tell me that duration so if I click the drop down here I can go to sequence timecode tc1 and then I slash oh all right and so if I set an endpoint in my timeline and an out point I will know that is one minute one second and ten frames that can be pretty useful let's say you want everything to be two seconds long I go make my endpoint I go plus 129 out point and now I have a in and out of two seconds long and I can make an add edit make another add edit and just go from there all right and one last line you might want to add is the duration so if you click the drop-down again let's add a line and go back click the drop down go to sequence go to timecode tc1 animals like the duration and that that will tell you how long your sequence is so pretty much from the first frame to the last frame of video I know that this sequence is 2 minutes 41 seconds and 20 frames as you can see that's probably useful if you're trying to hit a certain time let's say 30 minutes and you want first frame to last frame of your sequence you can determine it by using the timecode window jump around in here there's a ton of options most of them I don't ever use you can display the footage timecode if you go down to source and then select the track let's say v1 and select the time code it's not going to display anything until you actually hit a clip on v1 so you watch as I scroll as soon as I hit that track that's displaying the time code on the source of what's on v1 so let's say you have a ton of footage and you know your post supervisors next to you and they they want to know the time code of that specific shot I mean you can do find frame and go back and then go look like oh it's five seconds and and 13 frames or if you have the time code tool up with this selected you can just see it right in there so that is it guys thank you so much for watching this video I have a ton more videos in the works sorry it's been so long since I've posted but if you go to edit video faster comm you can see what I've been working on over there if you are not subscribed I would love it if you click that a subscribe button until next time I've been Josh short with and I'll see you later


  • Karen Borland says:

    I work in the broadcast news industry. a producer asked me last week to give her hit times on the fly when particular soundbites came up during the story. But I was feeding my timeline and wasn't sure how to do that. Is it possible to get accurate times on the fly while playing the sequence?

  • Just Like This TV says:

    Rem stands for Remaining time sir =) you use it as countdown line when you are playing live from avid on air. So everyone will know and can prepare for the next cue or part of the show =)

  • Robert Shaffer says:

    Hey Josh, not sure if you'll see this, but isn't there a way to view, for example, 29.97 Drop Frame timecode when you're in a 23.98 Non-Drop project? I'm pretty sure I was able to do this before but now I can't. Am I tripping?

  • Arv Vee says:

    Nice. (And I'm guessing that "Rem", mentioned at 2:35, is "Time Remaining" from the playhead point to the end of the sequence.) Thanks for this!

  • Brie Stodden says:

    Super handy, thanks!

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