Archive for March, 2011

Modifying timecode in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5

While combing through Help on a recent pass, I found that there was little information about how to modify (change) timecode in Adobe Premiere Pro. It’s definitely a feature that you may find some use for. While I plan to include more information about modifying timecode in Help in the very near future, I thought that in the mean time it would be helpful to share with you just how to do this.

Before I tell you how to modify timecode, you are probably wondering why you would modify timecode in the first place. In most cases, you really don’t want to mess with the sanctity of embedded timecode in your clips. There are a few compelling reasons, including:

  • After shooting dual system sound, you can modify either the audio or video for synching via timecode.
  • To fix timecode errors or anomalies during production.
  • The camera original timecode doesn’t work for your post workflow.
  • To match timecode of a smart slate.
  • In offline/online workflow, you want the timecode  of your low-res footage to match your master tapes for accurate match back and recapture.

Before you change timecode, be aware that you cannot access AUX timecode tracks in Adobe Premiere Pro so you must modify your source timecode. Fortunately, Adobe Premiere Pro has a Revert button if you need to restore a clip’s original timecode.

To modify timecode for a single clip:

  1. In the Project panel, select the clip.
  2. Choose Clip > Modify > Timecode.
  3. In the Modify Clip dialog, choose a new timecode for your clip. You can choose to modify timecode for the beginning of a clip, or at the current frame.

Note: If you are already parked on the first frame, this option is disabled.

To modify timecode for multiple clips:

  1. Select the clips
  2. Choose Clip > Modify > Timecode
  3. In the Modify Clip dialog, click in the timecode field. Enter in the common timecode for your selected clips. Again, you can choose to modify timecode for the beginning of the clips, or at the current frame.

Sometimes, you’ll want to modify the timecode of a clip in the timeline. For example, you find that the clap on the smart slate does not match your clips timecode at that point in time.

To modify timecode of a clip in the timeline.

  1. Select the clip.
  2. Press M, to perform a match frame.
  3. Choose Clip > Modify > Timecode.
  4. In the Modify Clip dialog, click in the timecode field. Enter in the timecode for your selected clip. You will usually want to modify timecode at the current frame.

I hope this help you understand the hows and whys of modifying timecode. Be sure to leave a comment if you have more to add regarding modifying timecode.