Those of you who think timecode is for knowing when's lunchtime on set, should watch this video. Those who know what timecode is, may not know how it was developed and should also watch this video. It's an exceptional piece by Filmmaker IQ.
Once again John Hess presents a topic with a script that contains brilliantly structured information that helps you not only understand what timecode is, but also how it works on technical level. As a bonus he also shows examples of how to use one of the timecode devices: NanoLockit.
The history of timecode did not begin with the problem of synchronizing audio and video, but was first introduced as a very basic marking tool to aid the process of cutting films. Later it morphed until it became the SMPTE timecode standard we use today in most of the audio and video recording devices. If you haven't used timecode before, you may have never needed it or never knew how it could have sped up your video editing workflow. All your recording devices (cameras and audio recorders) can be fed with an external timecode signal that is ticking precisely at the same rate. Later in post you can align the video footage and audio files perfectly based on the time markers provided by the timecode device during filming. In an older article we have written about the most common devices found in a professional cinema camera rig. The timecode signal-feeding gadget is one of them.
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