Time Code

If you don’t understand at least the basics of timecode, you really can’t fully understand and appreciate video, at least as we know it today.

While reading B&H Photo/Video/Audio’s latest email newsletter (i.e., advertising) there was a nice little introduction to timecode. Sure, the article is littered with links to products — B&H is in business, after all — but this is a good introduction for beginners.

And, while I’m on the subject, here are a few freeware timecode calcluators for Mac and Windows.


From The Edit Blog: The iPod as a Time Code Slate

5 Responses to “Time Code”

  1. Henry Posner / B&H Photo Says:

    Thanks for taking the time to say so. Much appreciated. Folks who don’t get the newsletter can see this article online at http://www.bhphotovideo.com/email/ProVideo087-h.html

    Henry Posner
    B&H Photo-Video, Inc.

  2. Studio Daily Blog » Useful tools for editors: timecode calculators Says:

    […] If you do any kind of video editing short of iMovie 08 then you are going to need a timecode calculator at some point. If you are using an Avid application then just look under your tools menu. If not then grab one of the 3 flavors from this link. You can get a dashboard widget, a freeware version or a more featured shareware version. All can come in handy when trying to calculate various timecode realated issues. The above link is a Mac OS based app … but if you must have one for the Windows world then there’s one of those too. Thanks to Self-Reliant Filmmaking for reminding me of that great little app and pointing to the Windows based one as well. […]

  3. editblog Says:

    What exactly is the link to subscribe to the newsletter and not the email ads? Or is that it…???

  4. Paul Says:

    Scott –

    As best I can tell, I think it’s just part of their email ad service. There doesn’t seem to be a separate subscription. (I don’t remember signing up for ANY emails from B+H, but wasn’t upset about getting this.)

    Anyway, if you have an account with B+H, go to their website and click on “My Account.” On the next page you should see a link that says, “Update Email Subscription.” The only one I’m subscribed to is “Video”, so that must get you on the newsletter list. Hope that helps!

  5. Kevin Says:

    What a great little tool. No more doing TC math in my head when calculating handle lengths for motion imports and exports!