Final Cut Pro terms

Absolute Timecode

Timecode that refers to the actual time on the tape or media, regardless of the in and out points.

What is an absolute timecode in Final Cut Pro?

An absolute timecode in Final Cut Pro is a unique identifier that marks each frame in a video. It is a numerical sequence that runs throughout the entire duration of the video, starting from 00:00:00:00 (hours:minutes:seconds:frames) and increasing with each frame. This timecode is used to locate specific frames accurately and quickly, which is crucial during editing processes.

The absolute timecode is independent of the clip's in and out points, meaning it does not change when you trim or move the clip around the timeline. It is always referencing the original media file. This makes it an essential tool for editors, especially when working on long-form projects or collaborating with others, as it allows for precise communication about where edits should occur.

How to display Absolute Timecode in Final Cut Pro?

To display Absolute Timecode in Final Cut Pro, you need to adjust the settings in the timecode viewer. First, open Final Cut Pro and go to the top menu. Click on the "Window" option, then select "Show in Workspace" and click on "Timecode". This will open the timecode viewer.

In the timecode viewer, you will see a small settings icon, which is a downward-facing arrow. Click on this icon and a drop-down menu will appear. From this menu, select "Absolute". This will change the timecode display from relative to absolute. Now, the timecode will display the absolute (total) duration of your project from the beginning, regardless of any in or out points.

How to change timecode display to Absolute Timecode in Final Cut Pro?

To change the timecode display to Absolute Timecode in Final Cut Pro, you need to follow a few simple steps. First, open the Final Cut Pro application on your device. Then, navigate to the "View" menu located at the top of the screen. In the drop-down menu, you will find an option labeled "Timecode".

Click on the "Timecode" option and a side menu will appear. In this side menu, you will see various options for timecode display. Select the "Absolute" option. This will change your timecode display to Absolute Timecode. Remember to save your changes before exiting the menu to ensure that your new settings are applied.

What is the use of Absolute Timecode in Final Cut Pro?

Absolute Timecode in Final Cut Pro is used as a reference point for editing and synchronizing video footage. It is a numerical sequence that runs throughout the entire duration of a video, marking each frame with a unique identifier. This allows editors to accurately pinpoint specific moments or sequences in the footage, making it easier to edit, align and synchronize different clips.

In addition, Absolute Timecode is crucial when working on collaborative projects or when the project needs to be transferred between different editing systems. It ensures that every frame can be accurately identified, regardless of the system or software being used. This makes it a vital tool in professional video editing, post-production work, and broadcast environments.

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