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Timecode is the set of numbers assigned to each frame of video. Timecode is usually measured at 30 fps (frames per second), and looks like 00:00:00:00, translating to Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Frames

Suppose someone hands you a tape full of footage and needs it cut and returned the next day; you decide to capture the whole tape as a single clip, but unfortunately you find out it has a ton of timecode breaks.  The main reason we get timecode breaks is because the person filming was watching playback in between takes.  If you do not stop the tape while there is still timecode, the time will reset and you get a timecode break.  To avoid this during filming, try "Blacking out" the tape first.  Simply record the entire tape with the lens cap on; this will lay out the timecode for the entire tape.  Then rewind and film as if it were a brand new tape. 

So, if you just learned this little trick and still have Timecode Breaks while you are capturing, you can tell Final Cut Pro to either Warn after Capture, or to Make a New Clip each time it encounters a timecode break.  You can find this setting under Final Cut Pro's User Preferences and under the General Tab.  On the right hand side, half way down you will see On Timecode Break: and then you are given the choices, Make a New Clip, Abort Capture, or Warn after Capture.
timecode.gifBy choosing Warn after Capture, you can avoid the separation of clips and get a full tape as a single clip.  By choosing Make a New Clip, it will create a new clip each time a Timecode Break is encountered.  Some users prefer one over the other, but it's really a matter of preference.


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