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Beware Of The Tape With Duplicate Timecodes

To all of you Avid and Final Cut Pro users out there, keep in mind that when you are cutting footage for some of your lower-end clients, such as your neighbors trip to the Bahamas, the tapes they are handing you stand the chance of having duplicate timecode numbers. Each time you shoot with a consumer camcorder, then turn it off and on again, you are increasing the possibility that your camcorder will reset the timecode counter back to zero.

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If you were handed a tape by a client who had shot some video of his vacation and after review of the tape, he asks you to make shure to use the footage starting at 00:00:02:00 ending at 00:00:03:00. What if you have two instances of 00:00:02:00 and 00:00:03:00 on that same tape? Which footage is he refering to? What if Final Cut Pro does not track to the proper timecode, due to the fact that there are duplicates?

In this case, it looks like you'll have to manully go to the shots you want.

Beware!

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