time code solution for final cut pro

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Bill Fright, Dec 11, 2003.

  1. Bill Fright

    Bill Fright Guest

    I've been looking into the time code issue on Final Cut Pro. I've posted
    three shows without time code and I'm tired of it. So I found the
    solution. In DVcam the time code info is placed right in the video
    signal on each frame. This means the time code does not reside on the
    linear track or longitudinal (LITC or LTC) track like betacam. So
    importing digital video time code is a non issue but analog sources
    require a bit of work.

    A company called Gee Three makes a little card that goes in your
    internal modem slot on a G4. Called the stealth serial card it outputs
    via a 8 pin connector which gets translated into a RS422 connector that
    connects to the back of the betacam. The RS422 port is what you normally
    hook your analog edit controller to. Once you've installed the stealth
    card you open up Final Cut and trim the time code delay parameters and
    it's ready to work. This way when you digitize from betacam the time
    code info gets inlayed right onto the video track of the converted
    digital video. Now here's the good part.

    The betacam is now controlled by the import and export functions of
    final cut pro. This means you can batch capture video and audio. So
    let's say you finish a project and dump your master to tape. You need
    hard drive space for other projects so you erase all the clips but being
    clever you save your project file. Six months later you need to reedit
    the program. Instead of finding all the shots again manually you use
    batch capture with your project file and FCP simply asks to have tapes
    inserted in the deck and finds all your source clips automatically.
    That'll save at least a half day of digitizing.

    I just bought the card ($50.) and I'll let you know how it works when it

    Also I've just finished a show using the shuttle pro two. If you are
    used to analog controllers you'll probably love it as much as I do.

    Bill Fright, Dec 11, 2003
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    Steve Guidry Guest


    Did it work ?
    Steve Guidry, Jan 7, 2004
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    Mike Kujbida Guest

    You might be interested in this (potentially cheaper) solution. I passed
    the Gee Three suggestion along to a buddy at a local post house (Avid Media
    Composer and FCP suites) and this was his response:
    "All we did is buy a Belkin Serial adapter, that has an 8-pin din input and
    a USB output and attach our spare Avid 9 pin to 8-pin serial cable to the
    USB Belkin device and plug it into a USB port on the computer. Tell the
    computer to configure to that deck and presto, it works!
    We have been running it for about 2 1/2 years that way. The only change I
    will make this year is to replace the Avid cable with a generic shorter
    version as the 25' cable is a bit excessive for the 2' run we require."

    Mike Kujbida, Jan 7, 2004
  4. Bill Fright

    Bill Fright Guest

    yes it worked out great. I've finished another show since I've installed
    it and it does everything the way it's supposed to. All in all I think
    it is a great fix for under $60.

    I read the post about the serial to usb cable. No where in my research
    did I find that to be a solution but if it works that's great! I think I
    do remember that FCP is specifically looking for a serial port solution.

    Bill Fright, Jan 8, 2004
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