Time & date codes in DV recordings

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Griffo Fooxburr, May 5, 2005.

  1. Hello all,
    Besides the fact that some (at least the ones I've tried) DV capturing
    utilities use the timecode from a DV tape to name the destination file, how
    can I use these pieces of information after my footage has been packed into
    its AVI container? Is it there after the capture, at all?

    I'm asking this because by now I have mastered the capturing process and am
    ready to move to the second step of the home video production, but would
    like to know what to expect of this metadata? Your answers might even help
    me to choose between different editors...
    Griffo Fooxburr, May 5, 2005
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  2. Just for the record... My editor (Ulead VS8) names the captured .avi file
    with a string based on the PC's clock at time of capture. The timecode in
    the DV seems to get junked.
    Malcolm Stewart, May 5, 2005
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  3. Griffo Fooxburr

    Jukka Aho Guest

    See <http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Video/
    Jukka Aho, May 5, 2005
  4. Griffo Fooxburr

    PTravel Guest

    I capture with Scenealyzer Live, which offers a naming option that includes
    the date and time. I find this very useful, as it organizes clips
    chronologically, and makes it easy to divide clips up by day.

    What else do you want to do with this data?
    PTravel, May 5, 2005

  5. When you capture DV the result should be an exact copy of the
    original data wrapped in an AVI container. (There may be other things
    there as well.)

    This means that *all* the metadata is still there, not just date
    and time but things like exposure info.

    There are a number of free and nearly free utils that will show
    this data. There is at least one that will take the date and time and
    'brand' the video visibly with this, if that is the sort of thing you
    want to do.

    Harry Broomhall, May 6, 2005
  6. Griffo Fooxburr, May 12, 2005
  7. I'm not quite certain yet, I would like to know what CAN be done, in the
    first place...
    Griffo Fooxburr, May 12, 2005
  8. Thanks, Harry.
    Yes, I suppose that superimposing would be something I would like to do.
    Another poster in this newsgroup posted the link to one inexpensive
    shareware programme called Visual DV Time Stamp. I haven't tried it yet, but
    I think it is the direction to follow.

    Actually, I think it could be very nice to have this timecode superimposed
    on the beginning (first 5 or 10 seconds) of each chapter on finished DVD.
    Griffo Fooxburr, May 12, 2005
  9. Griffo Fooxburr

    John Guest

    As someone previously posted elsewhere, it would be awesome to have the
    date the footage was originally shot as a subtitle...
    John, May 13, 2005
  10. Right! I think that it came cross my mind too, but forgot to ask.
    Having the date and/or time code as a separate subtitle stream would indeed
    be great. Is there an easy way to achieve this?
    Griffo Fooxburr, May 13, 2005
  11. You could treat it like a closed-caption "language option".
    Of course, generating the data would be a bear. Good candidate
    for someone to write a little utility to generate it automagically.
    Richard Crowley, May 14, 2005
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