Final Cut Pro 6 - Modifying Timecode in Media Files

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Modifying Timecode in Media Files

In Final Cut Pro, you can modify media file timecode in several ways:

 Individual clips can be adjusted by choosing Modify > Timecode.
 Multiple clips can be adjusted in the Browser timecode columns (such as Media Start

and Media End).

In general, choosing Modify > Timecode provides deeper control over your timecode
modifications, but the Browser allows you to modify multiple clips at once.

In the Browser (or the Item Properties window), you can only adjust Media Start and
Media End fields for offline clips that are not associated with media files (in other
words, the clip must be completely offline, which means the file path in its Source
property must be empty).

You should rarely need to adjust a media file’s source timecode track. One exception is
when you are logging (before media files have been captured) and you need to adjust
the start timecode of an offline clip. In this case, you can modify Media Start and End
timecode in the Browser columns.

Timecode modification

Using Modify > Timecode

Using Browser

Adding or deleting timecode
tracks in a media file


Not allowed

Modifying timecode
(Media Start)

Allowed on any clip

Allowed only with offline clips
not associated with media files

Modifying reel names
(Reel, Aux 1 Reel, Aux 2 Reel)


Allowed with alert message

Modifying timecode rate
(TC Rate)



Choosing source time timecode
track (TC)


Allowed. Control-click in the
TC field.

Viewing different timecode
display formats


Allowed. Control-click in any
timecode field.


Modifying or deleting your source timecode track or reel name may make

recapturing from source tapes impossible and EDLs inaccurate. Unless you have a
good reason for modifying the source timecode track, it’s best not to modify the
timecode captured from tape.

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Chapter 25

Working with Timecode