Modifying Sequence Timecode
The starting timecode number of a sequence can be changed in the Sequence Settings
window. You can also modify the timecode rate of the sequence (independently of the
frame rate, or editing timebase). To do this, you need to use the Modify
To adjust the starting timecode number of a sequence:
Select a sequence in the Browser, or make a sequence active by clicking the sequence’s
tab in the Canvas or Timeline.
Choose Sequence > Settings.
In the Sequence Settings window, click the Timeline Options tab.
Type a new timecode number in the Starting Timecode field.
In special editing scenarios, the video frame rate (timebase) and timecode rate of a
sequence need to be different. For example, if you are editing 24 @ 25 film-to-PAL
video, you use a sequence with a video frame rate of 24 fps with a timecode track
modified to 25 fps.
For more information about the 24 @ 25 PAL editing process, see “
24 @ 25 fps Timecode
” on page 451.
The number of tabs
indicates the number of
It is not a good idea to choose a video frame rate (timebase) that is
different from the timecode rate for your sequence unless you have a good reason.
Fine-Tuning Your Edit
To create a sequence preset in which the video frame rate (timebase) and timecode
rate are different:
Choose Final Cut Pro > Audio/Video Settings.
Click the Sequence Presets tab.
In the list of presets, click the unlocked sequence preset you want to modify.
Click the Edit button to edit the selected preset, or click the Duplicate button to edit a
new copy of the selected sequence preset.
The sequence video frame rate (timebase) and timecode rate can now be set in the
Sequence Preset Editor window. By default, the timecode rate matches the video frame
rate, as indicated by the Same As Editing Timebase option in the Timecode Rate
Choose a video frame rate from the Editing Timebase pop-up menu.
Choose a timecode rate from the Timecode Rate pop-up menu.
Note: Not all timecode rates are available for all video frame rates (timebases).
Click OK to accept the changes, then click OK again to close the Audio/Video
The new sequence preset can be applied to existing sequences or used in Easy Setups.
If you already have a sequence for which you’d like to modify the timecode rate, you
can also use the Modify Timecode dialog. However, it’s usually best to alter the
timecode rate of a sequence before you begin editing with it.
To modify the timecode rate of an existing sequence:
Select a sequence in the Browser.
Choose Modify > Timecode.
Adjust, add, or remove timecode tracks as needed.
Working with Timecode