Final Cut Pro 6 - Timecode Transferred via Serial Device Control

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Timecode Transferred via Serial Device Control

Final Cut Pro can use two kinds of timecode sent over a remote serial connection:

 LTC: LTC (longitudinal timecode) is recorded as an audio signal on a dedicated

timecode track.

 VITC: VITC (vertical interval timecode) is recorded as part of the video signal, using

several video lines that are normally masked by consumer televisions. Lines 16 and 18
of the vertical blanking portion of the video signal are commonly used.

Final Cut Pro can also automatically switch between LTC and VITC if they are both available:

 LTC+VITC: If you choose this setting, Final Cut Pro looks at both timecodes so that

accurate timecode can be read no matter what speed the tape is playing (LTC is used
for normal and high-speed playback; VITC is used for slow motion and pause).

For more information about LTC and VITC timecode, see “

Timecode on Tape

” on page 413.

To take advantage of the Edit to Tape feature (described in Chapter 14, “

Assemble and

Insert Editing Using Edit to Tape

,” on page 197), your video device must support insert

editing. These VTRs can use timecode In and Out points, along with defined video and
audio tracks, and perform a frame-accurate edit.

RS-422 connector

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Chapter 26

Device Control Settings and Presets