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Be aware that a DSLR (digital single-lens reflex camera designed for stills), though it may shoot beautiful video, probably does not write timecode. TC is the time signature (in hours, minutes, seconds, and frames) assigned by dedicated video cameras that postproduction software depends on to manage your footage. You will find software discussed on the Internet that adds TC to DSLR files, but it takes time, planning, and management. Some editing programs automatically add TC when you import video files that lack it


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