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Timecode A User's Guide, 3rd Edition by J. Ratcliff

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Chapter 9Timecode and linear postproduction

The transfer suite

After rushes have been viewed to sort the wheat from the chaff, the 'wanted' takes should be identified and transferred to a format suitable for the off-line edit. Traditionally, Hi-band U-matic machines have been used for this, as the format supports timecode. Some post-production houses, at least one broadcaster, and some manufacturers, have developed VITC generators that will lay code onto Lo-band and VHS. Laying down a proper time-address signal is preferable to burning-in the code, as the off-line editor has the options of switching it in or out, whether to put it in a 'letter-box' or superimpose it, and - important where to place it on the screen. If code has to be burnt in, ...

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