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  • Thu, Aug 2 2012 10:12 AM

    • Mark Hawtin
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    Timecode plugin translating data

    Hello

    I would like to know if it is possible to do the following using a plugin... or if I can write a plug in to do this:

     

    I have imported a few thousand .mov files and their naming convention is: yy_mm_dd_hh_mm_ss.mov

    I woild like to present this information on the client monitor as text over the top of the imported clips on the timeline.

    I can already use the timecode plug in to display the clip name, however...

    I would like to translate these filenames into this format: dd, month (as text), year, time

    Essentially I think I will need a plug in which can translate information in a file name and represent it in a different way like this:

    character 1 and 2 = year

    character 4 and 5 = month

    character 7 and 8 = day

    character 10 and 11 = hour

    character 13 and 14 = minute

    in timecode plug in (or something similar):

    display day, month (as text), year, hour:, minute

     

    Any help or pointers much appreciated.

    Thanks

    Mark

     

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  • Thu, Aug 2 2012 12:18 PM In reply to

    • Mark Hawtin
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    Re: Timecode plugin translating data

    bump

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  • Fri, Aug 3 2012 9:48 AM In reply to

    • udosauer
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    Re: Timecode plugin translating data

    You could try to use a software like autoit (pc) and write a script that does somehing like this:

    Select Clip name

    Analyse the Name and create a new Name (20.12.1974.mov -> 20. december 74 for example)

    paste that new name back to the clip name

    now you can use the avid-tc effect

     

    or you could do these steps BEFORE importing all the files, via a shell script for example.

     

    regards,

    Udo

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  • Fri, Aug 3 2012 10:06 AM In reply to

    Re: Timecode plugin translating data

    udosauer:
    or you could do these steps BEFORE importing all the files, via a shell script for example

    Seems like an easier way to go.

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  • Fri, Aug 3 2012 10:11 AM In reply to

    • Mark Hawtin
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    Re: Timecode plugin translating data

    Thanks camoscato

    Good suggestions. I maintained the existing naming convention so as to preserve the ability to sort by date. You're right, renaming the files before importing would've solved this, but it would've prevented me from batch add segment to the timeline based on date order.

    I'll take a look at autoit and see if there is anything similar on OSX.

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  • Fri, Aug 3 2012 10:18 AM In reply to

    Re: Timecode plugin translating data

    Mark Hawtin:
    renaming the files before importing would've solved this, but it would've prevented me from batch add segment to the timeline based on date order.

    I don't have any files to test this with, so it's a guess, but if the file name format is yy_mm_dd_hh_mm_ss.mov I'd think you could still sort them by date in a bin in text view, and then drag and drop them to the timeline in the order they appear in the list.  I'm not 100% sure that'll work, but it's worth a test.

    It's a shame I didn't see this a couple of days ago, as the place I was working uses a similar naming convention and I could've tested it out to see if it would work for your needs.

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  • Fri, Aug 3 2012 10:24 AM In reply to

    • Mark Hawtin
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    Re: Timecode plugin translating data

    True camoscato, however, had I batched renamed the files before import, the ability to sort the imported files into a bin would have been lost. 

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  • Fri, Aug 3 2012 10:29 AM In reply to

    Re: Timecode plugin translating data

    Mark Hawtin:
    True camoscato, however, had I batched renamed the files before import, the ability to sort the imported files into a bin would have been lost. 

    I don't understand.  You can sort a bin ascending or descending or filter for a particular word or string of numbers.  

     

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  • Fri, Aug 3 2012 10:39 AM In reply to

    • Mark Hawtin
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    Re: Timecode plugin translating data

    Hi Camoscato. The filenames are formatted as yy_mm_dd_hh_mm_ss.mov

    This formatting allows for easy alphanumeric sorting (acending / decending order) in the name column of a bin as you rightly stated...

    Had I batch renamed the 3000+ clips differently on the desktop before importing, for example 12-06-2012_08-54.mov, these clips would not be able to be sorted easily. In addition, the clips do not have metadata, and the creation date is sometimes different from the correct filming date and time.

    In a perfect world, I would like to display the name of the clips translated from yy_mm_dd_hh_mm_ss.mov to something a like dd_mm(as text)_yy_time on the client monitor via a plug in similar to the timecode plugin to help in the viewing process.

    My guess is that I need to write a plug in unless there is one out there.

     

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  • Fri, Apr 15 2016 1:14 PM In reply to

    • Mark Hawtin
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    Re: Timecode plugin translating data

    Hello everyone

    A question for the extreme expert Avid heavylifters... Geeked

    I am searching for a plugin similar to the Timecode Burn-In plugin that will not only display the Source Clip Name on the screen but crucially:

     

    Interpret the file name as an on screen caption, in other works '2016_01_01.mov' would becomes 

    '1st of January, 2016' on the screen

     

    Further more...

    the file name: '2016_01_01_13_26_27.mov'

    would be able to display the text: '1st of January 2016, 13:26'

    with choice of font, font size, position X&Y, shaddow, keyframable with transparency.

     

    1) Does a 3rd party plug in exist that would do something like this?

    2) Is there any batch burnin software that could achieve this prior to importing treated clips into the Avid?

    3) Any other ideas on workflow?

     

    Any help or pointers much appreciated.

     

    Thanks 

    Mark

     

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