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  • Sun, Jan 20 2013 12:14 AM

    • brian2803
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    Copying and Pasting Timecode

    Hey guys, I recently posted to a forum and they told me I should request this feature to you guys.

    In final cut, the timecode display in the sequence timeline as well as the source and record monitors is copy and paste-able. so you can click in it to paste in a timecode value from a text document if someone made timecode notes. I know it's possible to manually type in timecode to jump to a certain spot in the timeline or a clip, but it doesn't allow you to paste a value into it, as far as I can tell.

    My post is at the very bottom of the last page of this thread. I've found a workaround for now, but having this feature would certainly help:

     

    http://community.avid.com/forums/p/108845/671375.aspx#671375

    (this is what i wrote in the post)

    Hey guys, this thread has been extremely helpful, particularly the detailed step by step for how to initiate entering time code values on a laptop.

    My specific question is if it's possible to copy and paste timecode, in order to jump to specific spots in the timeline or in a clip.

    I'm a new MC user -- for a project I have a long list of markers with annotations and corresponding timecodes for where the markers are located in the timeline. The document is a separate text document (I 'exported' the markers in the timeline into a text document). I simply want to be able to copy the timecode for a certain marker (such as: 01:09:20:07) from the text document into MC so the playhead will jump to that point.

    Because of this thread, I now know how to manually type in values to jump the playhead to a certain timecode, but when I try to Paste a timecode value in from my text document it simply Pastes a CLIP into the timeline (or whatever happens to be on MC's clipboard), rather than pasting in the text into the timecode box.

    The closest I've gotten is going into the Bin where my Sequence is, putting it in text view and going to the column 'mark IN', and pasting the timecode value in there. It marks an IN point at the correct location in the sequence, then I can bring the playhead to it manually.

    I'm similarly curious of how to COPY timecode from wherever the playhead is in the timeline, either to put into a text doc or paste to jump to the same point in a different sequence. I could mark an IN point and copy the in point value from the column view in the bin, just curious if there's a way to copy the value of where the Playhead is -- the same value displayed in the Record monitor (Mas TC1). If I could just copy and paste directly into the Record monitor readout that would solve it! But I'm committed to MC now so curious to hear your thoughts

    For now I'm making due with whenever I want to copy a timecode from the timeline or a clip, setting an IN point, and copying the value from the Mark IN column of my bin. Then to paste, pasting the value into the Mark IN column of the clip/sequence i want to paste into, then hitting the shortcuts 'go to inpoint,' then 'clear in out.' Not bad, but skipping these steps woudl be helpful, so I'll give them a shout about it

     

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  • Sun, Jan 20 2013 9:21 PM In reply to

    Re: Copying and Pasting Timecode

    I agree the ability to copy timecodes from the various UI locations would be useful. Not sure how practical pasteing that info into them would be but if you can paste it into the source or record monitor to jump to that code.

     

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  • Mon, Jan 21 2013 1:05 AM In reply to

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    Re: Copying and Pasting Timecode

    Thanks Pat, yes my thought with being able to paste into the UI timecode locations was exactly that - pasting a timecode from a text document of producer notes, then the playhead would jump to that spot

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  • Tue, Feb 5 2013 4:36 PM In reply to

    • Nnata
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    Re: Copying and Pasting Timecode

    An absolute must for me. Those who know...know.

  • Tue, Mar 26 2013 5:11 PM In reply to

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    Re: Copying and Pasting Timecode

    Brian, are you saying that if you hit Ctrl twice to bring up the timecode entry box, and then paste, it doesn't paste the timecode you copied?

    On a mac, when I copy a timecode from a text document, I can paste it into the timecode box wihthout issue. Are you PC based?

     

  • Tue, Mar 26 2013 5:30 PM In reply to

    Re: Copying and Pasting Timecode

    You should be able to paste into any MC UI location that allows you to select and change that timecode. SO in bins etc. And yes if you have the timecode entry box up for manual timecode entry it shoudl allow you to paste a previously copied timecode.

    My need is to be able to copy from the various UI locations outside bins (ie above the source record monitors) to then use that as a paste.

    Currently the timecode display above the source or record monitor or in the timeline position window can't be selected or copied.

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  • Tue, Mar 26 2013 9:40 PM In reply to

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    Re: Copying and Pasting Timecode

    Yes, this would be a nice feature to have.

     

    As a workaround, this isn't super graceful because it requires marking and then clearing the mark, but you can use a macro program to do the following to copy the current sequence TC:

     

    1 - Mark In

    2 - Activate Composer window (Cmd+4)

    3 - Open Get Info window (Cmd+i)

    4 - Select Mark IN TC (Shift+Tab)

    5 - Copy (Cmd+C)

    6 - Close Get Info window (Cmd+w)

    7 - Activate Timeline (Cmd+0)

    8 - Clear Mark In (whatever you have this mapped to)

     

    This can probably be done in Applescript also if you don't want to use a macro program. i just created and tested on my Naga and it works very well (with the stated limitations of having to use marks + only working for Master sequence TC).

     

  • Tue, Mar 26 2013 9:43 PM In reply to

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    Re: Copying and Pasting Timecode

    Depending on your specific needs you could also add markers in appropriate places and then export the Markers when you're done - but obviously it all depends what you need the timecode for. Copy and Paste in some areas at least would be good.

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  • Mon, Apr 8 2013 2:22 AM In reply to

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    Re: Copying and Pasting Timecode

    +1

    I just bumped up against the same problem. Unleash copy & paste!

    Wouldn't hurt to be able to copy and paste clips in the bins, too... but that's a topic for another post.

  • Tue, Jul 8 2014 9:27 PM In reply to

    • LKJ JKL
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    Re: Copying and Pasting Timecode

    RyanR:
    On a mac, when I copy a timecode from a text document, I can paste it into the timecode box wihthout issue.

     

    is this really true? can someone confirm this please?

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  • Tue, Jul 8 2014 11:37 PM In reply to

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    Re: Copying and Pasting Timecode

    In Lightworks I can right-click on any timecode and "tear it off".  That torn off timecode can then be dropped onto the desktop for later use, or dragged to any timecode window and dropped in.  That process can be used to either modify the current timecode of media or edits in a viewer or thumbnail or to jump to the new timecode.

    That feature has been in Lightworks since the early '90s.

    Even before NLEs, I wrote a routine for an off-line CMX-like edit system in the late '70s that allowed you grab timecodes from anywhere they were displayed on screen (including the list) and drop them into any timecode entry field.  It wasn't hard to do, even on an 8-bit CPU.

    Timecode is going to be with us for a while.  It would be nice if Avid supported it with the full flexibility possible.

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  • Wed, Jul 9 2014 2:01 PM In reply to

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    Re: Copying and Pasting Timecode

    All the linear controllers could manipulate timecode and had constant registers for offsets etc....

     

  • Wed, Jul 9 2014 2:43 PM In reply to

    Re: Copying and Pasting Timecode

    I agree that Copy/Paste can and should be improved within MC.

    In the meantime, maybe this thing works: http://capture2text.sourceforge.net/#intro

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  • Thu, Oct 15 2015 4:51 PM In reply to

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    Re: Copying and Pasting Timecode

    Bump! Avid, please implement this in some manner. It's cramping my style automation-wise to not be able to copy timecode values to the clipboard. There are many many assistant editors who would love this feature.

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  • Thu, Oct 15 2015 5:56 PM In reply to

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    Re: Copying and Pasting Timecode

    I did find a very kludgy workaround.

    This Alfred workflow can be used to OCR a screen capture. And I do have it working now to capture just the right portion of the Timecode window (displaying timecode at size '40'). This isn't really a good solution, as it requires the Timecode window to be open and configured just so and placed at just the right spot.

    https://github.com/ramiroaraujo/alfred-screenshot-ocr-workflow

    Better would be a keystroke to select-all the text of the timecode field in the timeline, at which point it could be edited (which would be similar to hitting ctrl-ctrl to enter a TC value) or copied to the clipboard with cmd-c/ctrl-c. This was a very useful feature in FCP7 and would be great to have in Media Composer.

     

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