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Universal Counting Leader

Dec 29, 2012 9:18 AM

Tags: #pro #premiere #cs6 #timecode

I am finishing the edit on a film and the final mix sound editor is asking for me to include the universal counting leader and to have the timecode for the movie to start at 00:00.  This means all the upfront counting leader timecode needs to start before 00:00. The counting leader is 11 seconds in length. How can I accomplish this?

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    Dec 29, 2012 9:42 AM   in reply to stynkrbelle

    You can't.  Timecode can't go below zero.

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    Dec 29, 2012 10:04 AM   in reply to Jim Simon

    Instead of making the movie start at 0 you can let it start at 1 hour if that is not a problem

    Start Time would be:

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    Dec 29, 2012 12:57 PM   in reply to stynkrbelle

    Should not make a jot of difference to the audio engineer what TC the Program starts at but ask him why maybe.


    Generally we use 00:01:30:00 for Program Start and the SMPTE leader precedes this if we use one at all.  ( More out of habit than neccesity)


    FWIW: Countdown Leaders dont play as big a part  in digital media as much as they did in analogue and tape deck days.

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