I'm having clips transcribed for a documentary film. There are many of them and my transcribers are using a program that can use the time code from video and audio files.
We are Dropboxing them so I want them to be just audio files, but I need the timecode to remain on the clips when I export the audio.
So far it strips it and all I get is duration.
The original clips are in .MTS format. They import into Premiere CC fine but when I export the audio the original timecode is gone.
The other option would be to compress the video and watermark it, but the timecode goes away when I do that too.
I need the timecode in the file because my transcribers use a program called Inqscribe that allows you to insert timecode into the transcription with shortcuts and timestamps when the speaker changes. Burned timecode won't allow them to do that and it will slow them down considerably.
Thinking out loud....
I wonder if you could use an OMF ( or EDL) workflow to achieve what you want.
Export an OMF from all clips on a single timeline...maybe...?????!!! ???
That should be (maybe) wavs or aiffs with t/code...maybe ???? !!! ???
I think I get it.
You just want the files as small as possible. Right? That is why you just want the audio?
Well, rather than do without the video completely, just reduce the bitrate to something horribly low, where the video is barely able to be seen. You want to export to a format that the program can deal with, like Quicktime. But where I might export at 25Mb/s, you might export at 1Mb/s. The video will look terrible. Well, so what? Who cares? Right?
But it will have timecode.
When their web page says that they can accept various audio formats, I don't think they mean audio by itself. They mean the audio within the video stream can be AIFF, WAV, AAC, and MP3 audio.
This was a great solution! Thanks for helping me solve this. I used the Quicktime animation codec, dropped the quality down to 1, dropped the size of the frame way down, and even put a watermark on it. When I opened it in Inqscribe the timecode remained.
I saved that as a preset and now I can process mulitple clips with that preset.
Thanks so much for helping me solve this Steven!
One more note. The transcoding was taking a long time, and I found that I could make an all-black image with the same dimensions as the resulting file and the file size is much smaller and the transcoding was super-fast.
You can also just turn off the video tracks with the eyeball.
I believe you are referring to a sequence right? We are talking about clips. If there is an eyeball on the clip export please let me know where to find it.
Hey Jim thanks for the reply. I wasn't clear enough. I'm putting in the all-black image as a watermark when exporting the clip and leaving it as 0% transparent. It is the same dimensions as the clip so it blacks out the image. That way I don't have to put it in a sequence. Putting it in a sequence means the export uses the sequence's timecode and that blows my whole idea of transcribing the clips using timecode for reference.