> I can't get the "synchronize timecode" button to be enabled (it stays grayed out) from the synchronize contextual menu.
You can only do the synchronization based on timecode when you're doing the merge in the Project panel, not the Timeline panel. See this page.
You can only do the synchronization based on timecode when you're doing the merge in the Project panel, not the Timeline panel.
Eh? I think he's talking about syncing multiple angles on simultaneously rolled cameras for multicamera editing, not merging video and audio. That is, indeed, done in the Timeline panel.
OP: Can you post a screen shot of your entire Timeline panel, perhaps with the Info panel in view and the CTI parked somewhere along the sequence? I did a quick test here, and it works for me with both clips from the same format, and with clips from different formats.
If you use the Merge Clips command in the Timeline panel, you can't choose the option to synchronize by timecode as part of that operation. I thought that that was what he was trying to do. (You can choose to synchronize by timecode as part of the Merge Clips operation when you do it in the Project panel.)
But maybe I misunderstood what he was asking.
Maybe I didn't explain well enough. I am trying to set up for a multicam edit. I have 3 video tracks... not audio... that I am trying to synchronize before using the multicam window.
The page you directed me to leaves this note "Note: Audio-only clips may be merged with other audio-only clips; a video clip is not a requirement for a merged clip. Only one clip containing video may be used."
Only one clip containing video may be used when trying to merge. I'm trying to sync 3 videos from 3 separate cameras.
The page also describes synchronizing video in the Timeline Panel:
Synchronize clips in the Timeline panel
Synchronizing clips aligns multiple clips in the Timeline panel. After synchronizing the clips, you can create a merged clip.
To synchronize clips in the Timeline panel, first edit the clips into the Timeline panel, and then do one of the following:
Align the clips manually by dragging them into place until they are synchronized.
Align the clips using the Synchronize function. To do so, do the following:
Select the clips you wish to synchronize.
Choose Clip > Synchronize.
The Synchronize dialog launches. Choose from one of the following options for the point of synchronization:
Based on the Clip Start
Based on the Clip End
Based on matching timecode
Based on numbered clip markers
Click OK. Your clips are now synchronized.
My problem is with the bolded text. I have matching timecode but that option is grayed out when trying to select that option.
Yes, I'll get a screenshot up soon. Thanks!
Great; that'll help determine if it's something obvious.
I noticed you said you're working with EX3 footage and MXF files--since the EX3 natively shoots to MP4 files, I'm assuming these were run through XDCAM Browser or similar. Is that the case? If so, do you have access to the original MP4 files/BPAV folder? Theoretically, this shouldn't make a difference, but we need to try and determine if you've uncovered a legitimate bug or if it's just... ahem... PEBKAC
Well... hmm... I don't see anything that immediately jumps out and looks wrong. I've tried replicating the issue with an XDCAM EX MP4 and then I flipped it to MXF using XDCAM Browser, and it still performs correctly in every case.
Is there no audio with these clips? What's on Audio 1 and Audio 2?
There is audio but I deleted those tracks to see if that might have been an issue.
We're running windows vista ultimate sp2
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That is just weird. Are these really long recordings, e.g. are they spanned clips?
I wouldn't say it was a long recording. It was a 45 minute program total but, yes, the clip from video 2 track is a spanned clip. I'll pull in a non spanned clip from the 3rd camera but from what I tried before it wouldn't sync any combination of the clips from the 3 angles.
Wish I could make sense of this--sort of just grasping at straws now. The spanning issue is the only thing I can come up with at the moment.
Do you have a couple short clips of whatever format that you can try? You can even do something like generate Countdown Leader and test with that. I'd say that maybe this is platform-specific, but obviously, you're replicating it on both Windows and Mac. That makes me lean toward it being something with the footage, or at least something in the way the footage is being interpreted by Premiere.
I was just trying smaller clips that weren't spanned and it recognizes the timecode and they sync up.
Theses are 32 gig cards where the footage isn't spanned across cards but within the same card. Is there a way to change the files to get it to work?
What can I do in the future to avoid this problem?
I'm having the same problem. Although I have tried shorter files that should not have been spanned...
A couple of interesting facts:
The "Project>Clip>Modify>Interpret Footage" window has the "Timeline" option greyed out on MXF files (no matter how small).
I can see the proper timeline by adding the timecode "Effect."
I can automatically sync the MXF file with another file type (I used an AVI captured with OnLocation for this test)... but two MXF files will not auto sync with each other.
I have seen in other forums that this is not a new problem. Does anyone have an answer yet?
@KSwanger: I found if I shortened the clips to less than 4 minutes after placing them on the timeline (the ex3 actually spans clips every 12 min or so because it is actually writing in a FAT32 format so no more than 4 gigs can be recorded before it spans the clip) premiere could then sync via timecode. Very time consuming and almost defeats the purpose of syncing the cameras.
Other than that I haven't found a way to get it to work.
I know that this is an old post but I wanted to bring it back up. Just to see if it is an issue with spanned clips that everyone is having. I am currently trying to sync by timecode on a wedding that is about 33 min long shot with Panasonic HMC-150's (AVCHD) and the timecode option is greyed out. I'm going to submit a bug report, and would suggest anyone else that would like to use this feature do the same.