Final Cut Pro – Creating Burned-in Timecode of your Sequence
Burning in timecode is laborious and time-consuming. Unless you know this tip.
Need to output a sequence with burned-in timecode matching your sequence for clients or producers to review? Piece of cake. There are two timecode filters in Effects > Video filters > Video.
Timecode Reader reads the timecode of your source material and can be dropped on a clip in the viewer or timeline. However, it only shows the timecode of your source video.
Timecode Generator creates timecode from zero or a preset start time (for example, 01:00:00:00). The most useful way to use this is on the timeline. However, if you drop the timecode generator on a clip or range of clips, it automatically restarts timecode at the start of each clip.
Hmm… what to do, what to do.
You could nest the clips — but, I discovered a faster way that doesn’t involve nesting.
Go to the Generator menu in the lower-right corner of the Viewer > Video tab and select Slug. Edit the slug to the top track of your timeline and select it. Apply the Timecode Generator filter to the slug. Double-click the slug to load it into the Viewer and make whatever changes to the settings are necessary, for instance, here I changed the hour to start at 1.
(You can extend the length of the clip more than two minutes by typing the new value in the Duration timecode box in the top left of the Viewer.)
Then, and here’s the magic, with the slug still selected, apply Modify > Composite Modes > Screen.
Voila! Instant burned-in timecode — much faster than keying the clip. All you need to do now is render and output.
Extra credit: If you need a slug longer than about ten minutes, change the Still/Freeze Frame duration in “Final Cut Pro > User Preferences > Editing tab” prior to creating the slug.
Courtesy of Larry Jordan