Electronic musicians at some point will need a minimum of two kinds of equipment to record or produce beautiful music. Beginner musicians can get away with just one device at a private party, but if the professional music is to be taken into consideration, more than one piece is the norm. Musicians are required to record the time for both visuals and sounds at any event. Recording time ensures that the syncing of other instruments is done effectively in the right parts of the sound piece. This is where a Timecode comes in. The information gathered by the Timecode is stored in sync with the audio and the video. This way, even when you move the sound and video clips from one device to another, the time information is transferred with it. The Timecode format for clips is called SMPTE. It was established by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and was initially used only for movies. Other Timecode formats are Midi Time Code, which is used sparingly.
Synchronization of Recording Devices
With events in recorded pieces they are not synchronized effectively, the clips would not be fit for public viewing. Imagine, you watch a movie when the sound and the video are not in sync, and the music is delayed, the purpose of the film is lost. Therefore, it is essential that all the recorded pieces be synced correctly to the millisecond. A small delay by even a microsecond is easily noticed in both visuals as well as audio pieces, especially when two or more instruments are used. The Timecode will continually record the time events on the parts and register them so that even a second is not missed out. The Timecode is a convenient feature in digitally recorded pieces of visuals and sound. However, it is incredibly tricky to record Timecode for Analog, unless it has been converted to the digital format. The synchronization of the Timecode as well as the recording devices are essential.
The Uses of Timecode
There are two ways a Timecode would be used. The first is in an audio-only recording; the second is in an audio and video format. The audio-only Timecoding is helpful especially when you can include pieces of video later. The Timecoding of audio will ensure that the right video clips are inserted to sync with the audio. For example, when shooting a live interview, the sound can be recorded, and the video can be added later in snippets. This type of recording audio is also used in a film. Where the video is shot separately, and the sound is dubbed into the video. A favorite kind of movie is the animated variety where it is difficult to estimate the video and sound syncing.
The second audio and video format of Timecode comes in handy when you can record both. By logging the time for the video, the pauses in the video can be edited to suit the audio accordingly. Most recording devices record both audio and video with Timecode. When the video moves into post-production, the audio and video tracks can be split to be moved around the frames. All Timecode is set to 30 frames per second by default.