What are the different types of metadata we can use in production and post production?

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  1. In your paragraph about “the days when tape-based acquisition ruled…”, you mentioned timecode, but you didn’t mention the recording date and time. I know from personal experience that miniDV camcorders record the date and time in every single frame, in addition to timecode. And I believe that all of the professional DV camcorders do as well. Recently, David Pogue wrote an article, “Moving Taped Past to Hard-Drive Future”, New York Times, April 14, 2010, about his experience capturing family miniDV tapes with Final Cut Pro, and his horror when he discovered the date stamps were missing. He started his project all over, capturing into iMovie, in order to see the date and time information. Actually, I found out that Final Cut does not discard the information — it is actually still present with the DV data in the Quicktime file(s). But as you know, Final Cut doesn’t use it.

    1. DV Timecodes covered both Time of day and “SMPTE-like” timecodes. Date was optional – some recorded it, some didn’t. No professional NLE uses it. (Years ago Radius had a DV editing tool that showed the TOD TC as well as the “SMPTE-like” TC.


      1. “No professional NLE uses it” is a strong statement. While it’s not an NLE, you can view both in REDCINE-X for RED cameras, as RED has realized both are useful.

        1. As I was specifically referencing DV Timecode (time of day) I’m not sure how REDCINE X is relevant as it cannot read DV/HDV time of day TC either.

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