SMPTE is Changing Timecode

Posted on by Larry

One of the nice things about getting back in the office after being on the road for a while is catching up on all the reading I didn’t have time to do while traveling.

For instance, there is a fascinating interview in a recent posting of Studio Daily with Peter Symes, director of engineering and standards for SMPTE. (That’s the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.) These are the engineering folks who help determine the technical specifications of new video formats and technology.

In this article, Peter talks about the challenges of working with the current version of timecode (you remember: HH:MM:SS:FF?) as we move to higher frame rates, file-based media, extreme slo-motion, and try to figure out how to get rid of drop frame timecode.

It is a fascinating article – if you like thinking about engineering issues – and you can read it here.


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