Timecode Transcription Overview


This article is a brief introduction to timecode and how it relates to transcription. If you’d like a technical definition of timecode then read Wikipedia’s definition of timecode, this article strictly deals with timecode transcription. 

A transcriptionist will encounter timecode when a video editor or producer requests a transcript with timecode. Timecode is a time reference that helps an editor synch their video to the transcript they are reading & editing.

Timecode is broken down into four parts hours, minutes, seconds, and frames. A time code of  01:10:11:12 would be 1 hour, 10 minutes, 11 seconds, and 12 frames. t

When transcribing you want to match up the words you type with the time code that you see on-screen (for a video file) or is in the metadata (for an audio file).

Audio & Video File Types Used for Timecode Transcription:
  • MP3 or WAV Audio Files with SMPTE time code or analog time code placed onto the right or left channel of the audio track.
  • Broadcast WAV Format (BWF) or MP3 where the time code is in the metadata of the file.
  • A QuickTime or Windows Media video file with burn-in time code.
  • QuickTime video file with time code metadata track that is viewed in QuickTime Pro.

Let me know if you have any questions. And if you have a project that requires timecode transcription please feel free to request a quote from us or check out our transcription page.


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