The answer is yes. Timecode is still important. It’s a vital and fundamental skill that still has impact when shooting or editing in virtually every kind of video.
Monday night Shane Ross, one of my favorite editors to follow on Twitter, tweeted this:
Question posed on an #FCPX forum…
"Is timecode useful at all? Does anybody still use it in FCPX?"#facepalm
— Shane Ross (@comebackshane) January 19, 2015
This escalated to a remarkably civil discussion on the matter between him and a few other editors. I’m with Shane though. Timecode is incredibly important despite not being used in as many ways as it used to.
This post will go through a brief overview of what timecode is, some antiquated uses that I used it for and why it remains important to know and understand today.