The Tentacle Timecode Tool is a simple program that can embed timecode recorded as Audio TC into the meta data of the file. This process is only needed in case you are working with an editing software that cannot read audio timecode directly from the audio track of the original file.
Please drag and drop the folder containing the video and/or audio files with Audio TC into the left main window of the Timecode Tool.
The Timecode Tool should automatically identify the Audio TC on the tracks of the files. In case the Audio TC doesn’t show in the right column of the main window please select:
If the Audio TC is still not displayed there is probably something wrong with the signal. You can still try to change the settings of the reading algorithm, or define the track from which the Audio TC should be read. If this doesn’t do the trick the signal might be clipping and the software unfortunately cannot read it. There are several options to manually select settings to read timecode if the auto detection doesn’t work.
Files of various recording devices may have the timecode information displayed differently in the Timecode Tool. Some have an additional File TC that doesn’t necessarily correspond to the Audio TC recorded from the Tentacle. By embedding the Audio TC into the meta data the File TC will be replaced by this timecode signal so it matches the timecode from the other recording devices with Tentacles connected to them. If you have recorded the timecode from the Tentacle directly via a BNC connector into the file you don’t need to embed the Audio TC by using the Timecode Tool. In this case you can directly synchronize your video and audio files in the editing software.
Mixed footage from various cameras and sound recorders can be imported together. But for a convenient workflow you better keep the shooting days separated so that you won’t have doubled timecode values in the same bin of your editing software.
Please select your export file format from the menu. You can either choose pass through, or any desired codec from the list.
Finally you can export your footage by either selecting specific files from the list, or choosing Export All. The Timecode Tool will not interfere with the original files but creates copies. Please make sure you can provide enough store space on your drives. Depending on the export format and the original file codec it will take some time to create the copies so you better only select the files that need the Audio TC to be embedded.