Tip #1260: How to Burn Timecode Into Video

… for Apple Final Cut Pro X

Tip #1260: How to Burn Timecode Into Video

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

This generator can display either project or source clip timecode.

(Drone image courtesy of Terry Holland.)

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Final Cut Pro provides a fast way to add timecode to your review videos using a generator.

Add Generator > Elements > Timecode to the top layer of your project. Final Cut will automatically superimpose it over all lower video layers.

In the Video Inspector, you can change:

  • Whether to display project or source clip timecode
  • The position of the timecode
  • Font, size and color
  • Background color
  • The starting timecode number
  • The label that appears to the left of the timecode (“Fly-Fishing” in the screen shot).

This feature makes it easy for both you and the people reviewing your videos to be sure you are talking about the same point of your project.

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4 replies
  1. Harry Nelson
    Harry Nelson says:

    Looks great! Will this work with version 10.4.6? It would be helpful if the tip indicated which version this applies to. Thanks! 🙂

  2. Bill Rabkin
    Bill Rabkin says:

    FCP includes another way to add timecode to your video: Effects > Basics > Timecode. It is similar to the generator described above, but adds the ability to include the clip name.


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