… for Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Tip #278: How to Burn-in Timecode
Burned-in Timecode creates the perfect reference video for clients.
Often, a client needs to review the current state of an edit. The easiest way to provide this is using burned-in timecode. Timecode is a label that uniquely identifies every frame in a video. No two frames in the same clip have the same timecode.
NOTE: Timecode should not be confused with time-of-day. While it can reflect the actual time of a recording, most of the time, it doesn’t.
To display timecode for a clip:
- Select the clip
- In the Effects panel, search for “Timecode” (Its located in the Video category.)
- Drag the timecode effect onto the clip
Poof! Instant timecode.
Adjust size and position in the Effect Controls panel. Remember, your goal is visibility, not tastefulness.
A better way to display timecode for an entire project is to add an adjustment layer. We’ll cover that in a later tip.