Using the Identify Feature to Calculate Database Information

You can use the Clip window’s Identify feature to determine the key number, ink number, or timecode values for clips in the database. The database requires these values for the first frame of the clip, but you might not have them if you aren’t creating database records from a telecine log or if your clips lack window burn.

Note the following requirements for using the Identify feature to determine or verify edge code or timecode values:

Keep in mind that with the Identify feature, the Key, Ink, Video Timecode, and Sound Timecode fields should always reflect the values of the frame currently displayed in the Clip window, whereas in the Detail View window these fields are associated with the first frame of the clip. The Identify feature will, however, calculate and enter the first-frame values you see in the Detail View window.

Calculating Edge Code and Timecode Numbers

If you know the edge code (key number or ink number) and timecode values for any frame in a clip, you can use the Identify feature to determine these values for the first frame of the clip, and that information is automatically entered in the database.

This feature is especially useful if you are working with video that does not have window burn, because without window burn you have to track the timecode and edge code by physically marking one frame in each clip. If the frame that is marked is not the very first frame of the clip, the Identify feature can calculate what the values are for the first frame, and those values are automatically entered in the database.

To enter the edge code and timecode values in the database
  1. If it isn’t already open, open the clip in the Clip window in one of the following ways:

    • Choose File > Open Clip (or press Command-O) and use the dialog to select the clip.

    • Click Open Clip in the Detail View window of the clip’s database record.

  2. Click Identify in the Clip window to display the settings for the current frame.

  3. Locate the marked frame in the clip playback area.

    Tip: Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to move forward and backward frame by frame.

    The Identify settings update to show the information for each frame as you move through a clip, so you can locate the marked frame.

  4. Enter the edge code and timecode values for the marked frame (the frame showing in the Clip window) in the appropriate fields.

    Note: You may be using ink numbers instead of key numbers, or vice versa. If so, you can leave the field you aren’t using blank.

    Figure. Identify pane of the Clip window showing key number and video timecode entries.

    Note: If you decide you want to reset the values to what they were when you opened the clip in the window, click Revert.

  5. When identifying a 3-perf 35mm clip, you must also choose the offset (3-perf•1, 3-perf•2, or 3-perf•3) from the Film Std pop-up menu.

    Note: You should not need to change the Film Std setting if you are using any of the other film formats.

  6. Click Save.

The clip’s database record is immediately updated with the values for the first frame of the clip. Additionally, the clip’s duration is calculated and entered.

About Modifying Data with the Identify Feature

You can use the Identify feature for a clip only if a database record has been created for that clip. The Clip window’s Identify pane includes fields and pop-up menus for settings that also appear in the Detail View window. You can modify these settings with the Identify feature, but keep the following important facts in mind:

  • The Identify pane’s Key, Ink, Video Timecode, and Sound Timecode fields should always reflect the values of the frame currently displayed in the Clip window, whereas in the Detail View window these fields are associated with the first frame of the clip. Therefore, what you see or enter in the Identify pane of the Clip window could be different from what you see or enter in the Detail View window. See Using the Identify Feature to Calculate Database Information for details.

  • The Identify feature can track the key numbers only if the key number-to-timecode relationship is continuous, as it is with most camera-roll transfers. See Is Your Edge Code Number-to-Timecode Relationship Continuous or Noncontinuous? for more information.

If you changed the values in the window and want to go back to previous values, click Revert instead of Save. After you click Save, the database record is updated, and these changes are reflected in the Detail View window.