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Are there different timecodes for the different formats?

For VHS and High-8 tapes:
VHS and High-8 tapes are analog, not digital. You can get timecodes off of the VCR by playing them…however, they won’t rewind and fast-forward as easily as a digital DVD. For this reason, we recommend transferring them first to a digital DVD. After you transfer them to a digital DVD, you won’t have to worry about the quailty of the tape diminishing, and you can easily get the timecodes off of the DVD player window (located where you physically put the DVD in).

For Mini-DV tapes:
You can write down the timecodes from your Mini-DV camera or a Mini-DV player (if you have one). If you don’t have a Mini-DV camera or Mini-DV player, we recommend transferring them to a digital DVD that you can easily view in your DVD player. Then you can easily get the timecodes off of the DVD player window (located where you physically put the DVD in).

For Camcorder DVD-Rs:
You can play these in a normal DVD player, and get the timecodes off of the DVD player window (located where you physically put the DVD in).

For AVI Files:
You can play your AVI files in your computer using Quicktime Player. Once you open up the file(s), you will see the timecode in the lower left corner, while the movie is playing.

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