Bulk convert a timecode list or single timecodes to different formats. You can also upload a CSV file and convert all timecodes of specified columns with one click. Learn more in our examples below.
This tool allows you to convert various types of timecode formats to other timecode formats. You can also convert csv files. If you want to convert subtitle files, you'd better use our subtitle tool.
There are different approaches to display timecode, a small overview can be found here:
|Timecode SMPTE||The most common timecode format in movie editing software. It is also used to display timecode in EDL files.|
|Timecode SMPTE with drop-frame rate||The SMPTE standard for drop frame timecode.|
|Timecode with milliseconds||This format is often used in subtitle files such as SRT and VTT files. Sometimes formats use a period instead of a comma to separate milliseconds.|
|Timecode with milliseconds (short)||This shorter variant of the millisecond timecode uses only one digit for the hour position and rounds the milliseconds to 2 digits, as used in ASS files, for example.|
|Timecode without seconds||This format is often used for documents such as transcripts.|
|Time without hours||This format is often used for documents such as music cue sheets, where files are no longer than 60 minutes.|
|Timecode in total frames||This format is often used in marker files and XML files such as Final Cut Pro XML.|
|Timecode in total seconds||This format is sometimes used in subtitle and marker files.|
|Timecode in Ticks||Ticks are used in MIDI timecode and can be based on ticks per frame or ticks per quarter note. Ticks are also used in some closed caption formats.|
Here are some more examples of 25 fps timecodes in different formats.
|SMPTE||with milliseconds||in frames||in seconds|
CSV files can be exported and imported into Excel, Google Sheets and many other tools. If you need to convert time codes in a file, this is your tool to convert them. You can simply upload a csv file and specify the column you want to convert. Check it out with our sample data at 25 fps. This file contains the columns:
Frame In and
Frame Out. For example, if you want to convert the SMPTE timecode to seconds, enter "Timecode In, Timecode Out" as the value for "Columns" field. Uncheck the "Overwrite" option if you want the results to be written in a new column.
If you have several or even hundreds of CSV files with thousands of timecodes, you can use this tool to convert all your files in a single step. Prepare a ZIP file with all CSV files and upload it with your conversion settings, the process will start immediately and you will get a notification when they are converted. This is a Pro feature.
If your files contain sensitive information or you just want to add an extra layer of security, you can enable password protection under "more options". This is a Pro feature.
This tool can also be used to change the frame rate of a timecode. Here are some examples of what a timecode looks like at other frame rates. Keep in mind that SMPTE cannot display half frames, and depending on the conversion and rounding, the value may differ by 1 frame compared to conversions from other software.
|23,976 fps||24 fps||25 fps||29,97 fps (NDF)||50 fps|
To convert a timecode to a different frame rate, the total number of frames is multiplied by
(target frame rate / source frame rate). For example, to convert the time code
23,976 fps to
25 fps, first convert the SMPTE time code to frames:
25717 frames. For further calculation,
(24000/1001) is used instead of
23,976 for better accuracy (more on this in the "Odd frame rates" chapter). So the formula to convert the total frames is:
26815,33 frames. This corresponds to
00:17:52:15 at 25 frames per second.
There are 3 common odd framerates. To provide the best possible result, our tools use the following formula:
23,976 fps -> 24000/1001 ≈ 23,97602398
29,97 fps -> 30000/1001 ≈ 29,97002997
59,94 fps -> 60000/1001 ≈ 59,94005994
You can use the "add frames" field under "more options" to add or subtract a number of frames from the timecode. Enter a negative value to remove frames. If you change the frame rate in the same step, the frames will be added after the frame rate conversion.
Examples of non-drop frame rates:
23.976fps, 24fps, 25fps, 29.97fps NDF, 30fps, 50fps, 59.94fps NDF, 60fps, ...
The main advantage of nondrop frame rates in movie production is that they provide a more accurate representation of the video frames. They are easier to convert and manage than drop-frame timecodes. For motion pictures, the traditional frame rate is 24 fps. Most TV productions in Europe use 25 fps as standard. North America, Japan, and South Korea often use 29.97 fps and 59.94 fps.
Examples of drop frame framerates:
29.97fps DF and 59.94fps DF
Drop framerate timecodes can be recognized by the last separator, which is a semicolon. The main difference between drop frame and non-drop frame timecodes is how they handle frame rate discrepancies. A drop frame timecode drops certain frame numbers to keep the timecode in sync with the clock. This means that the timecode will always be in sync with the clock, but may not always be in sync with the video. Drop frame is used when the frame rate of the video is 29.97 or 59.94 and it needs to skip frames 00 and 01 once per minute, except for multiples of ten minutes.
Many consumer devices, such as smartphones and digital cameras, use inconsistent frame rates for video capture. These devices often use variable frame rates (VFR) by default to conserve battery life and storage space. This means that the frame rate can change throughout the video depending on the amount of motion and complexity of the scene. In addition, many professional cameras have the option to use VFR for certain types of footage.
It's important to note that if you plan to edit or post-produce the footage, you may need to adjust the frame rate to a standard value, such as 24fps, 25fps, or 30fps, to avoid problems syncing audio, playing the footage, or exporting the final video.
Converting SMPTE to millisecond timecode is not difficult for even frame rates, but can be complicated for odd frame rates and drop frame rates.
|Frame rate||SMPTE||Timecode with milliseconds|
If you are experimenting with frame rates: We have a collection of MP4/H264 demo files with burned timecode at various frame rates which might be helpfull. We share these files via Google Drive.