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Tutorial - Timecode Logging with TextExpander

This is a technique I used when I’m directing so I can log shots while we’re rolling. By working with time of day timecode I can quickly and accurately paste the timecode with a simple keystroke.

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Chris, I went out and bought Text Expander ( after watching this video and I can think of a million uses for it now! It costs $35 by the way. Thanks for this info. I like your approach because your tutorials are based on real workflow. I am a photographer trying to get my arms around the world of video production and I am really learning a lot from your material here. I am about two months into Final Cut Studio at this point and really loving it. Thanks again.


April 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTim

Welcome to Final Cut... yea, workflow is one of my passions... theres a lot to be said for planning WHAT you need to do before you start.

Keep it up and let me see some of your work... always interested.

April 19, 2010 | Registered CommenterChris Fenwick

Nice one mate… wish I'd seen this before! ;-)

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoseph Linaschke

This is a very handy tip, great information.

Thanks a lot for making this video and sharing it.

We wish there was a Time Code plug-in for PC system too (at least for the most popular NLE package/s).

But even without it, logging is useful and important. Thanks a lot once again.


April 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter5D Mark II TEAM

Love your tutorials. Thanks so very much for all the help and tips. Please keep them coming.

August 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChuck Braverman

Chris - excellent stuff

just as an FYI - I'm using Typinator - similar to textExpander and tho I haven't done a direct comparison, it might be even better than textExpander....

I have a hard time using someone else's computer or even my iPad now because of how much I rely on Typinator! I have about 200 shortcuts for many of the things I do all day in blogging. One of the great things about typinator is that it has a search function available at a keystroke. Obviously with 200+ shortcuts it is hard to remember them all, but with a keystroke, a popup appears and you just type into the search box and your shortcuts appear... couldn't live without it!

planetMitch (ps... typing 'pm.' gives me planetMitch so I never have to type it... heck even 'i ' becomes "I" - much like you get on the iPhone/iPad - should be part of OS X if you ask me :)

April 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterplanetMitch

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