[FFmpeg-user] Burning timecode into mov file

Clément Bœsch ubitux at gmail.com
Thu Sep 6 21:34:15 CEST 2012

On Wed, Sep 05, 2012 at 10:15:33PM -0700, MrGralich wrote:
> >> The command I'm trying to apply is: 
> >> ffmpeg -i <input.mov> -acodec copy -vcodec copy -metadata 
> >> timecode=15:14:13:00 <output.mov> 
> >> but I get nothing... 
> >> 
> >> Do you have some advice? 
> >>
> >Try -timecode 15:14:13:00? 
> >
> >If it doesn't work, please paste the command line and full output, as well 
> >as the output of ffprobe output.mov.
> Clément, I've tried the command
> *ffmpeg -i STD_0022.MOV -timecode 15:14:13:00 -acodec copy -vcodec copy
> std_0022_tc.mov*
> but I don't think I have any success. The timecode doesn't show up in QT 7.x
> nor in FCP.
> I don't have ffprobe and I currently don't have the tools to compile it,
> since I understand there's no binary available for download. In the
> meantime, I've called the resulting MOV file with *ffmpeg -i* and this is
> the result:
> /ffmpeg version 0.11.1-tessus Copyright (c) 2000-2012 the FFmpeg developers

    CommitDate: Mon Jun 11 07:35:14 2012 +0200
        movenc: add timecode track support.


    June, 7, 2012, FFmpeg 0.11.1

(and actually 0.11 is even older, .1 being just a bug fixes release)

So I believe your version is too old. Note that we highly recommend our
users to use the latest development version, which you can get on

You seem yo be looking for a Mac OS build, and unfortunately the static
build provided by tessus seem indeed limited to the release versions. I'd
suggest you to look into the wiki for detailed instructions:


Clément B.
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