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27/02/2003

Imagine release free timecode analysis utility

Imagine Products have announced the release TC Detective, a free timecode break analyser tool.
TC Detective is a time saving utility designed to help verify the integrity of DV source videotapes prior to use. TC Detective scans tapes, at selectable speeds and sensitivity, and reports the number of apparent clips based on timecode gaps in a printable table.
The detection algorithm is based on the difference between readable timecode values - it does not report camera start/stop points or analyse scene changes. When the difference between timecode values is greater than the minimum gap setting, a 'break' is denoted. The approximate begin and end timecode are listed for each clip, along with a 'reference timecode'. The reference timecode indicates the approximate position of the break on the tape. TC Detective can report up to 24 clips (breaks) on a given tape.
To use TC Detective, you must have an OHCI compatible FireWire port and appropriate Microsoft DV driver installed.
TC Detective uses Direct Show to display video feed through, which requires Direct-X 8.1 or later.
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