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Feature Request: TIMECODE for accurate post process sync
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sky_makai
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Dear DJI Team,

Please provide a Firmware update, adding the ability to TIMECODE  sync or simply by pressing a reset  button.

Supporting timecode is a feature used by many professional cameras  to sync up footage from several cameras and drone in a single timeline  to make perfect edit und cut of videos in a quick manner possible.
In particular, Davinci Resolve relies upon Timecode when round-tripping from other NLE's like Final Cut Pro X and Premiere Pro.


Supporting Preset, User Bit or Free Run Code (by current time) would help.

Please add this feature to the Mavic 2 Pro and upcoming high res pro drones.

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Sky Makai
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2021-2-23
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Hello there sky_makai. Thank you for reaching out and for sharing these information. I will cascade and forward this thread to the designated DJI department for further attention. All significant suggestions or requests will be implemented after the evaluation of the DJI Engineers. For the latest updates on the DJI, please stay tuned to our DJI official website at www.dji.com. Thank you and please stay safe always.
2021-2-23
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DJI Stephen Posted at 2-23 19:05
Hello there sky_makai. Thank you for reaching out and for sharing these information. I will cascade and forward this thread to the designated DJI department for further attention. All significant suggestions or requests will be implemented after the evaluation of the DJI Engineers. For the latest updates on the DJI, please stay tuned to our DJI official website at www.dji.com. Thank you and please stay safe always.

Thank you for submitting this request.  
2021-2-26
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sky_makai Posted at 2-26 13:01
Thank you for submitting this request.

Hi there sky_makai.  You are very much welcome and if you have any other requests, inquiries or concerns with DJI. Please feel free to post it here at DJI Forum. We are here to help and support you. Thank you.
2021-3-1
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DJI Stephen Posted at 3-1 03:45
Hi there sky_makai.  You are very much welcome and if you have any other requests, inquiries or concerns with DJI. Please feel free to post it here at DJI Forum. We are here to help and support you. Thank you.

Thank you.  Please bump this post again.  A reminder that users want timecode, at least a user set timecode or timecode based on time of day.
2021-3-26
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DJI Stephen Posted at 2-23 19:05
Hello there sky_makai. Thank you for reaching out and for sharing these information. I will cascade and forward this thread to the designated DJI department for further attention. All significant suggestions or requests will be implemented after the evaluation of the DJI Engineers. For the latest updates on the DJI, please stay tuned to our DJI official website at www.dji.com. Thank you and please stay safe always.

So many requests for timecode and nothing done for years. DJI just ignoring the problem, I dont think they know what timecode is. Mavic 3 cine has 422 but no TOD timecode. Not designed for serious production, more weekend flyers unfortuantly.
2021-11-28
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And how are you going to sync Timecode? It would need to have some kind of hardware to sync to a Timecode signal. Sure, you could add something with a manual setting, but that isn't even something I have seen on any other camera.
2021-11-28
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KerryG Posted at 11-28 16:47
And how are you going to sync Timecode? It would need to have some kind of hardware to sync to a Timecode signal. Sure, you could add something with a manual setting, but that isn't even something I have seen on any other camera.

I dont think you understand how pro post production works. Timecode is needed in send project files to re sync footage from editor to production house and prod house to color grade suite. If there is no timecode edit programs will generally use the wrong shot. Also all feature based cine cameras are in in sync via tentacle boxes or other brands. Also if TOD is set with any amount of cameras from any locations using a digital slate they will stay in sync. Not all drone users are weekend youtubers....
2021-11-30
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KerryG Posted at 11-28 16:47
And how are you going to sync Timecode? It would need to have some kind of hardware to sync to a Timecode signal. Sure, you could add something with a manual setting, but that isn't even something I have seen on any other camera.

Software like Resolve uses timecode to sync clips in a timeline.  Timecode can be set on cameras such as the A7S3.  It would be nice to have timecode metadata on the DJI video files, even if timecode is only set by local date and time on the remote.
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KerryG Posted at 2021-11-28 16:47
And how are you going to sync Timecode? It would need to have some kind of hardware to sync to a Timecode signal. Sure, you could add something with a manual setting, but that isn't even something I have seen on any other camera.

GoPro with their own Labs firmware uses animated QR codes to precisely set the camera's timecode.
TentacleSync's free Timebar app can show an animated QR code.
This way it is possible to integrate GoPro cameras into professional production workflows.

The QR Code method is only a jam sync of course and each GoPro will drift a little.
But the drift is no problem when re-jam-syncing every once in a while.

DJI's software engineers are very smart if they can develop everything needed to operate a drone, they surely can figure out a way to let us professionals work with at least a jam-synced timecode embedded in the video files.
2022-6-3
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Again, please... add Time Of Day TIMECODE.
2022-11-16
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+100 for proper timecode for all DJI products. We use two Mavic Air 2 and edit footage in Davinci Resolve. The absence of timecode creates a massive issue with proxy files. Davinci can't link them correctly, meaning we have to relink proxy files to each drone clip manually. We have up to 50 drone clips per project and up to 10 projects per month. Just imagine the amount of time we waste. DJI, if you do pro-level equipment, please do it the right way.  
2022-11-20
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