TimeCode 1.0.1

The TimeCode class provides methods to calculate Time Code values for film, video and audio applications. It supports all current frame rates including NTSC with Drop Frame.

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TimeCode works with REALBasic 2.1 or later. It is self-contained and works with both 68k and PowerPC. It should work on Windows, but it hasn't been tested for.



TimeCode(fpsin as double)

Initializes the TimeCode class. You should call this method in the open event of your window, if you drag an instance directly to the window in the IDE. It sets the following default values

It also resets the Error and the Errormessage, so you might call this method after an error. The Class has written with Error handling, so you shouldn't get Runtime exceptions when you provide unvalid values. When the input values are invalid, the output is set to 0 or "". You can check for error with the Error method and check for an eventually errormessage.

Error() as boolean

If an error has occurred, you have to reset the class with TimeCode before doing further calculations

Errormessage() as string

Fps() as double

returns current frame rate

fps(f as double)

sets current frame rate. Allowed are values from 1 to 99 frames per second. fps 29.97 automatically enables Drop Frame mode.

Function Gauge() as integer

return current Gauge

Gauge(g as integer)

sets current Gauge. Allowed are 16 and 35. Gauge is used in the Meter, the Feet and the Keyframe functions.

Pulldown() as boolean

returns current pulldown status

Pulldown(p as boolean)

sets current pulldown status. Pulldown is used by the Keycode functions

Function IsTC(TC as integer) as boolean

True if TC is a valid timecode.

FramesToTC(frames as integer) as integer

TCtoFrames(TC as integer) as integer

TCtrans(TC as integer, FromFps as double, ToFps as double) as integer

Translates from one frame rate to another based on the frame number.

TCtoText(TC as integer) as string

Time Code values are treated as numbers in this class. This functions adds the colons for proper formatting. It uses the "00:00:00:00" for all frame rates, except for 29.97 where its uses "00:00:00;00"

TextToTC(text as string) as integer

Parses a time code string to a Time Code value which can be used as an argument for the Time Code functions. Allowed separators are ":", ";" and "."

TCtoTime(TC as integer) as date

Returns the TimeCode as time of the day 1.1.1904

TimeToTC(d as date) as integer

Returns the timepart of the date as timecode.

TCplus(TC1 as integer, TC2 as integer) as integer

TCminus(TC1 as integer, TC2 as integer) as integer

TCmult(TC as integer,m as double) as integer


TCdiv(TC as integer, d as double) as integer


TCsum(TCarray() as integer) as integer

The sum-function adds each value of the array.

TC3edit(edit() as integer)

Returns the 4th editing point when 3 points are provided.The edit array must have exactely 4 values: SourceIn, SourceOut, RecordIn,RecordOut. If all values are different from zero, then RecordOut is calculated.

FeetToFrames(feet as integer) as integer

FeetToTC(feet as integer) as integer

FramesToFeet(frames as integer) as integer

TCtoFeet(TC as integer) as double

Feet is formatted like feet.frames. 16.08 means 16 feet, 8 frames. In 35 mm, 1 feet has 16 frames, in 16mm 1 feet has 35 frames.

FramesToMeter(frames as integer) as double

MeterToFrames(m as double) as integer

MeterToTC(m as double) as integer

TCToMeter(TC as integer) as double

Meter is formatted like meter.cm

FramesToKey(frames as integer, prefix as string) as string

KeyOffset(keycode as string, frames as integer) as string

KeyPrefix(keycode as string) as string

KeyTCOffset(keycode as string, TC as integer) as string

KeyToFrames(keycode as string) as integer

KeyToTC(keycode as string) as integer

TCtoKey(TC as integer, prefix as string) as string

The Keycode functions use the Keycode format: prefix+feet+"+"+frames. In 35mm, one feet has 16 frames, in 16mm Keycode one feet has 20 frames (not 40).

Function About() as string

Returns an about-string of the class.

Function Methods() as string

Returns a string with the definitions of the methods.

Function Properties() as string

Returns a string with the definitions of the properties.

Function Version() as string

Returns the current version of the class.


This class does not have any public property.

Technical comment

The TimeCode class is an extended port of the Excel Time Code extension to REALbasic. You can find more information about the Time Code on the TC.XLA-page.

Terms of use / Disclaimer

© Belle Nuit Montage / Matthias Bürcher April 2000. All rights reserved. Written in Switzerland.

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2.1 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This library is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU Lesser General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU Lesser General Public License along with this library; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307 USA

Comments please to matti@belle-nuit.com

The latest version is available at http//www.belle-nuit.com/


14.11.00 1.0.1 fixed bug in drop,undrop and h24 which caused errors in drop frame calculations.

8.6.00 Released as open source

6.5.00 Release TimeCode 1.0