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HOW TO | SMPTE timecode in Playback
HOW TO | SMPTE timecode in Playback

Getting started using SMPTE in Playback.

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Written by Trevor
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SMPTE Information

SMPTE is a set of standards used to label frames of video or film, and has been adapted to be used to synchronize audio, video, and lighting in productions.

Introduced in v7.6.5, SMPTE is now available in Playback natively.

NOTE: SMPTE is a Playback Premium feature and requires a Playback Premium seat.

Setting up SMPTE in Playback

SMPTE Frame Rate Settings

To enable SMPTE, first set the frame rate settings applicable to your setup from the “General” tab in PLayback’s settings.

Setting up the SMPTE bus output

Next, you’ll need to route the SMPTE buss to the appropriate output.

⚠️ Important Info:

  • The SMPTE bus cannot be routed to an output that already has an audio bus routed to it.

  • SMPTE sends a white-noise-like sound at a high volume that shouldn't be routed to speakers to prevent equipment damage.

To route the SMPTE bus, navigate to the “Busses” tab in Playback’s settings, and tap on the “SMPTE” bus to change its output. Now Playback will send SMPTE timecode out of the selected output. Continue to learn how to add or adjust SMPTE time markers.

Adding and Adjusting SMPTE Markers

To add or adjust a SMPTE marker, tap the “Edit” button to reveal the edit menu, and select “SMPTE" on the far right of the edit menu drawer.

You'll now see your marker on the timeline for each song. Tap a markers label to reveal the marker's edit window and its settings. From here you can change the markers position and the SMPTE Time start. Be sure to select “Update” after making any changes to update the MIDI marker appropriately.

Have any more questions? Check out the full Playback User Guide, or use the messenger on the bottom right of your screen for additional help & Support!

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