Whats the difference between Word Clock and Timecode?

Word Clock and Timecode

You have probably noticed on your recorder that you have Word Clock and Timecode. Are they the same? No.

word clock and timecode

A Word Clock is actually used to keep your recorder at a constant bit rate to avoid data errors. Unlike Timecode which is Metadata about the recordings individually being sent in a separate section of the Wav (or other audio) file. Timecode that is Jam synced is good for a phase reference.

You can use a word clock to keep various recorders in a change in sync but this will not translate to the files themselves because for that you need timecode.

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Matt Price

Matt Price

I am a London Based Sound Mixer and Sound Recordist working on Feature Films, Creative Content, Documentaries and Commericials.

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