Rewritable consumer timecode

The Rewriteable Consumer Timecode (RCTC, RC Timecode, or RC Time Code) is a nearly frame accurate timecode method developed by Sony for 8mm and Hi8 analog tape formats.[1] The RC timecode is written by the video camera directly to analog tape tracks and records the hour, minute, second and frame for each frame of video recorded to tape. Officially, RCTC is accurate to within ±2 to 5 frames.[2] The RC timecode information is written in a separate area of the track so as to not disturb the audio or video information recorded on the tape. The RC timecode was used in conjunction with the datacode to record date, time and frame information directly to the 8mm tape tracks.

On several video camera models, Sony included the ability to search by date/time (appropriately called Date Search) and to index positions within the tape so that the index mark could be returned to with the press of a button.[1]

The RC timecode is a different technology than the SMPTE timecode, linear timecode (LTC), and vertical interval timecode (VITC).

At least one manufacturer (Octochron[3]) created tools to capture the information from the RC timecode on tape and export it via Serial or USB to the computer.

A partial list of camcorders which supported RC timecode.[4]

NTSC Camcorder Models with RC Timecode
Sony CCD-SC55
Sony CCD-TR101
Sony CCD-TR2300
Sony CCD-TR3000
Sony CCD-TR3300
Sony CCD-TR3400
Sony CCD-TR555
Sony CCD-TR700
Sony CCD-TR910
Sony CCD-TRV101
Sony CCD-TRV81
Sony CCD-TRV99
Sony CCD-V801
Sony CCD-VX3
PAL Camcorder Models with RC Timecode
Sony CCD-SC55E
Sony CCD-TR2200E
Sony CCD-TR2300E
Sony CCD-TR3100E
Sony CCD-TR3200E
Sony CCD-TR3300E
Sony CCD-TR3400E
Sony CCD-TR555E
Sony CCD-TR825E
Sony CCD-TR845E

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Sony CCD-V801 Manual – Page 9 covers RC Timecode and Data Code formats.
  2. ^ Videomaker article discussing timecode technology
  3. ^ Octochron – Manufacturer of RC Time Code converter devices for PC video capture.
  4. ^ Sony documentation engine