Embed a Timecode in an Image File


You want to embed a timecode in an image file.


import Draft

# Read an image from file
image = Draft.Image.ReadFromFile( '//path/to/in.dpx' )

# Create a Draft.Timecode object
timecode = Draft.Timecode( '12:40:10:15' )

# Create a Draft.ImageInfo object and set the timecode property
imageInfo = Draft.ImageInfo()
imageInfo.timecode = timecode

# Write the image back to file
image.WriteToFile( '//path/to/out.dpx', imageInfo )


In the above example, we decided to embed a timecode in a DPX image file. Alternatively, it is possible to embed a timecode in an EXR image file. Note that those two file formats are the only one for which embedding a timecode is possible. The line:

timecode = Draft.Timecode( '12:40:10:15' )

creates a Timecode object representing a non-drop frame timecode. It is also possible to create a timecode representing a drop frame timecode using the following notation:

timecode = Draft.Timecode( '12:40:10;15' )

Once you have created a valid Timecode object, you need to create a ImageInfo object and set its timecode property in the following way:

imageInfo = Draft.ImageInfo()
imageInfo.timecode = timecode

Finally, you add the imageInfo as an additional parameter when the file is written to file:

image.WriteToFile( '//path/to/out.dpx', imageInfo )

Alternatively, you can retrieve a timecode previously embedded into an image file using:

imageInfo = Draft.ImageInfo()
image = Draft.Image.ReadFromFile( '//path/to/in.exr', imageInfo )
timecode = imageInfo.timecode

See Also

For more information on the import statement, ReadFromFile() and WriteToFile(), see the Creating an Image section of this Cookbook.

You can consult the sections Timecode in Concepts and Embed a Timecode in a Video File in the Intermediate Cookbook.