Getting Timecode from the Device

While a DV tape is playing or is in record-pause mode, you can retrieve the SMPTE timecode or the absolute track number. To do this, call the IAMTimecodeReader::GetTimecode method. This method takes a pointer to a TIMECODE_SAMPLE structure, which describes the timecode. Before calling the method, initialize the dwFlags member of the structure. Use the value ED_DEVCAP_TIMECODE_READ to retrieve the timecode or the value ED_DEVCAP_ATN_READ to retrieve the absolute track number.

The timecode member of the TIMECODE_SAMPLE structure is a TIMECODE structure. When the method returns, the dwFrames member of the TIMECODE structure contains the timecode or track number. For timecode, the hours, minutes, seconds, and frames are packed into a DWORD as binary coded decimal (BCD) values, with the format hhmmssff. Use bitmasks to extract the individual values.

The following example retrieves the timecode and track number.

if (MyDevCap.bHasTimecode)
{
    TIMECODE_SAMPLE TimecodeSample;
    TimecodeSample.timecode.dwFrames = 0;
    char szBuf[32];

    TimecodeSample.dwFlags = ED_DEVCAP_TIMECODE_READ;
    if (hr = MyDevCap.pTimecode->GetTimecode(&TimecodeSample),  SUCCEEDED(hr)) 
    {
        DWORD dwTime = TimecodeSample.timecode.dwFrames; // Packed BCD value.
        int hour  = ((dwTime & 0x0F000000) >> 24) + 
                    (10 * ((dwTime & 0xF0000000) >> 28));
        int min   = ((dwTime & 0x0F0000) >> 16) + 
                    (10 * ((dwTime & 0xF00000) >> 20));
        int sec   = ((dwTime & 0x0F00) >> 8) + 
                    (10 * ((dwTime & 0xF000) >> 12));
        int frame = (dwTime & 0x0F) + 
                    (10 * ((dwTime & 0xF0) >> 4));
    }

    TimecodeSample.dwFlags = ED_DEVCAP_ATN_READ;
    if (hr = MyDevCap.pTimecode->GetTimecode(&TimecodeSample), SUCCEEDED(hr)) 
    {
        DWORD dwTrackNumber = TimecodeSample.timecode.dwFrames;
    }
}

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