[FFmpeg-user] Extracting starting timecode info using ffmpeg/ffprobe

Kieran O Leary kieran.o.leary at gmail.com
Wed Sep 2 01:03:06 CEST 2015

On Tue, Sep 1, 2015 at 11:43 PM, Kieran O Leary
<kieran.o.leary at gmail.com> wrote:

> From some googling, I've had occasional success with the following command:
> ffprobe.exe -show_entries format_tags=timecode -of
> default=noprint_wrappers=1 inputfile
> I've found that I had to use "format_tags=timecode" as
> "format=timecode" would not return a value (only mentioning this as
> the ffprobe tips page uses the latter in its examples).

So I took another look at the ffprobe tips, and I realise that I
should have been using -show_entries stream instead of format. This
has produced a much more consistent output. I'd still welcome any

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