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Anyone know of a program that will add a visible date and time stamp to a video file? Preferably, I can just put in the start time of the video and it will just keep incrementing the time as the video plays.

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Most pro non-linear editors (NLEs) such as Vegas or FinalCut include something to do that. Search the documentation for "timecode burn" or "window burn". I know in Sony Vegas it's one of the text effects. While it's possible that the prosumer NLEs like Windows Movie Maker, iMovie, Vegas Studio may have that functionality, I just don't know about those products for sure.

good luck!

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Moviemaker does allow you to do a fixed date stamp as a caption, but you can't easily add a changing timecode. –  Dr Mayhem Jun 6 '12 at 18:00
    
Good info to know! I suspect that may be the case with most prosumer/consumer products. –  dwwilson66 Jun 6 '12 at 18:20
    
Windows Movie Maker does not have this function –  Ambo100 Jun 22 '12 at 18:48

Timecodes can be added in Sony Vegas. It's possible to adjust the vertical and horizontal allignment and scale of the timecodes as well as the format (Time, Frames, Feet).

Open or create a new project in Sony Vegas and switch to the 'Video FX' tab, find the Timecode effect, click and drag one of the formats onto your media event. In my example I've chosen to use the 'Time & Frames' timecode which displays in hours, minutes, seconds and frame number (HH:MM:SS:FF)

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If that's all you need to do, you can download a free 30-day trial from the Sony Vegas website.

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For example Motion has textgenerators for this task. Just look for "Timecode" and "Time & Date" in the effect-library.

But most compositing and editing applications can do that.

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Adobe Premiere has this functionality.

Search for "Timecode" in Effects tab.

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That doesn't actually seem to put the date/time of when the clip was taken. Is that normal? –  hendry Mar 9 at 13:37

FFmpeg can do this. Example from the FFmpeg Filtering Guide:

ffmpeg -i in.mp4 -vf "drawtext=fontfile=/usr/share/fonts/truetype/DroidSans.ttf: timecode='09\:57\:00\:00': r=25: x=(w-tw)/2: y=h-(2*lh): fontcolor=white: box=1: boxcolor=0x00000000@1" -an -y out.mp4
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There is a tool for Sony Vegas Pro (not free) that can grab the recording metadata and burn it on the movie.

Here

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