Is there any app that can copy timecode values to clipboard?

I'm playing a video. I want to stop the video, press a keyboard shortcut, then go to a google doc and paste the timecode value (not a video frame).

I'm using a Mac. Tried googling for solutions in Quicktime Player, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut, but can't find anything. Any ideas?


This can be done in Apple's Motion (but not FCPX for some reason). To do so, create a new project and import your footage. You'll want the project's frame rate and starting timecode to match the footage's. Next, set the timeline to display timecode by clicking on the downward facing arrow next to the timecode:

Timecode controls

Select the Timecode option:

Show Timecode

Then double-click to select the timecode:

Select It

Now you can copy/paste it or type in a new value to jump there.

  • Hi. My question is whether there's a single keyboard shortcut in any of these apps which can grab the timecode value without having to go through the extra steps you've outlined. Thanks. – tomh Mar 11 '18 at 7:34
  • I'm not aware of any. To do this in Motion, once you do the initial setup, it's just a double-click and Cmd-C to copy. Not too onerous, but I don't know of any that are less than that. – user1118321 Mar 11 '18 at 7:43

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