Can I get the actual time somehow from a specific place?

The time of the video is displayed at the bottom. But I wonder if I can get the actual time (using the computer time) somehow at any given spot in the recording. Right clicking it somewhere and clicking something like “Time” would do this. Maybe there’s another way?

There is a plugin for actual time labels …

The inability to display time of day is one of the reasons Audacity doesn’t make a very good surveillance recorder. That and inability to record real time and save files while it’s doing it.


There is a much older legacy way to do time. SMPTE Time Code is a normal, well behaved audio signal whose whines and screams can be translated into time. Park it on one of the sound channels of your show. Connect a Time Code Reader on playback, and there’s your time.

You’ve seen this stuff burned into videos during editing? That’s what it is.

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There’s a joke about that. If your studio isn’t very well designed, you will have Time Code screaming sound leaking everywhere.