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Working with markers

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Video: Working with markers

Often it's nice to be able to leave yourself or other members of the editing team a note about a particular shot or communicate that something needs to be done. In the digital world of video editing, it's not very practical to leave actual notes, because you're often referring to a very specific shot or even a specific frame. Instead you need to be able to zero in and leave these notes right within the editing project. Fortunately, that's where markers come in, the digital Post-It notes of the editing world. Let's take a look.

Working with markers

Often it's nice to be able to leave yourself or other members of the editing team a note about a particular shot or communicate that something needs to be done. In the digital world of video editing, it's not very practical to leave actual notes, because you're often referring to a very specific shot or even a specific frame. Instead you need to be able to zero in and leave these notes right within the editing project. Fortunately, that's where markers come in, the digital Post-It notes of the editing world. Let's take a look.

I'm going to go into 7.4, and again, we're in Farm to Table, and this is Scene 1, and I have a few comments that I'd like to leave for myself and for my producer. For example, let's start simple. This shot here is too dark and needs to be color corrected. I just want to leave a marker for myself to remind myself to color correct it before I screen it for the client. So to do this, I'm just going to park the playhead right on the shot and press M. This adds a marker. You can see the blue marker right there.

Now to actually leave a note, I have to press M again and my Marker dialog box opens. I'm just going to type color correct, and I could press Done, but I want to take a look up here. Now if I click the middle button, this changes the Marker from just a general informational marker to a to-do item which turns this into a task that I can check off whether I have completed it or not. As an aside, this third box lets you add chapter information for when you export your project, but we'll take a look at that a little bit later.

So since this color correct is an actual task, I'm going to click on the middle button, and then I'll press Done. Now I have got another question down the line. I know that we have secured Talent Release Forms for most of the interviewees, but I'm actually not sure about this farm worker, and we need to get everybody. All right, so I'm going to go ahead and just park here, and instead of pressing M twice you can also just press Option+M, and Marker dialog box opens right up.

And I'm just going to type, Did we clear this talent release? And then I'll press done. And one more. Over BD's interview here, he's talking about what he does before the sun rises. So I know that we shot footage of the sun rising over his house, and I want to make sure that we include it. So I'm just going to press Option+M and type Insert sunrise shot, and this is a to-do item and done.

Now, notice that when I click on my markers, I don't actually see anything. To see the note that I left, I just double-click, and it opens up right here. Also if I want to move from marker or marker, I can press Ctrl+Semicolon and Ctrl+Apostrophe. So Ctrl+Apostrophe to move to the right, Ctrl+Semicolon to move to the left. Well, this is okay, but I'd really like to do is be able to see the information contained within these markers in a list. Fortunately, that's where the Timeline Index comes in.

I'm just going to click on the Timeline Index here, and we looked at this previously when we were examining the various clips in a sequence. But we can also use it to look at marker information. I just need to make sure that tags is selected, and then if I click on the Marker icon at the bottom it gives me a list of my markers. If I come over here and click on this one, it gives me a list of all of my to-do items, and then over here it gives me a list of my completed tasks.

We don't have any completed tasks yet, so let me show you how to do that. So I have gone through, and let's say--I haven't done it yet, because we haven't learned about color correction--but let's say that I color corrected this shot. So I can double-click on this and then say Completed, and notice that it moved from the to-do list to the Completed list. Another way to check off to-do items is right from within this list I can just check it right here and again it disappears from here and goes to Completed.

Just a few more logistics on markers before we wrap up. If I want to move a marker, I actually have to right-click on it and choose Cut, and then we need to color correct this shot as well, and then I'll paste Command+V. So there is no actual moving of markers, it's just cutting and pasting, and also you can copy and paste. If I want to delete a marker, same thing, I just right-click and say Delete.

So, as you can see, markers are a great way to digitally communicate specific information in the digital world of Final Cut Pro.

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Final Cut Pro X Essential Training

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  1. 6m 16s
    1. Welcome
      1m 0s
    2. Using the exercise files
      5m 16s
  2. 23m 30s
    1. Understanding the world of nonlinear editing
      5m 2s
    2. Understanding how FCP X works: A new take on story creation
      1m 48s
    3. Taking a tour of the FCP X interface
      8m 59s
    4. Accessing additional tools
      6m 23s
    5. Getting to know the projects for this course
      1m 18s
  3. 24m 41s
    1. Creating and organizing events from scratch
      5m 20s
    2. Organizing footage with keywords and ratings
      8m 19s
    3. Performing searches and creating Smart Collections
      4m 59s
    4. Displaying event data
      6m 3s
  4. 42m 11s
    1. Playing and marking clips in preparation for editing
      7m 16s
    2. Understanding different types of editing tools
      6m 20s
    3. Making the first edits: Using Insert and Append edits
      7m 31s
    4. Changing shots: Using Overwrite and Replace edits
      5m 54s
    5. Performing video- and audio-only edits
      3m 45s
    6. Moving clips within the primary storyline: Swapping shots and creating gaps
      3m 28s
    7. Removing material from the primary storyline
      3m 44s
    8. Understanding timeline navigation: Snapping, skimming, zooming, and panning
      4m 13s
  5. 23m 58s
    1. Trimming clips: Using the Ripple tool
      9m 9s
    2. Manipulating transitions: Using the Roll tool
      5m 36s
    3. Changing clip content and position: Performing Slip and Slide edits
      5m 40s
    4. Using the Precision Editor for fine trimming control
      3m 33s
  6. 14m 2s
    1. Connecting clips to the primary storyline
      7m 0s
    2. Understanding the features and limitations of Connected Clips
      3m 40s
    3. Working with secondary storylines
      3m 22s
  7. 31m 23s
    1. Adjusting the audio level and channel configuration via the Inspector
      8m 47s
    2. Keyframing audio in the timeline
      4m 57s
    3. Repairing audio problems automatically
      5m 25s
    4. Adjusting audio EQ
      4m 46s
    5. Recording audio
      4m 4s
    6. Syncing audio from multiple sources
      3m 24s
  8. 25m 6s
    1. Nesting and breaking apart clips
      4m 1s
    2. Performing quick extractions using Top and Tail edits
      6m 16s
    3. Auditioning clips to try multiple editing options
      4m 9s
    4. Working with markers
      4m 57s
    5. Customizing the keyboard and workspace
      5m 43s
  9. 14m 28s
    1. Syncing your multicam group clips
      6m 47s
    2. Performing a multicam edit
      3m 53s
    3. Refining the multicam edit
      3m 48s
  10. 1h 26m
    1. Working with basic motion effects: Transform, Crop, and Distort
      10m 32s
    2. Using motion effects with still photos and graphics
      6m 25s
    3. Adding and adjusting transition effects
      7m 46s
    4. Adding and adjusting video effects
      6m 26s
    5. Adding and adjusting audio effects
      4m 30s
    6. Keyframing video and audio effects over time
      6m 18s
    7. Copying and pasting effect properties
      4m 15s
    8. Creating and adjusting titles
      7m 18s
    9. Working with generator effects
      6m 46s
    10. Adding animated themes
      4m 7s
    11. Creating freeze frames
      3m 51s
    12. Using speed effects to retime clips
      8m 2s
    13. Working with layered Photoshop files
      6m 19s
    14. Understanding rendering options and preferences
      4m 4s
  11. 36m 15s
    1. Analyzing footage for problems
      3m 49s
    2. Following a proper color correction workflow
      10m 29s
    3. Apply multiple color corrections to clips
      3m 41s
    4. Using color correction templates
      3m 11s
    5. Using automatic color correction tools
      6m 15s
    6. Performing secondary color correction with color masks
      4m 30s
    7. Performing color correction adjustments using shape masks
      4m 20s
  12. 18m 54s
    1. Taking a closer look at the import and analysis options
      5m 56s
    2. Importing from cards and file-based cameras
      4m 14s
    3. Importing iMovie projects and events
      1m 58s
    4. Capturing from tape
      3m 18s
    5. Making a tape archive
      3m 28s
  13. 16m 13s
    1. Managing events between different drives and destinations
      6m 13s
    2. Managing render files
      2m 56s
    3. Collaborating and archiving
      7m 4s
  14. 34m 38s
    1. Sharing projects using presets
      7m 41s
    2. Exporting a hi-res QuickTime movie
      3m 46s
    3. Using Compressor to export with custom settings
      7m 54s
    4. Exporting a still image
      1m 22s
    5. Exporting to DVD or Blu-ray with chapter markers
      5m 33s
    6. Exporting stems out of the timeline using roles
      8m 22s
  15. 14m 1s
    1. Solving offline media problems
      10m 29s
    2. Troubleshooting data and settings corruption problems
      3m 32s
  16. 3m 28s
    1. Next steps
      3m 28s

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