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Markers are an extremely useful tool when editing, if you want to make notes directly on the video to either say color correct something or go back and make a change or for instance, even if you want to line up video with other video or with audio. Now let's create a marker, and you'll have a better sense of what a marker is. So I am going to go through it. I'm watching this video. (video playing) When she says literally lighting up, I want to pick a little note of my timeline that that's where I want to bring in a video clip. I want to bring in a video clip of the light bulb.
So I want to create a marker there. I can do it very easily by pressing the M key, which creates a marker, or if I like buttons, I could go ahead and click on this little Add Marker button and when I do that, it's going to go ahead and create a marker in my timeline. And I see that little green triangle here, it kind of looks like home plate in baseball. Now I can modify or edit that marker by simply double-clicking on it, and it opens up a dialog box, and I can do a couple of things here. I can give the marker a name if I wanted to, and the name can be, you know, Start B-roll and under comments, I think is bulb shots. I am going to go ahead and I am going to say Light bulb.
Now you don't have to fill these in, but it's kind to nice to give yourself some notes. I want to point out that we're using markers here in the editing capacity to write ourselves notes, but you can actually use markers if you're creating or authoring a DVD for chapters, and you can actually create web links and Flash Cue points if you are creating video that's going to go to the web. But for now Comment markers are what we're going to focus on. So I am simply going to press OK, and I've labeled this marker, and when I bring my cursor over that marker, I can actually float my cursor, and it says Start B-roll. That's the note for me that I wrote above, and it also says what my B-roll is.
So you can actually see both of those notes that I wrote. Now the thing about timeline marker is if I grab this clip, and I move it, that still stays there. So now it's kind of obsolete, because she says light down here. So another place I could put a marker if I didn't want to put it in the timeline is I can actually put it on a clip. Now to put it on a clip, you need to double-click to load the clip back into your Source Monitor, and then I can find the spot where she says light, and I can do that by listening and watching. But we learned earlier that you can also look at the audio waveform, and it might be easier for me to find the spike where she says light.
(video playing) There we go. That's the spike where she says light, and I am going to do the same thing, I am going to hit the M key. I could hit the little button right here, but this time I'm going to use the keyboard shortcut M, and it creates a marker, and I am going to go ahead and double-click on that, and I can write myself the same note, which is the word light, and I'm going to write good cut point and simply say OK. So as we see, that is now revealed down here in the timeline precisely where she says the word light.
Now, if I wanted to remove any markers, I can either double-click the marker select it and go Delete and underneath the Marker dropdown menu, I could also go ahead and Clear All Markers, and in this case I don't have any or just the current marker. Now you'll notice that this is grayed out, and you may be asking yourself, well, he does have a marker down here. Markers are independent between the timeline and clips. So if I needed to clear the clip marker, either I double-click on it or select the clip, and now I can go down here and Clear the Current Marker or all markers.
So remember, it's context-sensitive based upon whether you working in the timeline or have an individual clip selected. So as you can see, creating markers and removing markers is pretty easy. We are going to go ahead and leverage those markers in the next movie to show how you can make some really precisely timed edits.
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