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In Premiere Pro CS5 Essential Training, author Chad Perkins shows not only how to edit video with Premiere Pro, but he also explains how to use video to tell compelling stories. This course covers the Premiere Pro workflow from a high level, providing a background on how projects go from start to finish before diving into basic clip adjustments, such as color correcting scenes for more dramatic impact, applying transitions effectively, and slowing down and speeding up clip playback. The course includes creative techniques, such as making titles and removing a green screen background from a shot. Exercise files are included with the course.
In this movie we are going to look at markers. Markers are a way for you to mark clips and sequences in your project to leave notes for yourself, kind of like sticky notes all over your project. First let's talk about clip notes. I'm going to click this yummy doughnuts clip. It is actually clip of some, as indicated, yummy doughnuts. I am going to go out to about 22 frames in. Now, this is me experimenting with my new Canon 7D camera and I hadn't yet got the gist of focusing yet with it. So most of the clip, as we just kind of skim here, most of this is out of focus.
I am just kind of playing around with it here. But there are a few frames, which are in focus and look pretty all right. So it starts at about 22 frames in and I want to mark this. So that from now on I know where the spot is on this clip that is in focus. I can go to the Marker menu at the top. So markers are that important. They even have their own menu at the top. I am going to go to Set Clip Marker. I am going to choose Unnumbered. Now, you could also choose the Available Numbered. You can have numbered markers if you wanted to, which I'll show you in just a second you can use to navigate. But I am going to choose Unnumbered here.
And then we have a little marker, a little indication right there on that current frame for that clip. So I know that begins in focus phase and then I could go out to where there is no longer focus, probably about right there. Go to Marker > Set Clip Marker > Unnumbered again. Now, another cool thing about these markers is that I can navigate between them by hitting Command+Shift+Left and Right Arrow or Ctrl+Shift+Left and Right Arrow on the PC. So again they are good for navigation as well if there are key points in your video, not just ones that you've got markers for trimming purposes where for example this marker I just created basically says after this it's kind of junk for a while.
So this is kind of like a trim help. But it could be just a note. It could be just something for yourself to remind you of where things are. Now because clips move in time, if you want to set a marker for your entire project then you'd want to use a sequence marker. For example I have this audio here and the end, there is just kind of like this final hit. So I want to mark in my sequence where that hit is. So it happened about right here. So I can go to the Marker menu > Set Sequence Marker, and let's just make it Unnumbered Sequence Marker.
Then we have that sequence marker here that tells me where that music ends, where the last hit is. Now you might have sequence markers for a whole host of things. The director might come to you and say, hey, you know what? At 15 minutes in, we need such and such to happen or such and such event needs to occur by the 30-minute mark or whatever it is. Then you go in and put markers at that point. Also, what you can do is double-click on the sequence markers and you get this dialog box. You could specify what should happen at this marker. So you could say 'director says end of picture mark.' You could just leave that there, and you can set a duration for the clip if you want.
It will make an extended horizontal white bar for the duration of the marker. I usually just leave that alone. We might add some comments about this if there's more to talk about. Then I could go ahead and click OK. Then now when I move in time and I save my document, I come back here, or maybe I pass this along to somebody else. They can put their cursor over this and get information about this particular marker. They could double-click it and read what I put, and all of that is there just to help me get my bearings and know what's going on both for my clips and for my sequences.
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