Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Add sequence markers, part of Media Composer 8.7 Essential Training: 101.
- [Man] I mentioned earlier on that if a clip has markers on it and you add that clip to a sequence, as I have here, the markers are included with the clip. In fact, I just marked the beginning and end of a region of interest in the clip and added it to a sequence, and there at the beginning and end are the markers that I added. However, the sequence instance of a clip is, in many ways, independent of the instance in a bin. So if I go back to this clip now, and add another marker, I'm just pressing my F1 key keyboard shortcut, click okay, you'll notice it does not appear on the clip in the sequence.
We're now a little bit apart from the original version in the bin. They're still connected, but they are separate. However, you can add markers to sequences as well. In fact, you can add markers to clips and to time-code tracks, and one way that experienced editors make sure that they've got sync in complex sequences, is by adding a stack of markers to multiple tracks. And I'll show you what I mean. So here, for example, I've got all of my tracks selected.
And I'm going to go to my Tools Palette right here, and I'm going to just have this floating over my bin for now. And the Tools Palette has an Add Marker button. I'm just going to have it there so you can get a visual indication of what I'm doing. So with my Timeline Window active, I'm going to click the Add Marker button and I get the pop-up. Actually, I'm going to click on Markers here, and I'm going to turn off the automatic pop-up, because I don't need that for now. And then here, on the Timeline, you can see that the Markers Palette is giving me all of the markers, including the two on the existing clip.
And here's the one that I just added. You'll notice, if I just move my playhead along a little bit, that regardless of where the markers are in my sequence, they all appear at the bottom of the Program Monitor. Before I go any further, I think it's fair to say that this might end up looking a little bit busy if you're working on a longer sequence with lots of layers and lots of markers. So if you right click in the Composer Window, you do have the option to specify wether or not markers are shown. And if I turn markers off you can see they all disappear.
I'll keep those on, for now, because I think they're pretty useful, and just there. So why did the marker get added to the Video 2 track? I think you can probably guess. It's because the marker is added at the location of the playhead on the top most selected track, and here the top most selected track is Video 2. So let's add a stack of markers and let's do it over here on the right, where I've got a couple of clips lined up on different tracks. I'm going to use my keyboard shortcut, it's going to be a little bit quicker.
So I'm pressing my F1 key to add a marker, I'm turning off video 2, pressing it again, turning off video 1, and again and again and again and again. Now I'm turning off all of my tracks with content on them and I just have my time code track turned on. And I'm pressing it again and the markers added even to my time code. So now I have a stack of markers, and I'm going to just move my playhead out of the way.
And I can use these as a visual cue to let me know if I have sync in my sequence. When working on very long sequences, you might find it useful to add a stack of markers like this, perhaps every five minutes or so. They don't necessarily need to be exactly five minutes apart, but at least then if you have a sync problem, you will know roughly where the sync problem begins in your sequence. But let's see what that looks like. I'm going to select this clip. I'm going to turn on my A1 and V1 tracks only.
And I'm going to use a handy shortcut to remove the beginning of this clip. I'm going to press t for mark clip. Remember you've got the button for that at the top of the Timeline as well. And then I'm going to press o to mark it out, and this means, although you can't really see it very well on the top of the timeline, I've got a selected region just at the beginning of the clip up to the playhead. You can see it a little better here up in the Composer Window. So now I can press x for extract and you can immediately see what's happened.
If I look over at my column of markers, I can see that, of course, I didn't turn on my other tracks on the Timeline, and therefore, the clips that were lined up over this Matt Climbing shot are no longer lined up. I know that somewhere in this section of the Timeline, I've lost sync. I'm going to undo, I'm going to turn on both tracks. In fact, you know, I'll turn on all of the tracks, and I'll extract again. This time I'll click the button and now I know I've maintained sync.
Coincidentally, when you're at the stage of the edit where you're going to be adding and removing content for your sequence, it's quite likely you're going to get into to the habit of just selecting all tracks a lot to make sure that you don't lose sync. So I encourage you to get into the habit of using that Command + A on Mac OS or Control + A on Windows Keyboard shortcut to select all of the tracks at once before using extract or splice in edit operations.
- Setting up the editing environment
- Creating a new project
- Importing media
- Finding, organizing, and linking clips
- Building a sequence
- Editing and trimming
- Adding transitions
- Applying segment effects
- Combining effects
- Applying freeze frame and motion effects
- Creating titles
- Exporting video projects