Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Edit faster with phantom marks, part of Media Composer 8.7 Essential Training: 110.
- [Instructor] Phantom Marks are another fantastic time saving feature in Media Composer, that a lot of new editors never discover because it's been around for such a long time, and they don't really advertise it that much and you have to enable the option in the settings. So let me share this with you. It's a massive feature in my opinion. So down here on the timeline, I've got a clip I want to replace. And I'm going to mark the clip. I've just got my V1 and Audio one tracks turned on, and by-the-by, I'm in a sequence called Phantom Marks Complete.
There's a Phantom Marks sequence you've been working with if you're following along with these assets. So I'm going to click Mark Clip, and now I've got In and Out Marks around this clip. And I know from looking at the composer window that the distance between those two marks is 47 seconds, and seven frames. So I want to take 47 seconds and seven frames of this clip 4B take two in my player monitor. Of course I can perform an edit right now if I want to, and I'll get from this frame, let's take a more interesting looking frame, there we go.
I can go from here, and Media Composer will take whatever it needs from the source clip to fill this gap. So it can form whatever I edit, there it is, and I can now see that clip in place. I'm just going to undo. I'm pressing Control + Z or Command + Z there. Wouldn't it be useful, if I could know in advance, how much of this clip I'm going to take, before I perform the edit? To get a sense of how much other media I have available.
Well it turns out that I can do this, if I enable Phantom Marks. I'm going to go to my project window, and I'm going to go into the composer settings. And here they are. Phantom Marks. So I'm going to turn this option on, and click OK. And immediately, you can see the difference. Although I never added an In or an Out Mark to my clip, in this player monitor source monitor, they've been added anyway. Notice that these are a pale blue color.
Whereas the marks I have added are a solid black. The In Mark is there because, by default, if you don't add an In Mark, Media Composer treats your playhead as an In Mark. The Out Mark is set based on the duration on the timeline. I now know, how much of this clip is available. I can click and drag and identify a section I want. If I do add an In Mark to this clip, which I'm going to do now, course I can move my playhead separately.
And this allows me to track through the clip and work out whether I'm happy or not with that Out point. Remember you only need three marks to make an edit. So I'm going to remove both the marks from this clip. I'm going to go somewhere around here, and I'm going to add an Out Mark only. Now, Media Composer is synchronizing the Out Marks between the source clip and the timeline, and it's back tracking or back filling to take the content from earlier in the clip.
Again, I can use the Phantom Marks to get a clear indication of which part of the clip I'm going to use. So I perform my edit, and there's my content. This works the other way around as well. So I'm going to add an In Mark to my clip around about here I think. So I've got 42 seconds and three frames. And on the timeline, I'm going to position my playhead, I'm going to hold the control + key on Windows, the command key on Mac OS to Snap to the beginning of this clip. And now, here are those Phantom Marks in my program monitor or record monitor.
So if I just click to make that monitor active, and add an In Mark by pressing the I key, I can now scroll along, and have a look at where this clip is going to finish. So, I'm going to perform an Overwrite edit, and there's my new clip. I'm going to turn off Phantom Marks for now before the rest of the lessons that we'll be going through here. I'm going to go back into my composer settings and turn off and click OK, but I encourage you to check them out.
While I'm cutting with other editing systems, it's one of those features that I really, really miss.
- Importing and transcoding media
- Creating a group clip
- Syncing picture and sound clips
- Making quick edits such as stringouts
- Recutting a scene
- Creating subsequences
- Pacing a scene with Media Composer's trim tools
- Mixing sequence audio
- Working with high-res media
- Retiming video
- Nesting effects
- Keying video
- Animating titles and graphics