Join Jeff Sengstack for an in-depth discussion in this video Explaining the six marker types, part of Up and Running with Prelude CS6.
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I am going to give you an overview of markers in this demonstration. This is not an exercise file, this is just something I want to show you. I have one clip here to which I've added six markers. So why add markers? Markers help your editors down the road, they simplify things as you go forward, they streamline the editing process. So it's a pretty good idea to add markers to clips that you have got inside Prelude. That's a real strong part of the Prelude workflow. So I am going to go through the six types of markers that you can work with here inside Prelude. The first one is called the Subclip, and you have seen this before already. The Subclip identifies a clip inside a clip, the portion of the clip that you say is going to be the part that you want to work with. It just says the beginning and the end, and when you add this to a Rough Cut like this, it just shows the trimmed part from there to there. You don't see the blue thing anymore because this is the Subclip, this is the trimmed version. Let's just prove that by going over here. I am going to drag the Current Time Indicator, and you can see the beginning as a shadow appearing and then comes our guy there, and the end is he kind of walks off and the camera begins to tilt down.
That's the extent of the Subclip, and if I take a look at it in the Rough Cut, you can see that that's where the shadow comes in, and that's where the camera tilts down again. So that's sort of the value of the Subclip. You can just limit the editor to this part of the clip if you want to. The Comment which shows up as green here--and by the way, you can change the colors and the preferences if you want to. This comment is just to say to the editor this is scene 2c, take one, a little shorthand that you might want to use here. You can put any comments you want, the comment will show up inside the clip inside Premiere and in Final Cut Pro as well. The Flash Cue Point, this little yellow thing here, is something that works inside Flash. You are basically telling Flash, at this point, trigger some kind of event like put some text up or put a link up or something like that, and you could do this in Flash or in Premiere when you are creating a video for Flash, but let's just save the step down the road if you want to put a Flash Cue Point in here. A Web Link works inside Premiere and with certain video files, that's this little guy right there, that just basically will pop up a URL. We haven't put the URL in here, but you can put it in later inside Premiere, and this works with only certain video types, but anyway, this lets you pop up a URL on a clip. And then we have got a Chapter down here, the Chapter, this red one right there. This is an Encore Chapter.
You use Chapter points with Scene Selection menus and again you could put a Chapter point in Premiere or put it in Encore, you don't have to do it here in Prelude, but again, it sort of saves things down the road, saves some time. Finally, the Speech Transcription, that's this pink one over here. I have taken the speech that goes on there, Get out of the safety zone Joseph, and typed it in here. It isn't automatically added, something you got to type in, it sounds like this. >> (male speaker: Get out of the safety zone, Joseph.) >> All right! But I have put that there because it makes it easier for the editor to find that bit of text when they open this up in Premiere, and now that I have told you about opening this up in Premiere, let me show you how that works. Keep in mind that if you have Premiere running on the same machine, you can send a Rough Cut directly to Premiere. If Premiere is on a different machine, or you are working with Final Cut Pro, you can export the Rough Cut with all the associated media and then open it up on a different machine or open it up inside Final Cut Pro.
But here we have got Premiere right on this machine, so I am going to send this Rough Cut to Premiere, it's really a slick thing. So I have got the Rough Cut selected there. I go File > Send to Premiere Pro. It opens up this New Project dialog box. I am just going to call it Prelude test. It's going to tell me I have already got that, let's overwrite, I'll say yep. And it opens up the Project and puts the timeline there, the sequence. This is the Rough Cut right there and the clip that's associated with it, right here. If I double-click on this to open it up over here--we'll open up a new sequence, there it is--and here is that clip, and there are those markers. They are only four of them, and you are thinking why aren't there six? Well, first of all, one of them was the Subclip marker, so this is the Subclip. Let me just show you one little cool thing about that. Even though it's a Subclip, you can still extend it back out to the original length if you want to, and that's a good thing. So it's not like terms that often you can't get any more head or tail friends, there they are still just because it's referenced as a Subclip. And then you are missing the Speech Transcription marker, I'll explain how that works in just a moment.
So we've got these four markers here. If I hover over one of them, you can see what they say, or you can kind of read there anywhere isn't that little spot there. Now if I open up this clip inside this view up here, the Source Monitor, you can see the clips up there to the markers up there and go through them. And then if I double-click on one of these guys up here, it opens up this Marker panel to the type of marker that it is. This is an Encore Chapter Marker there. Then you can put in a name for the Marker that will show up with the button when you create the Scene Selection menu inside Encore. So that's pretty cool. As far as tracking down the speech is concerned, you need to use the Metadata panel for that.
So I'll click on Metadata to show the Metadata panel, and there is that Speech item right there. I am going to pull this up just a little bit so you can see some controls here. I am going to click on this, and watch what happens to the Current Time Indicator here, this little moment when he says get out of the safety zone Joseph, is right around here. So I click on that and boom! It jumps right to it. So the editor is going to try to find that thing, you can go over here and spot it inside the Analysis Text part of the Metadata and then play it. So let me show you one more thing. We've made these little edits.
Now I am going to go back to Prelude. Inside Prelude I am going to select this one for example--this Chapter Marker--and instead of saying Guy in suit, I am going to change the text to Suit guy and click away. I am going to save this clip now, just go Ctrl+S to save it. Now I am going to go back to Premiere. What I have done is I have saved that information inside the XMP file, and Premiere immediately recognizes that XMP file has changed and shows up here. Instead of Guy in suit, now it says Suit guy. One of the advantages of working with XMP is that when you change it, it then shows up inside the nonlinear editor that you are working in. So that's how Markers work inside Prelude. I am going to walk you through these specific markers in upcoming movies.
- Creating a project
- Previewing clips in the Ingest panel
- Transferring entire clips
- Using the six marker types
- Creating subclips with markers
- Using marker templates
- Sending assets to Premiere Pro