Join Jason Osder for an in-depth discussion in this video Marking the Timeline, part of Premiere Pro Guru: Mastering the Timeline.
If you're a new Adobe Premier Pro editor, you may be more familiar with making marks, that is markers and in-and-out points on clips, and you would do that when you're logging your footage, and also when you're preparing to make an edit. What I want to show you now is that markers can also be used on the timeline where they provide a lot of flexibility. So, let's take a look at how they look. I'm here on the timeline. And the first thing I want to point out, is with the timeline active, and no clips selected, if I tap M, I get a timeline marker, so you can see the timeline marker here, and you can see that it manifests up in the Program Viewer as well.
Now, it's important to note that if any clips are selected and you hit M, you'll actually get a clip marker and not a timeline marker. So I'm going to do it, I'm going to click M, but actually at the moment, you don't see the marker yet. And the reason for that is that the video track is completely collapsed, so I'm going to just drag it up a little bit. So we expand it, and there you can see the marker that I just created, that is in fact a clip marker. So, it's important to realize that if you want to see your clip markers, you have to have your track a little bit expanded and not totally collapsed.
I'm going to go over how to expand and collapse tracks a little later. But, if you're looking for your clip marker and not seeing them, it could be because you're all the way collapsed. Anyway, we really want to talk about these, which are the timeline markers, and one of the reasons you might make a timeline marker is just to leave yourself a note for later. One of the reasons I like markers is they're a little like Post-it notes. So, once one exists on the timeline, if you're right on the marker and you tap M again, you open up a dialogue. And you could add something like, Add B-Roll Here.
And just make a little note to yourself. And that will stay consistent with the marker. So that any time you want to come back and look at, hey, what was I thinking there, you open it and you sort of have these notes as well. There's also a Markers panel, which will list all of your markers and allow you to go through them. So, we can also make in and out points on the timeline. And that's as simple as just tapping I and O, and you can see the way this is manifested here.
Is you see the in point and the out point right here on the timeline. This is useful in cases where you might want to export only a portion of your timeline. You can mark it with in and out points, and also for making three and four point edits. So as you can see, it's possible to make in points and out points as well as markers on the timeline. There's lots of reasons you may want to do this. And we'll be digging deeper into some of those reasons in later movies
- Understanding how the Timeline "thinks"
- Creating and adding new content to sequences
- Controlling the Timeline: snapping, locking, linking, and more
- Saving and managing track presets
- Adjusting timing with Timeline markers
- Achieving precision with traditional three-point editing