Markers are easy to use and can give you a great deal of help when you are editing. Not only do they help your timeline stay organized, but can also help you edit your clips to a piece of music. Author Luisa Winters demonstrates how to edit footage to music by using markers to stay with the beat in Adobe Premiere Pro.
- [Instructor] We can also use markers to edit our video clips or stills to music or to dialogue. Let's go ahead and open Sequence 1.4. In here, you're going to see a piece of music. Let's go ahead and play it, just for a little bit, from the beginning. (classical guitar music) So, it's a rather slow piece of music, but it's okay. Every time we feel like we want to change the scene, to change the clip, we're going to press the letter M.
Make sure that the clip is not selected, because if the clip is selected, then you're adding clip markers, and we don't want to do that. We want to add sequence, or timeline, markers, not clips. So let's go ahead and put the playhead all the way at the beginning, and play it, and whenever the music makes you feel like you want to change the clip, press the letter M. (classical guitar music) There. There. There.
(classical guitar and piano music) And I think that's enough. You get the point, so, whenever the spirit moves you, press the letter M. Now, what you have to do is, put the playhead before the markers start. Let's zoom in, so you can see the markers a little bit better. They're not equidistant.
I actually was following the melody there a little bit. And notice that, because the clip started playing right away, it was difficult for me to add the very first marker. So I didn't. You can add it later on. In other words, all you have to do is look at your audio waveforms, and maybe around here, not quite at the beginning, just one or two frames in, add your marker, press the letter M. So, let's go ahead and move the playhead now really all the way to the left, to the beginning, and let's add some clips here.
Now, you can add clips a number of ways. Let's go ahead and select our video clips here. I have several, I think this is going to work. I'm going to double-click this, then, so that you can see it a little bit better, and I'm going to select all of the clips in here. So, click on one, press and hold Shift, and then click on the last one. And now, I'm going to click on this icon right here. If you hover on top of it, it says Automate to Sequence. Go ahead and click there.
A new dialog opens up, and in here, you can change where things are going to go. So the very first thing here at the top is the order of the clips, how are they going to go. Well, I think Selection Order is good, and Sort Order, where I selected them in the order in which they are, so it doesn't really matter which one I choose, but I'm going to leave it at Selection Order. The placement could be Sequentially. In other words, one after the other, or, we can put 'em At Unnumbered Markers, which is exactly what we're going to do.
There you go. The method is going to be Overwrite Edit, because I don't want it to push the music to the right, but I will ignore the audio of these clips. That's it, that's all I need to do. Once I click OK, let me zoom out, you're going to see that everywhere I have a marker, my clip actually starts. Notice that it starts at the beginning of the clip, and it ends where the next clip starts.
I could have set in and out points on my clips, so that they don't start at the beginning, but I didn't, because for this, it doesn't really matter. But in your workflow, you may want to do that. While you listen, you're going to see that the clips actually change with the beat. (classical guitar and piano music) Very easy, and clients usually love it, especially if it's stills or anything else like that, with slow or fast music.
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