Final Cut Pro: 6 Ways to use Markers

Final Cut Pro markers are visible points on clips and sequences. Markers serve many purposes, including making in and out points for future use, marking a range in a clip that you want to use as a subclip, dividing clips into subclips, and adding visual notes about clips that you can view while you are editing your project. The guideline below will go over the six different types of markers and what purpose they serve,

You will notice that each marker has a standard color. The text color of the markers can be customized to fit your needs. These would come in handy when multiple people are editing a project. You can activate customizable color markers by going to Edit and then Project Properties. You will see a section titled Marker Visibility. There will be text fields there that can be used to modify the text color for a specific marker color.

1. Note Marker

The note marker is a default marker that is automatically created when you add a marker to a clip or sequence. The standard color of the note marker is red.

2. Chapter Marker

The chapter marker is a marker that is automatically translated into a DVD chapter marker when you are using a program like DVD Studio Pro with Final Cut Pro. The standard color of the chapter marker is purple.

3. Compression Marker

If you are using Compressor or DVD Studio Pro in conjunction with Final Cut Pro, the compression marker is the most important marker available to you. This marker is also known as the manual compression marker. The purpose of the compression marker is to let Compressor or DVD Studio Pro know when to generate a MPEG I-frame during compression. You can manually add compression markers to the clips and sequences of your project. The standard color of the compression marker is blue.

4. Scoring Marker

Scoring markers serve the purpose of marking important visual cues to sync music to. These markers are only visible when viewing an exported QuickTime movie in Soundtrack Pro. The standard color of scoring markers is orange.

5. Audio Peak Marker

The audio peak marker comes in handy if you are adding a song to your project. Audio peak markers show where in your movie the audio is digitally clipping. By knowing this information, you will be able to reduce the audio level at the point the marker tells you to. You can activate audio peak markers by going to Mark, Audio Peaks, Mark. Like the scoring marker, the standard color of the audio peak marker is orange.

6. Long Frame Marker

When you are shooting your movie, some frames may have a longer duration than what is acceptable. Having frames that are too long can lead to playback and output problems. If you activate the long frame marker, Final Cut Pro will let you know which frames are too long. To activate the long frame marker, go to Tools, Long Frames, Mark. The long frame marker shares the same standard color as the chapter marker, which is purple.

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