Writing Annotations on a Video Asset

You can add annotations to a video asset. In the Annotations window, you can view a video clip and then add text at different points in the video clip. Because the annotations stay with the clip asset in Final Cut Server, annotations are useful for making notes for yourself or others in your workgroup. You can easily view these annotations in Final Cut Server. They stay with the asset until you manually clear the annotation.

Figure. Annotations window showing the annotations field and existing annotations.
To annotate a video asset
  1. Locate the video asset you want to annotate in the Assets pane, in a production, or in a Final Cut Pro project asset’s Elements pane.

  2. Double-click the clip asset to display the asset’s info window.

  3. Click the Annotate button in the asset info window.

    Figure. Asset info window showing the Annotate button.

    The Annotations window appears.

    You must mark an In point or an Out point for each annotation.

  4. Position the playhead at the In point, either by dragging the playhead or using the navigation controls. Then click the Mark In button or press I on your keyboard.

    You can set an Out point using the same process.

    Figure. Annotations window showing the clip navigation controls, Timeline slide control, Mark In and Mark Out buttons, and Open Asset's Info Window button.

    Important: The keyboard commands are not available when the Annotation field is active. This allows you to type annotations in the field.

  5. Type a comment in the Annotation field below the viewer window.

    Figure. Annotations window showing an annotation, clip In and Out point fields, and the Add Annotation button.
  6. To add the annotation to the Annotation list at the right, click the Add Annotation button.

    The annotation is added to the list.

    Figure. Annotation window showing the annotations list.
To replace the text of an existing annotation
  1. Click the In or Out Point button in the Annotation list.

    Figure. Annotations window showing the In Point button and Out Point button for an existing annotation.
  2. In the Annotation text field, enter new text for the annotation.

  3. Click Add Annotation.

  4. A dialog appears, asking if you want to replace the annotation. Click Yes.

The annotation is replaced.

To delete one or more selected annotations from the Annotation list
  1. Select one or more annotations you wish to delete.

  2. Click the delete button or Control-click the annotation and choose Delete Selected from the shortcut menu.

    Figure. Annotations window showing the delete buton.

The selected annotation or annotations are deleted.

To delete all the annotations on an asset
  1. Select any annotation you wish to delete.

  2. Control-click the annotation, then choose Delete All from the shortcut menu.

  3. A dialog appears, asking you to confirm that you want to delete the annotations. Click Yes.

All of the annotations are deleted.