Adding Markers

A marker is a visual reference point in the Timeline that identifies a specific frame. You can add as many markers as you want in the Timeline ruler while playing the project, or when the playhead is stopped.

Use markers to:

You can assign different colors to different types or markers and create marker groups. For example, use green to label all audio markers or pink to identify all temporary object markers.

You can add two types of markers: project markers and object markers. Project markers are fixed to a specific timecode value in the ruler. Object markers are attached to an object and move around as you move the object. Object markers appear only in the Timeline. Project markers appear in the Timeline, Keyframe Editor, and Audio Editor.

Figure. Timeline showing object markers and project markers.

Note: Project markers are indicated in the mini-Timeline by a fine green line. For more information on the mini-Timeline, see Mini-Timeline.

Figure. Mini-Timeline showing project markers.
To add a project marker
  1. Place the playhead on the exact frame where you want the marker to appear.

  2. Check that no objects are selected, then do one of the following:

    • Choose Mark > Markers > Add Marker.

    • Press M.

    • Control-click the gray marker bar above the ruler in the Timeline, then choose Add Marker from the shortcut menu.

      A green marker is added in the gray bar above the Timeline ruler.

      Figure. Marker above the ruler in the Timeline.

    Note: You can also press Shift-M to add a project marker at the playhead position, whether or not an object is selected.

To add an object marker
  1. Place the playhead on the exact frame where you want the marker to appear.

  2. Select the object where you want to add the marker, then do one of the following:

    • Choose Edit > Markers > Add Marker.

    • Press M.

      A red marker is added to the group bar.

      Figure. Timeline showing a marker added to a group.

    In this way, you can add markers while playing your project. The markers appear at the frame where the playhead is at the time you press the M key.

Moving and Deleting Markers

Timeline markers can be easily moved or deleted.

To move a marker
  • Drag the marker left or right to a new location.

To delete a marker
Do one of the following:
  • Drag the marker vertically out of the area where it resides, then release the mouse button.

    The marker disappears with a “poof” animation.

  • Double-click the marker, then click the Delete marker in the Edit Marker dialog.

  • Position the playhead over the marker, select the group or object (for group or object markers), then choose Mark > Markers > Delete.

  • Control-click the marker, then choose Delete Marker from the shortcut menu.

Deleting All Markers

In addition to deleting one individual marker, you can delete all markers from your project in one step. This deletes either project markers or all markers in a selected layer or object.

To delete all project markers only
  1. Choose Edit > Deselect All (or press Command-Shift-A).

  2. Choose Mark > Markers > Delete All Markers.

To delete all object markers
Do one of the following:
  • Select the group or layer containing the markers you want to delete, then choose Mark > Markers > Delete All Markers.

  • Control-click the gray marker bar above the ruler in the Timeline, then choose Delete All Markers from the shortcut menu.

Editing Marker Information

You can edit the information for a marker, including its name, starting frame, duration, and color. You can also add comments to the marker. Comments show up as a tooltip when the pointer is paused over the marker.

To edit marker information
  1. Open the Edit Marker dialog by doing one of the following:

    • Double-click a marker to display the Edit Marker dialog.

    • Choose Edit > Markers > Edit.

    • Control-click the Marker, then choose Edit Markers from the shortcut menu.

      Notes added in the Comments field appear as tooltips when the pointer is over the marker.

      Figure. Edit Marker dialog and Timeline showing custom name and comment.
  2. Type a name in Name field.

  3. Type a number in the Start field.

    The marker moves to the frame number you enter.

  4. Type a value in the Duration field to specify the range of frames for the marker.

  5. Type text in the Comment field.

    This comment appears as a tooltip when you pause the pointer over project markers.

  6. Click the Color pop-up menu to display a list of eight possible colors, then choose the color you want for the marker.

  7. Click the Type pop-up menu to choose a marker type:

    • Standard: The default marker for use in Motion
    • DVD Menu Loop: When you are using a Motion project as a menu background in DVD Studio Pro, the DVD menu normally plays through the entire Motion project, then starts over at the beginning of the project. When a loop point marker is defined, the DVD menu plays the Motion project to the end the first time through, then starts over at the loop point marker for subsequent loops.
    • DVD Alpha Transition: When you are using a Motion project as an alpha transition in DVD Studio Pro, this marker sets the point where the alpha value of the transition (the Motion project) becomes 0. When a Motion project is used as a transition, only its alpha channel is used when blending two pieces of video in DVD Studio Pro.
  8. Click OK to accept your changes.

Navigating with Markers

You can jump from your current playhead position to a nearby project marker either forward or backward.

To jump to the next marker
  • Control-click the gray marker bar above the ruler in the Timeline, then choose Next Marker from the shortcut menu.

    The playhead automatically jumps to the position of the next project marker.

    You can also choose Mark > Go To > Next Marker or press Command-Option-Right Arrow.

To jump to the previous marker
  • Control-click the gray marker bar above the ruler in the Timeline, then choose Previous Marker from the shortcut menu.

    The playhead automatically jumps to the position of the previous project marker.

    You can also choose Mark > Go To > Previous Marker or press Command-Option-Left Arrow.

    You can also navigate to adjacent markers from within the Edit Marker dialog. In that case, the dialog remains open and the contents are replaced with the information for the next marker.

    Figure. Previous and next marker buttons in the Edit Marker dialog.