Extending a Marker’s Duration

When you create a marker in Final Cut Pro, it is only associated with a particular frame; it doesn’t have a duration. If you wish, you can extend the duration of a marker so that it spans multiple frames. Markers with duration can be used to precisely define subclips in a clip. You can also use them to mark an entire area of a clip or sequence with notes, such as for color correction or audio mixing.

To extend a marker’s duration to the playhead’s location
  1. Position the playhead ahead (to the right) of the marker.

  2. Choose Mark > Markers > Extend, or press Option–Grave Accent (`).

An extended duration marker appears in the scrubber bar; it looks like a marker icon with a bar that extends along the scrubber bar.

Figure. Viewer window showing an extended marker in the scrubber bar.
To extend a marker’s duration by entering a timecode value
  1. Do one of the following to open the Edit Marker dialog:

    • Hold down the Command key and double-click the marker.

      This function is available in the Viewer, Canvas, and Timeline ruler only.

    • Move the playhead to the marker and do one of the following:

      • Choose Mark > Markers > Edit.

      • Press M.

      • Click the Add Marker button.

      • Press Command-Option-M to edit the marker to the left.

  2. In the Edit Marker dialog, enter a duration value.

    Figure. Edit Marker dialog showing the Duration field.

An extended duration marker appears in the scrubber bar.

To shorten a marker that has a duration
  1. Position the playhead within the duration of the marker.

  2. Choose Mark > Markers > Extend, or press Option–Grave Accent (`).

The marker is shortened to the location of the playhead.