Adding Markers in Clips and Sequences

You can add markers, name them, and attach comments and colors to them. The marker names, comments, and colors appear as overlays in the Viewer, Canvas, or Timeline whenever the frame containing the marker is displayed. You can also add further functionality to a marker by specifying the kind of marker it is, such as a chapter marker, compression marker, or scoring marker. Audio peak and long frame markers can only be added by using the Mark Audio Peaks and Mark Long Frames commands, respectively. For details, see Types of Markers.

Markers can be set (and modified) while a clip or sequence is playing or while the playhead is stopped. The number of markers you can use in a clip or sequence is limited only by the number of frames in the clip or sequence.

By default, Final Cut Pro creates a Note marker. The first marker you add is named Marker 1, the second Marker 2, and so on. The default names indicate the order in which you’ve added them to a clip, not the chronological order in which they appear in a clip or sequence. You can rename markers to indicate the location they mark. For more information, see Modifying Markers.

Quickly Adding Markers

If you want to quickly add markers to clips or sequences, and you don’t care about the names, you can follow these instructions. By default, Note markers are created and each is automatically named by Final Cut Pro. If you prefer to add all of the information for a marker when you create the marker, see Adding Markers with Detailed Information.

To quickly add a marker to a clip in the Viewer
  1. Open the clip in the Viewer.

  2. Play the clip or sequence.

  3. When the playhead reaches the point you want to mark, do one of the following:

    • Choose Mark > Markers > Add, or press the Grave Accent (`) key.

    • Press M.

    • Click the Add Marker button.

      Figure. Add Marker button in the Viewer window.
    • Press Shift-1 through Shift-8 to create markers with different colors. See Marker Colors for more information.

A clip marker appears. Unless you specified a different color, the marker is red.

To quickly add a marker to a sequence clip in the Timeline
  1. In the Timeline, do one of the following:

    • Select the clip to which you want to add a marker, then position the playhead where you want to place the marker.

    • Double-click the clip to which you want to add the marker; then, in the Viewer, position the playhead where you want to place the marker in the clip.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Choose Mark > Markers > Add, or press the Grave Accent (`) key.

    • Press M.

    • In the Canvas, click the Add Marker button.

    • Press Shift-1 through Shift-8 to create a marker with a specific color. See Marker Colors for more information.

A clip marker appears. Unless you specified a different color, the marker is red.

Note: You can add markers to sequence clips in the Timeline only if the clip is selected and the playhead intersects the clip. If no sequence clip is selected, or the playhead doesn’t intersect the selected sequence clip, any markers you add appear in the Timeline ruler.

To quickly add a marker to a sequence
  1. In the Timeline, position the playhead where you want to place the marker in the sequence.

    Make sure no clips are selected. If the playhead is over a selected clip in the Timeline, markers are added to the selected clip instead of to the sequence.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Choose Mark > Markers > Add, or press the Grave Accent (`) key.

    • Press M.

    • In the Canvas, click the Add Marker button.

    • Press Shift-1 through Shift-8 to create a marker with a specific color. See Marker Colors for more information.

A sequence marker appears in the Timeline ruler. Unless you specified a different color, the marker is red.

Adding Markers with Detailed Information

If you like, you can name a marker, add comments, and choose the kind of marker when you first create it.

To add a marker to a clip and enter information for it
  1. Do one of the following:

    • To add a marker to a clip in the Viewer: Open a Browser or sequence clip in the Viewer.
    • To add a marker to a clip in the Timeline: Select the sequence clip to which you want to add a marker, then position the playhead where you want to place the marker.
  2. Navigate to the frame where you want to add a marker, then do one of the following:

    • Choose Mark > Markers > Add, or press the Grave Accent (`) key.

    • Press M.

    • Click the Add Marker button in the Viewer or Canvas.

    • Press Shift-1 through Shift-8 to create a marker with a specific color. See Marker Colors for more information.

    A clip marker appears. Unless you specified a different color, the marker is red.

  3. To open the Edit Marker dialog, do one of the following:

    • Press M.

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

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

    • Press the Grave Accent (`) key.

    • Click the Add Marker button again.

  4. In the Edit Marker dialog, do any of the following, then click OK.

    • In the Name field, rename the marker.

    • In the Comment field, add any information you want to include with the marker.

    • Click one of the Color buttons to specify a marker color.

    • Click a button to specify the kind of marker this is. The appropriate code is automatically added to the Comment field.

      Figure. Edit Marker dialog showing the Name field, Comment field, and buttons for choosing the type of marker.

Adding Chapter, Compression, and Scoring Markers

Chapter, compression, and scoring markers can be used by external applications such as Compressor, DVD Studio Pro, iDVD, Soundtrack Pro, and QuickTime Player. The Edit Marker dialog lets you specify a marker as chapter, compression, or scoring. To add a chapter, compression, or scoring marker to a sequence, follow the instructions in Adding Markers with Detailed Information.

Important: Chapter, compression, and scoring markers are used only for sequences. When you export a QuickTime movie, make sure that these markers have been added to the sequence itself in the Canvas or in the Timeline ruler, and not to individual clips.