Marking Controls in the Canvas

Marking controls let you set In and Out points, add markers and keyframes, and navigate to matching frames in master or affiliate clips. (This is called performing a match frame.) There are keyboard shortcuts for each control.

Figure. Marking controls in the Canvas window.
  • Mark In (I): Click to set the In point at the current position of the playhead.
  • Mark Out (O): Click to set the Out point at the current position of the playhead.
  • Add Marker (M): Click to add a marker at the current playhead position. While editing, you can use markers to make notes about important points in your sequence, such as areas to change, potential edit points, or sync points. Markers can be added to sequences in the Canvas and Timeline. For more information, see Using Markers.

    Important: If a clip is selected in the Timeline, and the playhead touches that clip, a marker is added to the sequence clip, not the sequence.

  • Add Motion Keyframe (Control-K): Click to add a keyframe to the current clip at the position of the playhead. This button adds keyframes for clip parameters such as Scale, Rotate, Crop, Distort, and so on.

    By default, this button sets keyframes for all motion parameters at once. To add keyframes for individual motion parameters, Control-click this button and choose a motion parameter from the shortcut menu. For more information, see Adjusting Parameters for Keyframed Effects.

  • Show Match Frame (F): When you click this button, the frame you see in the Canvas appears in the Viewer. Specifically, the master clip for the sequence clip that intersects the Canvas/Timeline playhead is opened in the Viewer. The Viewer playhead is set to the frame shown in the Canvas, and the In and Out points for the sequence clip are set in the master clip in the Viewer. This allows you to easily get back to the master clip for any affiliate clip, in case you want to use the footage for another purpose, or if you want to see the original video and audio clip items of the master clip. For a more comprehensive discussion of the Match Frame controls, see Matching Frames and Playhead Synchronization.
  • Mark Clip (X): Click to set In and Out points at the boundaries of the clip that currently intersects the Canvas/Timeline playhead. The clip on the lowest-numbered track with Auto Select turned on is used.