Adding Markers to a Podcast

Markers can provide visual interest and navigational convenience for your podcast audience. Podcast markers are frames in a podcast that can display an image or a web link synchronized to the audio in the podcast. Chapter markers are podcast markers that provide enhanced navigation. Chapter markers make it easy for listeners and viewers to skip ahead to the section they want. Chapter markers appear in the chapter list in both iTunes and QuickTime Player. To adjust markers, including their respective web links and images, see Podcast Marker Information in the Details Tab.

Using Podcast and Chapter Markers

Using the podcast track, you can add as many markers as you like. By default, the podcast track makes the first frame of the project a chapter marker.

To add a marker
  1. To display the podcast track, choose Show > Podcast Track from the Show pop-up menu in the upper-right corner of the Timeline.

  2. Click the Blade tool at the top of the Timeline (or press B).

    The pointer changes to the Blade tool.

  3. Using the Blade tool, click anywhere in the podcast track.

The podcast track is split, creating a new chapter marker at the point you clicked.

Deleting Podcast and Chapter Markers

Deleting markers is as easy as adding them.

To delete a podcast marker or a chapter marker
  1. In the Podcast track, click any marker region.

  2. Press Delete.

The marker is removed from the podcast track.

Moving Podcast and Chapter Markers

Use the Position value slider to move markers in your podcast.

To move a podcast marker with the pointer
  • In the podcast track, drag the edit point between any two marker regions.

    Figure. Multitrack Timeline showing a podcast marker being moved.
To move a podcast marker or a chapter marker using the Details tab
  1. In the podcast track, click any marker region.

  2. In the Details tab, use the Position value slider to adjust the marker position.

    For information on using value sliders, see About Changing Values and Timecode Entries.

Editing Podcast and Chapter Markers

By default, all new podcast markers are chapter markers named “Untitled Chapter.” You can rename markers at any time. You can also easily change chapter markers into regular podcast markers or podcast markers into chapter markers with the “Marks a chapter” checkbox in the Podcast Marker section of the Details tab.

Note: Chapter markers are special markers that tell the playback software (iTunes and QuickTime Player) to list navigational and image marker information in the chapter list.

To name a chapter or podcast marker
  1. In the podcast track, click any marker region to select it.

  2. To make the Details tab active, do one of the following:

    • Choose Window > Tabs > Details (or press Command-I).

    • Click the Details tab.

  3. In the Details tab, enter a name in the Name field.

To change a chapter marker to a podcast marker
  • Deselect the “Marks a chapter” checkbox in the Podcast Marker section of the Details tab.

To change a podcast marker to a chapter marker
  • Select the “Marks a chapter” checkbox in the Podcast Marker section of the Details tab.

To enter web link information for a marker
  1. Enter a web address in the URL field.

    For example: http://www.apple.com.

  2. Enter a descriptive title in the URL Title field.

    For example: Apple Inc.

Creating Podcast Markers from Final Cut Pro Chapter Markers

When you send a Final Cut Pro sequence to a Soundtrack Pro multitrack project, you can create a podcast chapter marker for every Final Cut Pro chapter marker.

To create podcast markers from Final Cut Pro chapter markers
  1. Confirm that the source Final Cut Pro sequence has chapter markers applied to it.

    See the Final Cut Pro User Manual for information on Final Cut Pro chapter markers.

  2. Send the Final Cut Pro sequence to a Soundtrack Pro multitrack project.

    For information on sending Final Cut Pro sequences to a Soundtrack Pro multitrack project, see Creating Multitrack Projects from Final Cut Pro Clips or Sequences.

    The Final Cut Pro sequence loads into the Soundtrack Pro Timeline, with its markers arrayed along the top of the Time ruler.

    Figure. Multitrack Timeline showing Final Cut Pro chapter markers.
  3. In Soundtrack Pro, reveal the podcast track by choosing Show > Podcast Track from the Show pop-up menu in the upper-right corner of the Timeline.

    The podcast track appears just below the video track.

  4. Choose Mark > Create Podcast Markers from FCP Chapters.

    The chapter markers from the Final Cut Pro sequence are inserted in the podcast track as podcast chapter markers. The markers have the same names they did in Final Cut Pro. By default, this operation sets the Image Source pop-up menu to Video at Start of Section. For more information about the Image Source pop-up menu, see Using the Image Source Pop-Up Menu.

    Figure. Multitrack Timeline showing podcast markers created from Final Cut Pro chapters.