How to Put Markers in Final Cut Pro

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You want impressive and eye-catching Final Cut videos for your YouTube channel or any web-based platform of your choice. Accomplishing these means filming tons of footage that may or may not make it to your final cut. This also requires hours of work in post. 

There’s a way to make your workflow short, efficient and productive while editing in FCP.

Use markers.

Markers or chapters, help you in marking spots in your videos; spots where bloopers were made, new takes begin, or locations on your timeline where you’d like to place specific clips.

Markers are either media or timeline. 

Media markers are added directly to the video you are editing. However, media markers cannot be seen until your footage is in Final Cut Pro and placed on your timeline. Media markers mark highlights in your videos. Media markers can even be used for clips that you’re unsure will make it to your video while editing your screen recordings.

Timeline markers are added to video projects during post. Use timeline markers to highlight sections or parts of your video clips that you want to be removed from your final cut or mark the spots in your videos where scene switches happen.

Timeline markers are very useful for organizing timelines, taking notes of beats in the audio clips and perfectly syncing beats with the scenes in your videos.

Ready to see how markers are used in Final Cut Pro?

Reggie, our YouTube guy, shows you 3 ways to put markers in Final Cut.

Keyboard Shortcut

  1. Go to your timeline.
  2. Find the spot you like for the marker.
  3. Click on the “M” icon for you guessed it! Marker!
  4. Double-click on your playhead to rename the marker.
  5. Done!

During Playback

  1. Add a marker while playing your clip.
  2. Let your clip play while hitting your space bar.
  3. Then, click on the “M” icon to mark the spots in your video.
  4. If you want to delete the marker, double click on it then hit “delete.” You can also right-click your playhead and hit the “delete” option.
  5. Complete!

Modifying Markers

  1. Go to your timeline.
  2. Scroll through using your playhead.
  3. Choose the spot and click on the “M” icon.
  4. Select from standard marker, to do marker or chapter marker.
  5. This will add a marker and rename it immediately.
  6. Done!

Let me know if you need any help or have any questions.

Happy editing!

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