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Adobe Premiere Pro - Advanced Training

Complete understanding of Markers in Adobe Premiere Pro

Daniel Walter Scott

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Hi there, in this video we're going to get nerdy with markers, show you what a clip marker is, versus a sequence marker, we're going to add details, look at this, oh, we can write in it, and look at this, fancy in and outs. We can color code them, a bunch of shortcuts, all right, let's get in and learn about markers. 

First thing, let's go back to my-- I'm going back to another workspace, go to 'Editing', or I've got one that I created earlier, and let's bring in a couple of files, double click to import. It's in 'Exercise Files', called 'Markers', bring in everything in here. Now we don't have a sequence to start from, and we need a portrait version, anyway. So let's go to 'New Sequence', let's use the Red 1080p, 25 frames per second. I'm going to call this one my 'Breakdancing', and the sequence is the wrong format, like there's no portrait defaults. We'll create some when we get on to social media in a bit, but most portrait is just the normal kind of ratio, turned up on its side. 

So I'm going to go to my 'Sequence Settings', and just inverse these. So this could be 1080, by 920, not always, but that's kind of what we want, Breakdancing, I have 'Sequence 01', where do I get that from? No idea, oh it, no, I have no idea what's sequence 01. So I've got this, let's add a couple of images, it doesn't really matter, grab four, there's no-- it doesn't really matter for markers if we're using images or videos. 

Now the brief overview for markers is, out of market you've got two kinds of markers, right? I hit my backslash so I can see it all. So you get two kinds of markers, you've got the-- I've got nothing selected, Sequence Marker, can you see, it appears up there. If I undo that, if I have something selected, I hit 'M', it's on the clip. The difference is that the markers on the clips come along for the ride. The ones that are in the Timeline, nothing selected, 'M', will stay there, doesn't matter, like what we have moved. So there's different use cases for both. 

If you need a change or you need to note something within this video, no matter where it is, or maybe it's timing, like the first 30 seconds, needs to be like, say you've got an ad, and the first, say three seconds or five seconds, is forced watching, like on YouTube, the other stuff is optional. A lot of the time you'll set a marker, at say three seconds, 3.00, and hit, make sure nothing's selected, hit 'M', and at least now you know that's your, you know, that's you're above the fold before people like, can hit the "Skip this ad." 

So we've got two kinds of markers, double clicking markers gives you a whole lot more information. So any of them, double click them, you get this big marker window, and in here we can give the marker a name, which is interesting. So let's give this one, let's say this, "Above the Fold," I still call it Above the Fold, even though it's definitely got a name. I can't think of it at the moment, but kind of above the fold. So I need to have all my, kind of call to action before then, at least the most compelling part of my ad before here, you can add comments. 

We can obviously color them, let's color our different ones. you might be using them as, well, I'll show you a really cool little thing you can do, is let's change the duration, at the moment there's 0 duration, that's why it's just like this little, you know, this little shield here, but if I extend it out any sort of time, click 'OK', can you see, you can actually start reading what's in there. So you can actually add markers of like, maybe it's your sections in your video, you want to kind of identify the intro versus the outro, maybe sections where advertising, you know, with advertising, gets jammed in. 

So you have to open them up for that to be seen. You can leave them in there, and people can go into them and have a look. So if I'm getting this from somebody else, I can open up the 'Window', 'Markers' panel, and they can show me, look, there it is there, and I can add another one, remember 'M', and I can double click it, go in, and let's say yellow stuff is the must change, oh no, yellow is maybe, let's say we've got a red, and this needs to be a reshoot. Why? Because, I don't know, because of this thing, click 'OK'. 

Again, if you want to open them up, just drag out the out point, you can do that without dragging that out, there's a shortcut. So undo both, dragging those out. You can hold down the 'Option' key on a Mac, 'Alt' key on a PC, I think, there you go. You can just start dragging them out, so you don't actually have to go to the Duration, just click on them and drag them out, so there you go. Hold 'Option' on a Mac, 'Alt' key on PC, just click them once, actually, and that'll just turn them into that, like two segmenty thing, you drag them out. 

The problem with these comments, I find, is if I zoom out, can you see, they get smaller, and if I zoom in, they become unreadable. So it's our way, I'll often use really simple markup like this, if I'm sending it to another editor, if there's just simple changes, add the good stuff inside of here, rather than up here, and they can kind of open this panel and check it out. They can filter by all the red ones, maybe to do first, the green ones, good job, editor, you've done a great job here, but the yellow ones and the red ones, they can turn it on and off, you get the idea. 

What do I use them for, a lot for, is where I, like I'll do a lot of the recording and rough drafts, I'll add markers to show like what my thought was here, because I'm not doing the final edit, or maybe, you know, I've shot the B-roll separately, and I want the editor to go through and actually insert it in here. I'm like here's where this video goes, and this is what I was thinking, and I can add my details in here. 

Now shortcuts for using markers, let's say you've got a few of them, let's go 'M', to get back and forward with them, it's, let's say the beginning here, 'Shift M', M's to add one and Shift M is to toggle, just keeps jumping through them all, can you see, it's jumped to this one down in this clip here. So 'Shift M' just kind of moves along, it's 'Command Shift M' on a Mac, 'Ctrl Shift M' to go backwards, I never remember that. We shortcut it out by now, you probably ought to. It's called a Button Editor, and in here, go to end, that's one of these, click in and out, Mark, come on, Dan, add marker, I use these two. So you can drag these two down, there we go, you, and go to previous, we'll put them just behind there. 

All right, click 'OK', totally running out of space. Let's go to my bins, which ones, shortcuts do I not use? Don't use you, don't use you, see these little weird little spaces, you can use little spaces just to like separate things, it's not really a space, we've talked about this before, probably. So there's that one, did I get the other one on there? Let's click 'OK'. See this space, ends up being just a gap. So I've got my Go to Next marker, and my Go Back Next one. All right, come on, Dan. 

Now one last thing with markers, is you can select in your Timeline, make sure, in there, remember, we can do, Find over here in my program, sorry, my Project panel, where's my Project panel? It's down here, there you go. I'm going to find in the F that's selected, but if I remember, if the blue line is highlighted, around my Timeline, and I hit 'Find', which is the shortcut, is 'Command F' on a Mac, 'Ctrl F' on a PC, there's actually, if you've got lots of markers, you can actually switch this to markers, that contain the word Reshoot, and it should jump to it, there you go. 

That's not the last thing, the other thing was, when you are selecting all of these things, and copying and pasting things, by default the markers only stay on this sequence, they don't come along, because they're specific for a sequence. You can turn that on under Markers, you can say, actually, when copy and paste is done, include the sequence markers. 

The next, next last one is, there's actually a couple, I should look at my notes, before I say, "In the last one," The second to last one is this Ripple Sequence Markers. So there are times where you need-- at the moment, remember this one here that said, please, this one needs to be at 3 seconds, because that's where, you know, the unskippable part of the ad is. So that needs to stay there, by default, which is, if I click this and hold 'Option Del' on my Mac, 'Alt Del' on a PC to ripple delete, watch happens to this marker. It gets kind of deleted and moved along, because all these are rippling, you might not want that. So you can say Sequence, sorry, 'Markers', 'Ripple Sequence Markers', turn that off. Now when I delete it, watch what happens at the top here, these guys should stay in place. So you can turn it on and off as you need, there might be times you need one or the other. 

The other one I'm going to talk about mainly, just real quickly, is you can actually, turn these into stamps for YouTube, to go out into your, you know, you get in some YouTube videos, you can kind of like have the time codes. There's a way of exporting these out. I will include that bit further on in the course, where you're looking at YouTube. So look for YouTube videos ahead of here, there'll be one that has something to do with, I haven't named it yet, because I haven't made it, but it'll be something, Youtube chapter markers, something like that, is what I'll call it. Sorry, it's the future, I haven't never recorded that one yet, but, I'll explain it better in there, but know that you can. So I'll tie it here with a markers video. All right, let's do another marker video next.