Add markers to clips, use markers to position and arrange clips, copy and paste markers, display marker comments, and share markers with After Effects.
Markers indicate important points in time and help you position and arrange clips. You can use a marker to identify an important action or sound in a sequence or clip. Markers are for reference only and do not alter the video.
The following types of markers are available in Premiere Pro:
A comment or note about the selected part of the Timeline.
Chapter markers in the project allow viewers seeing the finished video use the markers to quickly jump to those points in the video.
Segmentation markers help you define ranges in the video to automate workflows. For example, you can identify certain areas as being leader or as segment where commercials go.
Add a URL that provides more info about the selected part of the movie clip.
You can add markers to a sequence, or to a source clip. Markers are color-coded for easier identification.
Use the Marker panel (Window > Markers) to see all the markers in an open clip or sequence. Details associated with clips such as color-coded tags, In points, Out points, and comments are displayed. Clicking a clip thumbnail in the Markers panel moves the playhead to the location of the corresponding marker.
Click a marker in the Markers panel, and then the playhead moves to that position of marker in the Timeline.
A marker on a clip or in a sequence shows the In and Out points in the Marker panel. You can scrub the In or Out point to turn the marker from a single frame in time to one covering a range of time.
You can add markers on the Source monitor, Program monitor, or on the Timeline. Markers added to Program monitor are reflected in the Timeline. Similarly, markers added to the Timeline are reflected on the Program Monitor.
In Premiere Pro, multiple markers can be added, allowing a user to add multiple notes and comment on clips on the same location in the Timeline.
Move the playhead to the point where you want to add a marker.
Select Marker > Add Marker, or press the M key. The default color of a marker is green.
To edit the marker, double-click the marker icon to open the Marker dialog box.
You can create a keyboard shortcut to open the Marker dialog box.
Type a name for the marker.
Drag the duration value or click the value to highlight it, type a new value, and press Enter/Return. When using markers for URL links and chapter markers, you can set sequence markers to be longer than one frame in duration.
Type a comment you want associated with the marker.
Check this box if you want to make the marker a chapter marker.
Check this box if you want to associate the marker with a hyperlink.
This field is enabled only when Web Link is checked. Enter the address of the web page you want to open.
When the movie is included in a web page and the marker is reached in the movie, the web page automatically opens. Web links work only with supported formats such as QuickTime.
This field is enabled only when Web Link is checked. Enter the target frame for a web page if using an HTML frameset.
Markers can be added to clips in the Source Monitor, or selected clips in the Timeline.
To add a marker to a clip in the Source Monitor, do the following:
Open the clip in the Source Monitor from the Timeline or the Project panel.
Place the Playhead where you want to place the marker.
Choose Marker > Add Marker, or press M. The marker is added to the clip.
To add a marker to a clip in the Timeline, do the following:
Set up a keyboard shortcut for Add Clip Marker in Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts (Windows), or Premiere Pro > Keyboard Shortcuts (macOS).
Select the clip. Place the Playhead where you want to place the marker.
Press the keyboard shortcut you created for Add Clip Marker. The marker is added to the clip.
You can inspect the marker dialog box by double-clicking the marker in the Source Monitor.
In the Effect Controls panel, you can view all of the markers that you created in the Timeline panel. You can also add markers to your sequence to designate where you would like to place effects in the Effect Controls panel. In addition, you can create and manipulate markers directly in the Effect Controls panel.
Drag the playhead to the place where you want to create a marker.
Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) in the timeline ruler. Then select Add Marker, or press the M key.
The default color of a marker is green. To change this preference, you can set keyboard shortcuts for each marker color.
Open the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog box.
In the Command section, add keyboard shortcuts for each different marker color.
For more information, see Customize keyboard shortcuts.
You can find markers by using the marker navigation tools. You can move them from their original locations by dragging them, or you can delete them altogether.
Click the marker icon.
Do one of the following:
Sequence markers in a nested sequence appear as clip markers (with a slightly different color) in the parent sequence and in the Source Monitor. To adjust a nested marker, open the nested sequence in a Timeline panel, and then drag the marker.
To clear a marker, select Marker > Clear Selected Marker. To clear all the markers, select Marker > Clear All Markers.
When you use the Clear All Markers option, Premiere Pro removes all sequence markers and all clip markers on selected clips.
You can’t remove a sequence marker by dragging it away from the time ruler.
Clear a marker by right-clicking (Windows), or Ctrl-clicking (Mac OS) on a marker, and then choose Clear Current Marker from the context menu.
Premiere Pro does not remove any markers. It only hides the unchecked markers. You can always display hidden marker colors by additionally selecting the desired color, or unchecking all boxes.
Once a marker is set, hovering over it in the time ruler produces a tool tip which displays the marker information. You can quickly scan marker contents without opening the Marker dialog box.
The sequence marker tool tip displays the following information on up to four items:
Marker name (optional, shown only if entered)
Timecode start (always displayed)
Duration (optional, shown only if the marker has a duration)
Comment text (optional, shown only if entered)
When the Show Audio Time Units option is selected, the tool tips show marker location and duration in audio time units instead of timecode units.
You can include sequence markers when copying and pasting items from the timeline to bring all markers and their information along with a single copy/paste action. All marker information such as color, notes, duration, marker type, is preserved during the copy/paste operation.
To include sequence markers during copy/paste, check Markers > Copy Paste Includes Sequence Markers.
The start time of a marker, and whether that start time lies within the range inclusively defined by an In and Out point or one or more selected items, is what determines if the marker is included while copying and pasting.
Here is an example indicating when the (red) marker is included.
In the below example, if you copy and paste the feet_fountain.MOV clip, only the red marker is included in the copy and paste operation.
You can view sequence timecodes for your clip markers in the markers panel so that you can accurately pinpoint to markers in the timeline. Clip markers from the timeline only appear in the markers panel when a clip is highlighted.
To display sequence timecode:
When in sequence timecode mode, only the clip markers in the current sequence are displayed in the Markers panel. Any clip markers outside the in/out range of a clip are not shown. Sequence timecode automatically updates if sequence timebase is changed.
You can share markers between Premiere Pro and After Effects in any of the following ways.
When you import a Premiere Pro project into After Effects, After Effects converts the sequence markers to composition markers.
When you copy a sequence from a Premiere Pro Project panel and paste it into After Effects, the resulting composition keeps the sequence markers as composition markers, and the clip markers as layer markers. The copy-and-paste operation therefore preserves the markers in the way you would expect.
When you export a sequence from Premiere Pro through Adobe Media Encoder into a container format, such as AVI, the sequence markers are saved into the file as XMP temporal metadata. When you use the video file as the source for a layer, After Effects converts these sequence markers to layer markers.