About clip and timeline markers

You can place markers to indicate important points in a clip or movie. Markers can help you position, arrange, and synchronize clips. They even let you add comments to the Expert view timeline.

A movie or a clip can contain up to 100 numbered markers (labeled from 0 to 99). Moreover, it can have unlimited unnumbered markers. You can also add menu markers for use in creating a disc menu in Adobe Premiere Elements.

Working with clip and timeline markers is much like working with In and Out points. However, In and Out points set the actual start and end points of a clip. Markers are only for reference and do not affect clips in the finished movie.

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Markers in the Expert view timeline

A. Timeline Marker B. Menu marker C. Markers menu D. Beat marker 

note: The Detect Beats button creates markers at the major beats in your soundtrack so that you can synchronize clips to beats.

Markers you add to a clip placed in a movie appear only in that instance of the clip. Markers you add to a source clip appear in each instance of the clip that you subsequently add to the movie. Adding markers to a source clip doesn’t affect instances of the clip already in a movie.

When you select a clip in the Project Assets panel, the Monitor panel displays only the clip markers within the clip.

When you select a clip in the Expert view timeline, it displays only timeline markers. Clip markers appear as icons within the clip in the Expert view timeline. However, timeline markers appear in the time ruler.

Huomautus:

For information on adding, moving, and deleting markers in a clip or movie, see Working with clip and timeline markers in Adobe Premiere Elements Help.

Add clip and timeline markers

You can add markers to a clip in the Project Assets panel, to an instance of a clip in the Expert view timeline, or to the time ruler. Markers are of two types: clip markers and timeline markers.

In general, you add clip markers to signify important points within an individual clip (for example, to identify a particular action or sound). You add timeline markers to the time ruler to mark scenes, title locations, or other significant points within the movie. Timeline markers can include comments and URLs to link web pages.

You can number markers or use unnumbered markers. Use numbered markers if you plan to use many markers. You can quickly jump, say, from marker number 5 to marker number 40 if the markers are numbered. If they are unnumbered, you can only jump between adjacent markers.

If you want to use markers to log comments, numbering them makes them easy to reference. For example, you can log comments, such as “Check the color at marker 12,” or “See comments at marker 42” for a collaborator.

Add a marker to a source clip or clip instance

  1. Do one of the following:
    • To add a marker to a source clip, double‑click the clip in the Project Assets panel.

    • To add a marker to a clip instance, double‑click the clip in the Expert view timeline.

    The clip opens in the Preview window.

  2. Move the current-time indicator in the Preview window to the frame where you want to set the marker.
  3. Choose Clip > Set Clip Marker, and select either Unnumbered, Next Available Numbered, or Other Numbered.
  4. If you chose Other Numbered, type a number in the Set Numbered Marker field, and click OK.

If you added the marker to the source clip, it is saved in the clip and is visible in all subsequent instances of the clip in the Expert view timeline.

If you added the marker to the clip instance, it is visible only in the particular instance of the clip in the Expert view timeline.

Add a marker to the Expert view timeline

  1. Click an empty space in a video or audio track in the Expert view timeline. The Expert view timeline becomes active and any previous selected clip is deselected.
  2. Move the current-time indicator in the Expert view timeline to the frame where you want to set the marker.
  3. Right-click/ctrl-click in the timeline ruler or the Monitor panel, or choose Timeline > Set Timeline Marker, and choose one of the following:

    Unnumbered

    Sets an unnumbered marker.

    Next Available Numbered

    Sets a numbered marker using the lowest unused number.

    Other Numbered

    Opens a dialog box in which you can specify any unused number from 0 to 99.
    Tip: You can insert markers while a movie or clip plays. Click the Set Unnumbered Marker icon in the Monitor panel, or press the asterisk key, at the locations you want to mark.

The marker appears in the time ruler of the Expert view timeline, at the location of the current-time indicator.

In addition to indicating important frames of a movie, timeline markers can also contain comments, chapter numbers, or URLs. You can include comments, chapter numbers, or web links only in timeline markers, not clip markers.

If you import your movie into Adobe® Encore®, you can use timeline markers to specify chapter links. Encore automatically converts timeline markers with text or numbers in the Chapter field to chapter points. It also places the contents of the Comment field into the Description field of the chapter point.

For your online movie, if you can design frame‑based web pages, use timeline markers to change other parts of the web page.

Timeline markers can specify a URL and web‑page frame. When you include the movie in a frame‑based web page, the browser displays each specified link in the specified frame.

As the movie plays, your web page can change as each marker is reached. For example, in a family web page, as your vacation movie plays, you can populate the other frames of the web page with commentary and still images about the vacation. This technique requires careful planning to coordinate the frames and content. You must export the movie using a file type that supports web markers: QuickTime or Windows Media.

You can set the markers to be longer than one frame in duration. In the Expert view timeline, the right side of a timeline marker’s icon extends to indicate its duration.

  1. In the time ruler in the Expert view timeline, double‑click a timeline marker to open the Marker dialog box.
  2. Do any of the following:
    • To create a comment, type a message in the Comments field.

    • To change the duration of the marker, drag the duration value or click the value to select it, type a new value, and press Enter.

    • To create a chapter point for Adobe Encore, enter the chapter name or number in the Chapter box.

    • To create a web link, enter the web address and frame number in the URL and Frame Target boxes. The frame number must match a frame in the web page containing the movie.

  3. To enter comments or specify options for other timeline markers, click Previous or Next.
  4. Repeat steps 1‑3 until you are finished modifying timeline markers, and click OK.

Move and delete markers

You can drag markers in the Expert view timeline. To change the existing clip markers in the movie, open an instance of the clip in the Preview window and make changes. You can’t manipulate clip markers directly in the Expert view timeline.

Timeline markers are not attached to the frames they mark. When you insert a clip, the existing timeline markers remain in their original position in the time ruler. However, clip markers shift with the clip.

Move a marker

  1. In the time ruler of the Expert view timeline, drag the marker to a new position. Dragging beyond either edge of the time ruler scrolls the time ruler.

    Huomautus:

    You can’t move a clip marker in the Expert view timeline. Instead, open the clip in the Preview window and drag the marker in the Preview window time ruler.

Delete a timeline marker

  1. In the Expert view timeline, move the current‑time indicator to the timeline marker.

    Huomautus:

    To place the current‑time indicator precisely on a marker. Either zoom in completely on the time ruler so you can see its exact location or choose Timeline > Go To Timeline Marker, and choose Next, Previous, or Numbered from the menu.

  2. Choose Timeline > Clear Timeline Marker, and choose an option from the menu.

    Timeline Marker At Current Time Indicator

    Deletes the timeline marker at the current time. (If the option is not available, you have not placed the current‑time indicator precisely on the marker.)

    All Markers

    Deletes all timeline markers from the movie.

    Numbered

    Deletes a numbered timeline marker from a list of numbered markers.

    note: You can’t remove a timeline marker by dragging it away from the time ruler.

Delete a clip marker

  1. Select the clip in the Expert view timeline.
  2. Move the current‑time indicator to the clip marker.

    Huomautus:

    To place the current‑time indicator precisely on a marker, zoom in completely on the time ruler so you can see its exact location. Alternatively, choose Clip > Go To Clip Marker, and choose Next, Previous, or Numbered from the menu.

  3. Choose Clip > Clear Clip Marker, and choose an option from the menu:

    Current Marker

    Deletes the marker at the current time. (If the option is not available, you may not have placed the current‑time indicator precisely on the marker.)

    All Markers

    Deletes all clip markers from the clip.

    Numbered

    Deletes a numbered clip marker from a list of all numbered markers.

Clear all markers

  1. Do one of the following:
    • To clear all clip markers from a clip, select the clip in the Expert view timeline.

    • To clear all timeline markers from the Expert view timeline, make sure that no clips are selected in the movie.

  2. Choose either Clip > Clear Clip Marker > All Markers or Timeline > Clear Timeline Marker > All Markers.

Go to a clip or timeline marker in the Expert view timeline

  1. Do one of the following:
    • To move to a clip marker in a clip, select the clip in the Expert view timeline.

    • To move to a timeline marker in a movie, make sure that no clips are selected in the Expert view timeline.

  2. Choose either Clip > Go To Clip Marker or Timeline > Go To Timeline Marker, and choose Next, Previous, or Numbered from the menu.

    Huomautus:

    To help position clips at a marker, make sure that the Snap command is selected in the Timeline menu. (A check mark indicates it is selected.) Then, clips will snap to the markers as you drag them into position in the Expert view timeline.

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