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Tutorial: Using Apple Final Cut Pro X Timeline Index and Markers

In this video tutorial Glen Elliott of Cord3Films looks at FCP X's Timeline Index which provides innovative options for viewing, navigating, and searching your projects, including three different types of timeline markers and the ability to create a navigable To Do list of editing notes that's indispensable for collaborative workflows.

What's in the Tags Tab

The Tags tab lists everything from chapter markers to keywords to analysis keywords to to-do’s, so it has a lot of functionality. Incidentally, this is the tab I use the most with my workflow. Down at the bottom you have several choices as to what to show in this tab. All the way to the left is All, which lists all markers, keyword, etc. (Figure 7, below).

Figure 7. Click this key icon to show only keywords in the Tags tab.

Managing Markers in the Timeline Index

Next one over is the standard blue marker that you add to the timeline by hitting the N key. In this edit, I used a bunch of blue markers in a song to show audio cues (Figure 8, below) to know where to drop in particular shots.

Figure 8. On the left in the Tags tab of the Timeline Index I’m choosing to show only the markers that I put in the timeline to mark audio cues for the song I used in the edit.

There are many ways to use standard markers in your edits, and the Timeline Index makes it easy to navigate and manage them. You can see the timeline cursor jump from one marker to the next as you click around and scroll through the markers listed in the Timeline Index. You can also give them descriptive names (Figure 9, here). You can also go into the timeline, double-click a marker, and rename it there (Figure 10, below Figure 9).

Figure 9. Renaming markers in the Timeline Index

Figure 10. Renaming markers in the timeline

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