… for Apple Final Cut Pro X
Tip #763: Compound clips hide markers
There’s no easy way to copy and paste multiple markers.
Here’s a tip that I discovered this week: if you add chapter markers to a clip, then wrap that clip in a compound clip, the markers won’t export.
Each week, I add chapter markers to my latest webinar to simplify navigation for people who download the QuickTime version.
Normally, as part of the editing process, I send my FCP X project to Adobe Audition for audio mixing; a process that retains all markers. This week, though, for technical reasons, I needed to mix the webinar in FCP X.
The fastest way to do that is to enclose all my timeline clips – and their 42 markers – in a compound clip, then apply the audio filters I needed.
However, when it came time to export, the chapter markers, which were attached to clips, did not export with the compound clip.
Instead, I needed to move the markers to the compound clip itself. However, there is no way in FCP X to select a group of markers to copy and paste them to another clip or project. You can copy individual markers, but not groups.
To get my markers to export I copied each marker individually from each clip to the compound clip. This wasn’t difficult, just really time-consuming.
I’ll add this to my list of “FCP X Features I’d Like To See” … along with a scrolling timeline.
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