Previous 1 2 3 Next 31 Replies Latest reply: Apr 9, 2013 9:33 AM by coligreens
pockl Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Trying to add chapter markers in FCP X so when I share with iDVD I can create scene selections.  iDVD only allows you to create scene selections by specific time intervals unless chapter markers exist already in the movie you are sharing from the editor.  I know how to add chapter markers from iMovie but am having a heck of a time figuring out how to do it in FCP X.  Thanks in advance for any assistance.

 

Scott

  • andynick Level 5 Level 5 (4,925 points)

    At present, you cannot add chapter markers in FCP X.

    If you send the project to Compressor, you can add chapter markers there.

     

    You can add the chapter markers in Compressor manually, or if you create a text file listing the exact timecode positions (from FCP X storyline) where you want the chapter markers to be (each on a new line) Compressor will automatically insert the markers when you point it to the text file.

    Andy

  • Jim Wanamaker Level 4 Level 4 (2,310 points)

    andynick,

     

    If the OP doesn't have compressor he can try Garageband. I have used it in the past and iDVD recognized the chapter markers.

  • engler519 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    As many of us seem to be having the same problem, I thought I would pass on a solution to adding chapter markers to FCP X projects that I found this week. I downloaded a program called Metadata Hootenanny (free program) that will add chapters to .mov files. I just export the completed FCP X project to a Quicktime movie, then open the movie with the Metadata Hootenanny program and create chapters. Save the new file with the chapters added and it opens up in iDVD with all the chapters in place.

     

    Hope this helps someone.

     

    Mike

  • Beeblebrox64 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    YES. This is it until Apple has spent Chapter Markers to FCPX.

     

    And a free solution also!

     

    Great tool, thanks for this super hint!

     

    engler519 wrote:

     

    As many of us seem to be having the same problem, I thought I would pass on a solution to adding chapter markers to FCP X projects that I found this week. I downloaded a program called Metadata Hootenanny (free program) that will add chapters to .mov files. I just export the completed FCP X project to a Quicktime movie, then open the movie with the Metadata Hootenanny program and create chapters. Save the new file with the chapters added and it opens up in iDVD with all the chapters in place.

     

    Hope this helps someone.

     

    Mike

  • engler519 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Good! I'm glad this discussion didn't fall too far down the list for anyone else to notice it. I just finished a wedding video last week and this solution worked perfectly.

  • konstyantyn Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uetek1hOeag&feature=channel_video_title

     

    ahh but you CAN add chapter markers... and i think i have the perfect solution!
    check out this tutprial on youtube, first he explains how to export to DVD
    But at around 6 minutes he shows how to do it
    enjoy

  • Beeblebrox64 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    What is shown in the YT link generates random chapter markers in the DVD output and not at the position, where you set the markers in FCPX. Nor the markers text from FCPX is used.

     

    A DVDStudioPro successor is also hardly missing...

     

     

    konstyantyn wrote:

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uetek1hOeag&feature=channel_video_title

     

    ahh but you CAN add chapter markers... and i think i have the perfect solution!
    check out this tutprial on youtube, first he explains how to export to DVD
    But at around 6 minutes he shows how to do it
    enjoy

  • Martin S Taylor Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    You can also do it in QuickTime Player 7, if you still have it. Here's the recipe from the original Help menu of QTP7:

     

    1. In a text editor or word processor, type your list of chapters and save the document as plain text.

    2. Make each item very short (preferably one word but no more than two or three words) and separate each item with a carriage return.

    3. In QuickTime Player, choose File Open File, select the text file, and click Open.

    4. Choose File Export. In the Export pop-up menu, choose "Text to Text." In the Use pop-up menu, choose "Text with Descriptors."

    5. Click Options. In the Text Export Settings dialog, select "Show Text, Descriptors, and Time"; select "Show time relative to start of Movie"; and set fractions of seconds to 1/30 for NTSC or 1/25 for PAL.

    6. Click OK, then click Save to create a text file with descriptors.

    7. Open the exported list in your text editor or word processor, and open the target movie in QuickTime Player.

    8. Choose Window Show Movie Info.

    9. In QuickTime Player, drag the playhead on the timeline to find the first point in the movie where you want to begin a new chapter.

    10. Use the Right and Left Arrow keys to step forward or backward a frame at a time as needed. Note the current time in the Properties window.

    11. In the text file, find the first chapter title and change the timestamp just before that chapter title to the time you noted in the Properties window.

    12. The timestamp might now read, for example, [00:01:30.15], meaning that selecting the first chapter title will jump the viewer 1 minute, 30 seconds, and 15 frames into the movie.

    13. Repeat steps 9 through 11 until you've identified all the places in the movie that correspond to the chapter divisions and you've entered the proper timestamps in the text file.

    14. Change the last timestamp (the one after the last chapter title in the text file) to match the duration of the movie.

    15. Save the text file and import it into QuickTime Player.

    16. QuickTime creates a new movie with just a text track.

    17. Choose Edit Select All, choose Edit Copy, and close the movie.

    18. Click in the main movie, choose Edit Select All, then choose Edit "Add to Movie."

    19. QuickTime adds the text track to the movie.

    20. Choose Window Show Movie Properties.

    21. In the Properties window, select the video or audio track you want to associate with the chapter track, and click Other Settings.

    22. Choose the main video or audio track from the Chapters pop-up menu.

    23. If you have a movie with alternate subtitle or sound tracks, you can create multiple chapter lists in different languages and set the appropriate subtitle or sound track as the owner of each chapter list. The chapter list will change to match the selected language.

    24. Select the text track, then select "Preload this track" (to make the chapter track load first).

    25. Deselect the new text track so that it doesn't display on top of the video.

    26. The new track will still function as a chapter track.

    27. Save the movie as a self-contained movie.

    28. You can now choose a chapter title from the pop-up menu to the right of the timeline.

  • tjwaido Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Seems like Apple forgot to include this feature when they upgraded iMovie... or I mean forgot to write the code in for Chapter Markers when they rewrote the code entierly from the ground up.

     

    FCP X has lost nearly all the features the pros need to edit videos.  I just want FCP 7 as a 64 bit version, and we could call it, let's say, FCP 8.  I will say the 5.1 surround sound editor in FCPX is a pro feature.  Add that into FCP 8 and that program would kick some tail.

  • andynick Level 5 Level 5 (4,925 points)

    tjwaido wrote:

    FCP X has lost nearly all the features the pros need to edit videos.

    Garbage.

    Andy

  • tjwaido Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    @andynick,  Thanks for thinking FCP X is garbage.

     

    To make it a Pro Ap it would need, for one, Chapter Markers (this forum), Keyboard Short Cuts Customization for edits and effects, Audio Transitions, Slip Tool, Slide Tool, Razor Blade All Tool, Track Selection Forward/Backward, Ability to Turn Audio Wave Forms/ Filmstrips Off, Variable Speed, Log and Capture, Batch Capture, Memorized Browser Clip In/Out Points, Reconnect Offline Media, Lables, Copy and Paste Color Corrections/Effects, Lock Tracks, Gap Edits, MultiClip Editing, Pen Tool, Video and Audio Tracks, Custom Window Layouts, Viewer Window for precision audio and video edits, Dual Monitors...

     

    I have been using FCP for over 10 years.  It will be unbelieveably hard to wait another 10 for FCP X to catch up.

  • Beeblebrox64 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Oh, yes, this was the first I thought, as I realised that FCPX has no chapter markers. Same fault as in iMovie'08 - unfortunately you had to wait until iMovie'09 for problem solution.

     

    I hope, we must not wait for FCPX 11...

     

    The project management à la iMovie is also a problem. If you have only 5-10 events in Event Library and not much more projects, everything is fine.

     

    But if you have hundreds of events in Event Library and - let's say more than 20 projects - FCPX becomes really slow. The 64 bit does no more help here.

     

    For that, a project management like in FCP7 would be much better, when you have only the project up and loaded you are working on.

     

     

    tjwaido wrote:

     

    Seems like Apple forgot to include this feature when they upgraded iMovie... or I mean forgot to write the code in for Chapter Markers when they rewrote the code entierly from the ground up.

     

    FCP X has lost nearly all the features the pros need to edit videos.  I just want FCP 7 as a 64 bit version, and we could call it, let's say, FCP 8.  I will say the 5.1 surround sound editor in FCPX is a pro feature.  Add that into FCP 8 and that program would kick some tail.

  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (111,880 points)

    Most of these functions are already available, slip, slide, filmstrips and waveforms can be turned on/off, multiple I/O can be saved for a clip. Many of the others are based on reference to legacy applications and are simply not relevent to the way this application works.

  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (111,880 points)

    Event Manager X. $4.99.

Previous 1 2 3 Next