Mark Videos For Post While Shooting?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Z400Racer37, Nov 27, 2018.

  1. Z400Racer37 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2011
    Hey guys,

    I'm wondering if there's a way anyone knows of to mark a video while shooting it so that I can easily identify that location in FCPX. I'm editing lectures for someone, and most of the time I spend editing is finding the proper intro and outro points. If there was a way he could push a button and make a mark on the file (preferably something which doesn't effect audio or video, but which simply marks the metadata or something), it would save me about 80-90% of the time of editing. I know you can use a clapperboard, but he's not gonna wanna go for that at the start of every class. Hoping there's a more discreet solution...

    Thanks all!
  2. StoneJack macrumors 65816


    Dec 19, 2009
  3. joema2 macrumors 68000


    Sep 3, 2013
    These are called "shot marks" or "index marks". Only higher-end camcorders have this feature and only certain editing software supports it.

    Your best choice might be to have the operator simply tap twice on the on-board mic to signify the actual start or end of the program. If the mic input is tied up with external sound, he could pass his hand in front of the lens.

    There are much more sophisticated solutions such as Lumberjack which allows logging notes and metadata on a tablet which is time-synchronized with the recording (including "back timing" compensation for the data entry time) but the operator would have to be trained:
  4. Z400Racer37 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2011
    Thanks for that, it was really helpful!

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