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Final Cut Pro Chapter Markers into Quicktime Movies

Embedding chapter markers into Quicktime movies with Final Cut Pro is both easy, & useful. I discovered a new use recently when preparing interview media for review. By embedding chapter markers at the beginning of each talking point, I made it easier for my producer to review the interview footage. I also added a Timecode Generator filter to make it easy to get specific timecode. In general it is nice to add chapter markers to Quicktime movies, so that they are more navigable. Chapter markers will appear on mobile devices like iPhones and iPads too. This allows you to group a number of videos into one Final Cut Pro export, and give the viewer the ability to bounce from one to the other. 

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To embed chapter markers in Final Cut Pro, you must first set a marker by moving the playhead to the point in the video where you desire a chapter to be, and Pressing the M key. While still in the position of the marker, you will press the M key again. This will bring up the Edit Marker interface, where you will select Add Chapter Marker to give that particular marker the function of being a chapter marker. One important thing to know is that markers in Final Cut cannot be in the 1st second, last second, or within a second of another marker.  

Upon export you will have to include chapter markers under the Markers option in the export interface. You could also include DVD Studio Pro markers, which would also include Compression Markers. 

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