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Alfred Guzzetti
Can't export chapter markers
on Jun 29, 2010 at 4:27:54 pm

I can't get Compressor or DVDSP or QT player to see the chapter markers I've put in my FCP timeline. I've read several threads about this and looked through the manual. I've left the word CHAPTER enclosed in carats as is in the marker dialogue box. I've tried exporting as self-contained and non-self-contained QT movies, with "DVDSP markers" or "Chapter Markers" or "All Markers" selected. I've tried bringing the QT files into Compressor or directly into DVDSP. I've also tried exporting directly to Compressor from the Timeline. The chapter markers never appear in the Compressor Preview window or in the DVDSP track editor. I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong. Any ideas?

Alfred Guzzetti
Mac Pro Quad 2.66GHz 4GB RAM
Intensity Pro card
OS 10.6.3
FCP 6.0.5
DVDSP 4.2.1


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Bret Williams
Re: Can't export chapter markers
on Jun 29, 2010 at 4:44:20 pm

In DVDSP, right click on the track in the timeline and choose "add embeded markers." Does that help?



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Alfred Guzzetti
Re: Can't export chapter markers
on Jun 29, 2010 at 5:18:27 pm

I tried it but it didn't work. But I'm glad to know about that right-click command. Thank you.

Alfred Guzzetti
Mac Pro Quad 2.66GHz 4GB RAM
Intensity Pro card
OS 10.6.3
FCP 6.0.5
DVDSP 4.2.1


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Steve Eisen
Re: Can't export chapter markers
on Jun 29, 2010 at 6:57:23 pm

Make sure in FCP you are creating the Marker above the video track. Place your playhead where you want the marker a hit M twice. Do not select the track and apply the marker.

Steve Eisen
Eisen Video Productions
Vice President
Chicago Final Cut Pro Users Group


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Alfred Guzzetti
Re: Can't export chapter markers
on Jun 29, 2010 at 7:10:32 pm

Fantastic! I never would have figured this out. Thank you so much.

Alfred Guzzetti
Mac Pro Quad 2.66GHz 4GB RAM
Intensity Pro card
OS 10.6.3
FCP 6.0.5
DVDSP 4.2.1


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s regian
Re: Can't export chapter markers
on Jun 29, 2010 at 9:20:29 pm

Also be sure when adding the marker you add it as a "chapter marker" or else you will see a marker in the timeline but it won't export.


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Bret Williams
Re: Can't export chapter markers
on Jun 30, 2010 at 5:52:26 am

Where were you putting them?


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Alfred Guzzetti
Re: Can't export chapter markers
on Jun 30, 2010 at 10:59:55 am

In the clip on the timeline instead of at the top of the timeline. I thought that the clip carried the chapter data.

Alfred Guzzetti
Mac Pro Quad 2.66GHz 4GB RAM
Intensity Pro card
OS 10.6.3
FCP 6.0.5
DVDSP 4.2.1


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Steven Gonzales
Re: Can't export chapter markers
on Jun 30, 2010 at 1:37:52 pm

If you have FCP 7, you can export markers as text. Then you can modify this text to the proper format (in excel, for example) and import the markers into DVD studio pro.

So even if your markers didn't export the first time, you can get them to DVD Studio Pro with "import marker list".



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Alfred Guzzetti
Re: Can't export chapter markers
on Jun 30, 2010 at 3:16:24 pm

Thanks for this information. I have FCP 6.0.5 and haven't upgraded to version 7 because I need to be able to use export subtitles to DVDSP via TitleExchange, which depends on XML text exports. Spherico, which makes TitleExchange, issued a warning that FCP 7 doesn't export line-breaks correctly as earlier versions did. This creates a laborious work-around. I don't know if this has been fixed yet.

Alfred Guzzetti
Mac Pro Quad 2.66GHz 4GB RAM
Intensity Pro card
OS 10.6.3
FCP 6.0.5
DVDSP 4.2.1


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Steven Gonzales
Re: Can't export chapter markers
on Jun 30, 2010 at 3:28:33 pm

To alter line break types you can use the free TextWrangler app from the great folks at Barebones (BBedit).

http://www.barebones.com/products/textwrangler/





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Kenny Powerass
Re: Can't export chapter markers
on Jul 13, 2010 at 10:23:39 pm

I'm also having trouble getting the markers from FCP to DVDSP, but I had them in the right place to begin with: at the top of the timeline, chapter markers, etc...
I tried the 'add embedded markers' tip and it didn't work.
I just tried exporting the markers as a text file. It exported them and I can see the markers in the text file, but when I import them into DVDSP I get a message that says: "Finished importing markers. 0 markers imported."
My FCP chapter markers haven't been working in DVDSP for months now, but I haven't been making too many DVDs, so it wasn't a big problem to just create them in DVDSP. Now I need it to work, though.
Any further ideas?
Thanks.

Mac Pro 2 x 2.66 Dual-Core Intel Xeon - 8GB DDR2 FB-DIMM - OS 10.6.3 - FCP 7.0.2



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Clay Walker
Re: Can't export chapter markers
on Nov 29, 2010 at 7:04:57 pm

Hi Kenny,

DVDSP is simply not liking the .txt file that FCP is exporting as I guess it is too complicated.

If you open your .txt file and edit the content down to something like this:

01:00:21:07 Chapter 1
01:04:53:18 Chapter 2
01:30:36:02 Chapter 3
02:00:49:15 Chapter 4
02:11:04:21 Chapter 5
02:16:41:21 Chapter 6
02:22:54:03 Chapter 7
02:36:45:00 Chapter 8

DVDSP will import it with no issues. Hope this helps.

clay



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Mike Fuller
Re: Can't export chapter markers
on Jan 11, 2012 at 1:36:29 am

No semicolons (;). Use colons (:) only. First entry must be 00:00:00:00



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Mike Fuller
Re: Can't export chapter markers
on Jan 11, 2012 at 9:08:52 pm

Also, you can open the FCP exported marker list in Excel, then delete/rearrange columns until it's in the correct style. Save as text file, then import in DVDSP.



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