Quicktime Track - Markers from FCP->Jitter


    Oct 04 2005 | 3:43 am
    Hello
    Another one for the Hive Mind:
    I would like to be able to view the markers that I place on quicktime
    tracks from FCP 5. If I export a video track from my sequence that
    has markers, I am given the option to include all of my markers with
    the saved out QT file. When reading this exported quicktime with
    Jitter, I am able to see there is a timecode track, but I have not
    been able to decipher how to get the frames the markers are on from
    this extra track.
    Ive checked the Jitter tutorials, and the Docs, and don't see
    anything specifically about this, or how to get data from other
    tracks that dont necessarily contain video/audio data.
    Essentially, id like to use the markers as metadata for "interesting
    temporal points in a movie", and synch them to BPM, so for example,
    if I have a somewhat cyclical movie of someone walking, or some
    process like a glass breaking, I can add a marker at that point, save
    the file, read it in with Jitter and be able to interpolate the
    proper speed to always land on these interesting points.
    Make sense?
    If I use a quicktime track, the metadata stays with the QT as well,
    which is the most preferable and portable way of doing it.
    Any hints?
    Thanks
    v a d e //
    http://homepage.mac.com/doktorp/
    doktorp@mac.com

    • Oct 04 2005 | 11:41 am
      Sure. However...
      FCP markers are stored, not in the Timecode track, but rather in a
      Text (Chapter) track. At this time, there's no way to get the data
      out of a Text track using Jitter; neither the text nor the time
      positions of the samples in it. This sort of thing has been on my to-
      do list for a while, though, and will hopefully get added at some point.
      You may be able to do some fancy exporting and parsing of the Text
      track using Jitter or AppleScript. From QT Player, I turned my Text
      track into this file:
      {QTtext}{font:Geneva}{bold}{clipToTextBox:on}{size:12}{textC olor: 0,
      0, 0}{backColor: 65535, 65535, 65535}{justify:center}{timeScale:2997}
      {width:720}{height:20}{timeStamps:absolute}{language:0}{text Encoding:
      256}
      [00:00:00.0000]
      Markierung 1
      [00:00:01.0903]
      {textEncoding:256}Markierung 2
      [00:00:02.1206]
      You could do similar using Jitter's export message, use regexp or js
      to parse the data into time code values, and then convert these to
      frame #s using the movie's timescale information.
      Sorry it's not the easy solution I'm sure you were hoping for. I'll
      see what we can do for a future release of Jitter.
      jb
      Am 04.10.2005 um 05:43 schrieb vade:
      > Essentially, id like to use the markers as metadata for
      > "interesting temporal points in a movie", and synch them to BPM, so
      > for example, if I have a somewhat cyclical movie of someone
      > walking, or some process like a glass breaking, I can add a marker
      > at that point, save the file, read it in with Jitter and be able to
      > interpolate the proper speed to always land on these interesting
      > points.
      >
      > Make sense?
    • Oct 04 2005 | 12:49 pm
      Thanks Jeremy,
      Its nice to know im at least pushing some boundaries. ;)
      v a d e //
      http://homepage.mac.com/doktorp/
      doktorp@mac.com
      On Oct 4, 2005, at 7:41 AM, Jeremy Bernstein wrote:
      >
      > FCP markers are stored, not in the Timecode track, but rather in a
      > Text (Chapter) track. At this time, there's no way to get the data
      > out of a Text track using Jitter; neither the text nor the time
      > positions of the samples in it. This sort of thing has been on my
      > to-do list for a while, though, and will hopefully get added at
      > some point.
      >
      >
    • Mar 16 2009 | 10:15 am
      hi,
      i was wondering how far the borders have been pushed in this matter
      is there a 'getchapters' message in the pipeline, or did anybody find a nice way to automatically pull movie chapter information out of a movie into max?
      thanks,
      jan
    • Jul 08 2011 | 8:49 am
      Hi,
      I'm having the same question now: get the marker from fcp to jitter.
      Any progress ?
      Thanks.
      Yoann
    • Apr 02 2013 | 8:57 pm
      may I humbly leave a *bump* here ...
      would be lovely to get these into [coll];
      or even address them via a 'go to' message ...