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Transfer Final Cut markers to iDVD chapter markers Apps
When you want to create a DVD with iDVD, and have edited in Final Cut Pro, it seems impossible to get the markers over to iDVD as chapter marks. The unobvious thing to do is this: you have to edit the markers in Final Cut to make them into chapter markers. Then when exporting the movie to Quicktime, choose to export the chapter marks, too, and save the movie as not self-contained (this just saves disk space).

When you drag or import this movie file into iDVD (and iDVD Preferences are set to "create chapter menus"), you get the chapter submenues created. I tried for ages with normal markers and it drove me nuts to export the movie, then have to open it in iMovie just to add the markers.
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I've been doing this since FCP 3 without problems...
Authored by: allanBook on Dec 30, '04 02:16:32PM

Is this hint for people using FCP 2.X or something?

I've never had problems bringing FCP clips with DVD chapter markers into iDVD. iDVD always respects my chapter markers.

Of course, with iDVD 2, there was no chapter support, but starting with iDVD3 FCP clips with chapter markers were supported (source: Final Cut Express and Final Cut Pro: Chapter Markers Require iDVD 3).

There's even documentation on Apple's website that explicitly states the steps necessary to bring chapter markers from FCP to iDVD: Final Cut Express & Final Cut Pro: How to export a movie with chapter markers for iDVD.

Unless this hint is for some version of FCP before v3.02 or something, I don't understand what is special about this hint.

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I've been doing this since FCP 3 without problems...
Authored by: dfbills on Dec 30, '04 02:37:59PM

What's special about this hint is that most people make normal markers with the M key. If you don't specifically create CHAPTER markers, the markers will not transfer. (Meaning you have to actually open up the marker dialog and set chapters.)

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I've been doing this since FCP 3 without problems...
Authored by: allanBook on Dec 30, '04 03:58:10PM

What's wrong with opening up the dialog and naming your chapter marker?

When I want to insert a dvd chapter marker, I jog to where I want to put it, hit "m" twice, name my marker and click on the button to make it a chapter marker.

The benefit of doing this is that when the clip (or clips) get exported to iDVD, when iDVD makes the scenes menu for you, they're already named appropriately.

Isn't having your scenes named appropriately in the scenes menu a great benefit of opening up the dialog in FCP?

Is importing to your FCP-edited clip (or clips) into iMovie then bringing your clips to iDVD really too difficult compared to pressing "m" twice and making your marker a chapter marker in FCP when you name your markers?

Seriously, as far as workflow goes, if you're making the markers already, naming them in FCP is far better then doing the edit then bringing them into iMovie then into iDVD.

Perhaps this hint is for Final Cut Express users or something, because this just doesn't make sense for Final Cut Pro 3.X or higher.

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What's wrong with opening up the dialog and naming your chapter marker?
Authored by: osxpounder on Dec 31, '04 03:29:02AM

The hint says to do as you describe, but it doesn't say it clearly enough, I suppose. The author says one should edit the markers in FCP. Maybe the author didn't realize that two pokes of the 'm' key will bring up the Marker dialog box.



Making many chapter markers in FCP is UNNECESSARILY TEDIOUS; I wish Apple would make that dialog box easily usable via the keyboard, and offer an option for a project such as "All new markers will be Chapter Markers". I already wrote them about it over a year ago. I use FCP often at work, and I have made hundreds of those markers. I wish I could just poke a single keystroke and get a chapter marker -- and I never want to have to grab the mouse to do it. I'm in too much of a hurry and repeated mouse use is more wear and tear on my tired hands. We already do plenty of clicking and dragging of tiny interface bits in FCP day in, day out. More keyboard control is more healthy for those of who use it constantly.

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iMovie doesn't export non-DV codecs...
Authored by: allanBook on Dec 30, '04 04:19:20PM

What's more, say you're an animation student making a demoreel.

To keep quality you used the animation codec when creating and editing your reel in FCP.

Now, if you went through iMovie first to create chapter markers before going to iDVD, then the demoreel would be converted to DV codec, losing it's pristine quality, before going to iDVD.

If you went straight from FCP to iDVD, you would be feeding iDVD's Compressor the codec you were using in FCP, thus resulting in an MPEG2 stream that is closest to your original FCP clip.

Perhaps a better hint regarding chapter markers would be that taking the time to create and name your chapter markers in FCP saves you from naming your scene markers in iDVD later (without having to go through iMovie).

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Transfer Final Cut markers to iDVD chapter markers
Authored by: RideMan on Dec 30, '04 09:00:37PM

Okay, now for those of us who are not using iMovie or Final Cut...

iDVD is supposed to respect and import QuickTime chapter markers.

Has anybody ever figured out a way to make it do so?



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