Shortcut for adding media (clip-based) markers?

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When I type "M" on the keyboard, a timeline marker (or universal marker) appears above my clip. However, I would like typing "M" to add a media (or clip-based) marker, rather than a timeline marker. Right now I am adding markers across my whole timeline, and then have to go back and individually drag each one of those markers onto the media clip. It is equally inconvenient to create media markers in the first place (align mouse, click on clip, type marker name, scroll, drag mouse, click on clip, type new marker name, etc...) rather than timeline markers.

Is there:

- A shortcut (like typing "M") to add a media marker?
- A quick way to select all timeline markers and convert them to media markers?
- A quick way to select and drag all timeline markers onto the media below them to make them media markers?

This would be very helpful, since changing timeline markers to media markers is tedious and not time efficient.

Thanks!
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Kristen F

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Kristen F

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I am still looking for an answer to this question--any help?
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Kristen F

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I still haven't received a reply for this post. Here's what I have begun doing as a workaround:

I still use "M" to add my markers, even though that adds them as "global" markers by default--meaning, if I need to make ANY edits to the timeline after adding my markers using the shortcut "M", ALL of my markers get out of sync with the video.

After I add all my global markers using the "M" shortcut, I go back and click within the ribbon/border on the top of the clip within the timeline, aiming directly below each global marker. That adds a clip-based marker to the clip--effectively converting the global marker to a clip-based marker. In my opinion it is a waste of time to have to do this, but it's better than having to re-type them.

I still would like to have "M" make a clip-based marker by default, rather than a timeline based marker. It just makes sense. As I edit, my timeline is constantly changing, and this defeats the purpose of having global markers in the first place. Editors by nature use keyboard shortcuts to improve their editing speed and workflow. I understand you can add a clip-based marker by using the mouse to locate the area and click on the clip, but I should be able to apply a shortcut to that to streamline the process, rather than hovering my mouse everywhere for every single clip.

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Same request here. I know deciding "which" clip should get the marker is a tricky thing. Perhaps set the non-timeline marker to go to the top clip. Or allow us to set a default track. For example:
  1. Import recorded clip (this could be anything, but it's what I'm working with most right now)
  2. Add clip to timeline at playhead
  3. Rename the track with the video portion of the clip (let's call it "Video" for this example)
  4. Open a "Marker options" dialog
  5. Select "Video" as the default track for adding clip-based markers via the shortcut key
  6. While editing, press the shortcut key; the specified clip receives a marker; if the default track is empty, the top-most clip receives a marker
A related nice-to-have feature is the ability to move all timeline markers to a clip en masse. Could right-click a timeline marker and select Move marker > This marker or all markers, then select a clip.

Thanks for listening!

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