[LOGGED] Timecode + Markers
mark_m last edited by Woland
Of the new features announced at the Werkstatt the one that excited me most was Timecode for video in the movie player, so that one can read (and presumably trigger events) by timecode rather than by percentage of video played.
I'm not clear exactly on how Isadora will measure timecode, hopefully with the SMTPE standard hh:mm:ss:ff.
I would like to additionally request that Isadora events/actors could be triggered by embedded markers in video and audio files.
To enlarge on that: in many video and audio editing programs one can add markers to the video / audio when exporting the files. These markers are usually embedded in the file.
Here's an example of a 5 second video with three markers in it:
(this video was made in Adobe Premiere)
I would ask that Isadora can read these markers and use them to trigger an event.
In this instance the markers are all named. It would be wonderful if there was a "trigger by marker" actor that read the video file, read the markers in it, and let you trigger an event by named marker based on a dropdown list of the named markers in the video file.
So in this case the markers are called Blue, Yellow and Light. So in my fantasy "trigger by marker" actor I could choose to trigger one event when the video reaches "blue" another at "yellow" and a third at "light". One could choose to ignore particular markers. If the markers weren't named then the actor would simply give them a sequential number, or give them the name of their SMTPE position.
Thanks a lot!
bonemap last edited by
Hi @mark_mI like your idea here. Do you think there is a standard for video markers — across software developers say, Adobe Premiere, Apple Final Cut, Avid and Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve? I am also interested to see what this implementation is going to look and behave like, I got the impression from Mark's keynote that it might be timeline based as we see in Dataton's Watchout for example. Just have to wait and see!Cheersbonemap
Sounds very useful
I think to be considered we will need to see if there is a standard for these things.Definitely could be useful.
A quick word with my friends at Adobe suggests that markers are embedded in the XMP info in the file header, and are a 'standard'. I'll have a play with opening that example file in FCP and Resolve and see if those programs read the markers. Meanwhile here's a page about the XMP: http://www.adobe.com/devnet/xmp.html
XMP info easily extracted and the markers are clearly read and show as follows:
Tracks Track Name : Markers
Tracks Frame Rate : f25
Tracks Markers Start Time : 45, 75, 100
Tracks Markers Name : blue, yellow, light
Tracks Markers Type : Comment, Comment, Comment
Tracks Markers Cue Point Params Key: marker_guid, marker_guid, marker_guid
Tracks Markers Cue Point Params Value: 42f744a8-1685-6a80-6548-729f00000024, 564c4da8-962e-ce3c-0701-cd0100000024, cd90ac2d-d593-35dd-049c-671400000024
Tracks Markers Guid : cd90ac2d-d593-35dd-049c-671400000024
So the position of the markers is shown as the frame number, and the position (in hh.mm.ss.ff) is calculated from the frame rate. (The markers are at 00:00:01:20, 00:00:03:00 and 00:00:04:00)
Full XMP info from the file is here
And here's what the XMP looks like if I export it from Premiere as FCP compatible XML. Again, the markers are clearly defined as part of the XML.
Would Isadora have to be reading the XMP info anyhow, just in order to know the other video parameters like frame rate, frame size, duration, etc? In which case would this be straighforwards? Since Isadora would just looking for a couple more lines of XMP data.
Anyhow, I've planted this seed, given it a bit of water and compost, and hope it falls on fertile ground :-)
Kathmandale last edited by
I would love this.Recently I've been having to do video in QLab for a few people who've insisted on it. Generally I'm not a fan of it's video side but one neat feature is how it interprets 'markers' embedded in footage. A good example is being able to start a video, loop a section, then play the end. Obviously this is possible in Issy but it's nice to be able to just add the 'markers' in premier if you're lazy like me!
I just wanted to bump this up, and to say that I hope that Timecode for Video in the Movie Player - as announced at the 2016 Werkstatt Keynote speech - is still on the road map.
Just been making a piece where I had to make a lot of use of percentage to time calculations, and Timecode would have been a huge time saver.
Just asking. As well as the markers ;-)
Fred last edited by
@mark_m +1 for me also for timecode and markers
Just bumping this feature request up for attention, seeing as how it's been recently requested by someone else :-)
Once upon a time.....when QuickTime was still the bomb, you could embed text, midi, multichannel audio and timecode to a single QuickTime movie. From QuickTime 5 this was ditched and up until now there has never been a file format that was that close to all-in-one format that could be made with a broad range of editors. You could edit audio and video and midi in Protools or another DAW, and export the whole thing to one QT file. In the QT player you could add different audio outputs and midi out to a external midi I/O or patch internal. Did many show like that always rock solid. I discussed the last 15 years with Mark several time this approach, but due to constant change in Quicktime it was not possible this way anymore.
Zap, many years later I had to do a large showontrol setup for a show in Rotterdam, but was not able to use timecode, since all tracks that were played there were coming from a DJ setup and give him the freedom to mix it like they always do, so also change in pitch. So in that time we used DVJ's and I added in the bottom of the video several stripes with optical markers for pyro, laser, lights and commands for boats. So the markers were setup up as a binary coded stripe and you could add numbers for playlists and everything. The video was played out by the DVJ's, and we got rid of the info stripe at the bottom before we ended out to all projectors. The software in that time (I'm talking about 13 years ago) was also Isadora and I used it to decode the optical markers. I did not use colors but used "placement" tabs, black for zero's and white for ones and sended out the corresponding midi triggers to all equipment. Was a hell of a job back then and can't remember what actors I used to measure the optical triggers, there was a reason why I used black and white instead of colours. Any how, the whole setup of the show including the setup of all triggers was done in Final Cut Pro.
So when you use timecode, this works great with a non-pitched video, but when using a bunch of starts and stops, variable pitch, optical markers are a great tool. in Isadora you could make a tool that generates a optical marker with a certain midi pitch in to make the setup proces quicker instead of hanging 6 A4 on your wall to doublecheck if that one optical marker is the right one hahaha