How to Automate Marker Generation for an Adobe Premiere Project

Adobe Premiere Pro & Markers

Adobe Premiere Pro is an industry-leading video editing software that is a favorite among media and entertainment professionals. The software’s responsive interface coupled with its integrated work process and hassle-free editing have contributed to its popularity with M&E professionals.

Despite the numerous features that Adobe Premiere Pro provides, it does not directly enable users to generate Markers programmatically; i.e. it does not allow automated generation of markers for video files.

For readers not familiar with what ‘Markers’ refer to in this context, Markers or more specifically Video Markers, are akin to bookmarks used to identify important segments in video clips. Markers help expedite the post-production editing process by allowing editors to quickly skip to the right segment of the video that requires editing.

For information about the usage of markers on Adobe Premiere Pro, readers can visit the ‘Working With Markers’ page on Adobe’s documentation website.

The Need to Directly Edit Video Assets Processed by the TrackIt AI Video Reviewer Content Curation Tool

While developing the basic version of the AI Video Reviewer for a client, the TrackIt team was tasked with creating a solution that would allow the client to directly edit video assets on Adobe Premiere once they’ve been processed by the AI Video Reviewer.

The AI Video Reviewer

The AI Video Reviewer tool generates a list of “markers” (on the left side of the screen) that represent specific instances of items detected by the Amazon AI/ML services Rekognition and Transcribe. The markers that are generated can then later enable editors to quickly navigate to the exact timecode of the content they need to edit or remove in the Adobe Premiere project timeline.

It can be very difficult to find documentation that shows readers how to generate similar “marker files” compatible with Adobe Premiere on external applications.

Adobe Premiere project timeline — Markers example

Solution

While researching potential solutions to the marker file generation, the TrackIt team recognized that it was possible to import a Final Cut Pro file into Adobe Premiere. This file would serve as a migration file between the two tools i.e. the markers would be added to the Final Cut Pro file and would later be correctly imported into Adobe Premiere.

The TrackIt team deconstructed a Final Cut Pro migration file and used the Final Cut Pro Documentation to create a basic template in which the correct tags were added to create the markers programmatically, enabling the tool to generate the XML file directly (without going through Final Cut Pro of course).

The following is an example of a marker file generated with the tool:

Beginning of the marker file including metadata about the asset
End of the marker file with the specific tags used to generate the markers in Adobe Premiere

Importing Markers into Adobe Premiere Pro

I) Manual Marker Generation — The client’s previous process

The majority of post-production teams currently use the following steps to manually add markers to their video assets:

  1. Launch Adobe Premiere Pro
  2. Create a New Project
New Project Settings

3. Create a New Sequence

Sequence Settings

4. Add images and assets to sequence

Adobe Premiere Pro Timeline

5. Add markers manually, export the project file and share it with the post-production team.

This step can be tedious as markers are added manually as the media is reviewed.

II) Importing a Marker file — Using the XML file generated by the AI Video Reviewer (called markers file)

Any post-production team member, not necessarily just editors, can leverage the AI Video Reviewer to automate the generation of Marker files with the following steps:

  1. Simply drag and drop the marker file into the media section
  2. Go to the “Markers” tab on Adobe Premiere Pro to view the markers for each video
Adobe Premiere Timeline with Markers in blue
Detected Instances of Questionable Content

Conclusion — Streamlining Post Production Editing

The AI Video Reviewer tool was built to help studios streamline their post-production content curation and editing processes. This article shows readers how they can use the marker file export function of the TrackIt AI Video Reviewer to accelerate their Adobe Premiere Pro editorial pipeline.

About TrackIt

TrackIt is an Amazon Web Services Advanced Consulting Partner specializing in cloud management, consulting, and software development solutions based in Venice, CA.

TrackIt specializes in Modern Software Development, DevOps, Infrastructure-As-Code, Serverless, CI/CD, and Containerization with specialized expertise in Media & Entertainment workflows, High-Performance Computing environments, and data storage.

TrackIt’s forté is cutting-edge software design with deep expertise in containerization, serverless architectures, and innovative pipeline development. The TrackIt team can help you architect, design, build and deploy a customized solution tailored to your exact requirements.

In addition to providing cloud management, consulting, and modern software development services, TrackIt also provides an open-source AWS cost management tool that allows users to optimize their costs and resources on AWS.