MarkX adds a bunch of to-do markers to Final Cut Pro X the easy way

How do you add a bunch of To-Do markers to Final Cut Pro X? Right within the app? That’s not very user-friendly. With MarkX on the other hand, adding To-Do notes as Final Cut Pro X markers is a breeze. MarkX is a small app with a tiny footprint that is ideal for smaller setups.

The one thing MarkX does, is accept your notes. The workflow is simple:

  • You create a text list with to-do items, making sure the MarkX format is adhered to
  • You load the timeline XML file and hit the Mark button

That’s it. It needn’t be more complicated than this. The XML file is re-imported with your timeline and all the to-do markers added to it in their “red” status (unfinished).

In MarkX’s window you can add your to-do list either by copying the contents of a To-Do list in text format or by typing those contents right into the window. To-Dos must follow a simple formatting convention: 00:00:00 for the time, a dash that functions as a delimiter and a comment, which is the actual task you want the marker to have.

The time is of course the timecode minus the frame number where the marker should be placed. The comment is translated into the marker note. For some projects it might be useful if the timecode would include the frame number as well. As it is now I think 99% of its users will be happy with the granularity of the MarkX system.

MarkX reminded me a bit of Digital Rebellion’s Cut Note app for the iPad, but the former works on the Mac only and is much simpler. Whereas Cut Notes is targeted at editors who are screening a movie or video and need to add remarks with a minimum of head movements, MarkX seems more aimed at smaller shops with footage that is shorter in time.

You could use Cut Notes to edit those short clips as well, but that would be overkill. On the other hand, if you are screening footage of let’s say over an hour, using MarkX for adding notes probably won’t be very comfortable.

Cut Notes is designed as a companion app on the iPad that will synchronise to your video source running on a server or a Mac. MarkX is much more down to earth and is perfect for the lone video editor who does all of his/her work on his own — and if not on his own, then certainly in a small workgroup.

The only thing MarkX needs is a FCPX timeline and some notes on which tasks you need to do at specific locations. It makes life easier because you don’t have to create the markers and add the to-do notes for each individual location.

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