Using MarkX in a movie approval workflow

Final Cut Pro X supports both To-Do markers and XML. Those two features are cleverly used by MarkX, a small app that allows you to create your To-Do markers in a text editor or right within the app as a combination of timecode and text entries and export them to Final Cut Pro X as an XML file. In Final Cut Pro X, the MarkX markers are then automatically placed in their corresponding positions on the timeline, complete with the comments you have added.

MarkX Final Cut Pro X marker automation

MarkX lets you enter a relative or absolute timecode (it also supports multiple time formats) followed by a comment or task description in the app itself or by pasting an entire text file with timecode/text entries. It enables basic approval management because an editor can screen your provisional cut in an application like Telestream Switch and send you back ready-to-use remarks at the associated time points in the Timeline.

Here is an example workflow that works if you are for example the colour scientist and the editor wants to comment on the look you’ve created:

  1. Create your Final Cut Pro X Timeline, colour grade and export to a movie the editor is able to view. Export the Final Cut Pro X XML file for the Timeline and save to your Desktop.
  2. Send the draft movie and the XML file to the editor.
  3. The editor launches MarkX on his Mac and enters the timecode with each instruction where he wants you to make a change. He then generates a MarkX XML file by using the XML file you sent him.
  4. The editor sends you the generated XML file.
  5. You open Final Cut Pro X and import the MarkX XML file and you can read his remarks immediately.

That’s it. No heavyweight approval systems needed when you have MarkX!

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