Video Slave offers different kinds of visual events to help you in a variety of scenarios. For recording engineers there are ADR cue events consisting of a countdown or moving bar and a text and progress bar display used to aid the voice talent in the recording process. For composers there are streamer events to e.g. conduct musicians live. There are also flutter events which can be used as a "visual click". In this article, we want to focus on the "Marker" events and how they can be used as a communicative tool to collaborate with e.g. directors.
As a composer for film, you will at some point find yourself in a situation where you need to present your work to the director to get his opinion on it. Sending the audio only won't be much of help without the context of the movie itself. So you need to create a video with the audio you'd like to show to the director.
With the release of Video Slave 3, the application contains a video export feature which was developed to do exactly that. It lets you create an H.264 or Pro Res video file including audio exported from your DAW (see the "Audio Tracks" section in this article to get more information on "external audio tracks"). But even with a movie containing several music cues, it might be hard for the director to know in which state the different cues are. So you might get feedback for cues which are in an early stage or not mixed whereas you wanted feedback for that one specific almost perfect "1M8" cue. Of course, it might also be hard for the director to know which cue "1M8" actually is.
Marker events to the rescue!
This is where marker events come into play. Marker events in Video Slave are a quick and easy way to display information as a simple text overlay which can be included in the export. As such, they are the perfect tool to show the director where cues start and end and in which state the individual cues are.
To create a new Marker event, locate to the beginning of your cue in Video Slave and press the "M" key (alternatively, go to the "Event" menu and click the "New Marker Event" menu item). Double-click the event in the timeline view and enter the end TC and the text or use the event list view to set the properties from there. In our case, we want to get the director's feedback of the cue 1M9. Video Slave's movie display looks like that during the cue:
You are of course free to adjust the visual appearance of Marker events from the Overlay preferences.
We think that this is a great way of using Marker events and like to thank our user Tony Scott-Green for telling us about his usage of them.