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You can add clip markers to a clip instance when it is in use in a sequence; just make sure that the clip instance is selected in the Timeline panel. You'll notice that without a clip instance selected, you can't use the Marker > Set Clip Marker commands, but with a clip selected and the CTI positioned over the selected clip, those commands become available.
You can also map clip (and sequence) marker commands to your preferred keyboard keys; just head to Edit > Keyboard Customization to do so.
Ok, wow that is simple. And very helpful. this will help me do what I'm trying to do.
The marker problem is solved, but for future reference, is there a way to set the time indicator in the viewer to where it is on the instance in the timeline?
Unfortunately, this can't be done very easily. Using the Match Frame command syncs up the frame you're parked on in the Timeline with the same frame in the Source Monitor, but it uses the Master Clip and not the clip instance you're using in the sequence--and that's probably not what you're after.
However, you could try this:
- Close all master clips and clip instances in the Source Monitor by clicking up where it says "Source:" and selecting "Close All"
- In the Timeline panel, move the CTI to the head frame of the clip you want to work on. Double-click it to load that instance into the Source Monitor.
- Without moving either the Timeline CTI or the Source Monitor CTI, click the flyout menu button in the Source Monitor (it's the stack of four lines with the downward-pointing triangle in the upper right corner of the panel), and select "Gang Source and Program". Now, the CTI in the Source Monitor will move in lock step with the CTI in the Program Monitor/Timeline panel. As long as you didn't move either of the CTIs, they will reference the same frame in both the Source Monitor and Timeline.
You will, of course, have to reset this for each clip you want to work on in the timeline.