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Text only export of markers text and timestamps

Two related requests: I'd like to copy and paste from the view Windows/Markers and have a list of marker text and timestamps. And/or: I'd like text only export of markers including an index number, the text and the timestamp (maybe in a configurable format 00:10:30.000 or 10m30s for example). I could use this text, for example, in a Vimeo description to make Chapter markers. Then I wouldn't have to export to MP4 and go on a wild dance using MP4Box, Handbrake, or Subler to hack the data into a form I can paste in my Vimeo description. By the way, none of the listed software worked. I could get the text of the marker but not the timestamp - which I needed to type in by hand. Should be quite straight-forward. This or enhanced subtitling tools (from markers) would have me paying to upgrade to ScreenFlow 7 in a wink of an eye.

Thanks, Ian

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  • Thanks for describing the feature and the utility of the desired workflow. This helps our developers understand the need.

    LP will document this for you.

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  • Great. Thanks for the reply. One correction to my original post: After exporting an MP4 with ScreenFlow, Subler can export a text document with timestamp and text. Select the Chapter track and File - Export. You think it's exporting an MP4 but it saves just a text file ready for reformatting for Vimeo etc. Request still stands though!

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  • Ian Grant Thanks for that. It gives us something to look at.

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  • CraigS Request documented in engineering database. 

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  • LP Thanks for that.

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  • And.....   :-)

    Has this feature request been implemented? I could certainly use it right now.

    TIA.

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  • C Hunter In two years it has zero votes. There may not have been other requests for it after the initial request. Please vote for it and, additionally fill out the form and explain your use case as the developers need to know that and how it might benefit other users as well.

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  • Done!

    e.g. Time stamp and chapter markers text allow me to copy/paste into a description or comment field, say on a YouTube posted tutorial or presentation video, to have viewers get to a location in the video quickly.  It would be great to have the time stamp export as something like 00:02:30.

    Ex:

    01:03:00 Blocking a Sender, Junk Mail filter
    01:05:44 Question: Unsubscribing from emails
    01:06:44 Question: Rules filtering criteria

    With a video that has 20-30 chapter markers, the work around of copy/paste from the Screenflow Markers window gets tedious. Exporting this content to text would be a tremendous bonus.

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  • C Hunter Thanks for a detailed and, what could be, a very common use case.

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  • I need it too. For YouTube timecodes and so also for post audio correction at the 3rd party software.

     

    Voted!

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  • I too am curious about having this featured implemented in a firmware update to help with creating YouTube chapters.  Thank you.

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  • Investigated this with internal reference FLOW-2497

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  • Came here to voice my need for this feature as well. I put in a lot of markers in my hour long screencast, assuming that I'd be able to also export the marker list as some kind of simple text file, like in most other video editing apps, and was very shocked to realize that this can't be done.

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  • This is not the most elegant workaround, and requires a bit more scripting or manual munging to get it in the format you might need, but I just figured out that you can use Exiftool (command line) to dump the embedded chapter markers from an MP4 file into a text format.

    exiftool -ExtractEmbedded /path/to/video.mp4 > out.txt

    You can open up the resulting out.txt file into a text editor and find the first instance of "Sample Time", and you'll see all the chapters with timestamps and chapter text listed. You can run this output through the scripting tool of your choice to reformat this output to fit your needs. 

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  • +1 for this feature. Hence the chapter support on Youtube is way better nowadays, this is a "must have" IMHO.

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      Ralf Stockmann Please make sure you actually use the vote feature to vote for it as that's what the developers see to gauge interest.

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  • Upvoted, I need this too!

    Though the exiftool trick works for now, ty Mel Matsuoka

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      Brian Hall The developers understand the need for this especially since it's commonly used to create chapters on YouTube. More votes will certainly raise the priority.

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  • Does this feature really not yet exist?

    How about simply displaying the info as a mere tab-separated list INSIDE of ScreenFlow? Surely, there is a View All Markers [as list] ability, right? 

    Right?

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  • Jason Heller said:
    How about simply displaying the info as a mere tab-separated list INSIDE of ScreenFlow?

    Developers seek to make a useful solution. 
    Keep in mind that workarounds or "simple" solutions may take time away from better-implemented solutions designed to achieve a specific purpose (e.g. YouTube use which many content creators are interested in). Please do trust the developers for a good implementation.

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