Short Cuts #7: The Lost Episode — Speed Up your Edit with Ranged Markers

By David Winter
Jun 5, 2023
2 minute read

Ranged Markers - The Lost Episode of Short Cuts

I can hear you shouting at your monitors. "What is this!? Episode 7? The last one you contacted me about was episode 14! I am calling shenanigans on this!"

You can holster those shenanigans because I can explain. Essentially, I am just a giant child who gets far too excited about three things:

  1. Editing video.
  2. Christmas.
  3. Amazing discounts.

So, around the time I made this video, we were kicking off our huge Black Friday sale, and I got so excited about all the money we were saving people that I just flat-out forgot I'd made this Short Cuts about Ranged Markers. I made it on a Tuesday, and forgot it existed by the Wednesday.

Then, about a month later, I remembered it, but it was the lead-up to Christmas, and I had a lot more important stuff going on, like wrapping presents and eating chocolate coins. Are chocolate coins just a UK thing? Please let me know if you have those elsewhere.

Anyway, the point is I forgot about it again.

But this is a Short Cut that deserves its time in the sun, not least of all, because it's super helpful! So, without further adieu, let's dive into Ranged Markers!

Ranged Markers

Ranged markers are a way of quickly marking out where you'd like to create sub-clips out of a larger clip and then turning that footage into sub-clips for you to use in your edit. They are a quick and powerful way of sorting through large amounts of footage and pulling out the parts you need. Particularly useful for marking out the best takes during a scene, pulling out footage to make a highlights reel — footage from an eSports game, for example — and just about anything else you might want to do.

Creating Ranged Markers

It's a straightforward process. Double click on the clip you want to create some sub-clips from, and then start playing it or scrubbing along the play bar of your preview window. When the portion of the clip you want to turn into a sub-clip starts, hit the 'i' key on your keyboard to create an in-point, and then when you reach the end, hit the 'm' key. This will bring up your Ranged Marker box. Here you can give it a name, choose a colour for its market, and leave a short description if you'd like. As simple as that, you've created a Ranged Marker. Rinse and repeat to create more.

So now you've made some, how do you use them?

Using Ranged Markers

To turn your Ranged Markers into usable sub-clips, you need to right-click on your preview window, go to make, and click sub-clip. Click yes on the popup box that comes up, and there you go! Your sub-clips will now appear inside your clips window in the footage browser. A blue flag will mark these.

If you want all of your sub-clips on your timeline straight away, there's a quicker method. Right-click and go to 'make' again, but this time choose sequence. Make sure you have 'cuts' selected in the options pop up box that opens, and then click create.

Lightworks will create a brand new sequence that already has all of your sub-clips on the timeline and is ready to go. Useful!

More Short Cuts

If you've found this guide useful and are looking for some other cool things you can do inside Lightworks, you can find all of our previous Short Cuts episodes here:

Short Cuts #13: Restore Deleted Footage or Sequences

Short Cuts #12: Get Creative with the Rolling Title Effect in Lightworks

Short Cuts #11: Editing Video for Social Media in the Correct Aspect Ratio

Short Cuts #10: Speed Up Editing with Proxies

Short Cuts #8 & 9: Save Time Rendering Video

Short Cuts #6: The Key to Keyframes in Lightworks

Short Cuts #5: How to Backup and Restore Video Edits in Lightworks

Short Cuts #4: How to use LUTs (and 5 free horror movie LUTs to download)

Short Cuts #3: How to do Picture in Picture in Lightworks

Short Cuts #2: Cloud Editing: Get Footage from Your Phone to Lightworks. Fast

Short Cuts #1.: Making a Freeze Frame in Lightworks