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QUICKLY AND EASILY EDIT TO MUSIC BEAT | Using Beat Mark 2 with Final Cut Pro

February 12, 2020

Hey guys, whats up. This is Serge, and welcome back to my channel. Today, we’ll take a look at how you can easily cut your videos to the music beat, using Beat Mark 2 from
Ulti Media. The new Beat Mark 2 plugin analyzes your song, and adds markers on every beat. You can then export it as an XML file, and import it into Final Cut Pro, with markers placed on every beat. This video isn’t sponsored, but I do have 5 free licenses for Beat Mark 2 to give away. I’ll tell you how you can enter to win one of these at the end of this video. Let’s open up Beat Mark 2 and get started. Grab your song you want to use, and drag and drop it into Beat Mark 2. Select your frame rate you want to use for your project, and open the Preferences window. If your song has a consistent tempo, select the Standard analysis type. If the tempo in your song changes, use Peak Filter. Alternately, you can select the Audio Peak
analysis to mark the parts of your song with vocals. With your preferences set, close the preference window, and hit the Beat Mark button. Beat Mark 2 analyzes your selected song, adds markers on every beat and opens up in a separate timeline, very similar to Final Cut Pro. There is a few more options you can adjust
here. First up, is the Mark First Quarter box. Zoom in on your timeline until you can see each individual markers, and scroll back to the start of the song. Press the play button to start playing your song, and listen for the first beat. Once you identify the marker closest to the
first beat, select the Mark First quarter check box, and click on the identified marker. This changes the color of every fourth marker, making it much easier to identify the start
of each measure. You can also select this checkbox to Suggest Cuts every four loops giving you a different color marker every
measure. As far as exporting, you can either select to just mark Beats in
your Asset to export your song as an XML file with markers, or you can also choose to Create a New Event
and Project. This way, when you import this XML into Final
Cut Pro, it’ll open up in its own separate event, with your song in a new project. Selecting the Create Placeholder option will also add placeholder clips above your
song, cut on every beat. Let’s make a new project with placeholder
clips, and see how easy it is to edit to the music
beat in Final Cut Pro. Click Continue to Export an FCPXML file, and close Beat Mark 2. You can find your exported file in the same location as your original song, which in my case, is right on my desk top. Let’s open up Final Cut Pro, and import our new XML file. From the menu bar select File, Import and XML. Select your file, and click Import. This may take a little bit of time, because Final Cut Pro has to import your file, make a new event, and a new project with placeholder clips. Once your import is complete, you will see a new even in your library, with the same name as your song. Inside this event you’ll find your new project. Double click it to open it up. If you zoom in on your timeline, you can see that every beat is marked with
a blue marker, start of every measure is a red marker, and every four measures is marked with a green
marker. There’s also placeholder clips connected to the timeline between every beat. For this demo, we only need about 15 seconds
of music, so skim your timeline, and find the closest green marker. Place your playhead on this marker, select your music clip, and press Command B to blade it. Delete the second part of the clip, and drag in the fade handle to fade out the
music. Next, let’s replace the placeholder clips
with our own. Grab your first clip, and drag it down into your timeline, over the placeholder clip until it’s highlighted and you see a filmstrip
icon. From the popup menu, select either Replace from Start or Replace
from End. This way, Final Cut Pro ripple trims your
clip to the same length as the placeholder clip. For this first clip, let’s ripple trim the start of it to the
start of our project, and the end to the first red marker. Delete the placeholder clips above it. Grab your second clip, and drag it into your timeline to replace the next placeholder clip. Once again, select either Replace from Start or Replace from End. Keep doing this to replace every placeholder
clip. If you want your video clip to last longer
than one beat, simply ripple trim it to the length you want, and delete the placeholder clips above it. Just make sure all your cuts are lined up
with the markers. Once you’re done, your cuts in your project will line up perfectly with the beats in your music, for a much more pleasant viewing experience. Besides cutting your video to music, Beat Mark 2 is also very handy if you need to change the duration of your
song. You blade your clip right on the markers, and either delete or duplicate parts of your song to make it shorter or longer. Cutting the clip on similar beats, will make your cuts virtually inaudible to
the listener. Now for the giveaway. To enter to win one of the 5 free licenses, all you have to do is comment on this video. I will post a YouTube story in a couple days, and randomly pick 5 winners. Make sure you’re subscribed to my channel to see my story. If you don’t win, you can buy Beat Mark
2 for around 10 USD from the Ulti Media website, which I’ll have linked in the description
below. If you edit your videos to music, trust me, this will be 10 dollars well spent. I hope you found this video helpful, and if you did, let me know by hitting the
like button. If you’re new here, make sure to check out the rest of my channel
for more tutorials. New videos uploaded every week. Thanks for watching, and I’ll see you back here next week.


  • Reply 모멘토필름 February 3, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    wow!! this is awesome! it's a whole new way to work for me 🙂

  • Reply Pasto Entertainment February 3, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    Hey Serge, i've got feelings to yeh… about the intro… thanks for this 😉

  • Reply Brittany W February 3, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    This was helpful, thanks for sharing

  • Reply Joey Orama February 3, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    Thanks for the video! This program would save so much time in editing to music.

  • Reply Sanjay Lambey February 3, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    i love the content!! keep it up and thanks for the tips

  • Reply Christian Lopez February 3, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    Love your videos! You sparked back my passion for editing! Thank you!

  • Reply John Tuivai February 3, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    Great video – thx for the good info

  • Reply Abhishek Thakur February 3, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    Hey I need beat

  • Reply Casey G February 3, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    Very cool

  • Reply Tim Delaney February 3, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    Hi, thanks for bringing this app to our attention. A little work, in the beginning, to save a lot of time coordinating the clips and music. Also, like the feature to adjust the music length, a biggie!

  • Reply John Anderson February 3, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    Nice 🏆🇧🇷😎🤘

  • Reply Jennifer K. February 3, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    Nice Little helper. Thanks for showing.

  • Reply Karim Ali February 3, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    I was looking for something like that for while, and you just uploaded easiest and simple to understand tutorial.. thank you for sharing your knowledge and time!!! We appreciate.👍👍👍🙏🏼

  • Reply Luis Magno February 3, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    Wow Thanks. 🙂

  • Reply Aly Doshambe February 3, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    This is definitely what I need

  • Reply Rel McCoy February 3, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    Nice tutorial! This plug-in looks like it helps a lot!

  • Reply Craig Willis February 3, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    hey Serge, ? for ya. I've seen where ppl film in 60 fps, but edit it in 24 fps. why is that?

  • Reply JonasTechTV February 3, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    I would like to win!

  • Reply Jan Neudecker February 3, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    Nice! I spent quite some time to get these results

  • Reply Stan Gengoux February 3, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    Awesome vid, as always

  • Reply Seven Stars February 3, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    Honestly this is the channel I go to learn about FCPX. It is the best one out there

  • Reply Paul George February 3, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    I never miss your videos Serge. I always learn something new. This video is perfectly timed (accidental pun there). This app is perfect for a project I’m currently working on.

  • Reply Let's Talk Gaming February 3, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    This actually looks quite interestinging. I've had to do this manually by adding markers on the beat by hand. Awesome stuff!

  • Reply Michael Fonseca February 3, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    Great video Serge!

  • Reply Glenn Manning February 3, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    I have often wondered if there was a way to automate this. Better than I would ever be able to do.

  • Reply Frigate Chaser Fishing February 3, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    This could be handy for sure! 👍🏼🙌🏼

  • Reply Justin Brenn February 3, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    I like learning Final Cut Pro stuff from
    Your videos. I’m new to the platform, so I’m still learning about the plugins and what can be done with it. Thanks for the eye candy in the tutorial as well

  • Reply Chris Kiely February 3, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    Thanks for another great straight forward video.

  • Reply Artem Shubinsky February 3, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    WOW!!! Great Plugin, I need it.

  • Reply imaginetMedia February 3, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    Brilliant tutorial as usual. Thank you for sharing your skill and knowledge.

  • Reply Richard Matos February 3, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    Great Video using this right now on a project! Thank you!

  • Reply A S February 3, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    Hi Serge, I have to say this is a game changer and i think this can make editing music videos even more appealing to people just starting out and young kids who are trying to get into the industry. Thanks for this video and i hope i can get a copy but if not i will make sure i buy a copy. Thanks and great work!! Respect from UK

  • Reply FUTR tech February 3, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    I edit to music all the time, I could see how this would save a lot of effort. Thanks for highlighting this. Do you know of any roadmap features for this product? It would be nice if you didn't have to do so much outside of FCP, and you didn't have to import the XML. Keep up the good work!

  • Reply Gerry Keaveney February 3, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    great video as always Serge

  • Reply Fredrik Simensen February 3, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    Most have!

  • Reply Michael Coleman February 3, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    This is going to save so much time! Thanks Serge!

  • Reply denis chevallier February 3, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    Very nice ! I mean the girl 🙂

  • Reply Twisted Eye Video February 3, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    Just great tutorial, couldn't wait for the contest, just went and bought it. Thanks going to save me a lot of time

  • Reply Sakar Thapa February 3, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    As always great Tutorials. Thank you Serge.

  • Reply Mitch Higgins February 3, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    Damn Serge. Canada is looking pretty hot nowadays.

  • Reply LiontHD February 3, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    Amazing plugin!💪😎 Cool video!

  • Reply radeaver February 3, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    Hey Serge, thanks for bringing this app to our attention. I can certainly see were it will come in handy for future projects!

  • Reply Reel Focus February 3, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    Thanks for another great tutorial! I've learned so much from your channel, 🙂

  • Reply Steffen H February 3, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    Amazing, I didn‘t know about this useful extension. This is really helpful and shall save us all time for editing videos to the beat of the music. Very useful video, thanks for sharing! 👍

  • Reply cardboardwetsuit February 3, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    Sounds like a great plugin. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply stauber78 February 3, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    Many thanks for the tip! This is much easier than marking manually. 😃

  • Reply Armando Nava February 3, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    This is freaking solid

  • Reply Greg Graham February 3, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    This would solve so ,any problems! Thanks for another great tutorial!

  • Reply kj bryant February 3, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    This is an awesome feature, hope that I may win one of the 5. Love your tutorials either way!

  • Reply Steve Lowe February 3, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    Well done and thanks for the video!

  • Reply Marco Bruzzi February 4, 2020 at 12:50 am

    This saves lots of time with editing montages to music….great tool! and Great tutorial on how to use it!

  • Reply Sal Centola February 4, 2020 at 12:55 am

    Great Video
    I'm a drummer, so this is not needed as far a placing video to the beat, but the audio slicing is awesome.
    Please keep up the great work Tks!

  • Reply Trey TheHardWay February 4, 2020 at 1:08 am

    Sweet (and affordable) programs, straightforward how to’s, babes on skates; Serge has one of my favorite YT’s. Good work as usual!

  • Reply Ali S February 4, 2020 at 2:03 am

    Thanks Serge , I was looking for app do this job

  • Reply Tsering Gurung February 4, 2020 at 2:38 am

    Thank you

  • Reply Hoop Haven February 4, 2020 at 2:48 am

    Best and most used plugin I’ve seen in quite some time! Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

  • Reply Nichols February 4, 2020 at 3:07 am

    Awesome video! Great plugin. Thanks for sharing🙏🏼

  • Reply Terry Noel February 4, 2020 at 3:16 am

    Thanks for the great info!

  • Reply theskateboardfan February 4, 2020 at 3:19 am

    Great tutorial and loved the video clip you used!

  • Reply Liviu Roman February 4, 2020 at 3:33 am

    Wow, How easy..I love it.

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  • Reply Tony Okun February 4, 2020 at 5:30 am

    Hey Serge, that is a great product! I can't tell you how often I have to shorten a song to fit a time or the final edit and it takes me SO LONG to get it perfect. Btw, I sincerely hope that you are the one that filmed that HOT model! 🙂

  • Reply Blair Farrell February 4, 2020 at 5:45 am

    Thanks Serge. Another great tutorial. Btw, moving my rocket nano between macs works flawlessly. Thanks for your advice.

  • Reply Drone Kings in Darwin February 4, 2020 at 6:26 am

    Why do you always release a video based on something I am considering doing in my next video? Great timing and a interesting way to do it. I am starting to wonder what other xml files I can upload to FCP. Drone telemetry could be interesting.

  • Reply Air Visuals February 4, 2020 at 7:39 am

    Wow. I’m glad they’ve got the second part to beat mark. Beat mark 1 is damn good Serge.

  • Reply Smriti Agarwal February 4, 2020 at 7:48 am

    Thankyou thankyou for this suprb video

  • Reply Ben Park February 4, 2020 at 8:10 am

    What a brilliant idea for a product. Time saver for sure.

  • Reply Go Inda February 4, 2020 at 8:13 am

    Thanks for the video is there an option to upgrade from the first version of beatmark?

  • Reply Bill Dunshea February 4, 2020 at 10:07 am

    Fantastic Serge what a fantastic time saving tool, regardless I need to have this plugin thanks for the insight into to it.

  • Reply Kevin Case February 4, 2020 at 10:26 am

    Brilliant been wanting something like this

  • Reply Till Trojer February 4, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    brilliant stuff Serge.

  • Reply RS Miller February 4, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    As usual I enjoy your tutorials Serge. Look forward to every Monday. Thank you.

  • Reply wan-der-lust February 4, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    Thanks Serge… always good info

  • Reply Focal Point Productions, Inc. February 4, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    This looks like a great program. Been waiting for something like this for a long time

  • Reply Sean Sharpe February 4, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    Very underrated FCPX channel. Thanks again Serge, always saving us time and energy.

  • Reply Dean Tolhurst February 4, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    That's a mighty fine tool. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply MINORVIDEO&FILMS February 4, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    Thanks Serge

  • Reply Media By JP February 4, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    Nice update to the previous version.
    Thanks for the added tutorial Serge.

  • Reply Legacy907 Studios February 4, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    This could be a great time saver I hope I’m lucky enough to win a copy!

  • Reply EditQuik Productions February 4, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    Useful tool for musical and montage editing in fcpx! Thanks Serge

  • Reply László Vaszil February 4, 2020 at 6:11 pm


  • Reply Jason Meltzer February 4, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    Thank you for posting this video. I teach students how to sing/edit their own music videos so this is an ideal tool.

  • Reply Peter Makholm February 4, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    great tutorial Serge

  • Reply Jim of all Trades February 4, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    Another awesome tutorial! Thanks Serge

  • Reply Doug's Travel Journal February 4, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    Serge, another useful tool for Final Cut

  • Reply Marcellino Brugman February 5, 2020 at 1:31 am

    Amazing Video 👍👏 Thanks For sharing 🙏

  • Reply ricky v February 5, 2020 at 5:28 am

    What I liked was that cute and sexy sista you used for the video clips.
    Oh and I wouldn’t mind a copy of the software.

  • Reply Ronald Kalangi February 5, 2020 at 11:13 am

    The best 😎👍

  • Reply HickoryCreekProductions February 5, 2020 at 11:44 am

    Very straightforward! Would luv to win a license…. 😀

  • Reply Divico Video Projects February 5, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    Thanks for sharing this! Nice tool!

  • Reply Santi Criado February 5, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    Great video as always. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • Reply Tomeka De Bruce February 5, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    Pick me, pick me!!!!!!

  • Reply Ryan Manggala February 5, 2020 at 8:44 pm


  • Reply Aud Tube February 6, 2020 at 8:39 am

    Wow, as a musician who recently started studying your videos to learn final cut
    I feel like this app would work tremendous wonders for someone like me

    I usually just try to do all that manually that’s crazy they made an app for it 😂

  • Reply fullstereo February 6, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    I love this app!!! thanks for the chance.

  • Reply paoloB42 February 6, 2020 at 11:08 pm

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge about Final Cut Pro!

  • Reply Heinrich Bluttraumer February 8, 2020 at 4:02 am

    Looks nice

  • Reply Justin Richmond February 10, 2020 at 1:39 am

    Are you KIDDING ME! I've been looking for this functionality FOREVER! I would have paid $30+ for this. This save me hours in my workflow. Wow, Just wow. Can't wait to use it. Now, if could make a FPX plug-in for active tracking an object in 360 video you'd have another huge winner (e.g., out of a GoPro Max, etc. so no need for reframing and key framing). WOW.

  • Reply Serge M February 10, 2020 at 11:21 am

    Beat Mark 2 WINNERS!!!


  • Reply Victor Medina February 11, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    Beat Mark 2 – what a great time saver; Loved your colorful video. Again, another great tutorial. Keep up the good work.

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