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Step 6: Mark the Beat

The Automate to Sequence feature can be used to automatically insert the play order of your images or clips onto markers—user-created points placed at various events on the timeline; in this case, to the beat of the music.

However, before you can use that feature, you need to create those markers. This takes a little practice, but once you’ve mastered the art, you’ll find it becomes second nature.

Task: To add markers to the beat of a music track, do the following:

  1. With Premiere open, double-click the Music bin to open it.
  2. Drag and drop the music clip to the Audio 1 track on the timeline, with the start of the track at the very beginning of the timeline (see Figure 16).
  3. Toggle the Track Lock on by clicking in the Toggle Track Lock square (see Figure 17). This will prevent the music from moving and becoming out of alignment with the markers.
  4. Play the track by pressing the space bar. As the music plays, press the asterisk key on the numeric keypad to add a marker to the timeline (see Figure 18).
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