Do you use Premiere Pro Markers as YouTube Chapter Links?

Last updated by Adam Cogan [SSW] about 2 years ago.See history

Video producers are consistently creating YouTube Chapter Links for videos such as the User Groups, Tech News Videos etc. This helps users to go to an specific section of the video.

In the past, this has been a manual and tedious process. However, this is no longer the case!

The fastest method is the Auto Chapter Links method (see below)

chapter links
Figure: Good example - Chapter Links created for a Tech News

This method is basically exporting Adobe Premiere Pro Markers as YouTube Chapter Links.

Make sure you know which hotkey in Premiere Pro hotkey is for markers. The default is set to ‘M’ on your keyboard.

  1. Add an Introduction Marker (00:00). YouTube requires every video to have an introduction marker if you want the chapter links to take effect.
    introduction marker
    Figure: Introduction marker for 00:00
  2. Create your chapter markers for every new topic/section in the talk
    Figure: Markers appear above the timeline
  3. Select your sequence | File | Export | Markers
    export markers
    Figure: File | Export | Markers
  4. File type – CSV | Destination – Export Folder
    export folder
    Figure: It is good practice to save it to an export folder
  5. Click on this spreadsheet to find the Premiere Markers to Youtube Annotation (Sample)

    Alternate spreadsheet link for Premiere Markers to Youtube Annotation

  6. Make a copy of this excel spreadsheet and save it in your google drive
    save spreadsheet
    Figure: File | Make a copy | Save in your Google Drive
  7. Copy the text from your Premiere Pro exported CSV file
    premiere pro csv
    Figure: CSV file exported from Premiere Pro
  8. Paste the text into your copy of the Premiere Markers to Youtube Annotation excel spreadsheet
    spreadsheet paste
    Figure: Paste text into cell A1 of this sheet
  9. Click over to the Output: YouTube Chapter Links and copy the relevant content
    output tab
    Figure: Click the second sheet “Youtube Chapter Links”
  10. Paste into your YouTube video description
    youtube description
    Figure: Editing the description of a YouTube video
  11. The description should look as such

    youtube chapters
    Figure: YouTube Chapter Links

    Note: The website links were added afterwards manually

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