How to Import Markers into Adobe Audition

How to Import Markers into Adobe Audition

It’s pretty easy to export your markers out of Adobe Audition. But for some reason, I couldn’t find any information on how to import markers into Adobe Audition.

I have a list of markers that were manually created in a text file and I wanted to import them into Audition.

But no matter what file format I tried, Audition wasn’t able to import the file.

After some trial and error, I came up with a way to do this using Google Docs.

1. Create a Google Doc Spreadsheet

Create a blank spreadsheet with the following columns:

How to Import Markers into Adobe Audition

Make sure to format the ‘Start’ and ‘Duration Time’ columns as ‘Text’. Just highlight the columns and from the Google Doc menu choose Format > Number > Plain Text.

2. Enter Your Marker Information

Enter your marker information using the same format that Audition uses for exported files:

How to Import Markers into Adobe Audition

I just put ‘decimal’ and ‘Cue’ as the default values in the ‘Format’ and ‘Type’ columns respectively.

3. Export Your File

Export your Google Doc spreadsheet to a tab separated text file:

Select File > Download As > Tab Separated Values (.tsv)

IMPORTANT: Once downloaded, rename the file from a .tsv extension to a .csv extension. Otherwise, Adobe Audition will give you an error when you try to import the file.

4. Import Into Adobe Audition

In Adobe Audition, select File > Import > Markers from File and select the file you just renamed.

And voila! Here are the markers imported into Adobe Audition:

How to Import Markers into Adobe Audition

Omer Khan

I'm the founder of Prestopod a software product that helps you plan, organize & publish your podcast. And I'm also the host of The SaaS Podcast

7 Comments

  1. Luke on May 17, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Hello, thank you for writing this! I have been looking for this solution every where and this simple guide worked very well.

    With only one problem. My markers have imported into audition exactly as this guide suggested, I can see them in the “markers” section exactly as they are supposed to be, but for some reason they aren’t actually showing up on the wave form. Well, only the first one does. Have you encountered this?

    • Luke on May 17, 2017 at 9:31 pm

      Hello! Disregard my last comment. I see what my error was. I was using a cue sheet to fill out my spreadsheet and had one too many “:” instead of “.”, so audition was reading hours instead of minutes. Thanks again for this tutorial, I am going to check out your podcast as well.

      • Omer Khan on May 17, 2017 at 10:28 pm

        Hey Luke — glad to hear you figured this out!

  2. Adrian on September 24, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Thanks mate! I dont know why creating a csv from excel didnt work, but creating a tsv from google doc and then renaming it to csv would. You are an amazing life saver to have figured that out!!

    • Omer Khan on September 24, 2017 at 5:27 pm

      You’re welcome Adrian. Thanks for the feedback!

  3. Peter D Gardner on October 15, 2017 at 1:16 am

    Terrific. Tks The other thing I’m trying to do is save downloaded music files to CD using Audition. I need to print a track list with each CD. The audio is easy. Load a batch of files in one operation, select the lot in the Audition file list and transfer to a new CD track list, burn to CD.

    But how do you print the track list. I can’t even copy or export it to a spreadsheet or as a text file. It is an XML file but I cannot see how to convert it easily to plain text without any html/xml tags.

    • Omer Khan on October 16, 2017 at 2:51 am

      If your tracks are stored as markers in Adobe Audition, you can select all the markers, right click on the selection and export the list to a CSV file.

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