Guides are labels on the timeline that can be added by right-clicking at a spot on the timeline ruler and choosing Add/Remove Guide or press G. You can put a comment in the guide and make the comment display by choosing Editing in the Timeline menu or by clicking on the Editing button.

New in version 21.08.

Guides Locked: See Move Guides with Spacer Tool

New in version 22.04.

Set Zone In/Out. See Timeline preview rendering

Add Project Notes: See Annotating

New in version 20.12.

Add Subtitle: See Subtitle

Guides in the picture below are the purple flags. Not to be confused with Clips (gold in the picture below). Guides are static on the timeline and are stationary when clips are moved around. Markers are inside the clips and move with the clips.


Guides can be used to define regions for rendering. See Rendering Using Guides and Rendering Scripts.

Guides can also be used as chapters for DVD videos. See Rendering Using Guides and Rendering Scripts.

New in version 22.08.

Export guides as chapter

Guides can mark chapters or different sections of a video while editing. Uploading edited videos to platforms like YouTube, the guides can be exported as chapter marks that are supported by YouTube. This can be done by Copy to Clipboard and paste then into YouTube.

Right click in the timeline ruler and choose Export Guides or Timeline -> Guides -> Export Guides. Then the window Export guides as chapters description appears.


Marker Type: Choose one of the guide types to mark chapters and use other types to do other things.

Offset: This adds the ability to set a general offset (hh:mm:ss:ff) to each guide.

Format: This defines how the chapter marks are exported. When using the 2 default format strings (as shown on the picture), Kdenlive check if the chapter marker matches YouTube’s guideline, and display a notice if it doesn’t match.

i: Shows all possible export strings. Select the string you want and Kdenlive adds it to the Format for export. Add spaces between the strings as needed.

{{timecode}} adds guide position in HH:MM.SS (default)

{{comment}} adds the guide text (default)

{{frame}} adds the frame number of each guide

{{index}} adds guide number

{{nexttimecode}} adds next guide position in HH:MM.SS

{{realtimecode}} adds guide position in HH:MM:SS:FF

Reset: Resets the settings to the default: {{timecode}} {{comment}}

Exported: Shows what get exported. To change the guide text you have to edit the guide in the timeline.

Copy to Clipboard: Copy the data viewed in Exported into the clipboard to use it in other applications (Youtube).

Move Guides with Spacer Tool

New in version 21.08.0.

Easily moves Guides along with clips using the Spacer Tool by using the new Guides Locked option.