Video Labeling Guide

This guide is designed to help you annotate videos more efficiently, making use of our advanced technologies to speed up your workflow without compromising on quality. Whether you’re experienced or new to video annotation, you’ll find useful tips and step-by-step instructions to enhance your use of V7’s features. Let’s get started and see how you can improve your video annotation process with our tools and AI support.

The Video Timeline


Before laying down a single annotation, let’s start by taking a look at the Timeline:

Each label created in a video will be created as a segment that sits across one or more frames in the timeline.

Open the hamburger menu in the top right of the timeline to reveal the timeline zoom settings and set the default annotation length - this will determine the default frame length of each of your labels. Once created, labels can be extended with a click and drag:

You can also easily set the final frame of an annotation by using the right click menu:

Adjusting playback speed

Key Frames

Keyframes are created on the first frame of any label, and any subsequent frames where an edit is made. Changes to subannotations (like Properties or Instance IDs) will also display as a keyframe in the bottom half of a label.



Video files that are imported with audio will include audio at native playback speed. To listen to audio while annotating, hit play.

Automated Segmentation


Check out our Auto-Track guide here for an in-depth look at how you can use Auto-Track to automate the bulk of your video labelling.

For the vast majority of segmentation or object detection tasks, AutoTrack will be the fastest way to create annotations.

AutoTrack works with both polygons and bounding boxes

Auto Annotate

Check out our Auto-Annotate guide here for an in-depth look at using Auto-Annotate in images and videos.

Auto-Annotate can be used on its own, or in conjunction with Auto-Track. We’d recommend creating initial annotations or annotation edits with Auto-Annotate, and using Auto-Track to complete the bulk of the annotation work in a video.


Check out our SAM guide here for an in-depth look at using Meta’s Segment Anything Model in images and videos.

SAM can be used on its own, or in conjunction with Auto-Track. We’d recommend creating initial annotations or annotation edits with SAM, and using Auto-Track to complete the bulk of the annotation work in a video.


All annotation types in V7 interpolate, saving you the need to annotate each individual frame of a video.

Clicking on a keyframe will reveal the Interpolate toggle, which is turned on by default.

When Interpolate is turned on, V7 will interpolate the changes to a labelled object in the frames between any two keyframes, often eliminating the need to manually edit each individual video frame.

Marking an Object as In/Out of View

To designate an object as no longer visible within the current frame or sequence:

  1. Select an Annotation: Click on the object's annotation you wish to mark as out of view.
  2. Mark as In/Out of View: Once selected, you can mark the object as out of view using one of two methods:
    • Hotkey: With the annotation highlighted, press the X key to set a segment where the object is out of view.
    • Context Menu: Right-click on the highlighted annotation and select Mark in/out of view (X->Y) from the context menu. The "X->Y" notation indicates that using this option creates a segment transition for the visibility of the object.

Using Shift+X for Single Frame Adjustments

In addition to the standard view status changes, you can use the Shift+X hotkey for precise control over a single frame:

  • Single Frame Adjustment: Pressing Shift+X allows you to toggle the view status of an object for a single frame, rather than creating a segment. This is useful for quick adjustments when an object temporarily goes out of view or reappears.


V7 power users speed up their labeling experience by using our hotkeys. The most valuable hotkeys for video labeling are:

. and , to move between frames

SPACE to play the video

A full list of hotkeys can be found by hovering over the tool icons, or by opening our hotkey menu.