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Learn how to build and refine your story with the redesigned editing toolset in Final Cut Pro X. In this course, author Ashley Kennedy focuses on getting you comfortable with each aspect of the editing process in Final Cut—from preparation and organization, to editing and refining, to audio and effects, to media management and exporting. Each stage of the postproduction workflow is explained thoroughly and concisely, and uses real-world examples from both narrative and documentary workflows.
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Once you have got all your camera angles synched into a multi-group clip, you're ready to start editing. Let's take a look at how to get started. I am going to go into my 8.2 sequence which is blank. And I need to go into my Multicam keyword collection. And in the previous movie we created the Multicam group clip right here. And all I'm going to do is mark an in and an out where I would like to insert this into the timeline. And I think this is the interviewer talking and then BD starts talking here. Let's just confirm that.
(video playing) So I'm going to edit all of that in, and I will just press W to insert it in. And as you can see, it just looks like one clip in here, but we know better. It's really the group clip that contains all three camera angles. So let's press Shift+Z to fit it in there, and we need to now show the different angles. So that's available Window > Viewer Display > Angles, and it's actually also available over here or Shift+Cmd+7.
So let's make this nice and big. Now before we start cutting we have got to make a few decisions. First, we have got to determine if we are going to cut video and audio together or just video. Now often when you have a superior audio source on one of the cameras or even a separate audio recorder you will restrict your edits to video only so that you can keep the same good audio running throughout. Now that is the case for us here, we have one camera angle with superior audio, and it is the first camera here.
And so if I want to cut both video and audio I am going to select this. If I'm going to cut video only, which is what we're going to do, I am going to select this one here in the middle, and if I want to cut audio only it's this one here. So we are going to cut video only and also just to point out one thing, we only have three camera angles here so our quad display is just fine. But you can always come up to Settings and choose more angles if you like. So basically, what we are going to be doing is editing using a cut and switch technique. As you see here, my tool is this blade, so every time I select another angle I am simultaneously cutting and switching to that angle.
And because I am making video only edits, we are just going to be cutting video, but leaving the audio intact from this chosen camera angle. So here is how I recommend you do this. Take your first pass on instinct, act like this is a live show and pretend that you're doing live switching. And then you can later go back and refine it. But let's give this a go. Again, this is just an interview. It's not going to be exciting, there is not going to be much in the way of any real changes between these shots, but just to demonstrate let's give it a go. So I am going to go to the beginning here, and as I play I am just going to click on one of these camera angles, I can also use the number keys 1, 2 and 3 if I like on my keyboard.
So, I am going to go ahead and play. (video playing) And I will stop there because this is not that riveting. So, as you can see, I have all of these little dotted lines in between each of my clips, and if I zoom way in Cmd+Plus+Plus you can see how everything is patched.
So video, camera 3, audio camera 1, video, camera 2, audio camera 1. So, as you can see, editing the sequence based on an instinctual first pass is a pretty fast and efficient way to work. However, you're never going to get it totally perfect the first time, so fortunately there are many ways to refine the edit as we'll learn next. [00:3:53.00]
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