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Syncing your multicam group clips

From: Final Cut Pro X 10.0.9 Essential Training

Video: Syncing your multicam group clips

Final Cut Pro X's ability to simultaneously view and edit up to 64 separate clips is really rather incredible. You have an awful lot of flexibility as none of your clips need to even share the same resolution, frame rate, or codec, but if your clips were shot at the same time, you can automatically sync your shots together using Final Cut's built-in Audio Analysis feature. Then with everything synched together, you can easily switch between your various angles to assemble your edit. Now there are quite a few options in setting up your multicam edit.

Syncing your multicam group clips

Final Cut Pro X's ability to simultaneously view and edit up to 64 separate clips is really rather incredible. You have an awful lot of flexibility as none of your clips need to even share the same resolution, frame rate, or codec, but if your clips were shot at the same time, you can automatically sync your shots together using Final Cut's built-in Audio Analysis feature. Then with everything synched together, you can easily switch between your various angles to assemble your edit. Now there are quite a few options in setting up your multicam edit.

And in this movie, we'll explore how to appropriately prep and sync your footage. Let's go ahead and open the Farm to Table event and click on the Multicam keyword collection, where we have three separate camera angles of the same interview. Now depending on the clips that you are using, synching for the Multicam edit can be superfast and effortless, or it may require just a little bit of prep time. So I thought I would first show you how synching a Multicam edit can be done the fast way, and then we'll double back and cover some of the additional options you may need to or want to use.

So the fast and easy way involves synching via Final Cut's built-in Audio Analysis feature. So, essentially what it does is match up the audio waveform for each of these clips. We saw this before when we learned how to sync video to high-quality audio. So just as before, it's crucial that audio is actually recorded on each of these cameras as they capture the footage, even if you have no intention on using it. So all we do is select each of these clips and then right-click and choose New Multicam Clip.

When you do this, a dialog box is going to pop up, and if you're doing this for the first time, this is how yours should look, but if you see a whole lot of other options displayed-- this is probably what you see--go ahead and click on Use Automatic Settings, and you should be looking at this basic view. And then for this type of sync, you just need to check the box that says Use audio for synchronization. I am going to say OK. And Final Cut is going through the process of analyzing the audio waveforms, and it's produced a new multicam clip, and this is the icon for a multicam clip.

I am just going to drag this into the multicam keyword collection to stay organized. And so here is my new multicam clip. I forgot to rename this. I am just going to go ahead and call this BD Interview multicam clip. You'll first want to just check to see that the clips are in fact in sync. So if I double-click on my multicam clip, it opens up into what's called the Multicam Editor. To see the visual output as well, I just need to come to window > Viewer Display > Show Angles.

So as I sort of scrub through this, it looks to be in sync, you can see all three interviews are basically moving and talking at the same time, but I am going to go ahead and play, and let's make sure that everything is in sync. (BD Dautch: --certified organic by CCOF, which is a certifying organization, and we grow about 100 different herbs, vegetables--) It looks great. Now if by chance things were off by a frame or two, you could move these clips left and right as needed.

So I'm going to switch to my Select tool, you can select the clip and then use your comma and period key to nudge the clip back and forth. Also just for your information, if you'd like to change the order that these clips are displayed within the Multicam editor, you can just grab these black bars and drag up and down, like so. So as I said, the scenario I just showed you is great if audio was recorded to each camera because of Final Cut's built-in Audio Analysis tool. But there are other ways that you may want to synch.

So, let's just select all three of my clips once again. And again, right-click and choose New Multicam Clip. This time we want to go into Custom settings because we want to take a look at a couple of these other options. If you look at Angle Synchronization, these are the other methods that you can sync by, and we won't talk about all of them, but I am going to talk about a couple of the most common. First of all, Timecode. Timecode is the physical address of each frame of footage dictated by a number that represents a specific number of hours, minutes, seconds, and frames.

Now if the cameras that shot all the footage were set up to have jam-synched timecode, then each clip from each camera would have identical timecode, and then you could sync this way. Now, our interviews do not contain identical timecode, so it won't work in this case. Another way you can sync your footage is to manually place a marker--and we have already learned about markers--at a common location on each of the camera angles. So if each camera angle starts with a shot of a common slate and clap sticks, then you could place a marker at that location on each of the shots and then sync by this first marker on the angle.

Let me just cancel here. In our case, there is a person clapping at the very beginning of each one of these. As you can see, there's the person clapping here and here and here. All right, so that would be a common place that you may want to place a marker, and then you could sync that way.

Let me go back into this window real quick, and I just want to discuss one more thing, and as you see, under the Angle Assembly dropdown, you have various ways that you can display your angles. I am going to cancel here. I want to show you how to attach the metadata in case you want to do this. I am going to just pop into list view, and as you can see, we have a lot of metadata about each of these clips, and of course if I right-click here, we can choose anything else. However, there's some metadata that you can add yourself, such as camera name and camera angle, and you do that in the Inspector.

If I change from Basic View to Extended View, and then I come down to Camera Angle and Camera Name, I can put data in here that's then going to allow me to sort my clips accordingly. And for 3 it's not a big deal, but if you have 20 different cameras, you might want to attach the metadata to it so that everything is organized well. I am going to go ahead and close this because we won't need to do it in our case. All right, so as you can see, there are some pretty powerful forces that work inside of Final Cut's Multicam editor.

And once you have got your Multicam group clips synched and ready to go, you are ready to begin editing.

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  1. 6m 16s
    1. Welcome
      1m 0s
    2. Using the exercise files
      5m 16s
  2. 23m 30s
    1. Understanding the world of nonlinear editing
      5m 2s
    2. Understanding how FCP X works: A new take on story creation
      1m 48s
    3. Taking a tour of the FCP X interface
      8m 59s
    4. Accessing additional tools
      6m 23s
    5. Getting to know the projects for this course
      1m 18s
  3. 24m 41s
    1. Creating and organizing events from scratch
      5m 20s
    2. Organizing footage with keywords and ratings
      8m 19s
    3. Performing searches and creating Smart Collections
      4m 59s
    4. Displaying event data
      6m 3s
  4. 42m 11s
    1. Playing and marking clips in preparation for editing
      7m 16s
    2. Understanding different types of editing tools
      6m 20s
    3. Making the first edits: Using Insert and Append edits
      7m 31s
    4. Changing shots: Using Overwrite and Replace edits
      5m 54s
    5. Performing video- and audio-only edits
      3m 45s
    6. Moving clips within the primary storyline: Swapping shots and creating gaps
      3m 28s
    7. Removing material from the primary storyline
      3m 44s
    8. Understanding timeline navigation: Snapping, skimming, zooming, and panning
      4m 13s
  5. 23m 58s
    1. Trimming clips: Using the Ripple tool
      9m 9s
    2. Manipulating transitions: Using the Roll tool
      5m 36s
    3. Changing clip content and position: Performing Slip and Slide edits
      5m 40s
    4. Using the Precision Editor for fine trimming control
      3m 33s
  6. 14m 2s
    1. Connecting clips to the primary storyline
      7m 0s
    2. Understanding the features and limitations of Connected Clips
      3m 40s
    3. Working with secondary storylines
      3m 22s
  7. 31m 23s
    1. Adjusting the audio level and channel configuration via the Inspector
      8m 47s
    2. Keyframing audio in the timeline
      4m 57s
    3. Repairing audio problems automatically
      5m 25s
    4. Adjusting audio EQ
      4m 46s
    5. Recording audio
      4m 4s
    6. Syncing audio from multiple sources
      3m 24s
  8. 25m 6s
    1. Nesting and breaking apart clips
      4m 1s
    2. Performing quick extractions using Top and Tail edits
      6m 16s
    3. Auditioning clips to try multiple editing options
      4m 9s
    4. Working with markers
      4m 57s
    5. Customizing the keyboard and workspace
      5m 43s
  9. 14m 28s
    1. Syncing your multicam group clips
      6m 47s
    2. Performing a multicam edit
      3m 53s
    3. Refining the multicam edit
      3m 48s
  10. 1h 26m
    1. Working with basic motion effects: Transform, Crop, and Distort
      10m 32s
    2. Using motion effects with still photos and graphics
      6m 25s
    3. Adding and adjusting transition effects
      7m 46s
    4. Adding and adjusting video effects
      6m 26s
    5. Adding and adjusting audio effects
      4m 30s
    6. Keyframing video and audio effects over time
      6m 18s
    7. Copying and pasting effect properties
      4m 15s
    8. Creating and adjusting titles
      7m 18s
    9. Working with generator effects
      6m 46s
    10. Adding animated themes
      4m 7s
    11. Creating freeze frames
      3m 51s
    12. Using speed effects to retime clips
      8m 2s
    13. Working with layered Photoshop files
      6m 19s
    14. Understanding rendering options and preferences
      4m 4s
  11. 36m 15s
    1. Analyzing footage for problems
      3m 49s
    2. Following a proper color correction workflow
      10m 29s
    3. Apply multiple color corrections to clips
      3m 41s
    4. Using color correction templates
      3m 11s
    5. Using automatic color correction tools
    6. Performing secondary color correction with color masks
      4m 30s
    7. Performing color correction adjustments using shape masks
      4m 20s
  12. 18m 54s
    1. Taking a closer look at the import and analysis options
      5m 56s
    2. Importing from cards and file-based cameras
      4m 14s
    3. Importing iMovie projects and events
      1m 58s
    4. Capturing from tape
      3m 18s
    5. Making a tape archive
      3m 28s
  13. 16m 13s
    1. Managing events between different drives and destinations
      6m 13s
    2. Managing render files
      2m 56s
    3. Collaborating and archiving
      7m 4s
  14. 34m 38s
    1. Sharing projects using presets
      7m 41s
    2. Exporting a hi-res QuickTime movie
      3m 46s
    3. Using Compressor to export with custom settings
      7m 54s
    4. Exporting a still image
      1m 22s
    5. Exporting to DVD or Blu-ray with chapter markers
      5m 33s
    6. Exporting stems out of the timeline using roles
      8m 22s
  15. 14m 1s
    1. Solving offline media problems
      10m 29s
    2. Troubleshooting data and settings corruption problems
      3m 32s
  16. 3m 28s
    1. Next steps
      3m 28s

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