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Now that you've learned how to create your multicam source clip, let's look at editing it into a sequence and switching your cameras. I'm going to simply grab the Multicam Interview clip and drop it into my existing sequence. If you're following along without the exercise files, go ahead and create a sequence, drop it in, and make sure that it matches your multicam source clip. I'm going to go ahead and play this clip, and as you see we have all of this junk at the head of the clip before he actually asked the first question.
I'm going to simply scrub through right to the moment where he asks the question. There we go. That's a good start point, and I'm going to switch my tool to the Ripple Edit tool and just remove all that excess material at the beginning, and as you see, using the Ripple tool, it cuts off the head and deletes everything and snaps the clip right to the beginning of my Timeline. Go ahead and make sure you switch back to your Selection tool, which is always a good procedure whenever you switch tools, keyboard shortcut V. Now we're ready to actually start our switching.
Well, we have the clip in the Source panel, but that's not really where the real switching happens. You need to open up another window, and that's located directly under the Window dropdown menu, and it's called Multi-Camera Monitor. With this selected, a brand-new panel will open up, which actually looks pretty darn useful. I have my three cameras over here on the left, and as I click on them I see them updates here on the right, and I can scrub through my clip, and as you can see, it all updates.
Now, with this version of Premiere Pro, you're no longer limited to just four cameras. As a matter of fact, you can have an unlimited number of cameras, you just need to make sure you have fast enough hard drives and the hardware to support that many cameras. At this point, we are ready to start our multi-camera cut. Now, this window will open up just floating over everything else, and I find that a little bit distracting, so as we learned in an earlier lesson, I can go ahead and drag that and dock that next to my Source panel.
I'm going to move my playhead back to the beginning of the clip, and now to start editing I would simply hit Play, and as it plays I'll cut my video between the different cameras. Since I've put my master audio onto my audio track, I'm going to leave that the way it is and only cut between my video. Now, I can cut one of two ways: I can either click on the images, or if I wish, I can actually use the numeric keypad and use 1, 2, and 3 to switch between each of my three cameras.
As a matter of fact, if I had nine cameras, I could switch with them numerically with the keypad, the numbers 1-9. Let's go ahead and begin our edit by just clicking on the images. I'll press Play, he asked the first question. (male speaker: What is solar energy? And what are the benefits of adopting it at home or at work?) (female speaker: Solar energy is the conversion of sunlight into electricity. It's also known as--) Maybe we'll go to a wide shot now. (female speaker: --light or voltaic electricity.) And back to her.
(female speaker: --do that is through solar panels.) I'm going to go ahead and stop playback by pressing the Spacebar, and if you take a look at our sequence, you see all the cuts that I had made on the switch appear. Now, if I like what I've done, I can keep going by pressing the Play button and this time I'll use the numeric keypad to switch. So I'm going switch to her camera, which is 2. (video playing) A reaction shot from him on 3, and the wide shot.
Now, there's definitely a problem here, because there's a pause that we're going to need to pull up, and as you see, the edits that I switch to with the keypad work just as well. Multi-camera editing in Premiere Pro is rather intuitive as long as you've set things up correctly. It's just a matter of hitting play and clicking on the shots that you want. Now, if you don't click perfectly, don't worry, because you can always refine your edit, and we're going to look at how to do that in the next movie.
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