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In this chapter we're going to look at creating a Multi-Camera Sequence and doing a Multi-Camera Edit. Before we get into that, I just want to talk about what Multi-Camera is all about and the advantages, and there's no project file with this so you can just watch along, but it'll just help you understand some of the basics. If you've shot, say, three cameras simultaneously, and you wanted to edit them together, initially you may think that you need to stack them on your Timeline like I have here or and then just used the razor blade to cut holes to reveal the clips above and below.
Of course one of the challenges is syncing them up, so as you cut from camera to camera everything stays in sync. Well, this is one way of doing it, but it's not that efficient, and Premiere Pro allows you to automate a lot of this hard work. What you can do is create what's called a Multicam Source Clip which allows you to sync up all of your cameras and view them all at the same time. In addition to just viewing your clips, you can actually edit your clips on the fly with the Multi-Cam Monitor.
Now we have a clip already in our Timeline, we have merged them together, and you are going to learn how to do that in the next couple of movies. But for now, I just want you to see how it works. So with the Multicam Sequence selected I can open up the Multicam Monitor, and as I scrub through if I wanted to make an edit, I can simply hit Play and switch my cameras on the fly just like you would see in a live TV studio. So that's a 10,000-foot overview about multi-camera editing. In the rest of the chapter we are going to show you how you can use the multi-camera features in Premiere Pro.
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