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In Premiere Pro CS4 Beyond the Basics, Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins explains how to take video editing from simple nuts and bolts to an art form. He shares tips for shooting video in the field to get the most from a subject and get the best footage for a project. He demonstrates how to build a project through the careful use of cutaways, pacing, and suggestive edits. He covers special effects, color correction, and keying and compositing, integrating all these concepts as he builds a music video project from scratch. Exercise files are included with this course.
All right, everybody. This, here, is one of the most challenging, and yet also, one of the most rewarding features in all of Premiere Pro. We are going to look at how to do multi-camera editing. Now, this feature is meant for those times when you have multiple cameras going at the same time, so you might have, let's say, for example, a close camera and then also a wide camera as well. And if you want to cut between them, Premiere makes it easy with this feature. However, a lot of people that are using Premiere don't have multiple professional cameras that they are able to use simultaneously for a shoot.
So, what the good folks at Adobe have done is they have made it so that you can use this feature even if you used one camera. You just have multiple clips, up to four clips you want to use, and you don't necessarily have to have the same camera. So, I didn't have multiple cameras on this shoot. This is the same camera just two different takes. And then I also have some other footage in there of, like, this crane in Seattle and also of this time lapse graffiti and I want to be able to cut between them as if I had multiple cameras and I want it to be done in an easy way.
So, that's what we are going to look at here and it's a very tedious process, but again, the pay-off is pretty big. So, the first step is you have to add all of your different cameras on different video tracks, again up to four tracks, different video tracks here and audio tracks. The second thing is you have to synchronize the clips. The way that we do this is by adding numbered clip markers and then synchronizing those clip markers. So, I have already done that for you on the different clips here. I have synchronized in the audio clip, where it says time, and then I have also gone through the video clips here and I have synchronized where they say the word 'Time' and put a marker there.
So, that we can sync up those clips and that is tantamount. And if you actually have multi-camera footage then you probably have like a clapper of slate or whatever that you can sync all the clips to and that makes it really, really easy. But on a multi-camera shoot you might not have done that and it might be a little bit more challenging to sync video. Now, I have done all of the clip markers for you, except for this last one that we could do ourselves here and since this is just graffiti, and we are just going to kind of cut to this as B role, we don't really need to take consideration as to where to put that marker.
So, I am just going to select the clip, go to Marker>Set Clip Marker>Other Numbered and I am just going to set the Numbered Marker to zero, just so that they all have the same number clip and click OK and there we go. Now what I am going to do is I am going to click-and-drag a Marquee around all of these clips, so that they are all selected and I am going to right-click and I am going to choose Synchronize. And then under the Synchronized Point, I am going to choose Numbered Clip Marker zero and click OK. So, now that makes it so that all of the clips are lined up and again, this is a huge, huge step because as you're cutting back and forth from camera to camera, you want to make sure that all of those things are lined up and what's kind of cool about this is if you are just having a random video, you don't really need to sync things, it doesn't really matter where you put the Numbered Clip Markers.
So, let's say for example, you're shooting a commercial. You're editing a commercial and in the commercial you have a bunch of different clips of people enjoying the product and that may not be necessarily important where in order those clips show up. You just want to able to cut to them quickly and easily and so you can still use this feature for something like that and in that case, setting up these clip markers would be very easy. So, that's the first step, synchronize the clips. The next step, it gets even more weird, and so I need to create a brand-new sequence and I am going to make sure this is HDV 720p24 because that's what our original sequence was.
And I am going to call this Master Sequence, hit OK and then, are you ready for this? I'm going to nest the multi-camera sequence that we were just working with inside of this master sequence. So again, this multi-camera sequence is now a clip inside of this master sequence. Now, I am going to right-click on the clip and I'm going to choose Multi-Camera Enable. Now it's enabled as a Multi-Camera clip and it even says Multi-Camera, right there.
Now, what's kind of cool is that I could scrub in time and I can right-click and go to Multi-Camera and I can choose which of the cameras or in other words, the tracks from nested composition, which one of the cameras I want to look at. So, I could right-click and there is the crane footage. And I could right-click over the Multi- Camera, Camera 3, right-click and so forth. Now, I am going to go back to Camera 1 here. So, that's kind of cool. You can change different cameras by right-clicking on it. But the real magic of multi- camera editing is found by going to Window>Multi-Camera Monitor.
This is a good stuff folks. Let me tell you. You'll see here that we have these four clips and these are the four different 'Cameras' and what's really cool is that we perform out edits simply by clicking on one of those clips. As soon as I just clicked on that crane clip and there was a cut made right there for us already, just by clicking. Well, this is a very cool way to cut video, because all you have to do it just click on something and it makes the cut.
Well, what's even better is that we can do this in real time in the Multi-Camera monitors. So, I am going to undo that cut by doing Command+Z or Ctrl+Z on the PC, back this CTI up a little bit and then what I am going to do is I am going to hit this Record button. So, we hit Record and then now it's recording all of our changes and I can hit Play and then as I am playing this back, I am going to click these different boxes to make my edits and I can edit this in time or however else I want to edit it, very quick or whatever. It's just a very, very fast editing process. So, watch this.
(Music playing.) Okay, that's good enough, click Stop and then I will close the Multi-Camera monitor and you could see the cuts that we made. It was so quick and easy. We didn't have to go to the end frame-by-frame. We could do it very organically and click it with the rhythm, to cut to the rhythm. And now let's see what we have. I'll hit Home key and then we'll preview this.
(Music playing.) Pretty cool stuff. And of course, we can go in here with the regular Edit tools now, like the Rolling Edit tool and we could move these cut points around, if we wanted to, or we can go in here with the Regular Selection tool and move these clips, or trim them as Normal, or what have you.
But the point is is that we could edit this using the Multi-Camera Monitor in a very quick and organic way. Yes, it's a tedious, painful setup, but once you get it going, it allows you to cut again, in a very organic, quick way.
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