Join Nick Harauz for an in-depth discussion in this video The benefits of working with proxy or optimized media, part of Final Cut Pro X Guru: Multicamera Video Editing.
- Depending on how many cameras you have, multi-camera editing can demand a lot from your computer. If all of your footage was shot at 4K, or full resolution HD, you may consider working with optimized or proxy media when editing your multi-camera video. Let's explore how we can set up a proxy workflow for the clips we just imported. Here are the two clips I just imported from the last movie, we've got two clips from the multi-camera shoot, and it was brought into this interview event.
And I just wanna show you, if I hit the disclosure triangle, that folder we brought in, that interview folder is here, and those two clips are part of this keyword collection. If there were multiple clips, I could have them in separate keyword collections and organize all my multi-camera assets that way. Now these clips are the original files, and if I wanted to make proxys out of them, which is in fact in Apple ProRes 422 Proxy Codec, I could select them and transcode them here in Final Cut.
So let me show you this, I wanna select both of these clips. If I right-click, what I wanna do is transcode this media. That's a right or control click. If I choose "Transcode Media," it's gonna give me a couple options. One is to create optimized media, and you can see here this little tool tip is saying "I'm gonna create Apple "ProRes 422 files." And it will create it at whatever resolution or frame size the shots were done at. And the other is "Create Proxy Media," this is to create Apple ProRes 422 proxy files.
And these are less taxing on your system, let's say if you have that full resolution HD, or even 4k footage. Once I click this button and press "OK," there's an actual background task manager here. This little circle will process those proxy clips. Let's just take a look. I'm gonna hit "OK," and if I click on this background tasks, we can see the transcoding and analysis take place, transcoding both of these clips into proxy footage. The process of creating proxy files will differ depending on your machine, but the great part about this is it's a background task, so we can continue to still work with our clips.
So now I see that process is finished, I'm gonna close out this window. But I wanna just draw a note here, that if I select t his clip, and actually hit "control click" to reveal it in the finder, it's gonna bring me into the library where this clip exists. But it's still connecting to the original material. You'll see that there was a transcoded media folder that's been created, and the proxy media is located here. Now that I've switched over to these proxy clips, I can begin to assemble my multi-camera clip, and then after I finished editing, connect back to the original source material.
How cool is that? So now that this is connected to the proxy clips and I showed that workflow, I just wanna make sure that we actually connect back to those original files. We are gonna go back onto the view menu, and let's just work with the optimized original material.
So join Nick Harauz in this course as he covers organizing media, creating multicam clips for interview and music video-style projects, and working with the specialized multicam options in Final Cut Pro X. With these tips and tricks, you'll be able to pull together your multicam footage into dynamic videos that maximize the impact of every shot.
- Explaining the multicamera process
- The benefits of optimized or proxy media in a multicam edit
- Importing, organizing, and naming clips and angles
- Exploring the various syncing strategies
- Working with the Angle Viewer and Angle Editor
- Adding, cutting, and switching between angles
- Working with effects
- Exporting a multicam project