FCP 7: Multicam Cookbook
[ In my Final Cut Pro 7 classes, I often provide single-page “Cookbooks” to help master a common problem. Here are the instructions I provide on constructing a multicam clip in Final Cut Pro 7. ]
Creating a multicam clip is simple if you follow these instructions. Remember, all clips in a multicam clip must have the same: codec, image size, frame rate and scanning. Be sure to set the RT popup in the top left corner of the Timeline to Unlimited RT, Dynamic image quality, Dynamic frame rate.
- If the clips do not have matching timecode, set a sync point for each clip. Multicam clips can be sync’d based upon a common In, which you set; common Out, which you set; or one of three timecode tracks. For example, set the sync point by loading each clip into the Viewer and set an In at the clapper slate.
- In the Browser, select the clips you want to group into a Multicam clip.
- Choose Modify > Make Multiclip. Pick a sync point from the menu, then click OK.
- Double-click the new multicam clip in the Browser to load into the Viewer. Don’t worry about the file name.
- Just as you can set Ins and Outs for clips, you can also do so for multicam clips. For example, you would not want to include the clapper slate in the Timeline edit. So, set an In or an Out for the multicam clip.
- Edit the multicam clip to the Timeline; I use either the F10 shortuct, or click the red envelope at the bottom left of the Canvas.
- Put the Timeline playhead into the clip, then, from the center pop-up menu in the Viewer, set Sync to Open. This opens the Timeline clip into the Viewer so you can see all the different angles.
- In the center pop-up menu in the Viewer, set Audio > All. Generally, audio comes from a single clip. Click the clip you want to use as your audio source. When the waveforms appear, click the Video tab. The green box around a clip indicates audio source.
- From the center pop-up menu in the Viewer, set Video. Click the starting image. The blue box indicates the initial video source.
- Select the Timeline and press the Home key.
- Press spacebar to play. If the Viewer doesn’t play in sync, reselect Sync > Open.
- With the Timeline selected, play the timeline and either:
- Click the image in the Viewer you want to switch to
- Use Tools > Keyboard > Multicamera editing to set the keypad to edit multiclips. Then, while holding the Command key, type the number of the shot you want to cut to using the numeric keypad.
- Trim Timeline edits using the roll tool or replace an image in the Timeline by putting the playhead in the Timeline clip then click the new image in the Viewer.
- When done editing, select Modify > Collapse Multiclip to reduce the load on the hard disk.
- To reconstitute a collapsed multicam clip, select the clip in the Timeline, then choose Modify > Uncollapse Multiclip.
Click here for an illustrated article on multicam clips in FCP 7.
Click here for a video tutorial on multicam editing in Final Cut Pro 7.
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