Multicam Index to Final Cut and Premiere

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Multicam editing allows you to see and edit multiple images at the same time.

Recently, I completed work on providing both video training and written articles covering multicam editing in Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Pro 7, and Adobe Premiere Pro CS6. So, I decided to put all the links in one place to make them easy for you to find.

The Video Training is a one-hour video webinar specifically showing how multicam works in practice within one application. The Step-by-Step Guide is a detailed written article that shows you where to click and what to do. The Cookbook Summary is a one to two page summary of the steps, sort of like a checklist, which experienced editors can use to prevent skipping an important step.

As always, I’m interested in your comments.






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9 Responses to Multicam Index to Final Cut and Premiere

  1. Gabe says:

    Hi Larry I’m having an issue with naming multi-cam clips. I favorited the parts of a 12 minute multi-cam clip I liked and then showed only favorites to see all of the good takes I have to work with. However, when I rename one favorited clip it changes the names of the rest of them. Is there a workaround so I can have individual clip names for different favorited portions of one multi-cam clip?

  2. stevelockwood says:

    I have a question regarding multicam and green screen.
    I have shot 9 angles
    Going to edit in multicam
    When do I apply the keyer?
    Do I apply to each angle prior to multicam; apply in angle viewer after multicam is made; apply to the whole project timeline??
    What is the most efficient method, assuming a not so perfectly lit green screen, compared to a perfectly lit one?

    • Larry says:


      This is a GREAT question and one that I haven’t written about…

      What I would do is edit the multicam clip, then put all the edited clips into a Compound clip and apply the chroma-key filter to the compound clip.

      I would not key before building the multicam clip.

      Do a short test, see what works and let me know.


  3. Carol says:

    Hi, I discovered that a multicam clip with 4 video angles used in a project was not properly synchronized. I created a copy of the original multicam clip and fixed the synchronization issue. How do I now change the event reference from my project so that it will use the new multicam clip rather than the old one (without having to redo all the editing for the project that has already been done using the original multicam clip)? (I will be so grateful for your help! Thank you.)

    • Larry Jordan says:


      If you changed the media files that comprised the original multicam clip, all you need to do is relink.

      If you created a new multicam clip and shifted the media files around inside it, then there is no way to copy the edits from one multicam project into another.


  4. Danika says:

    Hello Larry, I too have a problem I haven’t been able to solve.I have a fcpx 10.2.1 multicam clip of a concert that I already edited but then found A LOT of sync problems. I want to use plural eyes to fix my already edited multicam but can’t find the way to export xml of the multicamclip for plural eyes to work with. Is there a workaround for this issue? I mean when you want to use pluraleyes AFTER you already cut the multicam clip? Thanks in advance!

    • Larry Jordan says:


      I don’t know of anything that will edit an already edited Multicam clip – especially if you are having sync issues.

      PluralEyes will require you to send it the source files.


  5. Danika says:

    thanks Larry for the super quick response! so there is no way to re-sync my whole multicam clip without losing my cuts? I know plural eyes was able to sync clips that fcpx couldn’t. my dream-scenario was to re create a time-line out of the multicam clip and then export an XML for pluraleyes to sync. I guess it’s impossible…

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