264: Multicam Editing in Final Cut Pro X

264: Multicam Editing in Final Cut Pro X


This video training, hosted by Larry Jordan, explains what you need to know – planning, storage, media management, editing and effects – to successfully edit multicam video in Apple Final Cut Pro X – v10.4.x).

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Presented: Oct. 18, 2018

Several times each month, Larry Jordan presents a live, on-line, video training webinar discussing issues related to video editing and post-production. For a list of upcoming webinars, click here.

Duration: 53:47
Download file size: 532 MB (Downloaded ZIP file)
Format: QuickTime movie (HD: 1280 x 720)

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Recording an event using multiple cameras – called “multicam shooting” – is increasingly popular. Editing a multicam shoot in Final Cut Pro X allows us to see all those images at the same time as we edit the show. This means we can quickly compare shots and pick the best one for our story. As cameras get less expensive and editing software gets more powerful, multicam shooting is becoming the norm, not the exception, due to its speed and flexibility, even for smaller productions.

Join host, Larry Jordan, as he illustrates how to use Apple Final Cut Pro X (v.10.4.x) to edit a variety of multicam shoots. This session covers:

  • Multicam Basics – Terms you need to know
  • Shooting tips that save time in editing
  • File organization
  • File import and keywords
  • When to optimize media or create proxies
  • Use labels to simplify clip organization
  • Build, sync and modify a multicam clip
  • Integrate double-system sound
  • Explore the Angle Editor
  • Edit and trim multicam edits
  • The Angle Viewer and bank switching
  • Effects and multicam clips
  • Special uses of multicam editing

At the end of this session, you’ll know just about everything you need to know to successfully create, edit and modify multicam clips inside Apple Final Cut Pro X.


This intermediate session is designed for editors with some Final Cut Pro X experience that want to learn how to edit video using multicam techniques. This session is delivered as a QuickTime movie, no other software is required to watch this session.


To help you quickly find the information you need, we included chapter markers in the downloaded QuickTime movie for easy navigation. Click here to learn how to display them in your download.


  • Welcome
  • – Agenda
  • Multicam Basics
  • – Two key Multicam concepts
  • – Multicam definitions
  • – Key Concept: Editing
  • – A multicam workflow
  • – Key Concept: Storage
  • – Storage bandwidth
  • – Video compression
  • – The relevance of seek times
  • Shooting Tips
  • – Match frame rates
  • – Match codecs
  • – Use proxies
  • – Multicam synching
  • File Organization
  • Final Cut Pro X Demos
  • – Organize files in the Finder
  • – Use keywords for clips
  • – Media import settings
  • – FCP X Preferences
  • – Create proxies after import
  • – Add clip angle metadata
  • – Sync clips for multicam
  • – The Angle Editor
  • – Ways to sync clips
  • – Multichannel audio
  • – Place a multicam clip in the Timeline
  • – Determine what to edit
  • – Edit and trim clips
  • – Keyboard shortcuts
  • – Remove edit points
  • – Display proxy files
  • – Measure storage bandwidth
  • – Add effects to clip(s)
  • – Create a montage
  • Summary
  • Audience Questions