Let's Edit with Media Composer – ADVANCED – Multicam Editing in v8.5

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the scope of music videos in the case I'm going to show you it's actually for a wedding video but like I said really in any case that you happen to be using multicam this new feature is going to be paramount to your workflow and it's just such a smooth way to work so I thought we would dedicate a tutorial specifically to it okay let's keep our introduction short let's just get into Media Composer and let's get started okay now the clips that I'm gonna be working with here I'm just gonna come to my footage folder I've actually got a multicam folder here just for this particular occasion and you'll see that what I have here is just some footage of actually myself doing a reading at a wedding now you can hear the audio is not that spectacular this is just wild audio off the top of one of the cameras now well obviously that's something that's important to keep in mind is that you know when you're gonna be doing multicam work I mean obviously most cases editors are gonna be the ones watching this but remember you essentially are the backbone of the production only because all the footage ends up with you so what you're gonna want to make sure of is that no matter what happens make sure that camera operator has a microphone even if it's just wild audio running on the top of that camera because you want to make sure that you're gonna have that audio for reference for what I'm about to show you so again you'll see just footage of me this is some footage you can still hear me talking very quietly in the background okay then we've got sort of the super wide shot because we're up on the rafters and we have speakers and last but certainly not least what I have is the proper final audio that was recorded off the microphone right here it's gonna go obviously on channels 1 & 2 of our timeline okay now what I've done is just to save us some time here is that I've already brought in these clips here they are okay and they've got audio there we go and what we're gonna do is we're going to sync all of these up now in the past how we'd have to do this especially in this case because these clips here if I come to my Clips channel they aren't lined up they all start at the 1-hour timecode mark so what I would have to do is actually come into a point where I'd start speaking mark an in-point to sync everything up I don't have to do that anymore all I have to do now is simply select all the clips what I'm gonna do is I can do this one of two ways I can navigate up to clip and I can come down to group clips or of course I can simply right-click on them over here in the bin and come down to group clips right here now of course I want to be asked what do I want to group them by now because I don't have any film timecode or Sound timecode and really I've gotten to the other options except my new favorite option down here at the bottom included in 8.5 and of course I'm talking about waveform analysis all I'm gonna do is simply say ok and take a look at how fast Media Composer analyzes that was all the clips that just analyzed they're in one shot to basically give me this grouped clip that I'm gonna take and drag and drop down into my timeline and you'll see now that what Media Composer has actually done with this group clip is it's taken the video and you'll see that I have the three angles right here office on video track one but more importantly what it's also done is it's actually taken that audio track and placed it on channels 1 & 2 now of course that is the audio only track now if you're not familiar with multicam & Media Composer check this out what this also represents here this pink track you'll see that obviously the current timeline is defined by the longest clip now in this case I happen to have angle 3 as the active multicam channel if you want to call it that what it's actually showing me here is that if I jump back to the beginning you'll notice over here in my timeline window that the timeline is blank right now because what this pink bar or I guess this would be sort of more like a coral bar would represent is where angle 3 actually starts starts right there now if I was to switch the current angle to angle 2 you'll see angle 2 doesn't start till way down here but angle 1 starts way back here so what this is actually a good thing to do is it's a good way to come in and say okay well let's see angle 3 starts way back here and that's gonna be the earliest start of all the clip so all I'm gonna do is I'm gonna start my multicam right here okay and we're gonna do the same thing on the output now you'll see this clip comes down to here so what I'll do is just put the time bar right here let's check angle to farther down right here okay and angle 3 okay so I think we're actually pretty good with angle to actually take a look at that angle 1 it's actually even farther down I guess I just missed that one there that's ok here we go and this will be our out points so we now know that all of our Clips all three clips in their totality span this range right here so normally what we want to do is we want to cue it up so that our first clip is going to actually start on-screen so that'll be angle 3 now of course I am gonna need to switch into multicam mode very simple to do in most cases I actually have this as a button up on my composer window you might have it as a shortcut and depending on how many multi camera angles you're gonna want to have this button might vary but for me it is of course the quad split right there now something else I should point out is that when I do my multicam edits normally I want to just do the multicam to the video only and not the audio okay now if I wanted to do it to both the video and the audio what I can do of course is if I match frame my clip here you'll see that the multicam clip now appears up here you also notice that my little drop-down menu up here in the upper left hand corner has changed and I can of course assign the video or the audio to follow the video if I want to mean every time I make an edit of course the video and audio will change as opposed to just the video changing now of course I don't want that because I'm happy with my audio on 1 & 2 so I'm just gonna leave this as disabled of course like I said I could turn that on if I wanted to but I'm just gonna leave it as off ok now again I'm just gonna clear the monitor here just so I don't get confused but of course what I'm gonna do is I'm going to turn the quad split on its turn quad split on there we go and I'm gonna start dragging through you'll see that as soon as I start dragging through everything becomes active I've actually mapped my multicam keys to be shift 1 2 & 3 on my keyboard so of course 1 2 & 3 down here in the lower left hand corner so let's just hit play I'm just gonna do a little multicam edit here again I'm just sort of doing this on the fly didn't do any rehearsal for this let's go to camera 3 sure why not okay I'm just gonna go back to put the camera to here let's go to camera one humility and you sort of get the idea and what I'm gonna do is just stop that right there okay you'll see there's my multi camera angles now of course if at any point I wanted to change the angle let's just say you know for example here I don't want to go back to camera one I want to go to camera two no problem you can simply select any one of the edits and simply just swap the angle out just like that of course what we can also do is step into trim mode and trim this edit back and forth as necessary now something that I should point out is that with the multicam edit that I have set up obviously Media Composer is reading all of these channels in one shot now these for me these clips are at dvcpro HD resolutions so and you'll see that I got three streams playing back no problem depending on the size of your footage obviously in your drives and the connection to the drives mallet type of stuff you know multicam performance is gonna vary based on your system setup now if what happens is you notice your system just start to get bogged down after you've already done your multicam let's just say that's part of like a two hour long sequence and what you want to do is you don't want to have Media Composer having access to those channels you want to commit that multicam so that it's you know quote-unquote done what you can actually do is you can come right over here to your sequence you can right-click and all you have to do is come right down here to the commit multicam edits and as soon as you do that now of course it's important to keep in mind that as soon as you do that this is of course a destructive task meaning once you do it you can't really undo it I mean obviously you can undo it but you understand what I mean farther down the road you can't undo that I'll say commit multicam than what media post was gonna say is well hang on a second all multicam group clips and the selected sequence will be modified for each group clip all references to alternate takes will be removed in the sequence ah but a copy of the original sequence will be created before it's updated of course because you might have to go back and make a change so Media Composer as soon as I say okay will commit this let me just say okay here it's gonna commit this you'll see there's my new sequence that doesn't have any groups right there I can't come in and change anything by right-clicking but I still have this sequence here if I needed it to go back to and right-click and change angles of course if that picky client needs to make any updates to this multicam sequence that of course they committed to saying was done okay so I hope this tutorial has shown you why the 8.5 Media Composer update especially if you work with multicam is an essential update because it's not only gonna make your life easier obviously you know multicam editing and Media Composer but you saw how fast that set up was super quick and analyzing those files and it synced them together perfectly so that I don't have to worry any point my edit if those clips are gonna fall outta sync now before I wrap up this lesson I want to thank our sponsor video guys and don't forget to check them out and use coupon code MC 101 for 5% of your avid purchase or any other purchase including g-technology storage software plugins and so much more and if you like this tutorial please click that subscribe button and don't forget that if you have any questions you have any comments or you have any tutorial requests you can post them in the comment section below this lesson or you can send them to Kevin P McAuliffe at gmail.com this has been Kevin P McAuliffe thanks a lot for watching

7 Replies to “Let's Edit with Media Composer – ADVANCED – Multicam Editing in v8.5”

  1. Aleksei Buivol says:

    PluralEyes's killer?

  2. Basically A Big Mess says:

    Mine groups OK, and the waveform analysis feature is certainly neat. However, my A2 refuses to see my external audio… it only allows choices from the audio from the cameras. My A1 allows the choices, but A2, can't figure it out. I'm also still not seeing the coral color in the timeline.

  3. Brian-Marc Whittaker says:

    What if you have various cameras starting and stopping at different times? I had to toggle DSLR cameras because they only record around 11 minutes at a time. The latest version as of this writing is 8.9.1. How do I multicam edit with this situation?

  4. Luke Fisher says:

    One thing to help those trying to emulate this video. @6:39 he shows how you can use a drop down menu to switch the audio to change when you change video in multi cam. This option won't be there unless you change the composer settings to "two rows". Right click on the monitor (meaning the window where the source or timeline are displayed) and click "composer settings" then click "always display two rows of data". I am using Avid Composer 8.5.3. I can't seem to get the salmon "coral" thing to happen on my timeline that he addresses @4:41

  5. Basically A Big Mess says:

    I don't get the coral color showing up in the timeline.

  6. Leo Mahoney says:

    Thanks Kevin, great introduction. How much horsepower does a 3 4K stream need? I have an HP 840, 32 RAM, 6 TB Thunder bolt 3.

  7. nina k says:

    it loks nice only in YT. in reality audio sync doesn`t work
    what to do when you have many clips from dslr no timecode , no good sound?

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