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Multi camera Editing with Premiere Pro CC

Over the last few years it’s clear that Adobe have been taking Multi Camera editing workflow much more seriously in Premiere Pro. With the release of CC its evident that this upward curve is set to continue. If you are lucky (or unlucky, depending on your point of view) enough to be editing a multi camera production. By that I mean from a locked off 2 camera interview to the Olympics opening ceremony then this is for you. Mind you, if you are doing the Olympics then your budget would stretch to an OB truck I’d have though?


Step 1. Select the Clips in the Project Window

You used to be limited to only 4 clips but now it’s unlimited, depending on your computers performance.


Step 2. Create a Multi Camera Sequence

Right Click on any selected clip and choose “Create Multi Camera Source Sequence”.


Step 3. Choose a Sync Option


Sync Options

From the pop up menu, name the sequence etc. Then decide on how the clips will be Syncronised. If the clips are not in sync with one and other then when you cut from one angle to another the action and audio on screen will jump. The options are:

  • In Points (if you have marked each clip with an in-point at the same frame in each clip, ie the moment a clapper board snaps, or music starts).
  • Out Points (like with the In Points, only Out).
  • Timecode (if you are syncronising timecode on each camera, perfect if not this isn’t for you).
  • Audio (so long as each clip has an audio recording of the same sound then Premiere will use the clips waveforms to suncronise each clip).

Audio is a new feature in CC, I’d try and use that one first, saves the effort of adding In Points etc.


Step 4. Nest the Multi Cam Sequence

In order to edit this sequence it must be nested into another sequence, where all the cuts will happen.

Drag the Multi Camera Source Sequence down to the New Sequence button in the Project window to create a new sequence for it. Re-name the Sequence “Final Edit”.


Step 5. Check the Sequence

Double click on the sequence to open it in the source monitor. You will see it has each camera angle displayed. Play the sequence and make sure that they all run in time with one and other. If they don’t, go back to step 2 and try a different sync option, or else adjust any in or out points you may have used and try again. (there is another option, but we will get there shortly).

Step 6. Trim Black Frames

Often when clips are syncronised, the results can include black frames at the beginning of some of the clips. Use the Ripple Tool to trim these frames out in the Timeling.


Step 7. Decide on the Audio Source

f the audio should switch with the Cameras thats fine, we can do that next. If the audio should be from one source only then we have to set that now.

To open the MultiCamera Source Sequence and view each angle individually press Command/Control & Double Click on the clip in the Final Edit sequence.


The inside of the Multi Camera Sequence

Each clips video and audio tracks are reveled. set the one you want to use as your audio source by selecting the Solo option in the Timeline.


Going Solo
Going Solo

(this is where you could also have a go at fixing any sync problems discussed in Step 5. by re-positioning clips on this timeline. Tricky to get right but saves you having to start again.

To return to the multi camera sequence click on the Timeline tab named “Final Edit”.


Step 8. Open the Multi Camera Window

Set the Project window to Multi-camera using the windows pop up Options menu. this will allow for the switching of angles during playback.


Switch the Program window source

You can also use this same menu to tell the Audio source to follow the Video source as discussed in Step 7. See if you can spot that option (its near the bottom). The Program window will display all camera angles and the footage from the timeline.


Step 9. Go Large

The Program window is a little small perhaps, particularly if you have 4 or more angles in your multi camera sequence.


Your very own OB Gallery!

Press the ~ (Tilde) key to enlarge the Program window to full screen.


Step 10. Start Cutting

Select your opening angle in the Program window and press the HOME key to park the playhead on the first frame.

Play the Sequence and start clicking on different source angles. As you do, the footage from the timeline will switch to that angle. You are now cutting the footage real time.


All your switches appear as cuts

Keep cutting until the sequence runs out of footage (you did choose something short to practice on right?). When the playhead stops, either from coming to the end of the sequence or because you pressed Stop, the cuts you made will appear in the timeline.

Now all you need to do is play the edit. If you hate it use Edit > Undo to remove all the cuts in one go and have another go in the Multi Camera Project window.

This is a huge time saver, give it a go with other footage you might have lying around.

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