Final Cut Pro: Creating Individual Multiclips

Creating multiclips with Final Cut Pro is an easy to learn process that will allow you to create videos that show different angles of the same shoot or subject shots from multiple cameras. This technique can help elevate your video editing to the next level and help you create professional quality videos. This step by step guide will show you how.

What You Will Need

  • A computer with Final Cut Pro installed
  • Multiple camcorders or cameras
  • The footage from multiple cameras or tapes

Step 1: Shoot the Event and Synchronize Recordings

First, you need to shoot an event with multiple cameras from varying angles. Also, you should synchronize the timecodes on the different cameras. You can use a master timecode generator, or you can use the jam sync method to sync timecodes. Record about 3 or 4 seconds of video with the lens cap on all the cameras. Then, always had a couple of seconds of additional footage after you finish a shot. This will make working with your footage from multiple cameras in Final Cut Pro much easier.

Step 2: Import Footage into Final Cut Pro

Open Final Cut Pro and go to the Log and Capture window to capture clips from the cameras individually. You can capture individual clips or use the Capture Now feature to capture all of video on each tape.

Step 3: Assign Angle Numbers

When entering a description of your angle clips, always add an angle number. This will help you differentiate between the angles when working in Final Cut Pro.

Step 4: Align Clips

Align the clips by using the In or Out points. Open each clip in the Viewer, and set the appropriate In point or Out point to align the clips.

Step 5: Select Clips for Multiclip

In the Event Browser, locate the clips you want to include in your multiclip and select each one. You can also select clips from one or more logging bins or even other multiclips to include in the new multiclip. Then, choose 'Modify | Make Multiclip'. The Make Multiclip dialog box will appear and list the angle order and relative media alignment of the clips you have selected.

Step 6: Choose Synchronization Method

In the make multiclip dialog box, choose a synchronization method by clicking on the 'Synchronize Using' pop-up menu option. Then, select a method to use when synchronizing the clips. You can use In and Out points or timecodes to synchronize the clips.

Step 7: Exclude Clips You Don't Need

Review the clips that are listed before creating the multiclip. If there are clips that you don't want to include, deselect the checkbox next to the clip to make sure that it won't be included in the creation of the multiclip.

Step 8: Finish Up

Once you have completed the settings for the new multiclip, click the 'OK' button. Final Cut Pro will then create a multiclip that will appear in your Event Browser. Final Cut Pro will name the multiclip by assigning incremental numbers for each multiclip you create. However, you can change the name of the multiclip at any time by selecting it and choosing properties.

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