Final Cut Pro: How To Use Speed Settings with Multiclips

In Final Cut Pro, when you group together at least 2 clips, you are creating multiclips. You will need to create multiclips if you are doing a multicamera shoot. With a multicamera shoot, you are using multiple cameras to record the same subject from multiple angles. Final Cut Pro allows you to use the speed settings to apply constant speed changes to the entire multiclip. When you apply the speed changes, the changes will also apply to all component camera angle clips that are associated with the multiclip.

Multiclips and Speed Effects 

Before you can begin applying speed effects to your multiclips, you need to be familiar with the restrictions that Final Cut Pro has in place. When creating a multiclip, you cannot include any clips that have been previously speed modified. The only speed changes that Final Cut Pro allows you to apply to multiclips are constant speed changes. If you are using the Viewer to display your multiclips, all of the angles shown by the Viewer reflect the speed of the active angle only. If you perform a standard switch between angles, all speed effects will be lost. If you need to switch between angles, the only way to keep your speed effects is to use the Switch Video with Effect command. 

Changing the Speed of a Multiclip

To begin changing the speed of a multiclip, you will need to open the multiclip in either the Browser or the Timeline. If you have previously applied speed changes to the multiclip, they will be replaced with the speed changes that you are now making. With the multiclip selected, go to Modify and select Change Speed. You can also access the Change Speed dialog by pressing Command and J.

With the Change Speed dialog open, you will then be able to create the speed effect that you want. For more information on what the various Change Speed dialog controls do, visit our article "Final Cut Pro: How To Use the Change Speed Dialogs." When you are finished with creating speed effects, press OK. Final Cut Pro will automatically apply the speed effects that you created to your multiclip. By using the Change Speed dialog, the speed effects that you create will apply to to video of your multiclip and any audio that is linked to the video.

Working with Camera Angle Clips

If you need to include a camera angle clip in your multiclip that has a variable speed effect applied to it, you will need to first follow the above directions for using the Change Speed dialog. Once you have applied the speed effect to the camera angle clip, the clip will need to be exported as a QuickTime movie. With the clip exported as a QuickTime movie, you will then need to import that clip back into Final Cut Pro. Once the clip has been imported back into Final Cut Pro, you will be able to add that clip to your multiclip.

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