Final Cut Pro: What is a Multiclip?

Final Cut Pro has had a multiclip function since its early inception, and while there were some problems with the system initially, the multiclip function works just as well as any other part of the Final Cut Pro creation. Some of the functions of a multiclip may not be familiar to the average user, but so long as you are familiar with the basic principle of cut and paste, you should be able to create a decent multiclip.

Multiclip Functions

Multiclip uses more than one camera to produce a series of clips, which are then played at the same time. It is possible to play more than 100 clips together using multiclip, although it is more reasonable to use only three or four tracks. Rather than layering the clips over each other, as you would with two cameras focused upon a single point, the user needs to play the pictures simultaneously. This can be done very simply using Final Cut Pro.

Preparing the Clips

In order to make the clips work in the program, you will need to ensure that they have the same ratios and bits in their pictures, and that there is no conflict between the types of movie file that they have been saved under. If necessary, edit all of the files before you start using multiclip, and save them in the same system under one folder. This will make them easy to access when you come to using them.

Pick One Point

You need to pick one point in your clips which is the same in each different angle. It is this point which will help you to create the synchronicity, which ensures that your multiclip film works as a piece of art. You can use a camera flash, an animal or a color which appears to focus all of your clips. Use an In or Out marker to indicate the place where you have located this one point.

Using the Multiclip Dialog Box

The first place that you should look when you open multiclip is the dialog box. This box will help you to make the multiclips, and allow you to tell your Final Cut Pro software how you want the clips to be synchronized. You can synchronize your clips in one of three ways: by using the In marker as the starting point, the Out Marker, or by using the timecode. This will ensure that all of your clips play at the same rate.

Check Your Pictures Using Multiclip

You can check your pictures using the viewer window. Run all of your clips together, so that you can ensure that they run at the same time. You should ensure that the timelines for each event match up, and if you spot any particular problems with your timeline, remove the multiclips from the viewer, and take them back to the browser or timeline windows.

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