Final Cut Pro: How To Work with Multiclip Angles in the Viewer

Final Cut Pro allows you to use the Viewer to easily work with multiclip angles. You can use the Viewer to perform many functions with angles in a multiclip, such as: display, rearrange, resynchronize, as well as the ability to switch between various angles. Working with multiclip angles in Final Cut Pro's viewer is a snap, and this simple guide will walk you through the process.

What You Will Need

  • Final Cut Pro installed on your computer
  • Footage from multiple tapes or cameras

Step 1: Import the Multiclip Video Footage into the Log and Transfer Window

Import multiclips the way you would normally import footage from one or more tapes. Go to 'File' and then 'Log and Transfer' to open the viewer.

Step 2: View Multi-Clip Angles in the Viewer

Whenever you open a multiclip in the viewer, you'll notice that the various angles are displayed in a grid. Within the viewer, you can choose to view 1, 4, 9 or even 16 angles at the same time.

Step 3: Change the Number of Multi-Clip Angles Shown in the Viewer

Choose a multiclip option from the view pop-up menu in your viewer. This will bring up a pop-up menu that will allow you to choose how many different angles you want to view at once. For example, if you want to view 16 angles at once, select the 'Multi-Clip 16 Up' option from the pop-up menu.

Step 4: Viewing Angles Not Visible in the Viewer

If you have selected a multiclip angle option that provides for more angles that can be viewed in the viewer, move your mouse pointer over any video in the viewer. Then, an up or down arrow (or sometimes both) will appear in the viewer. When you click on the arrow, you will be shown additional angles that you can select for viewing in your viewer. If the arrow is green in color, this means that the active angle is not visible in your viewer; however, you can find it by clicking on the additional angles arrow and scrolling to it.

Step 5: Identifying the Active Audio and Video Angles

In Final Cut Pro, there are a few different ways to determine which angles are the active audio and video angles of a multiclip being shown in the viewer. However, the easiest way is to use the colored outlines to determine the state of a particular multiclip angle. A blue outline represents the active video angle. A green outline indicates which audio angle is active. If the angle is outlined by both blue and green lines, this means that both active audio and video come from the same angle.

Step 6: View Multi-Clip Overlays

You can use multiclip overlays in the viewer to display information about every angle in a multiclip. Information displayed about the overlays includes the angle number, the angle's clip name and the time code number for each angle displayed in the viewer. In order to turn on multiclip overlays, choose the 'Show Multi-Clip Overlays' option from the view pop-up menu.

Step 7: Rearrange Multi-Clip Angles in the Viewer

You can also rearrange multichip angles in the Viewer. In order to move an angle, double-click a multiclip in your browser or timeline and open it in the viewer. Then, command click on the angle that you want to move and drag it over another angle. Once you do this, the other angles will change position in order to make room for the angle that is being moved.

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