Avid Media Composer Multi-Camera Editing Mode

Using the Avid Media Composer program for multi camera editing is a very simple task, although it may take some time. By following these simple instructions, you will be able to get through your editing easily and quickly.

Step 1 - Loading Clips into the Avid Media Composer

Firstly, you must open your Avid Media Composer program and open up the project you want to work on. Once you have done that, you will see your clips in the "bin." From there you can either click and drag them into the source viewer or you can double click on the clip to open in the source viewer. You can also select multiple clips and open them all in the source viewer by simply selecting them all and dragging or double clicking on them.

Step 2 - Making a Sub-Clip

A sub-clip is very simple to create and to save. Simply open the clip in the source viewer and select where you want your sub clip to be. You can do this by playing the clip in real time and when you see the part you would like to start the sub-clip, press the "I" key on your keyboard, (this will be the start of your sub-clip). Once you have reached the part where you would like the sub-clip to end, press the "O" key. Next, you will have to click and drag the box, which is located on the left of the clip name above the source viewer, and drag it to your bin. There you will find the sub-clip and be able to rename it to whatever you please.

Step 3 - Creating an Audio Sub-clip

Open the clip you wish to make the audio sub-clip from in the source viewer. In the timeline under that, you will see V1, A1 and A2 and so on. Click once on the V1 tab. This will turn off the activeness of your video leaving you with only the audio. Then, click the box located once again next to the name of the clip above the source viewer and drag it into the bin. Here you will see it is represented by a wave form icon and you can rename it if you please. So when you click play on that audio sub-clip, you will only have active audio commands in the timeline and only the audio in the source viewer.

Step 4 - Creating a New Sequence

Right click on the "timeline" window and click on "new sequence." Name this sequence and place it in the bin of your choice. Then, select the clips, sub-clips and audio clips that you want to use and open them in the source viewer. Add in your "in" and "out" points on the clip. Then add your preview clip to the timeline by using "overlay" or "splice" commands.  You can do this with however many clips and audio clips you please by doing the same method mentioned above.

There you have it. You have completed the basic editing of multi-camera clips.