Edius 5: Using the Multi-Cam Tool

The Edius 5 is the latest iteration in the non-linear audio/video-editing suite by Grass Valley, and it provides a strong editing platform to the video editors at intermediate and higher levels. Multi Cam mode in Edius 5 provides an easy and efficient means to edit footage that is shot simultaneously from multiple sources. The software suite supports Multi Cam editing from up to 8 sources.

Step 1: Launch the Edius 5 Interface

Select the Edius 5 application shortcut from the programs menu to launch the software. You may find the program shortcut on your desktop. You may choose any project type or settings you wish depending on your choice. All project types in Edius 5 support the Multi Cam mode. You will create a new sequence in Edius 5 to get started with Multi Cam editing.

Step 2: Load the Source File

To load some video footage, you will go to the BIN windows and select the video files from your stream folder. Once selected, the clips will show in the BIN windows. You will then select the required audio and video clips for the mixing process and click and drag them to the editing timeline. You may put in any number of clips that you wish to edit. Please note that your camera shots and footage need not be contiguous pieces of video. You may use the Multi Cam tool to jump to a completely unrelated piece of footage. Once the right files are in the timeline, these may be edited as you deem fit.

Step 3: Set up Multi Cam Mode

You will select and enter the Multi Cam mode by choosing “Multi Cam” from the “Mode” menu. This may also be achieved by using the keyboard shortcut (the default key is F8) for Multi Cam mode. You will notice that the Monitor display has changed. Next, you will define “virtual cameras” by assigning relevant footage from the BIN folders on a V or VA line to be a specific camera.

Step 4: Switch between Cameras

You will notice that there are 2 ways to switch between cameras – either by clicking the preferred camera’s preview in the Monitor window using your mouse cursor or by hitting the corresponding number keys on the number keypad on your keyboard.

Step 5: Make Adjustments

You will now need to add various cut points in the timeline. To do so, you will click and drag the marker above the timeline. In order to remove a cut point, you will right-click the cut point and choose “Add Cut Point/Clear Cut Point” or toggle it by using the “0” key on numeric keypad.

Step 6: Add Transitions

Once you are through with adjusting, editing and finalizing the Multi-Cam sequence, you may want to add transitions at the cut points made during step 5. To do this, you will choose the “Compress to Single Track” option from the “Mode” menu. Once that is done, you will switch back to Normal editing mode by selecting “Normal” from the “Mode” menu.