You've captured stunning footage and pristine audio, and now it's time to tie everything together into a cohesive edit. In this segment, we talk about labeling your clips, syncing your audio and video, setting up a multi-camera clip, and using the multi-camera editing tools. Knowing how prepare your clips and utilize the tools properly can help streamline the post production process, and get your project completed on time.
Using a multi-camera editing tool is an effective way to minimize your time in the edit room. Clearly naming your source footage will help keep everything organized when you finally dive into the editing program. In our example, we've got three cameras, as well as two separate audio tracks. I'm going to start by labeling the video. I'll change this this tight shot of one host to cam1, this wide shot to cam2,, and this tight shot of our other host to cam3. Now I'll label the audio clips host1 and host 2. In premiere pro, we'll double click in the project panel and then select our clips and click okay to import them. In order to sync these clips, we'll use the video or audio from our clapper. First, I'll double click on the cam2 video footage. If I scrub through, I can find the point where the slate is in view, and then move to the point where it actually claps. Switching into audio waveform view can help me be really precise. Once you've got the CTI in the proper position, mark in by clicking the mark in icon, or pressing I on the keyboard. Now Repeat this process for each video and audio clip.
Once you've got all your clips marked, you're ready to create your multi-cam clip. Highlight the video clips in the order of the cameras, cam1, cam2, then cam 3. Now right click and select create multi-cam source sequence. Make sure in points is selected, and name your sequence. If you do have footage with synced time code, you can skip the mark in step, and select timecode instead of in points... and click okay. To see our multi-cam clip expanded, right click on the “clip” and select open in timeline. You can see that by default, the first clip you select is deemed the primary audio source, and that track is on, while subsequent clips have their audio off by default. If cam one was our only source of audio, we'd be ready to go, but in our case, we're using separate tracks, so I'll go ahead and turn track one audio off. Now drag the audio track that we set the in point for earlier into the timeline and move it to the beginning. If your in points are accurate, everything should sync nicely. I'll repeat the process for my second audio track... and we're all set.
The audio is synced, the multi-camera clip is ready, and now it's time to see what our multi-cam editing tools can do. First, right-click the multi-cam clip in your project window and select new sequence from clip.Then, go to the window menu, and select multi-camera monitor. What you see here is all your potential tracks in the preview monitor on the left, and your program feed on the right. To begin switching between your cameras on the fly, simply click play... and then click on the shot you want... Another method is to use the number keys at the top of your keyboard. Each number corresponds to the shot in the preview monitor. So I can use 1, 2, and 3 in order to change cameras.
If you've recorded audio with each video clip, and you want to want your audio to follow your video, you just need to tweak your setup a bit. You'll need to open up your multi-cam clip and make sure each audio track is turned on. Right click the multi-cam clip and select open timeline. Now turn on each audio track that you want, then return to you main timeline. Right click your multi-cam clip, and select unlink. Select the audio portion of the clip, right click, scroll down to multi-camera, and select enable. Finally in the multi-camera window, click the dropdown at the upper right and check audio follows video. If we play our timeline and perform switches, the audio will now switch with the video clip.
Of course, the best part of editing multi-camera in post is that you can perfect the timing of your switches after you've made them. Let's dive back into premiere to show you how. If you like the switch, but want to adjust the timing slightly, select the rolling edit tool with your mouse, or press n on the keyboard. If you hover over an edit point you can simply click and drag to adjust the timing of a switch. If you need to remove a portion of the clip, use the razorblade to cut the audio and video, then select the ripple edit tool by pressing b on the keyboard. Now click and drag away the portion you want to get rid of. If you like the timing of a switch, but want to change the source that you switched to, you can simply right-click the source you want to change, select multi-camera, and then select the source you'd like to change it to. Another way to do this is to select the part of the clip you'd like to change and use the numbers at the top of your keyboard to change the source. A final way to do this is to use the multi-camera monitor. Simply move the CTI over the clip you'd like to change, then click on the clip you want to replace it with. If you'd like to use the multi-camera monitor to make a new switch at a specific point in time, you can press control or command on your keyboard and click.You can also use the razor tool in the timeline to make a cut, then change the source by right-clicking or using the keyboard to select a new source.
With proper setup, and a little practice, you'll be editing multi-camera sequences like a pro in no time. In our next segment, we talk about how to switch a live event. For those bold enough to switch live on the fly, it's a great way to essentially eliminate the need for post production.