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Both posts offer great advice.But keep in mind that you not only have to mark your time with a defined clap when you switch tapes, but also if you pause a camera. Your best bet is to mark it and let them run. If you end up having to switch tapes you will need a new clap, but not necessarily at the beginning of the tape. Assuming your event ends on with tape in both cameras, you can clap at the end and use that for syncing. You would just have to capture both tapes, go to the first frame with audio from the clap on camera one and split the clip. Do this again for camera two andline them up on your timeline. Select both of them and extend the clips backwards until you reach the beginning. If your NLE has multi cam than you can edit that way or like Grinner said, cut way from your top clip to show the clip below when you want that angle.If all else fails you can use a distinct motion or sound from your event if it is in both frames or is audible on both cameras. I have used a guitar players hands, priest’s wave of the hand, and once even a cough from the crowd. Use your eyes to find the syncing point, but use your ears to make sure they are sync’d properly. It is easier to hear when you are off by even 1 frame than it is to see it. Most importantly, keep the cameras rolling. Unless you have time code or can mark your scenes easily it is not worth the headache of syncing multiple times just to save some tape.