Avid Media Composer Multicam Editing


Multi-camera editing in Media Composer is
easy, so check out his short sequence and I will walk you through the steps. To start, you can see I have four clips within
a bin. Each clip represents one camera angle. The first step is to find a sync point for
each camera. So, I’ll drag the first clip into the source
window, and I’m going to mark an in-point at the point where the girl jumps into the
air. Okay, so I’ve marked the same point in time
for my other three clips where the girl is jumping into the air. After you’ve found a sync point for all four
clips, select the clips within the bin. Then navigate to the bin menu and choose group
clips. Click okay to group by the in-points. This will create a grouped clip in your bin. The next step is to drag your grouped clip
into an empty timeline. This will create an untitled sequence. I recommended that you give your sequence
a name. Now navigate to the special menu and choose
multi-camera mode. Now, as I back up through the timeline, you
can see all the camera angles are in sync. So now as soon as you press the play button,
you can cut between the different camera angles in real time. If you decide to make a change to one of the
angles, park the playhead indicator over the segment you want to change within the timeline,
and then hold down the alt key and click on the camera angle to switch out. However, there’s one catch. Notice how Media Composer kept the audio from
the first camera and only performed video cuts. To fix this, navigate to the project window
and click on the settings tab. Then double click on the composer settings. Within the composer settings, under the window
tab, click on the option to display two rows of data. In the upper left corner of the source window,
you will now see a multicam icon. In this menu you can tell Media Composer to
cut your audio and video together. You can also switch out a specific audio or
video segment by selecting a different camera angle. So in this case, I’ll choose the audio from
the lockdown camera. And remember, you’ll still have access to
all the standard Media Composer editing features even after you choose to leave multi-camera
mode. For example, if I made a particular camera
edit at the wrong point in time, I can enter into trim mode by dragging a lasso around
an edit point, and make a quick adjustment. Then click on the timecode track to enter
back into Multicamera mode. It’s that easy! And don’t forget, GeniusDV also offers classroom
and flat rate onsite Avid Media Composer training.