Welcome to another video tutorial by San Diego video production company, BizVid Communications. In this video you’ll learn how to edit a project that was shot in iso with two or more cameras. We’ll bring each of the camera’s footage into Premiere and cut them together as though it were a live switch. Typically this technique is used on projects where different camera angles were incorporated. I have already imported the footage into the timeline. The first task will be to get both clips in sync with each other.
Let me find the starting point in clip one. I’ll use the clap board for this. You could also use time code as long as you jam synced both cameras so that they recorded the same code at the same moment. I’ll position the CTI at the point where the board comes together. You can finesse this with the arrow keys on your keyboard. Now in the menu bar I’ll select “Marker”, then “order number.” I’ll leave this at zero but you can choose any number just be sure that the other clips you mark have the same number. Now I’ll do the same for the second clip. I’ll find the start point, select “Marker” then “Clip Marker” then “Set Other” and enter order number which is zero. Now, to synchronize these two, I need to select both, then right click, scroll to “synchronize” and click.
The Synchronize Clips window appears and I tell the system to synchronize clip marker zero and click. As you can see, the two camera clips are moved into sync. This is now the master sequence but to get to Multicam mode I need to create another sequence. Position your mouse in the Project window, right click and select Sequence. The new sequence window will default to the project size but you will want to add a name for it….I’ll call it “nested” and click “OK.” Next, I’ll choose 1-video layer and 1-audio layer….that’s all we’ll need in this sequence. Click “OK.”
Here’s the new “Nested” sequence with one video and one audio layer. Notice two tabs above the timeline….the “Raw” sequence and the “Nested” sequence. Next is to bring the “Raw” sequence into the “Nested” sequence. So, from the Project Window, click and drag it into the “Nested” sequence. Next, right click on the clip and select “Multi-camera” then, “enable.” Once you “enable”, you can see the sequence title change to MC-1….that means the sequence is ready to go. To edit this sequence, position your mouse on “Window” click and scroll down to “Multi-Camera Monitor” and click….and there it is.
But before you edit, there is one more thing you need to do and that is to tell the system from which camera do you want the audio track to be pulled. You have two choices, “audio follows video” meaning that every time different camera is clicked, the system will pull audio from that camera. If you leave that choice unchecked, the system will only draw audio from one source of your choosing. To start the edit, press “play” then “record.” Next, I will use my mouse to make the visual cuts. Whichever camera box I click , Premiere will make the cut at that point. So let’s do a few………I can also use the number pad and click “1” or “2” and if I had more cameras, I could click “3” and “4.” Okay, as you can see, the sequence has been cut at the points that I chose.
And there it is, a live switched program. If a mistake was made, simply re-position the mouse at the point before the mistake, call up the monitor and start again from that point. If you want to do a dissolve anywhere within your project, just position you CTI over the cut and add a dissolve…the shortcut is control “D.”Once you have the show to your satisfaction, you can export it like you do any project….by going to file, export, media. I hope this tutorial has answered some questions for you and will help you launch into multicam editing…..a fun way to produce video. Be sure to visit other tutorials on our BizVid Communications YouTube channel. Thanks for watching.