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Multi Camera Editing

Lesson 31 from: Final Cut Pro X Bootcamp

Abba Shapiro

Multi Camera Editing

Lesson 31 from: Final Cut Pro X Bootcamp

Abba Shapiro

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Lesson Info

31. Multi Camera Editing


Class Trailer

Class Introduction


Exploring Final Cut Pro X: Navigating the Interface


Exploring Final Cut Pro X: Project Timeline


Exploring Final Cut Pro X: Basic Editing


Refining Your Edit Introduction


Refining Your Edit: Trimming


Refining Your Edit: J and L Cuts


Refining Your Edit: Roll and Overwrite Edits


Lesson Info

Multi Camera Editing

we're gonna do something kind of unique going to multiple camera editing, multi camera editing. So I'm a big fan of this. Uh, it's so easy to shoot multiple cameras these days. You don't have to have all expensive cameras. I often use a 2nd 3rd camera. Sometimes, if I have a nice primary camera, I'll have a little pocket gamma camera. Get some B roll. I've used my phone. I've used my IPad. You get really good quality stuff, and even if it's not your primary camera, it's great Back up. You can always have a wide shot or a cover shot. You know it helps you cut, so don't think that Oh, it's not the same quality as we've learned that you can color, correct and match them. And I'll tell you, phones thes days they can shoot ultra high definition. They can shoot four K. You should take advantage of that. They're amazing. So don't put something aside because you think it's not the same quality of your primary camera. You know, I always like to sometimes put a little GoPro up in the corner. We ...

use it here, the creative life, because I can always run to that master shot. I can run for cover. And the thing is, and I'm going to say this throughout the less because it's the most important thing. Always make sure the audio is recording on each of these cameras because that's the easiest way to sink them up. So they're all able to just switch live, which is what we're gonna do. You can do it other ways, but let's go ahead and step inside of what we're gonna do now. So we're gonna organize and media a little bit. We're going to create what's called a multi cam clip, which is going to get everything in sync. Then we're gonna show you how you can edit it. And then even how you confined to know how you can refine the other using some of the skills that we've learned throughout the previous eight lessons. So let's just hop right in. I don't talk a little bit about what you need to do multi camera, so we'll go ahead. I'm gonna close out my inspector, give myself some space, close that out on a lot of real estate. So we've seen a lot of this footage before. This is the interviews I did with Anna and I did have a few different cameras and I was a one man band, and I had some cameras that ran out of batteries and another camera forgot to play on another camera where it wasn't aimed right that lots of cameras. But I'll set a lot of mistakes, but I did achieve the opportunity was able to achieve getting pretty much three angle successfully, even though they didn't match and we learned how to make the match. So I have this front angle, this camera one angle. And then I had kind of a wide shot here where I actually shot this on ultra high definition. So what I would ultimately probably do is crop it a little bit. So you don't see the people walking in the background, but because I shot it at a whole ultra high definition At four K, I can zoom in up to 1/4 of the screen and not lose any resolution. So it's one thing I like to do when shooting an interview. As a matter of fact, we're not gonna do it here because time doesn't permit, but this is a great little tip sometimes, even if I only have one camera. But if it shoots four K, such is my phone. You know, an IPhone six s and beyond will shoot four K. I can frame the person wide, and then I can duplicate that and zoom in on the same shot as a second angle. And now I can do a multi camera them together. Maybe I will give it a shot in the time that we have, but it gives me to camera perceptions from one set up. So let's go ahead and talk about what I did when I recorded this and what one of the two ways that you might do it. First of all, I said, audio is important. So I recorded all of these cameras with make sure the sounds on it didn't have to be good. Sound. Okay, because, as we know, the sound on your camera can be horrible because it's a little pin mike. And if you have like an electric zoom and you're zooming in and zooming out, if any of you have ever done that, you hear that, Z? What I do recommend if you think you're gonna get bad sound is, you can either get a microphone that you can plug into the camera. They make them. They're designed for the cameras. With the little pinholes, you can get them from any you know, I go to mine online and you can plug it in like a lavallee running to the person and clip it to them. What I did with this one is I actually had a labral ear that plugs into my phone, and I took an old phone old IPhone. Ah, and I used that as a separate recording device, and I got much cleaner audio because I could clip Elavil leer on her, just hit my Laval ear. So this play big in the studio and then depending on the length of the court, because I have a couple difference I could either have tucked into her pocket or in this case was long enough court that I could run it over me to start and stop recording gave me much cleaner audio, and it was actually very inexpensive solution. I mean, you could get a labral ear like that anywhere from 20 to $60 maybe $80 then there's different recording options. You could record with the regular apple one, but most the microphones have a recording app that you can download, and they also work interchangeably. So I highly recommend that to get clean audio, because I'll tell you, if you get clean audio, people are much more forgiving about your image. If you can't hear the person, it's a challenge. We also learned how to fix some audio in the audio section of the training in case she was a very soft speaker. You could also get a separate, unique recording device. Like Zoom H four ends very popular. One. It's about $180.200 dollars. And it just records, um, way files and the ideas I want to take that good audio sync it with the camera that has the mediocre audio. And when I switch, I'm really switching the picture and I'm keeping my good audio there. So that's the trick. And that's important. And it's only a few dollars more in a couple more steps to get a lavallee on a person in trying to do an interview and trying to get it on the camera. If you're running and gunning, by the way you can get shotgun mikes that you can mount kind of near the camera, so at least you don't pick that all up and you'll get better audio. So the goal is if you can find a way to shoot better audio, find like a 10 can help you cut it together.

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Keyboard Shortcuts
Project Files - Dancer Media - Part 1 of 2 (Large Download 2.13 GB)
Project Files - Dancer Media - Part 2 of 2 (Large Download 1.88 GB)
Project Files - Green Screen

Ratings and Reviews

a Creativelive Student

Wonderful. This is the first time I've seen any of Abba's classes, and he's a great teacher. I've been watching the live sessions for the past few days and have picked up a ton of great tips that will indeed speed up my workflow in FCPX. He's a great teacher, and does a wonderful job of setting people at ease, ie. where he says things like, 'there's no trick questions', and times where he will click on something wrong, then he'll go back and show his mistake (pointing out his minor mistakes are actually a beneficial lesson). In all, wonderful wonderful wonderful. Thank you!


Fantastic teacher. I enjoyed every video, super worth it. I've been reluctant to jump into FCP X since it got upgraded from FCP. Now I feel confident to work with it again. Seems pretty self explanatory, but I am glad I watched the course. Abba covers pretty much everything you need to know. I also loved his personality, made me want to learn more each day.

Alan Pole

Absolutely brilliant. Abba gets to the point, is clear, organized and articulate, and lays it all out in a manner that quickly brings your confidence level from zero to hero. Highly recommend this to any photographer who wants to blog, build ads, or include video in their offering. I feel like an amazing new world has been provided to me. Thank you!

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