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Adobe Premiere Pro - Advanced Training

How to use Multi Cam video in Premiere Pro

Daniel Walter Scott

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Hi everyone, in this video we are going to look at Multi Cams. I got two separate bits of footage, two different shots filmed at the same time, on different cameras. I'm going to show you how to stick them together, so that we can play through the Timeline, and just switch between whatever camera we want. It's all synced together nicely, it's very exciting, let's get going. 

All right, first up I got a new project, let's import some stuff, it's in our 'Exercise Files', is under 'Donut Dynamite', bring in everything from there, and you need to identify a Multi Cam, got some lots of B-roll and other things, but at the moment I just want these two, Interview Sync A and B Cam. So these are my different shots, let's open them up. 

So in the Source monitor, so this one, it's close up, and I've got this medium shot, and they are recorded at the same time on different cameras. So what you need to do is, we're just going to do two, you can have a lot more, what we need to do is check out which has the best audio. "I'm Madame Donut, I'm Madame Donut." 

In our case, these, whoever shot this footage, has made the audio good on both tracks. Often, one will be good, because you'll be using a good-- your camera will be hooked up with really good audio, and the other one will just be recording with the default built-in camera audio, and it will be horrible. So for this thing to work though you need both bits of audio, so even the horrible stuff. So if you're recording this yourself, record one with your great mic, that's fine, and the other one, just have the default microphone on your camera recording, just so you've got something-- because that's what Premiere Pro uses to stitch it together. 

In this case they're both the same, both equal, so I don't need to worry. To make a Multi Cam you select both of them, so I'm clicking the first one, holding 'Shift', click the second one, right click it, and say, 'Create Multi Camera Source Sequence'. So the naming is going to use the video clip name, I'm going to add the word Multi Cam to the end. You might just call it whatever you want, by calling, custom, down here, we're going to use the audio tracks from both clips to sync them, and we're going to use the audio from the good track, which is Audio Track 1. 

Anything else? Enumerate Cameras, just means, I think that's the default, it's just going to assign like camera 1, camera 2 to whatever you've got. If you've got names already on the clip names, like I've got A Cam and B Cam, yours might be, you know, your Sony A7S, or something else. You might want to know which camera it is, and you can say, actually, just use the clip names. The one thing I like to turn off, I'll leave it on for the moment because I'll show you what it does. It's going to move these things into its own separate bin, I don't like it, but let's click 'OK', see what happens.

You see, what's happened is, I've ended up with this Multi Cam, it's this strange looking icon here. It's moved those two files just into this little folder here, I'm not sure why that's useful, it's being processed, I'm going to-- you need to untick it, or do what I do, and just drag it out afterwards. I find I need to kind of rename mine now, my Multi Cam. 

So I'm going to call mine "Interview", I'm just going to call it "Multi Cam", I don't know, always find the naming comes out a bit weird. I need to see it in my Program window, and then go, all right, that feels about right. So you don't kind of use this one straight off, it's kind of like a separate clip, you need to add it to a sequence. So I'm going to go to 'New Sequence', I can't see it, let's open this up, and, there. I also need to go to 'Window', 'Workspace', 'Save Changes to Workspace', thank you very much. 

So I've created a sequence based on that Multi Cam, I'm not going to call it on Multi Cam, because I'm going to get confused. This is just my regular old sequence with the Multi Cam dumped on it, it's green because it's different. Now we need to be able to see the Multi Cam option, so it's hidden, mine's on here already, yours won't be, hit this little '+' button in the Program monitor, and you're looking for this thing, Toggle Multi Cam View'. So it's kind of like group of squares, just click, hold, drag it, drag it, and drag it down there, click 'OK'. Let's turn it on, make sure your clip is selected, and what we need to do is, with it selected, if we just change it, it changes the whole clip to show, just the camera A or camera B. 

What we need to do is make an edit. So I'm going to zoom in down on my Timeline, and I'm probably going to, I like to use my audio track, so that's 'Option +', or 'Alt +' on a PC, to make the audio track bigger. I'm going to find my edit point. "Donut Dynamite, with my husband…" So there, in there, I'm going to switch from camera A to camera B to kind of like hide the pause, so about there, I'm going to make my cut, so I'm going to use my 'Command Shift K', or you could use your Razor Tool. 

If you're on a PC, remember, it's 'Ctrl Shift K' and what I'm going to do is, do I want this one? At the moment we're on camera B, if I go to this one, I might go to camera A, and that's how you kind of toggle between, you need an edit point, "Donut Dynamite, with my husband…" I'll find another point, we switch between here to hide this big--

So I'm going to do my cut again, 'Command Shift K', 'Ctrl Shift K', and about there I want to trim this out. So I'll just use my 'Q' key, using some multi shortcuts here, kind of trim it up and move it along, and what I want to do, in this one it's sync A, you can see this one here, I want to switch it back to this, here we go, "People keep coming in." And that's how to use Multi Cam, you can use a few shortcuts like, I don't know, when I first learned it, there's a lot of tutorials online where it says, you can play, use your shortcuts 1 and 2, 1 and 2, 1 and 2, 1, 2. You can click on this 1 and 2 while it's playing. So you can do it while it's playing, I don't know, I've never been able to edit that fast, if I was that fast, just play it through ones and edited it as I go, that would be cool, but I find it undoable. 

So I need to make my cuts first, and then be a little bit more deliberate. We can use those shortcuts though, so I'm going to undo all my crazy shortcuts, is we can get to a point here, and decide, actually instead of doing like the full-on cut, I can just get to this point and hit '1', and it will switch it over, nope, you have to put a cut in first, because it just switched the whole thing. 

So 'Command Shift K', and I am going to say, 2, so you can use that shortcut 1 and 2. Make your cut first, I'm cutting the audio as well, you don't have to, you can unlink them, but use that 1 and 2 to toggle between them. Now we're using something with, like one strong audio track, you might be doing an interview between two people, and they may have two good audio tracks, and what, at the moment what it's doing is, it's keeping track 1 all the way through, because that's the one I said. 

You can go into here, under your Program monitor, see this wrench, there's quite a few things in here for Multi Cam. It's only highlighted if you're inside, or have our Multi Cam selected, or in Multi Cam mode. I think the button operated, you can see here, see, the camera follows audio, that means it'll jump between the two, when you make your edits from camera 1 and camera 2. My audio is the same on both tracks, so it's not going to change anything, not the + buttons in the wrench, so I'm going to turn mine off, you can also, if you've got a few cameras, and you need to know what the names of them are. 

You can go through, go to the wrench, and you can actually 'Edit Cameras', and you can decide which one is first. Let's say that you've got, they're not A, B, because that makes sense, to be in that order, but let's say they just got different camera names, or different people, names of people. You can reorder them by dragging them around, means that--

So A is in top of B, let's do it the other way around. So now B's on top of A, you can turn cameras off if you don't need them. Not sure why you'd include it in your Multi Cam, but there's something you want to turn off, you can, let's click 'OK'. Now if you've made an adjustment, and you want to change it, you just go back, let's say that I don't want this to be, this now, you just click on it and say, this one, you all use that 1, 2 shortcut, to toggle between them, or, I don't know why, but there's a better zillion ways of changing it, you can go into, where it says Multi Cam, and say I want it to be, actually camera 2, and switch in between that way. 

Now let's look at diving into Multi Cam, because you'll see here, we've gone ahead and started our edits, but we haven't done any color correction. So let's say I want to do that now, I can do it individually to the separate clips, and copy and paste them to all the separate bits I've changed. It's probably nicer to actually just dive inside of the Multi Cam, plus it's interesting to see how it's constructed. That's the sequence that I'm working on over here. 

What I want to do is, this Multi Cam, which I'm kind of using just as a big video, that somehow magically I can cut between different shots. What I can do is I can right click it and say, open in, 'Open in Timeline', so I can actually open this up separately. So I'm inside my Multi Cam now, and we can kind of see it's just like overlaid them on top of each other, the audio, that's how they matched up the audio, and it's muted one of the tracks. If you decide that's not what you want, you want Track 2, just open it in, and turn them, and switch them around. 

What I want to do is, actually I want to color correct these two. I want to try and, I don't know, make them-- they're shot on different cameras, they look different, so what I want to do is, kind of use my, remember, Match Shot from earlier on, way back, eons ago in this course. What I want to do is be able to see both of them, so I'm going to twirl them back, so I can see one side, and the other. I'll put them back when I'm finished, but I wanted to be able to see this side, and that side, because, you can see, they're just very different. Let's say, fix one of them, I'm going to work on B cam, so B cam's here, I'm going to turn off the Multi Cam view, it's confusing me. 

So I've got this one, I'm working on, yeah, I'm working on that one, I'm going to just do some basic correction, I'm going to do auto, don't tell anyone, and I am going to, say that I like it, I worked on it, like it, I want to match it with this one. Remember our little Match Shot, so I'm going to be able to see this one, I'm going to go to my Lumetri Color, I'm going to go to my 'Color Wheels & Match'. I'm going to say 'Comparison View', please, and on this side, I want that, I want this side to match it. So we're going to go 'Apply Match', well, for this to work, actually, you need this selected, you need that selected, and on this side, I get confused with this. Is that the way, no, it's backwards, let's click 'Apply Match', no, other way around, then come on, so on this side, is the one I want to fix, and on this side is the one, that I want to steal from. 

So I've got the one that needs to be fixed, selected, and it's on this side here, I'm going to say, 'Apply Match'. It's going to match this side, you can see, it's pretty good, like it's done a pretty nice match. Let's turn it on and off, nice, Comparison View, I love it, and I love this Match thing, but in all honesty, I do get a little bit confused about, like which one should this one be, which one should be on which side, I don't know, use it loads, and every time I have to kind of, I don't know. I guess I want to mention it because, if you're finding it troublesome as well, it's not you, it's us, me and you. 

So I've edited it in this Multi Cam, I just need to put it back to the way I found it. So both of these got their edits on it, and because this Multi Cam - I'm going to close it down now. - is being used in the interview, these, all these separate little cuts have been adjusted as well, and it's interesting to see how Multi Cam is put together. It feels like this, huju, but when you go into it, you're like, ah, just overlaid it and lined up the audio, and there's a magical trick for jumping, between the two different track names. 

Another thing that might be useful, I don't really use it, but you can right click this, and we saw there was some Multi Cam stuff. There's one in here that says Flatten, I can flatten this thing, the difference is, at the moment it's this Multi Cam track, which I can then, click on open Multi Cam, switch it from camera A to B. If you want to turn all that off for whatever reason, you can actually just go to 'Flatten', it's not really destroying it, but what it's doing-- oh, have them all selected, undo that, have them all selected and then flatten them. 'Multi Cam', 'Flatten', it's not very destructive.

 All it's doing is, it's ignoring that Multi Cam now, that whole thing we made. It's now going directly to this, so that it's just a regular edit that I've done manually. It's just got this lumped into there, that lumped into there, I can't now go in, and go to Multi Cam, turn off Comparison view, Multi Cam, there is no multiple cameras now. So you turn that functionality off, but at least now these are just regular old clips, and there must be a reason for it. Hey, this is the advanced class, there's somebody out there going, "Phew." Awesome, now I can turn Multi Cam off. 

All right, so that is Multi Cam, I want you to play around with this project, see if you can switch between them, get used to diving inside the Multi Cam, switching to the different cameras, and think of your next project, where you've got multiple cameras, and hopefully make it a little bit easier, to both sync them and switch between cameras, and we've only done, what, two cameras, imagine if you have four or ten, that would be exciting. All right, on to the next video.