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Recently we talked about creating multiclips in Final Cut Pro.  Today, we'll take it one step further, and talk about how to actually edit that multiclip we created.

Assuming you already have your multiclip ready in the Browser, double-click on it to open it up in the Viewer.  The active angle is highlighted in a blue/green box.  Now click on the View pull-down menu and click on Show Multiclip Overlays.  This is so you can see each clips' angle number, name, and timecode. 


Now suppose you want those camera angles positioned differently in the Viewer; you can Command+drag any of those angles into another position.  So if you wanted your main camera angle to be in the number one position, just command+drag that main clip into the the first window; the clip that was in that position will simply move into the new arrangement.  If you have a lot of camera angles to organize, just Cmd+drag each clip into whatever position makes the most sense for you.

Now, click on the Playhead Sync pop-up menu in the Viewer.  Select Video.  This will allow you to switch between just the video sources, and you can use just one of the the audio clips from whichever angle has the best sound.  If you were to choose Video + Audio, you may have uneven sound levels between clips or even audio "popping" between edits.  Now notice once you've changed your Playhead Sync to Video only, and click on the number 2 postion, the blue/green box separates.  The green represents the active source your audio is coming from, and the blue highlight box switches to the active video angle.

playhead_sync_video2.gifContinue reading to edit your multiclip...

Ok, now we're actually ready to edit your multiclip.  In the Timeline, click on the RT popup menu and make sure Multiclip Playback is selected. 


overwrite_button.gifTo edit the multiclip into the Timeline, hold down the option key to drag the multiclip into the Timeline.  Or you can click on the Red Overwrite Button from the Canvas

In the Timeline a single audio track appears along with one video track.  The multiclips, or all your camera angles, are contained within one clip in the Timeline.  When you play the sequence, you will only see the active angle, or the top layer.  To see the other angles play in the Viewer at the same time, you have to change the Playhead Sync to Open.


Final Cut Pro opens the multiclip into the Viewer and keeps it open as you continue editing, so you can see all the angles at once.  Now, to change the angle at a certain point in the sequence, you need to cut between angles in order to create your edits in the multiclip.  You can do this by playing the clip in the Timeline and selecting different camera angles in the Viewer as the multiclip plays.  When you press the space bar, your angle switching, or edits will show up in the Timeline.  You'll notice the different thumbnails in the Timeline to your different camera angles, even though it's still all part of the multiclip.  Once you've cut the new edit points, you can then fine tune them with the Roll Tool

multiclip_edit.gifThere is another way to switch and cut multiclips, which is by mapping your numerical keypad to the numbers of the angle shots; but that little tutorial is for another day, so stay tuned for part three of this Multiclip Editing Series!


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