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Avid Media Composer Multi Camera Mode

This lesson focuses focuses on the basic fundamentals of using Multi Camera Mode within Avid Media Composer.  Understand Multi-camera mode can save you countless hours of time.

play_avid_tutorial.pngMulti-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. which means you need to mark an in-point for each of your cameras.

mark_sync_points.pngThen navigate to the bin menu and choose group clips. Click okay to group by the in-points.

group clips.pngThis will create a grouped clip in your bin.  The next step is to drag your grouped clip into an empty timeline.

edit_grouped_clip.pngThis 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.

multi_camera_editing.pngPlease note:  You will not see the actual edit points until you stop the play indicator.

Now, 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.

two_rows_data.pngIn 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.

second_row_data.pngYou 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.

trim mode.pngThen click on the timecode track  bar to enter back into Multicamera mode.

It's that easy! Don’t forget, GeniusDV also offers classroom and flat rate onsite Avid Media Composer training.


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