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Mixing Multicam Audio in Apple Final Cut Pro X

In this tutorial, Cord3Films' Glen Elliott demonstrates how to mix audio from multiple off-camera sources in a multicam edit in Apple Final Cut Pro X.

In the third installment of our series on multicam editing in Apple Final Cut Pro X, we’ll look at how to handle audio with your multi-camera clips.

The clip we’re going to use in this tutorial is a multiclip with four video angles and three audio sources from a recent Cord3Films wedding shoot, as you can see in Figure 1 (below).

Figure 1. Our 3 audio sources for our 4-video-source multiclip. Clicking on the small square icons at the bottom of the Project window (here you see 4 on the left and 3 on the white) toggles between the video and audio sources in the multiclip.

Editing Audio in the Angle Editor

To begin editing the audio for our multiclip, we can right-click it, and choose Open in Angle Editor (Figure 2, below).

Figure 2. Opening the multiclip in the Angle Editor

At the top of the timeline you’ll see the four video angles in blue, and below you’ll see those three audio sources or audio angles in green (Figure 3, below).

Figure 3. The 4 video angles (top) and 3 audio angles (bottom) in the timeline.

When you’re editing a multiclip like this one, often you’ll find that not only are you going to need to switch among all four video angles, but you’re also going to need to switch the audio sources. Fortunately, it’s pretty simple. To begin, just toggle audio only, as shown in Figure 4 (below). As you’re playing the audio you can choose what source of audio we want to pull from.

Figure 4. Click the highlighted waveform icon to toggle to audio only.

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