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Tutorial: Creating and Editing Multicam Sequences in Final Cut Pro X

When Apple originally released Final Cut Pro 10, the biggest deficit for Pro users was the lack of multicam. With the 10.0.3 release, Apple has addressed this with a highly functional and easy-to-use multicam feature, which Jan Ozer explains in this tutorial.

I also had a colleague shooting DSLR footage shown in Figure 5 (below). His footage was limited to 10 minutes in duration, so he's got about 7 clips that we've integrated into the project.

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Figure 5. DSLR footage.

I also captured audio from the soundboard to provide high-quality audio. That was captured to CD, which I ripped and then included in the project (Figure 6, below).

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Figure 6. Soundboard audio source.

Creating the Multicam clip

The next step is to select all the component clips that you want to use and build the multipclip. It takes between 15 and 20 minutes to create the clip, depending on the content that you've got selected.

To create the multicam clip, select the component clips, right-click, and select New Multicam Clip from the pull-down that appears (Figure 7, below).

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Figure 7. Selecting your clips and choosing New Multicam Clip.

Figure 8 (below) shows your options. Next you'll need to give your clip a name. And for simple productions like the example used here, make sure that "Use audio for synchronization" is selected (Figure 8, below).

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Figure 8. Multicam clip creation options.

Press OK, and Final Cut Pro 10 will chug along and start creating your clip.

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