Streaming Media

Streaming Media on Facebook Streaming Media on Twitter Streaming Media on LinkedIn

Tutorial: Syncing Multicam Footage With PluralEyes 3

In part 2 of our series on multicam editing in Final Cut Pro X, Glen Elliott explains how you can accelerate and streamline the multicam-syncing process in Red Giant's PluralEyes 3.

Back to Final Cut Pro X

After you hit Export, PluralEyes 3 does a couple of things. The first thing you’re going to notice is a brand-new project that you did not create called “multicam synced” (Figure 12, below). When you open it up, you’ll discover that it’s is every file that we just dropped in, just like the previous project, but now it’s synced (Figure 13, below Figure 12, in the world's most undersized screenshot).

Figure 12. New project: multicam synced.

Figure 13. The synced clips in FCP X.

So it’s is all synced up; however, it’s not a multi-clip. So, it makes a new project and syncs all of your footage. PluralEyes 3 has created a multi-clip in another event, which you’ll see up in the Event Library. It’s called “multicam mc,” and you can see the multi-clip icon on the clip in Figure 14 (below).

Figure 14. The new multi-clip that PluralEyes created.

I don’t want to have multiple events in my project, so I just grab this multi-clip in this new event that I created, drag it over to the previous event we were working on (Figure 15, below), and let go.

Figure 15. Dragging the multi-clip event over the previous (unsynced) event.

Once that’s moved, we can go ahead and delete the redundant event. So, now our multi-clip is in the footage, identifiable by the multi-clip icon.

Next, we’ll create another new project and drop in this multi-clip that PluralEyes 3 just created. Just like any other multi-clip you create natively, you can right-click and choose Open in Angle Editor (Figure 16, below) to double-check your sync.

Figure 16. Opening the multi-clip in Angle Editor to check sync.

PluralEyes 3 does an amazing job at syncing. It’s incredibly fast and very accurate. For that reason, we tend to not even use FCP X’s native sync functionality even for short projects.

So that’s a quick outline of how to use PluralEyes 3 to sync your footage for Final Cut Pro X. If you’re having problems using the native sync, if for some reason Final Cut X’s not syncing it properly, or if you’re having problems with a particular project, I suggest giving PluralEyes 3 a try. Download it. Give it a shot and see how it works for you. For us it’s worked wonderfully.

Related Articles
In this first installment of our new tutorial series, Glen Elliott demystifies Final Cut Pro X, illustrates its core functions, and focuses on one of the most powerful new features for organizing, accelerating, and streamlining your edits: metadata keyword tagging.
The magnetic timeline is one of the major revolutionary changes in Apple Final Cut Pro X, and one of the areas editors struggle with when they're coming from track-based NLEs. In this tutorial we'll break it down and show you how to make it work for you.
This tutorial explores advanced editing techniques in FCP X including back-timing your edits, replacing edits and auditioning, top-and-tail editing, extend edits, trim-to-selection edits, keyboard trimming, and the Precision Editor.
In this tutorial, we'll look at several ways you can use connected storylines to enhance your FCP X edits and mix in cutaways and creative shots in a quick and efficient way.
Working with compound clips in FCP X is similar to nesting sequences in Final Cut Pro 7. Once you understand how it works, and how changes to compound clips can ripple across projects, it's a powerful feature that you'll find yourself using more and more.
Our Final Cut Pro X tutorial series continues with the first installment of a 3-part series on multicam editing in FCP X, addressing the basics like creating a multicam clip and cutting and switching audio and video using the Angle Editor.
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 this video tutorial Glen Elliott of Cord3Films looks at FCP X's Timeline Index which provides innovative options for viewing, navigating, and searching your projects, including three different types of timeline markers and the ability to create a navigable To Do list of editing notes that's indispensable for collaborative workflows.
This tutorial on Apple Final Cut Pro X inspects the Video Inspector, a context-sensitive area of the FCP X interface that allows you to change settings of various filters and settings, and focuses on making basic but effective color adjustments.
This tutorial on Apple Final Cut Pro X takes a closer look at color correction in the Inspector, exploring the Balance Color, Match Color, and Color Mask and Shape Mask features.
In our first tutorial on the recently released FCP 10.1, we look at the new Libraries feature, which enhances project and media organization and eases the adjustment for editors transitioning from FCP 7.
Here's a look at two workflows for applying film grain to your footage in FCP X using cineLook (with and without Gorilla Grain), first with 4k footage shot with the Blackmagic Production Camera, and then with Cinestyle-flattened DSLR footage.