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Lesson 14. Multicam Editing > Editing a Multiclip to the Timeline

Editing a Multiclip to the Timeline

Except for one important difference, getting a multiclip into the Timeline is the same as it is when you edit a single clip. You position the playhead in the Timeline, patch the source controls, and mark your multiclip in the Viewer, if you want to edit only a portion of it. You can even click the Overwrite or Insert edit buttons in the Canvas to make the edit. The only difference is that when you choose the drag-and-drop approach to making the edit, either dragging the image to the Canvas Edit Overlay or directly to the Timeline, you must use the Option key.

In the Viewer, set an In point just after the audio pop at the head of the multiclip. Move the playhead toward the end of the multiclip, and set an Out point where all the images are still in view.

Make sure the CD track – In Points clip is the active audio source and has a green highlight around it. Click the wide right clip as the active video angle.

In the Timeline, make sure the playhead is at the beginning of the sequence, and that the video and audio source controls are patched to the V1, A1, and A2 destination tracks.

To edit the multiclip into the Timeline, click the red Overwrite edit button in the Canvas. You can also use the drag-and-drop approach, but you must hold down the Option key as you drag.

In the Timeline, a stereo audio track appears along with one video track. Multiclips are contained within one track in the Timeline. The audio is the CD Track – In Points audio that was selected prior to making the edit. The video is the active video angle you selected prior to making the edit.


Think of the multiclip in the sequence as a layer cake. The top layer is visible, but you can switch to a different layer beneath it at any time.

Play the sequence.

When you play the sequence, you see only the active angle, or the top layer, play in the Canvas. To see the other angles play in the Viewer at the same time, you have to change the playhead sync.


Although you can double-click the multiclip in the sequence to open it in the Viewer, you still need to perform the following step to see all the angles play simultaneously.

In the Canvas, click the Playhead Sync pop-up and choose Open. You can also choose View > Playhead Sync Open, or press Ctrl-Shift-O. Play the multiclip again.

With this option, Final Cut Pro literally opens the multiclip into the Viewer and keeps it open as you continue editing so you can see all the angles—as many as 16—play at once. Notice in the Viewer scrubber bar that the two rows of dots, or sprocket holes, appear as they do when you open a single clip from the Timeline.


To ensure that you see all angles play in the Viewer during multiclip editing, make sure you have Multiclip Playback checked in the Timeline RT pop-up and the Playhead Sync set to Open.

Without playing the multiclip, click the different angles in the Viewer to see each one appear in the Canvas.

In the Timeline V1 track, the thumbnail image changes whenever you switch to a different angle, as does the angle name on the clip. However,since the switching mode is set to Video in the Playhead Sync pop-up menu, the audio track doesn't change.


In the Timeline, make sure the multiclip is deselected. Anytime the multiclip is selected in the Timeline, many of the multiclip functions are disabled.

You can also switch angles by using a shortcut menu. Move the playhead to the head of the sequence and Ctrl-click the multiclip on the V1 track. From the shortcut menu, choose Active Angle, and then choose Gilly_cuguitar from the submenu.

This menu lists the clip names along with their angle numbers.

To switch angles on an extended keyboard, click the numbers between 1 and 4 to switch between the different video angles.

As in many Final Cut Pro functions, there is yet another way to switch between the camera angles. There is a preset button bar layout you can load to use in multicam editing.


If you haven't already saved your customized button bar layout, take a moment to do that so you can load it back into the interface when you complete this lesson.

To load the preset multiclip button bars, choose Tools > Button Bars > Multiclip.

New buttons have been added automatically to the button bars in each window. These buttons are placed in the most logical window to help youwith that function. For example, a Make Multiclip button appears in the Browser, and a Show Multiclip Overlays button appears in the Viewer.

Move your pointer over some of the new multiclip buttons to familiarize yourself with these options.

In the Timeline button bar, there are three sets of multiclip buttons; each set has a different color. Click the far-left gray button, and then click the button to the right of it. Now move your pointer over each of the first eight buttons.

These eight gray buttons are really just two sets of four buttons, with each set divided by a spacer. The first four buttons switch to video angles 1 through 4; the second four switch to audio sources 1 through 4.



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