Create multicam clips in the Browser

Creating multicam clips is similar to creating auditions and compound clips in the Browser. Multicam clips can be made up of diverse media sources (different formats, frame rates, and so on). You can have multiple clips in any given angle of a multicam clip.

You can have Final Cut Pro create multicam clips for you automatically, or you can create the clips manually.

If you know what kind of metadata your multicam media has, you can create multicam clips using manual methods faster than with the automatic methods. The automatic methods use sophisticated automatic audio sync technology to ensure synchronization accuracy (but at the expense of processing time). It’s best to turn off the “Use audio for synchronization” feature when it’s not needed. For example, if you’ve recorded accurate timecode in every clip, Final Cut Pro can create your multicam clip automatically without the audio sync feature.

Create a multicam clip automatically

  1. In the Browser, select the clips you want to include in the multicam clip.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Choose File > New Multicam Clip.

    • Control-click the selection and choose New Multicam Clip from the shortcut menu.

  3. In the window that appears, type a name for the multicam clip in the Name field.

  4. Use the In Event pop-up menu to choose the event in which you want to create the new multicam clip.

  5. If the multicam automatic settings are not shown, click Use Automatic Settings.

    The multicam automatic settings appear.

    Multicam automatic settings

    Note: The automatic settings are shown by default, but if the last multicam clip you created used custom settings, those settings are shown.

  6. To sync angles automatically using audio waveform data, select “Use audio for synchronization.”

    This option makes precision sync adjustments using audio waveforms in each angle. This is the same audio sync technology that you can use to automatically sync clips together into a compound clip.

    Audio portions of multicam clips synced by audio waveforms

    Note: Some audio recordings are not suited for use with this feature. Selecting this option may result in long processing times during which Final Cut Pro is not available for editing.

  7. Click OK.

Final Cut Pro creates a new multicam clip in the event and places duplicates of the selected clips in the new multicam clip.

Multicam clip icon shown on clip in Browser

Create a multicam clip with custom settings

  1. In the Browser, select the clips you want to include in the multicam clip.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Choose File > New Multicam Clip.

    • Control-click the selection and choose New Multicam Clip from the shortcut menu.

  3. In the window that appears, type a name for the multicam clip in the Name field.

  4. If the multicam custom settings are not shown, click Use Custom Settings.

    The custom settings appear.

    Multicam custom settings

    Note: The automatic settings are shown by default, but if the last multicam clip you created used custom settings, those settings are shown.

  5. In the Angle Assembly pop-up menu, choose how the angles in the multicam clip are created:

    • Automatic: Final Cut Pro creates the angles automatically.

    • Camera Angle: Final Cut Pro creates angles in the multicam clip based on the Camera Angle property of the selected clips.

    • Camera Name: Final Cut Pro creates angles in the multicam clip based on the Camera Name property of the selected clips.

    • Clips: Final Cut Pro creates a separate angle for each selected clip, using the Name property in each clip to name the angle.

  6. In the Angle Clip Ordering pop-up menu, choose how angles are ordered within the multicam clip:

    • Automatic: Final Cut Pro orders the clips within each angle automatically. If there is more than one clip per angle, Final Cut Pro inserts gap clips between the clips, as needed, to achieve the correct timing and spacing.

    • Timecode: Final Cut Pro orders the clips within each angle using timecode recorded in the clips. If you recorded timecode in your clips, choose this option. It’s the fastest and most frame-accurate method of ordering clips.

    • Content Created: Final Cut Pro orders the clips within each angle using the date and time information recorded by your camcorder or video recording device.

      The Content Created method can position clips within 1-second accuracy (because in most camcorders the smallest unit in date and time information is 1 second). If you choose this clip-ordering method, consider making your multicam clip frame-accurate by selecting “Use audio for synchronization” (described in step 8) or manually synchronizing your angles in the Angle Editor.

      Note: At any time, you can change the Content Created date and time of your source clips in the Browser. Just select one or more clips and choose Modify > Adjust Content Created Date and Time.

  7. In the Angle Synchronization pop-up menu, choose how angles are synchronized in the multicam clip:

    • Automatic: Final Cut Pro synchronizes the angles automatically (using one or more of the following methods).

    • Timecode: Final Cut Pro synchronizes the angles based on the timecode recorded in the clips. For more information about recording timecode, see Multicam editing workflow.

      Multicam angles synced by timecode
    • Content Created: Final Cut Pro synchronizes the angles based on the date and time information recorded by your camcorder or video recording device.

      Note: At any time, you can change the Content Created date and time of your source clips in the Browser. Just select one or more clips and choose Modify > Adjust Content Created Date and Time.

      Multicam angles synced by content creation date and time
    • Start of First Clip: Final Cut Pro uses the first frame in each angle as the sync point.

      Multicam angles synced by first frame in each angle

      Tip: The Start of First Clip method is useful if you want to use specific range selections of your source clips only. In the Browser, add keywords or the Favorite rating to the range selections you want to use and then filter or search for the clips. When you create your multicam clip, Final Cut Pro uses only the media showing in the filtered view.

    • First Marker on the Angle: Final Cut Pro uses the first marker in each angle as the sync point.

      Multicam angles synced by first marker in each angle

      Tip: With this method, you can use the first marker to define a region that can be fine-tuned with the “Use audio for synchronization” option (described below). In other words, you don’t need to place the marker exactly—just close enough so that the automatic audio sync feature can synchronize the angles the rest of the way.

  8. To sync angles automatically using audio waveform data, select “Use audio for synchronization.”

    This option makes precision sync adjustments using audio waveforms in each angle. This is the same audio sync technology that you can use to automatically sync clips together into a compound clip.

    Audio portions of multicam clips synced by audio waveforms

    Note: Some audio recordings are not suited for use with this feature. Selecting this option may result in long processing times during which Final Cut Pro is not available for editing.

  9. If you want the multicam clip’s timecode to start at a value other than the earliest timecode value in the selected clips (the default), type a timecode value in the Starting Timecode field.

  10. If you want to change the video properties settings, select Custom in the Video Properties section and change the settings as appropriate.

    Note: By default, Final Cut Pro analyzes the selected clips and configures these settings according to the most common clip properties among those clips.

  11. If you want to change the audio or render settings, select Custom in the Audio and Render Properties section and change the settings as appropriate.

  12. Click OK.

    Final Cut Pro creates a new multicam clip in the event and places duplicates of the selected clips in the new multicam clip.

    Multicam clip icon shown on clip in Browser