Edit multicam clips in the Timeline and the Inspector

You can switch multicam clip angles directly in the Timeline or the Info inspector, without having to open the Angle Viewer.

Multicam clips generally function in the Timeline like any standard clips. You can add video and audio effects, transitions, and markers; attach connected clips; and apply retiming effects. You can apply split edits to multicam clips and edit them in the Precision Editor. You can nest multicam clips in compound clips and storylines.

However, multicam clips do have some unique characteristics in the Timeline:

  • You can display the names of the active video angle and the active audio angle in the multicam clip in the Timeline.

  • Cut and switch edit points appear as dotted lines in the Timeline. These are through edits (in which the video or audio content on either side of the edit point is continuous). In the case of multicam editing, through edits indicate that the content on either side of the edit point comes from the same multicam clip. A black dotted line indicates that different angles from the same multicam clip are on either side of the edit point.

    Multicam clip in Timeline before angle change
    Multicam clip in Timeline after angle change, with black dotted line indicating where angle change occurs

    In the case of video-only or audio-only cuts and switches, the edit point can be mixed (with both black and white dotted lines). For example, when you cut and switch video only, you see a black dotted line for the video and a white dotted line for the audio.

    Multicam clip in Timeline, with black dotted lines indicating different angles on either side of edit point, and white dotted line indicating same angle on either side of edit point
  • When you move the pointer over a multicam through edit, the pointer changes to the Trim tool, indicating that the edit will be a roll edit (because any other type of edit breaks the relationship between the clips on either side of the cut and switch edit point in the Timeline).

  • Many edits (such as split edits, markers, connected clips, and retiming effects) remain in place on a multicam clip in the Timeline even after you switch the angle. But certain editing operations are associated directly with the specific angle and are not retained when you switch angles:

    • Video and audio effects

    • Keyframing (including audio volume and panning)

    • Role assignments

Switch angles in the Timeline

  1. In the Timeline, Control-click the multicam clip you want to switch.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To switch the video angle: Choose Active Video Angle from the shortcut menu, and choose the angle you want to switch to from the submenu.

      Active video angle being switched from shortcut menu in Timeline
    • To switch the audio angle: Choose Active Audio Angle from the shortcut menu, and choose the angle you want to switch to from the submenu.

The clip switches to the video or audio angle you chose.

Switch angles in the Inspector

Switching angles in the Inspector allows you to switch angles for multiple selected multicam clips at once.

  1. Select one or more multicam clips that you want to switch.

  2. Open the Info inspector.

  3. In the Info inspector, do one of the following:

    • To switch the video angle: In the Active Video Angle pop-up menu, choose the angle you want to switch to.

    • To switch the audio angle: In the Active Audio Angle pop-up menu, choose the angle you want to switch to.

Display the names of the active video and audio angles in the Timeline

You can have Final Cut Pro display the names of the active video angle and the active audio angle in the multicam clip in the Timeline, in the following format: V: video angle name | A: audio angle name.

Multicam clip in Timeline showing names of active video and audio angles
  • Click the Clip Appearance button in the lower-right corner of the Timeline and choose Clip Names or Angles from the Show pop-up menu.

Remove multicam through edit points

  • To remove an individual multicam through edit: Select it and press Delete.

  • To remove multiple through edits at once: Select the edit points (or select the clips on both sides of the through edits) and choose Trim > Join Clips.