Multicam is a powerful tool for editing in FCP X, and can be useful in all kinds of shoots: narrative, documentary, event and tutorial work. But it's not as obvious as you might think. There are a few key things you need to know if you want to use it well, and these tutorials will get you started.
This is a much older tutorial, from back in 2016, but don’t be put off by the older FCP X interface. This is a useful, live, screen-recorded tutorial that covers all the basics and is a solid way to get started.
If you only have five minutes, this more recent (and more dense) tutorial uses the current interface and covers a lot of ground — it’s more heavily edited, and tackles many more topics more quickly.
This tutorial covers a slightly different situation, one which uses multiple takes, multiple mics on each take, and how to mash a more complex shoot into a single multicam. Again, it’s using the pre 10.3 UI, but all the content stands.
This is the first of a few videos from Mark and Steve taking a deeper look at multicam. It’s from 2012, so watch out for the FCP X 10.0.3 UI, but all the details are covered in a series of videos that start with this one. They’re all available here: https://fcpxfree.com/collections/tutorials/multicam
This helpful tutorial covers a more complex workflow in Chris Fenwick’s friendly, approachable style, and lets you know how to deal with cameras that create spanned clips.
This tutorial not only covers all the basics, but shows you what happens when you move multicam from one computer to another — maybe not what you expected?
A complete workflow that covers a common workflow with two video angles and one good boom mic, and first in a series of three.
A few options for using multicam techniques when cutting music videos, including using an audio track as the primary storying and adding unsynced b-roll above the multicam clip.
If you want to cut between camera A, camera B, and a composite of both cameras A and B, this is the tutorial you’ve been looking for. An approachable, casual tutorial from Chris Fenwick of FCP X Grill.
So you know everything about multicam? What if you want to show more than one angle at once, in a split screen, and you want freedom to position them wherever you want? Here’s one way to do that.
Phew! Sick of watching videos? Here’s a bonus written article full of tips:
Lastly, here’s the official support file from Apple:
Iain Anderson is an Apple Certified Trainer, videographer, editor, animator, writer, designer and occasional coder based in Brisbane, Australia. http://www.trainingbrisbane.com and @funwithstuff on Twitter.
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