Learn how to create and edit a multi-camera source sequence using clips from multiple camera sources by synchronizing In/Out points, clip markers, and audio.
Premiere Pro lets you create a multi-camera source sequence using clips from multiple camera sources. You can synchronize clips by manually setting In points, Out points, or clip markers. Or you can use audio-based syncing to accurately align clips in a multi-camera sequence.
1. Create a project
Click New Project from the Premiere Pro Welcome screen, or select File > New Project.
In the New Project dialog box, enter a name for the project, and click OK to accept the defaults.
2. Import footage
Select File > Import. In the Import dialog box that appears, navigate to the directory containing your video and audio files. Select the files to import, and click Open.
To select a range of files all at once, click the first file and Shift-click the last file while selecting all the files in between.
3. Create a multi-camera source sequence
You can create a multicam source sequence in the following ways:
To use the Create Multi-camera Source Sequence dialog box, select your clips or bin from the Project panel. Then, right-click (Windows) or Ctrl-click (Mac OS) the selected clips and choose Create Multi-camera Source Sequence from the context menu.
For more information on specifying the settings in the Multi-camera Source Sequence dialog box, see Using the Multi-camera Source Sequence dialog box.
4. Create a multi-camera target sequence
Edit the multi-camera source sequence in a target sequence.
To create a target sequence, with the multi-camera source sequence selected in the Project panel, choose File > New > Sequence From Clip. You can also right-click (Windows) or Ctrl-click (Mac OS) on the multi-camera source sequence and select New Sequence From Clip from the context menu.
Premiere Pro creates a multi-camera target sequence, and opens it in the Program Monitor and Timeline panel.
5. Enable multi-camera editing in the Program Monitor
To enable the multi-camera target sequence for multi-camera editing, click the icon, and choose Multi-camera from the pop-up menu in the Program Monitor. The Program Monitor is now in Multi-camera mode.
In the Multi-camera mode, you can view the footage of all cameras simultaneously and switch between cameras to choose footage for the final sequence.
6. Enable recording of multi-camera edits
Click the Multi-camera Record toggle button on. If the button is not visible in the button bar, click "+" in the lower-right corner of the Program Monitor to open the Button editor. Drag the Multi-camera Record button to the button bar.
7. Edit the multi-camera sequence
In the Program Monitor or Timeline panel, press the spacebar or click the Play-Stop toggle button to begin playback. While the sequence is playing, press the number key on the main keyboard to cut to the camera with that number. For more information about using keyboard shortcuts, see Keyboard shortcuts for multi-camera editing.
8. Adjust and refine edits
After you have recorded your multi-camera edit, you can do the following:
You can use keyboard shortcuts for multi-camera editing. You can use the number keys to switch cameras as the multi-camera sequence plays. The keyboard shortcuts can also be used to change angles after completing a multi-camera edit. For more information, see Multi-camera keyboard shortcuts.
9. Export the multi-camera sequence
With the sequence active in the Program Monitor or Timeline panel, select File > Export > Media. Specify the export settings and click Export, or click Queue to send the sequence to Adobe Media Encoder for encoding. For more information, see Workflow and overview for exporting.
If clips are synchronized by timecode (jam-synced) at the shooting location, you do not need to mark clips for synchronization.
Before creating a multi-camera source sequence, it is important to mark clips for synchronization. Open each clip and then do one of the following at the sync point:
Timecode can also be used to synchronize clips, and it does so automatically. However, timecode must be identical on all clips for them to synchronize properly. If the timecode is identical on all the clips you plan to synchronize, you do not need to mark clips for synchronization. If you use the hours value in source timecode as a camera designator, select the Ignore Hours option. Premiere Pro then uses only minutes, seconds, and frames to synchronize clips.
To stamp identical timecode on all clips, record the cameras with jam-synced timecode on location, or modify the timecode for each clip in Premiere Pro. (See Set timecode manually for a clip.)
Use the Create Multi-camera Source Sequence dialog box to combine clips that have common In/Out points or overlapping timecode into a multi-camera sequence. You can also combine clips using audio waveforms and markers.
You can name your multi-camera source sequence after your primary video or audio clip in the sequence. From the pop-up menu, select the appropriate option to append "Multicam" or a custom name to the primary video or audio name.
Alternatively, select Custom from the pop-up menu, and enter a custom name in the text box.
Before creating a multi-camera source sequence using In points, Out points, or clip markers as the synchronization point, you mark clips for synchronization. For more information, see Mark clips for synchronization.
In Points, Out Points
Mark the sync points using In Points or Out Points before creating the multi-camera source sequence.
Select the Timecode option to synchronize the clips if they were recorded with timecode in sync with each other.
Premiere Pro lets you perform quick multi-camera edits based on sync timecode. Press the modifier key Ctrl (Windows) or Cmd (Mac OS) while switching source clips to match frame to the timecode at the current playhead position.
Select the Clip Marker option to sync the clips using clip markers that are manually added to common sync points.
Select the Audio option to synchronize the clips automatically based on the audio waveforms. You can use audio recorded from a second source to automatically sync and create multicamera and merged clips using audio waveforms.
Select the Sequence Preset pop-up menu to select from a list of all previously saved sequence presets.
The sequence preset Automatic is selected by default. When you select the Automatic preset, the video preset is based on the video format of the Camera one clip. In most scenarios, the Automatic preset is the appropriate setting. For advanced workflows, like editing a sequence using proxy resolution clips, you can choose a specific sequence preset. You can then use higher-resolution/frame-size clips for the final edit.
Sequence Settings determines how the audio tracks in the source sequence are populated, how the panning and channel assignments are set, and whether they are muted.
For more information, see this video by Josh Weiss on multi-camera editing using audio-based syncing.
The Audio Channels preset determines how the resulting source sequence is mapped. Details includethe type and number of audio tracks that are dropped when the source sequence is nested into the editing sequence.
Note: For the resulting source sequence to map correctly with the audio channels, the number of tracks in the source clips must not be greater than the channels associated with the preset you choose.
Automatic: Reads the audio type of the first clip and uses this mapping.
Mono: Maps to as many mono channels as there are output channels in the source sequence.
Stereo: Maps to stereo tracks based on the number of output channels in the source sequence.
5.1: Maps to 5.1 tracks based on the number of output channels in the source sequence.
Adaptive: Maps to Adaptive based on the number of output channels in the source sequence.
When creating a multi-camera source sequence, you can display the camera names as clip names or track names. These options are available in addition to the default option of enumerated camera names like camera 1, camera 2.
Depending on the Camera Names option that you select, the camera angles are displayed as track names, clip names, or camera numbers in the Source Monitor. To view the multi-camera sequence in the Source monitor, right-click the sequence and select Multi-camera.
Premiere Pro lets you organize and select the angles to view in the Source Monitor's multi-camera mode.
From the Source monitor's pop-up menu, select Edit Cameras.
In the Edit Cameras dialog box, all the clips are listed in the original order that they were arranged in the sequence tracks. You can drag-and-drop the clips to change the sequence order. You can also enable or disable the clips by selecting or deselecting them.
You can organize and select cameras in multicam view across multiple pages. You can set the number of camera sources per page and navigate between pages as needed. You cannot drag-and-drop cameras to different pages or within a single page. However, you can use the Edit Cameras dialog box to change the order of cameras in a multicam sequence and the pages reorders accordingly.
In the Program Monitor, you can browse through the multi-cam pages using the controls that are highlighted in the following image.
You can export a Multiclip project from Final Cut Pro, and import the Final Cut Pro project XML files into Premiere Pro. In Premiere Pro, the Multiclips sequences appear as multi-camera sequences with all the Final Cut Pro project settings intact. For more information about importing from Final Cut Pro, see Importing XML project files from Final Cut Pro 7 and Final Cut Pro X.