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Jeffrey Cornell
Syncing Audio To Multi-Clip
on Feb 25, 2013 at 10:45:22 pm

So I've just got in footage from an interview that was shot with 2 cameras (C300 & 5D) and then audio recorded through Zoom.

Is there a way to merge a multiclip and a separate audio source from the Zoom together to make one clip? Will the zoom audio overwrite the on camera audio?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Syncing Audio To Multi-Clip
on Feb 26, 2013 at 1:24:42 am

FCP can accommodate multi-channel audio. Why would that be necessary? Did you make a mistake when recording audio?

Dave LaRonde
Former Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Spencer Averick
Re: Syncing Audio To Multi-Clip
on Feb 26, 2013 at 6:07:24 am

Unfortunately I don't think you can merge a multiclip with an audio file, so it's best to merge video and audio before creating multiclips. I've cut many projects shot on the 5D with a separate audio source. I usually do this:

1) Drop CAM A video into a timeline without camera audio. Drop Zoom audio into same sequence and sync them up. Command+L to link. Now drag this clip from the timeline into a new bin in the browser to create a new master clip with video and Zoom audio only. Set an IN on sync point.

2) Set your IN on CAM B sync point. Now create multiclip with cams A and B. Your cam b audio will still be married into the multiclip, but you can just keep audio on cam A only while editing video into the timeline.

Or this:

1) Set an IN on the sync points for Cam A, Cam B and Zoom Audio A. In the browser, highlight Cam A and Audio A and control+click then select "merge clips". This will create your new master clip with good audio (and camera audio)

2) Highlight new merged clip and Cam B, then control+click and "create multiclip". Your new multiclip will have a bunch of audio, but just make sure to only patch the good audio in the timeline when inserting.

There might be a better way but I can usually knock these out pretty quick. Pluraleyes helps if there isn't a slate. Also, this can get messy quick so I usually make a few temp bins to avoid clutter ("Multiclips", "temp", "new master clips", etc."). You can delete your original Cam A, Cam B and Audio from the FCP browser once you create these new multiclips.


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Jeffrey Cornell
Re: Syncing Audio To Multi-Clip
on Feb 26, 2013 at 3:28:38 pm

Awesome...that method will work out just fine.

Thanks for the help!


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