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Bill Davis
Re: Multicam editing in FCP X - without multi-clips
on Feb 20, 2014 at 1:31:25 am

Beyond that, hanging on to a process that was the ONLY way to functionally do the task in a different program - now that you have new capabilities - begs the question, how do you know there's not a better/easier way using X as it was designed than trying to hold onto what made you comfortable with the older software?

For me the major rush of learning the X way of multi-cam was the amazing improvement in FOCUS it allowed me to achieve while working much, much faster.

Instead of trying to watch 16 (or 40!) shots at a time to pick the best of the moment - I learned that there's not penalty to doing "multiple improvement" passes in X - concentrating on groups of shots rather than trying to judge everything against everything else all the time by necessity.

IN a typical band music video, for example, during a blazing guitar solo, I STILL do my first pass, picking just a generic guitar featuring shot - knowing that when I make my second pass over JUST THAT SECTION, I' can call up every single camera that involves the guitar player and change any of my selections - at any point in time - at will. And I can just as easily switch groups AFTER I make that cut that I *think* is my final - to see if there might be some oddball reaction from another musician or a crowd reaction to cut in if I think THAT would improve the scene flow.

Essentially, I discovered that having too many cameras was hardly EVER as good a way to create exactly the "switch" that I wanted - compared to being able to very easily focus on groups of shots and build and re-build at will - switching out shot groups at will.

Multi-cam in X is so incredibly stress free compared to the way I used to do it - that I can't even imagine going back to the old way.

But to each their own.

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