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Rob Hampton
How to approach a large project that isn't synced (100+ clips)
on Nov 29, 2017 at 1:59:55 am

I'm a FCPX hack, just trying to edit my music students' concert footage, and could use some expert guidance r.e. syncing about 100 short clips (closeups on a handheld camera) to two wide shots and the soundboard audio.



(About the screenshot above: The top row of short clips are the ones out of sync. The two rows of clips are of the two wide shot cameras, and those are in sync. Below the primary storyline will be three long clips of audio from the soundboard, which I still have to mix.)

The project was delivered to me by my camera guy, who'd exported it from Adobe Premier. It appears to have loaded in FCPX fine, but all the short clips are a little out of sync, usually by less than 1 second. I don't think he synced the timecode of his 3 cameras.

I've had poor results using FCPX's "synchronize clips using audio" in the past, on projects 30% this size. And when I did those projects, I synced the clips before bringing them to the timeline.

My questions:

1) Can I sync these clips automatically now that they're on the timeline, or do I have to rebuild the project?
2) If syncing based on audio doesn't work, is it possible/worth editing the timecode of the wide camera clips to make it match the timecode of the handheld clips?
3) Any other creative solutions?

I really, really don't want to have to manually sync all these clips. Ugh!

Thank you,

Rob


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