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Joshua JacksonMulticam A Different Way
by on Jul 29, 2016 at 2:41:26 pm

Hello...
I have a bunch of clips, from multiple cameras.
It's a mixture of camera, phone, etc...
There is no timecode (some don't even timestamp the filename and/or metadata).
Some might not even have audio.

This is my Vegas workflow (let me know if I can do similar things, in Premiere)...
Create a timeline
Set the timeline's time to whatever my first known time is (19:02:56 for 7:02:56 PM)
Create tracks for the different sources
Place the files that I do know time for (filename, EXIF, etc...) on their appropriate tracks and positions
Place everything else, kind of, where I think they should be
Play the timeline and make positional adjustments, as needed (match audio, composite the tracks, etc...)
Once everything is matched up, I select the video tracks and create a multicam track

From tutorials and such, it doesn't seem like Premiere allows that.
Everything I've seen requires each source to be its own timeline and then create a multicam timeline from those timelines.
While that has advantages with effects and such, it's nigh impossible to match up clip placements.
Is there some way to do what I need to, in Premiere?
I'd like to learn it, but this is a significant hurdle (at least, for me).
JJ


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Andrew KimeryRe: Multicam A Different Way
by on Jul 29, 2016 at 6:49:44 pm

[Joshua Jackson] "Everything I've seen requires each source to be its own timeline "

No need for that.


Select all the media in your project window, right click, Create Multi-Camera Source Sequence.

For Sync Point select Audio (Track channel: "Mix down" if that option is available)

For Sequence Preset just choose what your want the sequence to be.

Check the box for "Move source clips to Processed Clips Bin".

For Audio I typically choose All Cameras and Mono.

Hit "OK" and PPro will sync up everything that has matching audio.

Once it's done you'll have a multicam timeline (basically a nested sequence) and probably some clips left over if they didn't have audio. To add in the clips that didn't have audio just open up the multicam timeline (right click, open in timeline) and the put the clips w/o audio on new video tracks and try to match them by eye. Once that's done just close the timeline and you should be good to go.

-Andrew


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Joshua JacksonRe: Multicam A Different Way
by on Jul 29, 2016 at 7:22:08 pm

[Andrew Kimery] "Select all the media in your project window, right click, Create Multi-Camera Source Sequence.
For Sync Point select Audio (Track channel: "Mix down" if that option is available)"


Are you saying that it will sync multiple clips, throughout the timeline, with audio?
I was under the impression that it would only sync to a single position (thusly, leaving all the other clips out).
JJ


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Joshua JacksonRe: Multicam A Different Way
by on Jul 29, 2016 at 7:28:18 pm

Ha...
Myself (and multiple other people) are having an issue where PP CC doesn't import audio from our video files.
So, the audio sync option is greyed out.
I can open these same files in PP CS6, but it doesn't have the audio sync option.
Boo...
JJ


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Andrew KimeryRe: Multicam A Different Way
by on Jul 29, 2016 at 7:45:02 pm

[Joshua Jackson] "Are you saying that it will sync multiple clips, throughout the timeline, with audio?
I was under the impression that it would only sync to a single position (thusly, leaving all the other clips out).
JJ"


It will sync everything that matches but create multiple timelines for each 'group' of synced things. For example, if you had three different shoots in a day you will get three different multicam timelines (one for each shoot). You won't get all three shoots in the same multicam timeline. If you want them all in the same timeline you can just copy/paste.

[Joshua Jackson] "Myself (and multiple other people) are having an issue where PP CC doesn't import audio from our video files.
So, the audio sync option is greyed out."


Well that's a show stopper. What kind of files are you using?


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Joshua JacksonRe: Multicam A Different Way
by on Jul 29, 2016 at 8:46:10 pm

[Andrew Kimery] "Well that's a show stopper. What kind of files are you using?"

Good ol' fashioned MP4s (AVC/AAC).
Devices are Windows 10 Mobile, Android, iOS, and a Sony H300.
Nothing fancy or out of the ordinary.
From what I've read, it started in 2015.2 or 2015.3.
There are multiple threads, right here, about it.
JJ


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