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Synchronising Multicam

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SchallUndRauch Calculating status...
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May 6, 2012 11:51 AM

Hello there.


I want to make a music video with multicam using one camera. This means I record several angles one after another - and always I have the song running and record it via microphone.
FCPX claims to synchronise Multicams by the sound. So I hoped I could let it synchronise automtically. But "Multicam" always lays the recordings one after another with plenty of time gap - obviously using the time stamp!

Is there any possibility to obtain the behaviour shown in all these tutorials?


Best regards and thanks in advance

Final Cut Pro X, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,755 points)
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    May 6, 2012 1:09 PM (in response to SchallUndRauch)

    Look at the different methods the application uses to determine what angle a clip belongs to. All of your clips ahve come from the same caemra. The application assumes they all belong to the same angle. You have to tell it these are different angles. Assign the angle numbers yourself so it knows they are supposed to be different angles. Looks at the options available in the sync menu when you are creating the multicam clip.

  • acssns Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 7, 2012 9:39 AM (in response to Tom Wolsky)

    Tom, I have a simple FCPX question... I can't seem to figure out!  I shot an interview with two cameras, both recording audio.  I had the guest wired with a mic, recording to a Zoom H1 for clean audio.  I know how to sync the separate audio file to each video clip (making a single synchronized clip), but how can I then sync the two video clips in the timeline so I can switch back and forth between the two video clips with the single audio


    I hope that made sense.  To clarify: Two video clips with sound.  One separate (good) audio clip.  Replace the audio from both video clips with the separate (good) audio.  And then sync both of these video clips in the timeline so I can cut back and fourth with two different angles.... 


    Help!  thank you! 

  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,755 points)
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    May 7, 2012 9:49 AM (in response to acssns)

    After you sync the clips, you select the synced clips in the browser and combine them into a multicam clip. You edit the multicam clip into the project and edit that in the angle viewer.

  • acssns Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 7, 2012 10:34 AM (in response to Tom Wolsky)

    Awesome!  One small problem, I've started using sparse disk image drives for my projects so they look clean in FCPX.  Well...  my current project has become too large for the disk inage I made.  This is an entirely different topic, but do you know if it's possible to enlarge a sparse disc image without loosing the data? 


    I tried in Disk Utility and it doesn't look like it's possible.  If I can't do it, I'll have to make a new (larger) image and then figure out how to move the project into the large image.

  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,755 points)
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    May 7, 2012 1:58 PM (in response to acssns)

    You can resize a sparse image using Terminal. It's tricky but it can be done. Do a Google search. It's probably on some Mac geek site.


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