FCP X workflow for 2 camera (EX1 and DSLR) interview edit?
As luck would have it, I have a client in higher education who decided the day after FCP X came out to buy it to edit a series of interview videos in-house. They don’t have FCP 7, so this would be their first NLE purchase, and they’re not–yet–video editors. (We discussed the pros and cons of this approach, and it seems to be their best option considering their needs, budget, etc.)
Anyway, they want to hire me to train them in FCP X and set up a workflow, from ingest through delivery to the web, and the timing is rather tight.
So, as I scramble to install FCP X and figure it out, can I ask the COW for advice? I’m going through tutorials and so on as well, but all information is appreciated right now!
We have 25 hour-long interviews, shot with two cameras. Often both cameras are EX1s, but often one camera is an EX1 and the other is a DSLR, usually the 7D, but on two of the interviews, it’s the Panasonic GH2 (AVCHD).
So we have, variously, XDCAM EX 1080i60, H.264, and AVCHD, in a two-camera setup. The boom/lav audio goes into the A camera, and the B camera has only an internal mic, for reference and syncing.
Normally I’d probably convert everything to ProRes and then use Pluraleyes to make multiclips and edit in multicam mode.
What now? I know I have to use XDCAM Transfer to ‘wrap’ the XDCAM EX footage in Quicktime, and then I can bring it in with the 7D and GH2 footage without transcoding those, right?
What about synching? How do I make new clips in FCP X which combine the DSLR footage with the audio recorded to the EX1? In other words, merged clips in FCP 7 jargon. Or is that the wrong approach?
I know the answers are online, but they’re calling for help now, and so I’m feeling off my game not being able to tell them anything specific…