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  • Final Cut Pro Architecture unsuitable for editing dance videos? Advice?

    Posted by Sik Isken on May 10, 2023 at 2:19 am

    Because I use Macs, I’m thinking of Final CP but I’m afraid it will be hell when editing dance videos (my day job).

    These are usually multiple cam for the same inherent timeline/sequence, synchronised to 1/10s accuracy.

    So the final edit changes constantly between multiple cameras with the motion in each clip synchronized to an overlying choreo. Therefore as an editor you make a lot of “bandages”, bridges between two clips (the band-aid lies above). Being able to work with multiple “heights” of timeline allows you to keep an overview of the overall synchronicity of the video clips with regards to the whole.

    Does that make sense?

    I mean I have 4 different camera angles (4 different clips in the timeline) of dancers doing the same movement/overall choreography to a set length audio track (the song).

    I.e. timestamp: 0:25:37s = All dancers, leg thrust, shot with 4 cameras from 4 different angles.

    I select camera 2 (that specific clip) for that half second. But I have the other 3 cameras (clips) one on top of the other synchronized to the underlying audio track.

    Therefore, when the clips are on top of each other I can easily say “I want half a second more of this angle (say the 1 dancer zoom dynamic cam)” and “half a second less of this angle (the full group ultrawide static cam)” -without disturbing the choreography of the entire dance-

    I just drag the edges of both clips. Trimming one clip doesn’t “bump” the other video clips around “above” the audio track, messing up the synchronization. The overall “realtime” of the edit doesn’t change. I don’t need to reshuffle anything to make the movements in each clip synchronized to the audio again. Which is pure torture when every clip is synchronized to the tenth of a second.

    It looks like I can’t do that with FCP….?

    Or does anyone have a suggestion because I would like to try FCP, I run Macs as it is.

    Greg Ball replied 9 months, 3 weeks ago 4 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Ben Balser

    May 10, 2023 at 12:37 pm

    You would use the Multicam editing feature and fly through this work very fast.

    https://support.apple.com/guide/final-cut-pro/multicam-editing-workflow-ver10e087fd/10.6.2/mac/11.5.1

    But this will be the same for any NLE.

  • Doug Metz

    May 10, 2023 at 4:11 pm

    FCP’s architecture is absolutely suitable. Preferable, even.

    As Ben said above, learn to use the very powerful multicam feature. Keep in mind, as with any NLE working with multiple streams, your workflow, storage, and setup will be instrumental to your success.

  • Greg Ball

    May 10, 2023 at 5:31 pm

    I agree with both replies. (for some reason, I can’t reply to the main poster). FCPX Multicam is GREAT for this!!! You’ll end up with one track where you can trim the edges to get the exact timing you want without touching the audio track. EASY!!!!!

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