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  • Gregor Myller

    December 26, 2022 at 1:09 pm

    Since you are using three different clips, you can use the multicam option within FCP.

    You select the three clips in the browser part and right click to create a new multicam clip and then select the method of synchronization (audio or timecode) and you get a new clip you can open by double clicking and then you can move any clip around.

    Here is a tutorial on YouTube: How to do Multicam Editing in Final Cut Pro | FCPX Tutorial

    And here is the search I used to find that:

    If you do not want to use multicam editing, you can insert a gap clip (CMD+W) at the position of the red timeline marker. That moves the clip 3 to the right and you can move clips 2 and 1 to the left.

    Or you trim clips 2 and 1 at the beginning, then they can be moved around as well. But multicam editing is the way to go with multiple cameras.

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  • Ben Balser

    December 26, 2022 at 5:41 pm

    You can drag any of those videos to the left, it’ll let you.

    If you drag the clip in the main storyline, the connected ones will move with it, unless you also hold the ~ key, which overrides magnetic timeline functions.

    Or make make a multicam clip out of them, if there’s some specific advantage to that in reaching your goal.

  • Tony de La Dolce

    December 28, 2022 at 4:33 pm

    Thanks for the info and links… I didn’t know this function (Multicam) and learned it with various “how to” like the one you pointed out.

    I spent hours fixing a very stupid thing and I’ll add the info here in case it can be useful for the next dummy that comes around like me.

    When having one timeline for all the videos, it is super easy to open them all by double clicking on this “windows” logo and all vids open up which allows further modifications on each movie. However, I really struggled to get back to the main timeline video in order to switch the cams… I literally spent hours on this!

    In order to get back to that “main” timeline, simply go into the menu in the timeline frame and close the “Multicam name” and voilà.

    I’m really new to this and I did suffer (a lot) to put together this 20mn video but it is done and I’m quite happy with the result for a first attempt 😁

    Thanks again for your help and comments!

  • Ben Balser

    December 29, 2022 at 1:41 pm

    These are very basic operations that should only take a few minutes. I’d strongly recommend doing a proper FCPX training to save you hours of headaches and frustration. Ripple Training and macProVideo have the best.

  • Tony de La Dolce

    December 30, 2022 at 11:01 am

    Obviously, I’m sure there is a lot of things I could learn thanks to such training.

    That said, I come from the photography world and really got into “movie” just because some friend asked me to come and shoot a movie in this cathedral for their live concert… some 24h before it did happen 😂

    I’m happy with the result and there are tons of things to do better for next time… but for the moment, that’s only a hobby really. If that goes more serious, I’ll get a training and maybe buy that software that I’m still using as a “trial” version… for 80 more days 😂

    Anyway, thanks for the feedback.

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