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  • Multicam clip angle is grey; cannot insert a clip into it

    Posted by Bill Rabkin on March 26, 2018 at 2:28 am

    I have 3 imported clips that I named “Left,” “Center,” and “Right,” recorded at an event earlier today. In the Inspector, the Camera Angles are set to 1, 2, and 3, respectively. In the Browser, all three clips play normally. I selected all three and created a new Multicam Clip, then opened this Multicam Clip in the Angle Editor.

    The Angle Editor shows 3 angles, identified as 1, 2, and 3, as expected. Angle 2 contains the Center clip; angle 3 contains the Right clip. However, Angle 1 is entirely grey from end to end — no video, no audio, just grey. In the Angle Viewer, Angle 1 is black from end to end; the other two angles appear normal and are properly sync’d.

    I tried creating a new Multicam Clip with only the “Center” and “Right” clips, and then in the Angle Editor I added an angle. This new Untitled Angle was entirely black. I selected the “Video” icon for this new angle. With the Playhead at zero, I selected the “Left” clip in the Browser and pressed “E” to insert the “Left” clip into the new angle, which then turned from black (empty) to grey end-to-end, just as it had in the first Multicam Clip.

    I’d be grateful for any thoughts about what is causing this, and how to work around it and add my “Left” clip to my Multicam Clip. (I’ve done hundreds of Multicam projects, and never seen this before.)

    FCPX 10.4
    iMac 27″ Retina 2017
    macOS 10.12.6 Sierra

    Bill Rabkin replied 6 years, 2 months ago 1 Member · 1 Reply
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  • Bill Rabkin

    March 26, 2018 at 3:36 am

    Dumb User Error ????!

    At some point, I seem to have set an In-point and Out-point on my “Left” clip, without noticing that I had done so. The In-Out range was only a few frames long near the beginning of the clip (which is about 1 hour, 22 minutes long).

    Each new Multicam Clip did contain the “Left” clip, but of course only those few frames! The rest of that angle in the Multicam Clip was grey.


    FCPX 10.4
    iMac 27\” Retina 2017
    macOS 10.12.6 Sierra

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