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  • Multicam editing in FCP X – without multi-clips

  • Tom Watson

    February 17, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Hello all,

    I tend to cut music concerts, sometimes with up to 40/50 cameras but don’t use multi-clips. I prefer to stack the angles and make selections of each creating a rather large piano roll. It’s messy, but it works for me.

    Would I be wasting my time trying to achieve this method in FCP X in its current state? I’m hanging on to FCP 7 but slowly losing grip!



  • Mark Raudonis

    February 17, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Whaaaa? Multi cam in FCP X is the BEST feature of the entire program! Learn it. Use it. Enjoy it.

  • Tom Watson

    February 17, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    I have a unusual way of working Mark that I’d rather not change. Without learning FCP X, I’d like to know if it’s possible or not.

  • Jeremy Garchow

    February 17, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Of course it’s possible.


  • Ronny Courtens

    February 17, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    In understand you have a way of working that you ‘d rather not change, and the way you work now in FCP7 will work perfectly in FCPX as well.

    OTOH I absolutely agree with Mark: multicam is really, really good in FCPX. You absolutely should try it once just to see how well it works. Then you can always decide for yourself if you want to continue working as you do now or not.

    – Ronny

  • Tom Watson

    February 17, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    I’m sure the multi-cam is great is FCPX but without going into boring specifics I just don’t like to use that function. Especially when you get to upwards of 40 cameras.

    If you’re saying I can work the same way though that’s great and exactly what I was after!


  • Bret Williams

    February 17, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Clip-skimmer. A great tool for viewing any clip in that insane stack on it’s own without having to turn on/off tracks or solo, etc.

    If you’re using tracks for organization though… cam 1-track 1, cam-2 track 2, and the like, then you might have issues. If an area of your timeline doesn’t have all the camera angles, then your stack at that point won’t sync up horizontally. But since there aren’t any tracks, that concept isn’t much use anyway as there aren’t any horizontal guides.

  • Jeremy Garchow

    February 17, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    You could always use secondary storylines to keep things separated.

  • Tom Watson

    February 17, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    That’s exactly what I do. To seperate nights, graphics, wides etc. and delete sections I don’t want as I go.

    I’ll have a look into secondary stories.


  • Bret Williams

    February 17, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    You might just disable chunks instead of deleting too. That would help preserve order.

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