Multicam Editing or How To Synchronize Audio from Different Cameras (Final Cut Pro and Magix)

Multicam Editing
Let's say you shoot an event using multiple cameras. A wedding for example.

How do you sync the footage from all cameras with the baseline audio? (which can come from an external microphone/recorder or from one camera - the one which was closest to the subject)

Well you don't have to manually sync it because the multicam feature of your editing software ca do that for you. The program analyzes the audio of all tracks and aligns them to be in sync.

Just as a broadcast director chooses the scenes you see live on TV shows, you edit just by clicking on the screen within your editor, picking the scenes for the final edit.

This is particularly useful if you're editing music videos, interviews, concerts or any other kind of video where the sound is important and at the same time time you want to have scenes with your subject shot from different angles.

So without further ado, here are some tutorials on how to edit multicamera material. The first two come from Fcp.co - a cool site dedicated to Final Cut Pro users.





This next screen capture tutorial is for Magix Video Pro X - which is the professional version of Magix Movie Edit Pro Plus (still my favorite prosumer editing software).



And a 3 part series from YouTube user Rick Kowalski covering importing & sync, track selection and chapter marks.







So there you have it. Now you can easily combine footage from different cameras while keeping the audio in perfect sync.

Happy editing!


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2 comments :

  1. Great post. Just what I was looking for. I'm really starting to do more and more with Magix and finding out just how powerful it is.

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    1. Thanks!

      Yup, Magix does a lot of things for an affordable video editing program. I love it!

      A friend of mine can't understand why I don't switch to Adobe Premiere. :-) Because I don't need to. Plus, Magix runs well on my 2008 Dell laptop. Adobe doesn't... it needs more hardware.

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