Mas­ter mul­ti­cam­era edit­ing

Learn how to switch be­tween an­gles in the timeline us­ing Fi­nal Cut

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Shoot­ing with mul­ti­ple cam­eras can bring life to an oth­er­wise static scene. Cam­eras may record from a fixed po­si­tion or be mounted on a dolly to get smoother move­ment. Many mod­ern cam­eras, in­clud­ing the iPhone, fea­ture im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion so they can be used in a hand­held fash­ion while mask­ing the fact that the cam­era’s move­ment wasn’t as smooth as it ap­pears.

Hav­ing mul­ti­ple cam­eras on a set can com­pli­cate the shots you’re able to take, be­cause you have to con­sider whether one cam­era op­er­a­tor’s shot will bring them into the field of view of an­other. You won’t want that in most cases, although for our YouTube project (pic­tured) we made an ex­plicit de­ci­sion to al­low it so that the op­er­a­tor could wan­der into view for a closer look at the ob­ject be­ing dis­cussed.

As­sem­bling a cut from mul­ti­ple record­ings by hand is of course pos­si­ble, but cre­at­ing a mul­ti­cam clip from them en­ables you to work more ef­fi­ciently. To show you how it works, we’ll look at Fi­nal Cut’s method of au­to­mat­i­cally sync­ing clips – although there are cir­cum­stances when this doesn’t work well.

Shoot­ing with mul­ti­ple cam­eras can bring life to an oth­er­wise largely static scene

Shoot­ing with mul­ti­ple cam­eras takes more plan­ning, but ul­ti­mately gives you more edit­ing op­tions.

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