How To Use The Multicam Feature In Premiere Pro


Maybe you needed to grab a second angle, or maybe you even wanted to get a GoPro shot, and you need all your different angles to be able to work together in editing.  Today We’re looking at Multicam!  Whether your shooting a narrative, a corporate event, or anything in between, chances are you can benefit from what we’re going to be talking about.  So open up Premiere Pro and let’s take a look at how to work with Multicam!

Merging Your Clips

The first thing that you want to do is import your footage into Premiere Pro.  Once it’s in your program monitor.  You’re going to highlight all the clips that you want to include in the Multicam.  

Next, right click any of the clips that are highlighted and then select, ‘Create Multi-Camera Source Sequence.’  What you should see next is a window pop up that will help give Premiere guidelines as to how to create this sequence.   The first section is determining how Premiere will line the clips up.

First step is to name it.  Name it something that will tell you that it’s a Multicam sequence and also something that will give you the information of what’s inside it at a glance.  Unless you’ve given each of these files a time code or know for a fact that they start or end at exactly the same frame, you’re going to want to go with Audio.  Keep in mind that this means if you have a clip with no audio attached to it, there’s no way for premiere to line it up with the other video clips.  So make sure that all the video files you’re trying to synchronize have were recorded with audio.  It doesn't have to be the best quality audio, as long as premiere can tell that it’s the same scene going on.

Leave the track channel as mix down , and leave the sequence preset as Automatic.  I would suggest highlighting the move source clips to processed clips bin folder so that it can be easier to keep track of what’s in your multicam sequence and what’s not.  Leave your audio settings as default and leave your camera name as Enumerate Cameras unless you've already organized all your footage to have nice names that you really like.

And with that, hit 'OK' and Premiere will begin to create your sequence

Adding Your Multicam Sequence To The Timeline

Now it's time to set up your sequence.   You should see over here that your sequence is newly placed inside of your project manager and if you selected to move source clips you should see a drop-down folder with all the footage that’s included in it.  What we’re going to do next is, your choice, move it onto your timeline by dragging or dropping, or selecting new sequence from clip.  

And now you should have one video file and one audio file on your timeline as your multicam edit.   So what happened to all those video and audio files we added into it?  Well, if you double click on it, you should open up the sequence and see what it’s made up of.  Let’s just close this panel down here and go back to our main sequence.  So how do we edit our multicam sequence now?  This is where it starts to get fun.  First we need to enable our sequence to be able to have the multicam function.  Go to your button editor and search for this multicam button, which should look like four small rectangles beside a larger one.  Drag it onto your button bar here and when we click it, you should be able to see all the cameras in your sequence at the same time.

Editing With Your Multicam Sequence

From here you have one more thing that I would recommend doing.  Go to the program window here and go to the wrench icon which is for the settings.  Click it and go down to overlay settings.  Now at the bottom here click to enable overlays during playback.   Now let’s go one more time back to the settings and select our overlays.  Now we can see that each of our videos has a number associated with it.  This is a really cool because now when you play your video, and select any of these cameras with your mouse or by pressing the corresponding number on your keyboard, premiere tells the overall sequence to cut to that camera.  Now what you’re able to do is watch your sequence as normal, seeing all the different angles that are available to you, and make decisions on which angle to choose in real time! Its really cool

But now lets say that you want to reverse a mistake you made, you didn't want to choose that angle.  You can either select undo if you have a quick keyboard shortcut for that. Control or command Z should do that pretty easily. Or you can go down here to the timeline and see that each time that  you make a cut it adds an edit cut on your main sequence.  If you want to undo the last cut you made, you can just highlight the cut and delete the cut and the previous camera angle will continue.  If you just want to change the time at which it happens, either earlier or later, select the rolling edit tool, shortcut key N.  Now click and drag the cut in either direction and the cut will happen either sooner, or later than your originally told it.  

But there’s one last thing that we want to cover.  Lets say that you want to do something like a color correction.    You can tell that each of these three camera angles look a little bit different.  Even though the gopro is the most unique we’re going to be changing camera angle one because it comes up twice in this sequence.  We can tell that the blacks aren't as dark in this image, especially if you look at my shirt here.   

but when we try to make a color correction by highlighting it from the multicam feature, it only affects that one single clip box and none of the other camera angles.  So how do we make a correction to not only this one clip, but any clip from that same camera angle.  Well you do this a couple different ways.  One is by working with the master file.  Find the file from that camera angle in your project monitor and double click it.  This will bring it up in your source monitor.  From here we can work with our color correction and our correction isn’t being made just on the timeline, but to the master file as a whole.  I’m going to change the color here not so that it looks nice, but so that it’s obvious to recognize the change.  And with that let’s go back to our timeline and see if it’s taken effect.  And sure enough if we scrub through we can see that both of our examples of camera 1 use the newly corrected footage.  And any time you want to update the corrections, just double click on this master file again and continue on where you left off.  But that might be confusing for some people to do, so let’s work on potentially an easier method.  

Go to your multicam file.  If you have trouble finding it, just right click on your multicam file in your timeline and select ‘reveal in project.'  Now right click on this file and select open in timeline.  Now we can see everything that’s going on in our multicam sequence.  And the best part is that we can make changes from here and they’ll all be applied to our multicam sequence.  So let’s color correct this footage again and see that it comes up in our final shot.  

Well guys that’s how to use the Multicam feature in premiere pro!  I hope that you’re able to use it in your workflow sometime soon.

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