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Multi-Camera Editing: Finalizing

Lesson 52 from: Adobe Premiere Pro CC Video Editing: The Complete Guide

Abba Shapiro

Multi-Camera Editing: Finalizing

Lesson 52 from: Adobe Premiere Pro CC Video Editing: The Complete Guide

Abba Shapiro

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Lesson Info

52. Multi-Camera Editing: Finalizing

Summary (Generated from Transcript)

This lesson is focused on finalizing multi-camera editing in Adobe Premiere Pro CC. The instructor demonstrates how to create a multi-camera sequence, work with audio, step inside the sequence, apply effects, fix mistakes, and flatten the image for smoother playback.


  1. What is the purpose of creating a multi-camera sequence?

    A multi-camera sequence allows you to switch between different camera angles in your video.

  2. How can you add audio to a multi-camera sequence?

    You can add audio by including separate audio files that were recorded alongside the camera footage.

  3. What should you do if you can't find your clips in the multi-camera sequence?

    You can try stepping into the sequence by unchecking the "enable" option, which turns it into a nested clip that can be accessed by double-clicking.

  4. How can you apply effects to individual camera angles in a multi-camera sequence?

    You can step inside the multi-camera clip, apply effects or corrections to specific camera angles, and then re-enable the clip to see the effects in the final sequence.

  5. What is the purpose of flattening the image in a multi-camera sequence?

    Flattening the image reduces the demands on bandwidth and allows for smoother playback by converting each camera angle into its own clip.

  6. Can you still switch between camera angles after flattening the image?

    No, once the image is flattened, you cannot switch between camera angles. This is typically done as a final step if needed.


Class Trailer

Understanding Editing: Bootcamp Overview


Understanding Editing: Overview


Understanding Editing: Video Examples


Tour The Interface: Digital Video Workflow


Tour The Interface: Project Panel


Tour The Interface: Choosing Your Shot


Tour The Interface: Music And Voice Over


Tour The Interface: Video Tracks


Tour The Interface: Edit Markers


Building a Rough Cut: Cut Planning


Building a Rough Cut: Selecting Media


Building a Rough Cut: The Edit


Building a Rough Cut: Edit Points


Refining Your Edit: Preparation


Refining Your Edit: Making Cuts


Refining Your Edit: Using Markers


Refining Your Edit: J and L Cuts


Refining Your Edit: Replace Edit


Working with Audio: Overview


Working with Audio: Levels


Working with Audio: Music


Working with Audio: Mixing And Syncing


Transitions: Overview


Transitions: Effect Controls


Filters & Effects: Overview


Filters & Effects: Using Multiple Filters


Motion & Animation: Motion And Animation Overview


Motion & Animation: Movement With Still Images


Motion & Animation: Picture In Picture


Motion & Animation: Motion Effects


Titling & Graphics: Overview


Titling & Graphics: Advanced Tools


Titling & Graphics: Roll And Crawl Effects


Titling & Graphics: Working With Photoshop


Speed Changes: Overview


Speed Changes: Stills And Variable Speeds


Color Correction: Overview


Color Correction: Lumetri Scopes


Color Correction: Contrast


Color Correction: Advanced Tools


Color Correction: Adjusting To A Master Clip


Finishing: Prepping for Output


Finishing: QC Edit Points


Sharing & Exporting: Overview


Sharing & Exporting: Size And Quality


Ingesting Media:


Ingesting Media: Transferring And Importing


Media Management & Archiving


Multi-Camera Editing: Overview


Multi-Camera Editing: Creating A Sequence


Multi-Camera Editing: Switching Multiple Cameras


Multi-Camera Editing: Finalizing


Creating Timelapses: Shooting Strategies


Creating Timelapses: Editing Images


Creating Timelapses: Importing Strategies


Creating Timelapses: Animation


Advanced Editing Techniques: Take Command Of Your Timeline


Advanced Editing Techniques: Transitions


Advanced Editing Techniques: Keyboard Shortcuts


Advanced Editing Techniques: Preference Hacks


Thinking Like an Editor: Editing Choices


Thinking Like an Editor: Telling the Story


Special Tools: Warp Stabilizer


Special Tools: Morph Cut


Special Tools: Green Screen


Lesson Info

Multi-Camera Editing: Finalizing

Let me quickly show you the other parameters if I create a multi-cam using other options. I'm gonna jump to the most common one that we didn't do yet, and that is using all four cameras and the separate audio that we recorded. Okay. And I'm gonna go ahead, right-click, create a multi-cam sequence. It's gonna probably create it inside this bin here. We're gonna leave everything the same. I'm gonna say, "Okay," even leaving the audio source thing the same. I hit "Okay." It creates a new sequence, if I'm lucky. There we go, camera one multi-cam. And I can go ahead and double-click it. And let's see. Let go. You go through batteries like crazy, like 16 shots. Did I select all that on this? Did I delete myself? Let me just undo that, I'm not sure if I selected me. Processed clips, where did it go? Let's zoom out. Now I've just lost everything. File, edit, undo. I lost my clips, let's go to history. Interview clips? Hmm, I might've dragged them somewhere. That's very interesting. I'm gon...

na cheat. We're gonna go up the next level right here. I'm gonna go ahead and show you what happens if I wanna step into this. Because, that's how I'm gonna find my clips. I'm not sure where I lost them, might have to restart. Wait, I have another processed clip folder? There we go, it put it in a different processed clip folder. I'm sorry, we're not crazy. Don't answer that. Okay, I have my four cameras. I'm gonna go one to four and my audio wave file. Let's go right-click, create a new multi-cam sequence. We will say, "Okay." Just make sure this is with audio, so we know which one it is as I clutter up my timeline. Okay so, make sure we open up the right one. Multi cam with audio. Might be building this, I lost me for some reason. Not sure why I lost me. I'm gonna go ahead and try something, see if maybe I'm somewhere else. Years ago now Let me try throwing into the timeline, and see if I show up. This is catching me a little bit by surprise. I should be the four cameras. I'm gonna make a new sequence, just to see what this looks like. Okay. I must've done something bad to me, but let's see if we can find out what that problem is. So this is a multi-cam sequence with the audio, but what I wanna show you is what's really happening inside this multi-cam clip, or in both of this. If I right-click on this multi-cam clip in my sequence, where you saw I could actually switch angles, I can also do one other thing. So if we go over here to multi-camera, instead of switching the angles, I'm gonna go ahead and uncheck the word enable. it's gonna turn it from a multi-cam clip, into a single, nested clip that I can go and step inside by double-clicking. So I've just disabled this, and now if you notice I don't have that switching option. Gonna double-click, and this is what Premiere has done. Oh, you know what? Now I can see what the problem was. I had an in and out point marked of my nodding of the head, because that's what I did right before, bit me, and it did sync up, just that little in and out point. I probably would redo it but this is great, somebody commented on the Facebook group, "I love when Abba makes mistakes, because we learn more stuff." And I love making mistakes because I can use the excuse that I'm teaching more stuff. Okay. I can go back here and, inside, I should be able to just grab this, highlight this, and stretch it out. It is in-sync, and as soon as I stretch it out, then it should become visible when I go back into the multi-cam segment. Oop, don't wanna move it. Okay, so now when I close this out, you'll see that everything is good. But what I want to point out here is, let's actually bring this full screen, and we're going to enlarge the video and the audio. It "sunc" everything up, and I think I probably had an in and out point here, 'cause this camera should be wider but these are the four audio channels from the four cameras, but because I added the audio wave form, you actually don't see it in the switching. It put it in the primary audio track and muted the other ones. The thing that's really nice to know is that the information is there. If you wanna go in and turn on a track, you can. If you created it wrong and it's like you don't wanna go back and reinvent the wheel, you can step inside by un-checking enable. When you double-click, you step inside, you can do things here, I could drop a filter on one of these. When I shot 4K, on this fake close-up and wide shot, the close-up I did basically set to frame size. I'm sorry, the wide shot I did set to frame size, so I saw the whole image of the 4K, and I did this inside the nest, or inside the clip. And this one was already zoomed in, so I just re-positioned it, and then I go ahead and I re-enable it, and now when I switch, all the effects happen. This was great for scaling, but another way this is very useful is I could throw a color-correcter, or a filter, on one of my camera angles, if they don't match. If you look at that iPhone footage, and your Canon 5D Mark III, Mark IV, which now I'm thinking about buying because of one of the students in here has mentioned that, and then of course two other people asked me about that camera the day after we had a conversation about it, so now it's in my brain. But, I can go ahead and color-correct them individually here or I can go back and do a color-correction to the master clip before I even brought it in. But this is where you have a lot of control if you need to fix something. Here's a great little trick. To get into this, I had to say, "Uncheck enable." If I go back to the original clip, and this is what I actually like to do, I can right-click on it, and then, when I go to multi-camera, I can go back and check enable. The trick here is, because I've already stepped inside once, if I leave this tab open, I can switch between my live-switching camera, and what's on the inside. If you notice, when I look at this one, it's my edit, but if I need to step inside, I don't have to go ahead and uncheck "enable," step inside, do something, it's right there, and it will then ripple up if I need to make a change. That's very cool, and I did wanna show you how the audio works. With our first one I'm gonna go ahead, and that's the one where we didn't have the audio track, if I say, again, to step inside that one, uncheck enable. Step inside, there are four video, there are four audio, and it has camera one as live. And these are still there, they're muted, but I didn't bring in the audio wave form earlier on. So it's smart. Don't panic that if you do that, you don't see the audio wave form as one of your angles. It knows that's the angle that you want because there's a reason you added that audio. Let me very quickly make just the other one so you can see what happens when you wanna do the switching. I keep putting these into processed clips folders, that's a troublesome thing for me. There we go, four cameras, not doing the audio this time 'cause I wanna do something with the audio, I wanna be able to switch between it. I'm gonna go ahead, create multi-cam source sequence. I gotta see where that one check box is that says, "Move sources into Processed Clips bin," there we go. In this case, I want, instead of Camera one, I want All Cameras. I'm gonna say Okay. It probably will catch me a little bit again because I never changed the in point on that one bad clip. But that's okay because the point that I'm gonna show will work. Where's the new one that it made? Should've highlighted it. Should've looked where it highlighted it. There this might be, no that's multi-cam with audio. I guess nobody was paying attention, including me. This could be it, let's see. We'll make a new sequence. We'll find out if this is when I make a new sequence because it'll look different, not that one. Okay. Probably not this one either. New sequence from clip. Just keep digging, we can find the answer. This is why we love live. There we go, let's get that. Come on, a new clip with sequence. There we go, that's the one we just made. I want you to see what that looks like. What that looks like is, there's my multi-cam switch, but the audio is different now. Let's go ahead and zoom in on the audio, okay? That's all the audio angles, okay? Again, remember I had that weird in point, so that is coming to bite me, I can fix that. But now, when I'm switching, I can cut the video and I can choose if I want to fade the audio up and down, using what we learned in the audio lesson of key framing audio up and down. Maybe I want all my cameras live. Maybe I recorded, each camera, there were four people being interviewed at a table and each one of those folks had a separate mic going into a camera, but now I can switch cameras, if two people are talking over each other, I can actually work with both of their audios as discreet audio. That's basically from the setup, and instead of choosing, "I wanna use one," I wanna use all cameras, okay? These are some of the things. It's an awesome tool. The more you play with it, the more comfortable you get. Don't beat yourself up if, the first time you use it, you made a mistake in shooting and things don't work, or suddenly it's like, "Why is this switching wrong?" It's all non-destructive, let me go back and you know. The beautiful thing its, you've done this edit, we see how versatile it is, but when I'm all done I can just go ahead and I can export it. You can see, you can trim it, you can add titles above it, it works just like a clip. And one of the things you can do, and I just wanna close with this, is, when I go down here to the multi-camera, there's the enable, but there's also something called flatten. And what this does is, when you're done in the edit, you can say, "You know something? I wanna be able to play it back, I have all--" Even if you switch to a camera, when you're in multi-camera, it's feeding all of the cameras from your hard-drive to your computer. If you wanna see nice, smooth playback, you can say, "Flatten the image." And I'm gonna go ahead, I'm gonna say, "Flatten," and what happens here, if i did this right. Did I do this right? Oh, I think I should actually flatten something that I've edited, that would probably be a little better. Let me see, is it this one I've edited? Yeah. Let me go down here. Gonna zoom in, select these, la-soo. Or lasso. Go in, Multi-Camera, Flatten. At first blush, it looks like nothing happened, but what it did is, it now literally took each individual camera, and now it's like it's own clip, like I actually manually went to each clip and brought it in putting less demands on the bandwidth. So now it's only bringing forth that one clip. If I right-click, I don't have that option to switch it. That's something I would do maybe as a last step, if I needed to. I rarely do that, but I wanted you to be aware what it is, what it does, and what the benefits are.

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Abba Shapiro's Work File Information
Building a Rough Cut - Project Files
Refining Your Edit - Project File
Working with Audio Project File
Motion Effects - Project Files
Titling and Graphics - Project Files
Speed Changes - Project Files
Color Correction - Project Files
Finishing - Project Files
Multi-Camera Editing - Project Files (Large Download - 3.25GB)
Creating Timelapses - Project Files (Large Download - 1.25GB)
Thinking Like An Editor - Project Files
Special Tools - Project Files

Ratings and Reviews

a Creativelive Student

I've never even tried video editing before this class. I opened the program once and panicked. After only 9 lessons I was able to throw a short video together (basic of course, but still pretty cool). I wish all of my teachers growing up were just like Abba. He goes over everything without dragging anything on for too long. He repeats things just enough for me to actually remember them, and he is funny. He keeps it fun and shows that even he makes mistakes. I can't even believe how much I have learned in less than a quarter of his class. I have a long way to go and am very excited to learn more. This class is worth every penny and more! I was hesitant on buying the class because I have CS6 and he works with CC, but I have already used what I've learned in his course to create a video. The first 9 lessons were already worth what I paid for the entire course. Thank you, Abba! You are an awesome teacher! You have me absolutely obsessed with creating right now! I highly recommend! You won't find this thorough of a course for this decent price!

Patricia Downey

Just bought this yesterday and cannot stop watching!!!! What a FANTASTIC teacher-- just love the way he explains everything. For someone like me (who has a zillion questions) it is perfect. As soon as he introduces a feature, he explains several aspects in such a way that's easy to grasp and remember. So, so happy I got this. Thank you Abba and CreativeLive!

a Creativelive Student

I am only on lesson 19 and I am so glad I bought this class, so worth it and Abba packs so much information into these lessons its crazy. I will for sure have to come back and watch again when I need to remember to do stuff or need a refresher. He is funny and quirky and a great teacher. I so recommend this to anyone wanting to become a better video editor!! I am coming from being self taught and using iMovie and he makes it so simple and understandable. Can't wait to learn more :)

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