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Apple Final Cut Pro X: In-Depth

Lesson 23 of 42

Multicam Editing Part 2


Apple Final Cut Pro X: In-Depth

Lesson 23 of 42

Multicam Editing Part 2


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Multicam Editing Part 2

I see only the one monitor angle again let's hide the library in the browser to give ourselves some more room to work, pull this down just a bit so I can see a little bit better of what's going on and go back and we'll hit the home key. Hiding the stuff is simply a display function doesn't have any control over what we're doing with the multi cam says so far I grouped the cameras, I went to file new multi cam clip. I changed the order based upon the angle editor and now I'm ready to edit. There are three icons and top left corner, the yellow icon at its audio and video together this blue icon at its video only the green icon at its audio only I wanna have the audio from these four cameras. I want to have the audio come from the camera number two I've decided that's the best audio I have to work with. I want to take the audio from camera to so I select the audio icon click on the camera source that I want to use for my edit. Then I switch back to video because I want to change the video...

shots based upon how I cut the clips, I'm going to start with a wide shot and after that I'm going to edit it. If I only have this selected, I cut audio no video if I have this selected, I cut video, but leave the audio unchanged from whatever I have selected here in the browser. If I click this, I want to change the audio no video every time I click if you think about it when we're dealing with video most of the time we have audio coming from the audio console and we're recording that audio to a single camera and in almost all cases we don't want to edit the audio because the idea the audio is coming live from the audio counsel. I do want to add it to the video to do that, I will always have the video. I will always have the audio remain with a single camera and never change it. So most of the multi cam editing that I'm doing I set the audio by having my play had be at the absolute beginning of a clip, the home key click the audio icon, select the shot that I'm going to have us my audio source then without moving a play had click the video side and I'm ready to play space bar what's gonna happen is she is going to skate around here and flirt with all three of these guys escape back again. Each of these three guys is going to try and catch her and all three guys are going to miss so I want to show the wide shot and cut to the jib arm is she's skating along, cut to the tight shot and well, you get the idea I'm going to change the angles based upon what's happening, all I have to do is to click on the picture space far okay, so not that I've seen this video before or anything, but the idea is I'm watching the shots in real time and clicking on the ones that I want it has now edited that piece and I'm ableto watch the video and say yep that's really good or no, I need to change the timing of that we'll hear, for instance, this shot just does not work. I keep hoping that you've arm comes up with a better shot and it never does I want to be able to change the shop while we learned how to do that when we were talking about editing yesterday with a replaced at it there's a really need function which is similar to a replace that it I just simply click on notices I'm on the camera three I want to go with camera for watched the timeline in to one click I simply click on the shot that I want to change and it changes the entire shot now here, this is another way to edit a multi cam clip. Watch this, put this play head right here if I put the play head at the point that I want to make a shot change just before this couple looks up and I click on this shot without holding any keys down final cut will force an edit point called a cut. It will force an edit point from the old shot to the new shot at the point of the play head if, on the other hand, I hold the option key down an option, click on a clip. It will change the entire clip that the play had is in notice that it's changed the shot before and the shot after that's what I did over here if I put my play head on this shot and click, it forces an edit point at the position of the play head, which is not what I want. I want to replace the whole shot, hold the option key down, click on the shot you want to replace it with, and now the entire clip is replaced based upon the shot you click on. What we're able to do here with the multi cam clip is that we're able tto look at all of our angles at the same time and by clicking, yeah! As it's playing back or by position of the play head on the point we want the shot change to occur, we can change from one shot to another. I don't want to do a ripple trim here because of ripple trim changing just the outer justin in would ripple through the rush, the timeline knocking everything out of sync. It would be terrible, so final cut does not allow that it automatically shifts to the roll trimm it automatically selects the roll trim the trim tool so that now if I don't quite get the edit, correct, I can trim this so that it works exactly the way that I want or type the period key. Move it one frame at a time, comma p key one frame at a time shift period shift comma I can quickly move and change and roll trimm might get a point so in the event that I'm a little bit off and I'm off general by a frame or two, but I'm in the mood of trying to figure out what my shot is. I will almost always cut a multi cam clip in real time, watching the picture, getting with spirit it's, partly because I spent so much time directing, but also because I it just feels more comfortable to try to be one with the video and cut this thing on the fly and then go back which I can't do live and trim every shot to have the point occur where I wanted to occur and then you can also can use the numbers one, two, three and four yeah, what you could do here is if I type the number one notice that again it cuts the clip and it switches to camera one if on the other hand a type option and the number one it changes the entire clip so it does essentially on automatic replace at it but in orderto have the option to do replace at it you have to hold the option key down to be able to do that the here's a restaurant scene and with the restaurant scene I have ah close up camera on lisa where'd lisa go here lisa there's lisa and there's andrew and there are the this is a wide cover shot of all three people and daniel is in the middle and I've got a two shot cover to the right I did two takes of this if you look at the way form on the wide cover shot this is the scene I stole the script directly from shakespeare and this is the scene and noticed that there's absolutely no audio on the cover shot I've got andrew's audio here I've got lisa's audio here and no audio on the cover shot I also recorded this without matching timecode on all the cameras so what I've done is I have a clapper slate I have a clapper slight and I have set a marker at that point on each of the three clips where the clapper slate comes down and you remember the keyboard shortcut to set a marker is the letter m I now select those three clips go up to file new multi cam clip and this time I'm going to synchronize based upon the first marker in each angle and again don't check audio synchronization rest ron and click okay there's my multi cam clip audio synchronization will take about five to ten times longer if you can synchronize on timecode or synchronized on a marker it's a whole lot faster so let's just play this for second uh no, no turn skimming off, okay, okay, so clearly we're having a little trouble hungering now at this point I'm going to back up shift comma known and they will set out types the letter e edit it down to the timeline double yeah, well, don't double click the clip even if it's in the timeline if I double click the clip noticed that my audio monitor is coming from the wide shot I can't hear the wide shot. So I'm going to turn on the audio monitor for andrew and when I turn on the audio monitor for lisa so that now when I play the clips that step back home key space bar okay, we're still on the wide shots. So let's, fix that here's what we want to do. I'm going to select the multi cam clip. I'm going to go to the inspector. This is another new feature and I forgot about it. Noticed that when the multi cam clip is selected inside the browser, I can see all the audio tracks here in the inspector. I don't want to hear camera one. I do want to hear camera two. I do want to hear camera three by turning them on in the inspector. I now have audio coming from andrews mike and from lisa's. Mike and I turn off the audio on the wide shot. I knew I'd remember that in just a second. Now when I play the clip and this is from me delete the old clip at the new clip down space bar. And there we go. I knew lisa was there somewhere. Andrea, this is from me. Okay so we can start to work with multi channel audio again selected go to the inspector turn on the tracks that you want and if this was multi channel audio for instance here I don't need to hear that sound but I do need to hear here I don't need to hear that I do need to hear andrew so turn this off and play it let's see what it sounds like and now we're going to start to cut this in real time I've got the video selected up here space bar this is from me it is not what you deserve but it is all that I have the means to provide sir he who just got what you deserve if you keep your promises of love just a cz well as you have exceeded all promises she will be well content shall we go so I clearly missed that I should have seen lisa so just hold the option key down click it and we have now started to create this this little restaurant scene editing it across three cameras to get what we want but I'm taking audio from two different tracks at the same time by selecting a multi cam clip going to the inspector and turning on the tracks that I want in final cut seven we would need to finalize the clip and final cut ten we don't need to do that and remember trimming is the same as any other clip there's, a lot more we can talk about with multi cam, but this gets you enough to stay out of trouble and have a great deal of fun editing. And before we weii just walk ourselves off the edge of a cliff from a time point of view. Jim, I'm going to turn it back to you to see if we have any questions. What we need that what we have is keyboard shortcuts. Anything else? That's it. Okay, guys, you're doing okay. All right? So let's, just switch over to keyboard shortcuts. What down my end shift command seven displays and hides the angle viewer control command all having talked about that shows and hides the event viewer. If you type one to nine, it will cut and switch the multi cam clip to the angle in the current bank. And option one to nine will switch the multi cam clip toe that angle of the current bank. I didn't want to have your august standards of spelling perfection violated by my inability to type. All right, so if I have, when I go up to the angle viewer notice under settings, I have a way to specify the number of angles that I'm working with. I can see two clips, or I can see two rows of two clips or I can see three rows of three clips I've got room for nine or I could see four rows of four clips. This is really useful if you're editing, say, ten, fifteen cameras at the same time if you have fewer angles displayed when you actually have, for instance, here I've got three angles notice down here at the bottom, I have a bank, the bank says that I'm on cameras one and two, and if I click over here, I'm now on camera three I can switch banks this allows me to make one pass through and edit, say the first four cameras and make the pictures big enough to see and then go through a second group of pictures and edited a second timeto see cameras so I don't have to deal with microscopically small pictures banks switching allows me to see images that may not be revealed because I've set my settings tto make the pictures bigger as opposed to smaller remember you can hide over here on the left control command one to hide it, not opens up the size of the image, and the other thing is event fewer if we have this viewer allows us to see angles off the clip that's in the timeline, sometimes we want to see the angles of a clip, for instance, moscow on ice I want to see these angles without necessarily giving up the angles that I have here in the timeline, we have another option window event viewer, which is a viewer that allows us to see the event clips and then inside the event viewer. Aiken see angles. So now I have the ability to skim inside the event. And I see the angles change in the event viewer, where aiken skim down here in the time line, and I can see the angles change in the viewer angle viewer. So the event viewer allows us to see what's in the browser, while the angle viewer allows us to see what's inside the timeline and both of those air accessed from the window menu. Hide event, viewer window menu, viewer display, hide angles.

Class Description


  • Import media into Apple Final Cut Pro X
  • Use its media management tools to organize your files
  • Explore the endless possibilities for creating amazing video effects and dig into audio.
  • Sharpen the skills you need to edit, trim, and combine clips to create a dynamic, engaging final cut.


Apple® Final Cut Pro® X has been rocking the film editing world since its initial release in 1999. Today, eleven upgrades later, the video editor's users number in the millions and its editing tools have powered major motion picture and small screen edits. Join Larry Jordan to learn what makes this video editing software so powerful, versatile, and indispensable.

Now an industry standard video editor alongside options like Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X encompasses pro-level editing tools for Mac. Final Cut Pro is a Mac-only program with professional tools that blow the free video editing software and budget video editors like iMovie, Adobe Premiere Elements, and Movie Maker out of the water. The video software can handle everything from 360-degree video to Hollywood-level productions. But navigating those advanced editing tools is a daunting task for beginners. Pretending Final Cut Pro is an intuitive, beginners program will only leave you frustrated and missing the biggest features.


Whether you are brand new to editing, self-taught, or a seasoned pro, this course will take your editing skills and Apple Final Cut Pro X mastery to a whole new level, from upload to save.

Apple Final Cut Pro X


Larry Jordan is an internationally-renowned consultant, digital media analyst, and trainer with over 35 years of experience as a television producer, director, and editor with national broadcast and corporate credits. He is recognized as the foremost trainer in both Apple Final Cut Pro (Mac) and Adobe Premiere Pro (Mac and Windows) where his informative and entertaining teaching style provides video editors around the world with unique resources to increase productivity and enhance their skills. Jordan is on the faculty at both USC and Video Symphony and the host of the weekly podcast.


  1. Introduction

    Larry Jordan says a majority of the Final Cut Pro X technical help questions he answers stem from jumping right into editing without understanding how the software works. In the first lesson, learn what to expect in the class and why, when you edit videos, you start with organization.

  2. Key Terms

    Video editing tools are often confusing for newbies because of the terminology. Walk through the jargon you need to know and key concepts for Final Cut Pro to get started on the right foot.

  3. System Configuration and RAID Storage

    Final Cut Pro X can run on any Mac except for the Mac mini. Here, learn the best system set up for video editing and learn how to make your budget go the farthest when setting up a computer for video editing, and why storage, not the computer is most important.

  4. Q&A with Creating an Efficient Workflow

    Video editing with Final Cut Pro is just as much about the actual tools as it is about creating an efficient workflow. In this lesson, find the answers to some of the biggest questions in the workflow.

  5. Interface and Media Management

    Understanding the Final Cut Pro X interface helps you navigate through the program from one step of the workflow to the next. Explore Final Cut's single window interface and the three broad sections, as well as where to find the hidden windows and what they do.

  6. Importing Media Part 1

    Final Cut Pro will import any videos supported by your computer, from files that already exist on a hard drive to videos from a camera's SD card. Walk through the import process and options, from basic options to marking favorite locations, when working with files that already exist on the hard drive.

  7. Importing Media Part 2

    Final Cut Pro will also import your media for you from a camera. Larry walks quickly through what's the same when importing from a camera and points out the important differences when using different import methods.

  8. Ratings and Keywords

    Creating a video often means working with multiple, long video files. This lesson walks through organizing video clips to make finding the exact clip you need easy. Larry then walks you through creating the actual project and getting started in the video editing process itself.

  9. Reviewing Clips for Edit

    Time to dig into editing -- but where do you start? Reviewing the available clips to see what to include is a good place to start. Larry walks you through the process, from the keyboard shortcuts, to marking a clip.

  10. Importing Clips

    Once you've identified some clips to work with, it's time to actually add them to your timeline. Jordan walks through the different options from using keyboard shortcuts to mark the in and out to using a simple drag and drop to the timeline. Whichever option you use, Jordan says, don't worry too much about getting it exact because you can fine-tune further later on.

  11. Editing an Interview Demo

    In this essential lesson, see a finished clip and walk through how the interview was assembled. Larry outlines the fundamentals of assembling an interview -- using techniques that work with any type of video edit -- in Apple® Final Cut Pro® X.

  12. Replace Edit and Timeline Index

    Continue to work with the timeline with tricks for replacing clips. Larry walks through simple methods, like using a drag and drop, to more advanced options like the three-point edit, as well as timeline tricks for working with chroma-key. Learn replacement edits along with other timeline tricks in this lesson.

  13. Compound Clips and Auditions

    Compound clips and auditions are specialized functions inside Apple Final Cut Pro. An audition allows video editors to compare clips easily. A compound clip is a project inside of a project. Walk through the how, why and when for these advanced features.

  1. Editing Review

    Jump back into video editing with the editing review that launches day two of this three-day class. Larry reviews the first part of the class and gives you insight into what's next.

  2. Trimming Part 1

    The way clips are assembled in the final video plays a big role on how the final video influences the viewer's emotions. Larry mixes the art of clip trimming with the tools inside Final Cut Pro.

  3. Trimming Part 2

    Trimming isn't always adjusting the beginning and end of a clip. Larry walks through the process of creating a slip trim, as well as tricks like trimming multiple clips at once.

  4. How We Hear

    Jumping into audio, learn the basic terms to audio editing, how we hear, and get started on understanding audio tracks inside Final Cut Pro.

  5. Audio Key Terms with Q&A

    Continue unraveling audio editing with key audio terms that aren't specific to Final Cut Pro. Learn how sound is visually represented and how to set levels for the best sound.

  6. Audio Basics, Meters, and Inspector

    Work with levels and audio inside the Final Cut Pro timeline by diving into the video editor's basic audio tools. Larry walks the class through levels, audio meters, keyframes and more. Learn how to eliminate a cough from the audio, how to reset parameters and more.

  7. Audio Q&A

    Audio is a big component to understanding video editing. Find the answers to the most frequently asked questions with this quick lesson using questions from students just like you.

  8. Dual System Sound and Audio Analysis

    Video and sound are sometimes recorded separately -- often when the mic built-into the DSLR or GoPro used to record the video isn't great at capturing audio. Larry walks through the process of syncing audio to the clip with double system recording along with the audio analysis tool that allows Final Cut to conduct an automatic analysis and fix some audio problems.

  9. Multicam Editing Part 1

    Editing video shot with multiple cameras is a common task in the video industry -- and Final Cut Pro has tools designed just for the task. Larry walks through the basics of multicam editing and getting started with the multicam feature. Learn how to group the cameras, create a new multicam clip and adjust the order using the angle editor to prep the workspace for working with videos from multiple cameras.

  10. Multicam Editing Part 2

    Once the footage is grouped and ready, follow Larry through the process of finessing those multiple feeds into a cohesive video. Start with setting the audio to a single camera, then move into switching the camera angles with a simple click and more advanced multicam tools.

  11. Transitions Part 1

    Transitions help make moving from multiple cuts a smooth experience. Learn the keyboard shortcuts for transitions, timing transition adjustments, and adjusting a transition with a roll trim.

  12. Transitions Part 2

    Creating transitions is an art -- learn the three main types of transitions, when to use them, what emotions transitions bring, and working with transitions in Final Cut Pro.

  13. Formatting and Animating Titles

    Titles reinforce key pieces of information, Larry says. Learn how to use titles, how long to leave titles up, where to place titles, and how to format titles in Final Cut Pro.

  1. Additional Effects

    Titles aren't the only type of special effects you can create inside Final Cut Pro. In the first lesson of the final day of the class, get a peek at what's up ahead, including how to add video stabilization, correct rolling shutter, work with images and create special effects like the Ken Burns effect.

  2. Editing and Trimming Review

    Recap the editing and trimming essentials to review what Larry says is the most essential thing to understand on using Final Cut Pro. Larry puts all the editing and trimming together in a final look at the process.

  3. Changing Speed of a Clip

    The speed of a clip can create drama. Learn how to manipulate the timeline with techniques like freeze frames, variable speed, and slow motion. Decipher the retime menu and learn the tools for manipulating time.

  4. Inspector Effects

    The Inspector inside Final Cut Pro allows video editors to make changes, from adding video stabilization to adjusting the aspect ratio. Follow Larry through the Inspector Effects to learn the special effects hiding in this menu.

  5. The Effects Browsers and Generators

    Video editors can create their own videos directly inside Final Cut Pro using Generators, a tool that's helpful for creating backgrounds for infographics and other items. Larry walks through the Generators and how to use them, along with diving into the Effects Browser interface.

  6. Blend Modes

    Blend Modes originated in Photoshop, but introduce some interesting special effects for video editors as well. Learn how to use blend modes, change the opacity for regular clips and picture-in-picture, and more in this lesson.

  7. Effects Q&A

    Dive into the most frequently asked questions on special effects as Larry explores questions posed by students just like you.

  8. Simple Effects

    Final Cut Pro has a number of different special effects options. Larry walks you through the most useful special effects and how to use them, so that you'll know how to manipulate those oddball effects too.

  9. Intro to Color Correction

    Color correction is a big enough task that entire careers are dedicated to the task. Learn what you need to know on color correction basics to successfully create a color-corrected video inside Final Cut Pro.

  10. Video Scopes

    Final Cut Pro uses three main video scopes -- the waveform monitor, the vectorscope, and the histogram. Larry walks through how to use each tool in color correction.

  11. Color Correcting for Video

    Learn what colors are most essential to get right and how to manually adjust color in videos inside this lesson. Work with the vectorscope and waveform monitor to edit color in a video.

  12. Color Correcting Skintone

    If the skin color is off, the entire video looks off. Larry walks you through how to adjust skin tones. Every skin tone is different -- this lesson is designed to give you the tools and know-how to correct for every skin tone.

  13. Color Correction Q&A

    Dive into the most common questions on color correction with this short lesson taking questions from students.

  14. Audio Effects Part 1

    Visual effects are only half of the special effects equation. Walk through audio effects, from manipulating audio levels to creating a stereo mix.

  15. Audio Effects Part 2

    Continue digging into audio special effects with advanced techniques inside Final Cut Pro. Work with channel filters to mix voice and music and the limiter filter to correct audio that's too soft.

  16. Exporting and Sharing

    After all that editing, how do you share your video? Walk through the export process, from exporting an XTML and a master file to sharing to YouTube directly from Final Cut Pro. Learn about exporting to different file formats and video formats, including .mp4.


a Creativelive Student

Absolutely one of the best & easy to follow teaching / learning sessions for this product. Larry has a great approach & insight into delivering a wealth of information from his years of experience that budding video engineers will certainly benefit from with a product that is powerful & great to use. I'm enjoying the journey to better understand & use this great product, expanding my experience in producing awesome video presentations. Great work Larry, & also huge fan of creativelive Keep up the great work you all do to assist budding producers in mastering their skills. Noel Blake Melbourne Australia


Final Cut Pro with Larry Jordan has been of enormous help to me just stating in FCPX. Larry has a unique way of getting the message on the basics across in an easy to understand manner. I have not yet looked at the entire course as I am practicing the steps as I go through the course. Many programs of FCP are not presented in the easy to follow manner thatL array does so well. I am 100% delighted with my purchase. I am in Sydney, Australia, and, due to the time difference it is impractical to view courses live. So I had to purchase on trust which in this case was a good choice. It would be good if Creative Live could perhaps rerun programs so overseas folks could view them at a convenient time. The courses still need to be purchased as I find it best to run it on another monitor and put what is taught into practice. Well done and thanks for the special offer in July.

a Creativelive Student

Attending this class was really a life-changing experience. Larry is a wonderful teacher and clearly on top of the program and methodology, and the way he structured the course, did frequent reviews and constant technique reminders (naming keyboard shortcuts as he did them, for example) really added a lot to the presentation. The depth of the class was very much appreciated, and his command of a complex subject showed that it was possible. I have wanted to understand FCP for several years and have only gotten the beginnings of a handle on it in the last 6 months or so. This class was an exponential knowledge upload and I hope will allow me to do lots of things I've only wondered about. I thought Jim was a good foil for Larry and did a nice job keeping things together, even when there was a technical problem. The value for me of being able to sit through the class before deciding to purchase was huge, and I am very much looking forward to reviewing the videos as questions come up. The class was very thorough and I didn't feel anything was being left out. Thank you so much for making it available.