Multi-camera recording, from the golden age of TV to your desktop
Even using only two cameras constantly rolling from different angles will give you the ability to make dynamic scene cuts during the long, slow yet for some reason important scenes, to make sure the viewer will not fall asleep; an ultimate dream of any aspiring video maker. However without a reasonable Multi-Camera workflow, the task of later editing multiple camera shots can be a troublesome experience.
We try to address this with this new Multi-Camera plug-in in EditStudio.
Don't touch my precious tracks
This simulates heavily spliced takes other software will gladly produce
Our approach in EditStudio 6 is much more elegant. The Multi-Camera is in fact a single Effect that you will place on a separate Effect Layer on the timeline. It will show the familiar 4 quad view and you simply add a keyframe where you need a camera line cut and then set the desired camera switch.
Our indirect-editing approach. All edits are done on the Multi-Cam track.
This makes later very easy to move the cuts, delete them, add a new one or use different camera without worrying about the video tracks being all messed up.
But not only that, you can actually make multiple versions of your edit by simply adding new effect track with new Multi-cam, do the line cuts a different way, then compare the edits. This is almost impossible to do in other software that splices the actual video tracks unless you start a new project.
Multiple versions of the edit - no problem, just add more Multi-Cam tracks.
Adding transitions could be another source of headaches with heavily spliced videos. Not in EditStudio Multi-Cam plug-in! Just move the transition layer above the Multi-Cam effect and simply add transition over the desired key-frame and set the correct from-to properties.
You may see that this workflow has a lot of advantages. It is a sort of "virtual" editing where all the edits are in separate layer (the keyframes in Multi-Cam plug-in)
You can add cuts to the video using buttons, using mouse or using keyboard shortcuts. The cuts on the timeline are color coded for better navigation and correspond to the colors of the camera buttons.
The currently selected camera on timeline will be highlighted in the 4 Quad view as well as on the Camera button
Preview Monitor Configuration
At any time you can switch the preview from 4 Monitors to the Output OSD or the Final Output - that will show your line cuts as they appear on a single monitor:
Output OSD will display the single screen with the camera cuts and it will add OSD camera display in the corner.
Final Output will display the single screen with the camera cuts without anything else - this is for the final export.
With the Final Output Monitor Preview and the Multi-Cam selected you can still watch the "lights" on Camera buttons in the plug-in Properties to see which camera is active.
Obviously if you are going to export the movie, switch the Multi-Cam to the single Final Output as well.
Adding transitions is very easy, first move the transition layer above the Multi-Cam if not already there, just click and drag it up:
Then add transition effect over the keyframe. It doesn't have to be exactly precise, just make it cross the key-frame.
Set the correct From layer and To layer of the transition so it corresponds to the same cuts as the Multi-Cam does before the Keyframe and after the keyframe.
If you need to adjust one camera in particular, for example to Color correct Camera on Video B track, add Effect layer above this track and place the desired effect there. Marked as (2) on the image. Now in your Multi-Cam effect you will change the assigned Camera 2 from Video B to the Effect on Cam 2 layer.
Tip: If you want to produce Final Output including 4 quad view (for example as an effect) and you don't want to have the red rectangle around one quadrant, download simple quad view from here.
Some Tips and Tricks
A professional crew uses "Jam Syncing", which is not as the name suggest smearing marmalade on the bride but rather plugging all cameras into a
time code generator.
Once rolling, keep on going
If you still need to re-sync the cameras in editing (for example tape change, or slippery fingers on the pause button) look for obvious clues such as eye blink of a person, photo flash or groom sneaking away (the latest may not be always readily available).
Use the same model of the camera
You may try to also use external audio recorder for the whole audio to obtain better quality, but it may be problematic or impossible to synchronize this one with the video if you don't use time code generator. (Jam, remember?). Recorder without time synchronization with video may get progressively out of sync with time.
Do not try to top MTV
You can use multi-cam even for small family celebration
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