Originally Posted by UrbanVoyeur
There is a very important difference between editing footage from multiple cameras shooting diferent things (which is what the Calcio Storico Fiorentino piece is) and editing footage from mutliple cameras simultaneously shooting the same event from different angles when sound and image must be in sync.
Think of the typical 4 camera sitcom. Think pratfall and reaction shot.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiple-camera_setup
This is used when shooting plays, concerts, training videos, sporting events, motivational speakers, church services, and many other types of live or difficult to repeat situations. I even saw it in a recent wedding.
For this you need an entrirely different kind of editing setup to do it quitckly, accurately and effectively. In the past, before NLE's, you'd have 4 tape decks slaved together and 1 recorder for the program. You'd watch 4 monitors plus 1 for program and use a live switcher to cut between them.
This is what people mean when they speak of "multi-cam editing"
Today, that experience is replicated in NLE's like FCP7, Media Composer, and Premiere Pro. But NOT FCPX. This is what Apple meant when they said multi-cam editing was not in the X release but that they are working on it.
I do not claim to be a good editor, but I have worked with them and have had my work edited by them. BUT, I will dig up a clip of mine to demonstrate what I am talking about.
The Calcio Storico Fiorentino is a great little peice, but I would point out that there was little in the way of graphics, effects, or post production sound. It was a series of shots strung together against a music track and with crowd sounds roughly matched to the screen action. Maintaining audio sync across cameras was not necessary.
Bottom line: you need the right tool for the job. Right now, FCPX is not the right tool for many (most?) pro-needs.
I read the page you linked, Then I surfed the web and found several tutorials involving 3 to 9 cameras.
The ability to display 16 camera views at the same time and dynamically select among them is nice -- though, not very precise. I suspect that the real work begins when this is done -- fine tuning the camera changeover, etc.
Apple has said they are working on multicam support for FCPX -- but as of today FCPX cannot do the entire multicam editing process.
What FCPX can do today:
-- process multiple clips of any combination
of supported format, codec, resolution, etc.
-- synchronize multiple clips based on sound (very accurately)
-- include soundless video clips for manual synchronization
-- include a sound-only clip
You select all these clips, select synchronize, and FCPX creates a "synchronized clip" which contains all the subclips aligned by sound -- roughly analogous to an FCP7 multiclip.
Then, you can move this "synchronized clip" to your storyline and expand it showing the layered, synchronized subclips.
You don't get the flattened video track as with FCP7 as FCPX has no way to create it, yet!
But, you can manually scrub through the subclips and manually create markers/crossovers (the video is updated in the storyline, while scrubbing -- making this very easy).
I even found a video demonstrating the process:Multicam Final Cut Pro X - Final Cut Pro X Tutorial
Admittedly, it is not as elegant or easy as FCP7 appears to be.
However, the video makes the editing look harder than it need be:
It deletes the section in every layer above the layer they want to show -- leaving holes in the upper clip. Instead, you can split the clip and disable the section to allow the clip below to show through.
But, the author is forgiven -- What's it been, a week since FCPX dropped?
I should mention that FCPX has a precision editor that shows both sides of the edit updated concurrently -- so as you try to fine tune the camera cutovers it is easy to get close by scrubbing, then nudge 1 frame at a time (if necessary)
With what's already available in FCPX, I expect multicam will be much faster and easier than FCP7.
I have never used multicam! I am looking for a source for some reasonably-sized multicam clips that I can download -- then synch in FCP7 and FCOX,
Originally Posted by nvidia2008
If possible, you should also show an example of non-live music video editing with multicam footage. When I first saw how Final Cut Pro 6 (?) did it I was blown away. In this case you're not editing a single set of multicam footage but multiple sets. Eg. in a music video there's typically the band playing. It will be shot in several settings, say in the desert, on top of a building and in a warehouse, for example. For each setting during the music you'll need to cut between the bass player and the singer, and so on. Doing this kind of edit requires the real power of true multicam.
Can these multiple sets be synched with each other, i.e. do they share a common sound track?