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Adobe Premiere: How to Use Multiple Cameras
 
 
Adobe Premiere: How to Use Multiple Cameras

In Premiere Pro, the Multi-Camera Monitor allows you to work with different camera angles from different cameras.   When you work with mixed media such as this, the camera angles do not have to be recorded in the same codec. However, the CPU, GPU, and hard drive requirements will increase with each angle that you add.

In this article, we are going to discuss:

  • Syncing clips from different cameras

  • Syncing with Audio

  • Syncing with Timecode

  • Syncing using clip markers

  • Accessing the synced sequence in the Timeline

  • Using the nested sequence method

  • Making multi-camera edits

Syncing Clips from Different Cameras

There are different features that you can used in Premiere Pro to sync multiple video clips. However, the features that are available to you will depend on the video camera that you are using.

  • Timecode is available if your camera is jam-synced with SMPTE timecode.

  • In Points

  • Out Points

  • Clip Marker. A clip marker can be inserted if you do not have an opening or closing slate.

  • Audio. You can sync multiple clips by using only the audio. This is a new feature in Premiere Pro.

Just remember that these features only work if all cameras are timecode-synced, see the same slate (visual cue), or the same audio cue. 

Syncing with Audio

Let's talk about syncing your video clips by audio.  

To do this, start out by selecting the clips you want to sync using CTRL+click in the Project panel. 

Instead of releasing the mouse after the clips are selected, continue to press CTRL+click and right click one of the selected clips.

Choose Create Multi-Camera Source Sequence.


You will then see the Multi-Camera Source Sequence dialogue box.

In the first dropdown box, choose Custom, as pictured below. 


Enter a name in the sequence name field.

Select Audio as the synchronization point.


Click OK.

Syncing with Timecode

When you sync by timecode, the clips are synced by using data that is embedded in the footage.

There are two different ways that you can sync by timecode.

You can sync by timecode:

1.        By creating a multi-camera source sequence in the Project panel.

2.        By using a nested sequence.

We will discuss both of these methods below.

To sync clips in the Project panel, select the clips in the Project panel by pressing CTRL+click for each clip.

While still pressing CTRL+click, right click and select Create Multi-Camera Source Sequence, just as you did in the last section when syncing audio.

You will once again see the Create Multi-Camera Source Sequence dialogue box.


Select Custom from the dropdown menu.


Enter in a name for the sequence.

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Next, select Timecode, as circled in the snapshot below.


Click OK.

Syncing Using Clip Markers

To sync using clip markers, drag the first camera angle to the Source Monitor.

Move the playhead in the Source Monitor to the frame where the cue occurs. 

Next, select the marker you want to use. You can use a marker, or you can use In and Out points.

In the snapshot below, we circled the Marker button.

The In and Out point buttons are located just to the right of the Marker button.


Repeat these exact steps for each video clip that you want to sync. 

Now, select the clips in the Project Panel using CTRL+click.

While still pressing CTRL+click, right click and select Create Multi-Camera Source Sequence.

The dialogue box pictured below should look familiar to you by now.


Select Custom from the dropdown menu, then enter a name for the sequence.


Select In Points, Out Points, or Clip Markers. 


Click OK.

Accessing the Synced Sequence in the Timeline

Creating a synced multi-camera source sequence is the first step.   We did that in the past few sections by syncing by audio, timecode, or markers. 

Now it is time to open that sequence in the Timeline.

To start with, find the sequence in the Project panel. We found ours below and circled it in red. This is the sequence we just created by syncing our camera angles.


Right click on it, then choose Open in Timeline.


Press Shift and the Plus key on your keyboard to open the tracks. 


Next, go back to the Project panel. Right click on the clip again. Select New Sequence from Clip.


Rename the sequence if you want so it is easy to identify.

Now, go to the Program Monitor. 

Click the + button. We have circled it below.


When you click the + button, the Button Editor will launch.


Next, drag the Toggle Multi-Camera View button to the button toolbar on the Program Monitor.


After you do that, drag the Multi-Camera Record On/Off Toggle button to the toolbar.


Click on the Toggle Multi-Camera View button.  


You can now see all your camera angles, as well as the Program Monitor.

Using the Nested Sequence Method

We promised you earlier that we would also show you the nested sequence method to creating synced clips.  

Let's learn that method now.

Syncing via Timecode

To sync clips using the timecode and the nested sequence method, create a new sequence, then add the multi-camera clips to it. Just make sure each video and audio clip is on its own track.

Next, select the tracks in the Timeline by pressing Shift+click.  

Keeping Shift+click pressed, right click and select Synchronize.

You will then see the Synchronize Clips dialogue box.


Choose Timecode.  

Click OK.

Syncing via Markers

To sync using markers, drag the first clip to the Source Monitor.

If you are going to use an In Point marker, mark the In Point. Mark the Out Point if you want to use an Out Point Marker. Click the Marker button to add a marker.

Move the playhead in the Source Monitor to the frame where the cue occurs.

You will follow these steps for each clip that you want to sync.

Now, create a new sequence. Add the multi-camera clips to it. 

Select all the tracks in the Timeline by pressing Shift+click. 

Keeping Shift+click pressed down, right click and choose Synchronize.

You will then see the Synchronize Clips dialogue box.


Choose the method from the Clip Marker dropdown menu.

Click OK.

Nesting a Synced Sequence

To nest a synced sequence, right click on the sequence in the Project panel. 

Choose New Sequence from Clip.

You will see a multi-camera nested sequence appear. Rename it if you want.


Now, right click the multi-camera track. Choose Multi-Camera>Enable.


Multi-Camera Edits

Now that you have created your multi-camera sequence, you can now edit it in the Multi-Camera Monitor.

To open the monitor, click the + button in the Program Monitor. If you haven't already, add the Toggle Multi-Camera View button and the Multi-Camera Record On/Off button to the toolbar. We dragged both to the toolbar earlier.

Next, click the Toggle Multi-Camera button.   You will then see the grid with your camera angles, as well as the Program Monitor.


To record edits, move the playhead to the beginning.

If the camera angles do not start at the same time, you may see black in some of the views.


Click the camera angle you want to edit.   When selected, a camera angle will have a yellow box around it (as pictured above).

Press the Play button  to start multi-camera recording. 

Switch camera angles when you want to make cuts. The angle that is recording will have a red box around it.

When you stop recording, the edits will appear in the sequence. There will also be cut marks where you changed camera angles.

 
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