Let’s Edit with Media Composer – 2019 Multicam Updates

Let’s Edit with Media Composer – 2019 Multicam Updates



this let's edit with Media Composer tutorial is brought to you by video guys calm the leading reseller of video editing and production equipment for more than 25 years and by Boris effects a leading developer of visual effect plugins titling video editing and workflow tools for broadcast post-production and film professionals hey everyone Kevin Pete McAuliffe here and I am back again with another let's edit with avid media composer tutorial and in this lesson we're talking multicam editing more specifically we're talking about the updates that were added to multicam editing more specifically to group clips inside of the 2018 point 12/20 19 update of avid media composer now in this lesson I want to go over the changes that have been made to group clips as well as getting in and I'm going to show you a little tip / trick that I actually learned this week something that's been tucked away from multicam editing instead of avid media composer for a long time that you might not even know about now before we get rolling two things one if you're new to multicam editing I encourage you to check out the show notes for this lesson because I actually did a lesson specifically on multicam editing a little while ago that you can check out before checking out the updates that have come to this version of avid media composer and secondly I want to give a big shout out in this lesson to the team at edit stock who provided the footage for this tutorial alright enough of an introduction here let's just get into media composer and let's get started all rights let's command or alt and tab into avid media composer and once we're here you'll see that we have our different camera angles again it's footage coming to us courtesy of our friends that edit stock and what we're gonna do is I'm gonna select all of these clips I'm gonna right-click on them I'm gonna navigate down to group clips and we're now brought to the group clips window now if you're familiar with multicam editing or you've watched my previous lesson you're familiar with this window and for me personally I'm normally selecting one of two options in here in points if I happen to have my different camera angles that have a clap board that I can easily sync something up with or I'm going to be using my source timecode if my Clips actually have matching source timecode now purposely for this lesson I'm not going to use in points I'm actually going to use waveform analysis now you'll see why in just a second I'm going to say ok and I'm gonna let Media Composer prep these clips and then analyze the audio waveforms and I want to show you what's actually gonna happen here now I'm doing this intentionally because I know that there's actually a mistake that's gonna happen and this is where the edit groups comes into play I'm gonna take my group clip I'm gonna select it drop it into my timeline now again if you're familiar with multicam editing you know that we can check our clips one of two ways we can right click on the clip and the timeline to change the angle to take a look or what we can do is simply call up an our case our 9 split now by calling up the 9 split I notice a problem immediately I selected 6 clips for this grouped clip and I only see 5 however if I jump down towards the end of the timeline you'll notice now that my drummer appears but everybody else disappears I got a little bit of crossover at some point here there we go but obviously as you can see the sync is totally off not giving me what I want well in previous versions of Media Composer to have to delete this group create a new one you know what the whole process is in version 20 18 point 12 or I'm just going to call it 20 19 moving forward we know of the ability to get in and simply edit the group now if you're familiar with collapsing inside a Media Composer where you take multiple layers and collapse them down into one easy-to-use clip it's pretty much the same process I'm gonna right click on this group and I'm gonna come down to edit group and what Media Composer is going to do is it's going to expand the group out to show me each one of the different angles and now what we can do is we can simply come in and I'm gonna select my smart tool and let's just drag this clip all the way back down the timeline here right to about I'm sure I'm just gonna bring it back to there now something that's important to keep in mind if you're gonna get in and work this way now what's gonna happen when I go back to my timeline as media composers are gonna say to me okay what would you like to do would you like to update to this group clip would you like to create a new one do not want to say anything or do you want to cancel now you might think oh okay perfect I'm just gonna update this group clip and I'm all set to go however you'll notice it's something hasn't happened we haven't gone back to our sequence where that group clip is located because you cannot get in and adjust the duration of a grouped clip and update it you have to create a new grouped clip now this can lead to a little bit of confusion because then you're gonna start having more and more grouped clips in your bin which again like I said can lead to confusion you'll see what I mean here I'm just gonna double click I'm gonna say create me a new grouped clip there's the new grouped clip if I take this clip we're just gonna take it now drop it into my timeline let's just turn my smart tool off here there we go drop it in just remove all that at the end check out our 9 split you'll see we now have all of our camera angles set to go but again you'll see we're just building up more stuff in our bin okay so let me show you how this works in a different scenario what are we gonna do here is I'm just gonna select all of these here I'm just gonna delete them in one shot and I'm gonna take five of the six clips and we're gonna do the exact same process I'm going to group them together based on the waveform analysis so the example here is that let's say hypothetically you created a group or a bunch of grouped clips only to realize that that one angle that you could never find you just found and instead of going back and creating new groups what you want to do is just add the clip to this group again we're gonna drop it in again much like we had done before right click Edit group I'm now going to take this shot here which I've already marked an endpoint on and I already know the timecode we're gonna go in at just to save ourselves a little bit of time here I'm gonna mark an end point there I'm gonna create a new video track and to be honest I've got enough audio for reference I don't really care about the audio track I'm now gonna drop this clip in now one thing that's important for me to point out right now is that there's a bug in this version of Media Composer which is 20 19.6 and that is that if you take this clip and drop it in past the end of what is basically the end of our timeline here and then pull it back so that it doesn't adjust the length of the group clip Media Composer is gonna give you an error and then crash so what I normally like to do is to come up a little bit short I'm gonna drop it into there and even then just extend it down to the end of the timeline like such let's come back here again we're gonna extend this down just that everyone's pretty much all set to go at the same time now let's simply come back up to our sequence double click let's update and you'll now see that we are not all set to go why again 1 2 3 4 5 where is our drummer I know he's there because I just lined him up one thing that's important to keep in mind is that when you make changes to group clips like I just did you need to make sure you refresh the sequence I'm now simply going to come down to my refresh sequence sequences option I'm gonna come down to group edits I'm gonna select it and you'll now see that that clip has appeared inside of that grouped edit all right now let's just head up I'm just gonna delete my timeline and my group clip here there we go very nice let's just clear out our monitor I'm gonna give you another example of an update to Media Composer in the multicam category and I'm just gonna take this entire clip it actually doesn't even really matter for the purposes of what we're doing let's just make sure here and I'm just gonna leave video turned off I'm just gonna grab a couple clips that we're going to assume are already sunk up we've gone in marked in and out points because I know a lot of people like to line up clips in this method here okay let's just come down to yeah sure we'll just come down to wherever that clip goes to again no audio and I'm gonna do one more track here okay well we now have the ability to do with all of these layered tracks inside of our sequence is to make a grouped clip right from our timeline okay all I'm gonna do is with the timeline here with the composer window selected I'm gonna right click and I'm gonna come down to create group now you're gonna notice that it doesn't ask me what's the timecode you're using you know what are you gonna use waveforms nope it took everything exactly the way that it was and it created a group clip for me I'm now going to basically take that grouped clip and drop it right over top of all the clips that are currently in my timeline and I'm now I'm gonna come to show you my 9 split and you'll see now that we now have those three Clips set up as a multicam all set to go all right now a couple other things that I do want to mention before wrapping up this lesson and I think what I'm gonna do here is I'm just going to come down here what's gonna delete all of that again let's just select it I'm just gonna go with the five clips that make up our multi group here I'm gonna come down to group clips again by waveform I probably should have just kept this in my bin so I didn't have to do this you know three times in a row but the process is relatively quick now I know one question that I always get emailed about when I'm doing these type of lessons is Kev what is the quality of the footage that you are working with I know you're probably working with you know the highest quality HD footage you know when you've got six streams of HD all playing back at the same time I gotta be honest with you I'm using an external USB Drive and with my six clips of HD it was choking the drive to death so what I did is I actually compressed this footage down to DNxHD 36 because to be honest in a lot of cases you're dealing with reams of footage when you're doing music videos so I normally just like to work at DNX 36 then go back relink once I've committed my multicam edit so that I only have the high-res footage that I need in my timeline okay let's just come over here I'm just gonna take this clip I'm going to drop it into my timeline and we're gonna call up my in this case five splits now the first thing that I want to point out that I'm sure you're probably already aware of again if you do a lot of multicam editing if not I'm just gonna press command on the Mac ctrl on Windows and you'll notice that as soon as I do what's now happened is that I've been shown which clip each one of these different angles actually is so if I was to get in and rename these those names would appear at the bottom of each one of those clips but that's not the little sort of secret tucked away thing that I never knew about because it's always something I complained about and then somebody actually showed this to me so you can teach an old dog new tricks which is what I normally find myself doing is mapping multicam keys to my keyboard so because normally you know I'd like to have one two three four five four one two three four five I'll map that to my keyboard however those keys are those multicam camera angles are actually already mapped to the keypad on your keyboard so basically on the right hand side that keypad you have there don't look at the numbers don't look at one two three four five six look at seven eight and nine to be angle seven eight nine angle four five six angle one two three now I'm referring to those by the actual number they are on the numeric pad so if I was to come back now I'm just gonna turn off the audio I'm just gonna play this and if I just start punching in edits right here you'll see there we go I haven't met any keyboard shortcuts to these keys we're already all set to go right out of the box all right so let's wrap this up by talking about some additional changes that have been made to group clips inside of the twenty eighteen point 12/20 nineteen update of avid media composer one thing that I love is the fact that we can now work with mixed rate clips inside of a grouped clip meaning if you have seven clips Rahl shot at 23 nine eight and that one pesky clip that was shot at 1080i 2997 don't worry you can actually add that 1080i clip in with all those 2308 clips to create a proper grouped clip for you to do your multicam and its width now you remember before I was doing some segment dragging inside of group mode what's important to keep in mind is that you'll notice that the monitor will always display the frame that's located under the blue bar mixed rate groups sometimes can cause errors when you are committing multicam edits so keep that in mind what's also very cool is that groups from any project type can be opened in any other project type meaning that if you have a group clip that was created at 1080i you can simply take that over to a 2380 project open it up no problem and work with it much like you'd created it inside of that project and last but certainly not least if you're sending sequences from one project type to another again one frame rate to another you don't need to commit those multicam edits like you had to previously you can move them freely back and forth between those projects open them up and do multicam in any type of project or any type of frame rate that you might need to do it in alright now as we're wrapping up I want to remind you to check out our sponsors video guys for all of your avid software and hardware as well as thousands of other products that you can check out over at video guys dot-com I also want to give a big shout out to the team at Boris effects makers of BCC sapphire and mocha and don't forget to use that coupon code of MC 101 to get 10% off your next BCC lice if you liked this tutorial don't forget to hit that subscribe button and don't forget if you have any questions you have any comments or you have any tutorial requests don't hesitate to send it to me at Kevin P McAuliffe at gmail.com this has been Kevin P McAuliffe thanks a lot for watching

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