How to Use Multicam Editing in DaVinci Resolve?

By Aug 08,2017 21:57 pm

Multi-cam editing allows the editors to cut a program quickly without affecting the playback of multiple resources in real time. The camera angles can be synchronized on the basis of timecodes, in or out points or even on audio wave forms. DaVinci Resolve would place all the various clips shot from a camera onto a similar angle when making the multiclips. After finishing your first cut you will be able to return and change to another camera angle, change the sound track or trim the footage by making use of the trimming tools of DRV.

In today’s post we will discuss how to use multicam editing on DRV 12.5.


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How to Use Multicam Editing

If you are working on footages which have been shot with more than one simultaneous cameras, then you need to use the multicam edit tools of DRV. The workflow is a 3-part process:

  • Firstly, you need to make the multicam clips from the individual camera angles known as ISO or isolated cameras.
  • Secondly, you have to place the created multicam clips onto the timeline.
  • Lastly, you need to switch on the Multicam Viewer on DRV so as to start multicam editing.

Creating Multicam Clips

To create a multicam clip just follow the steps below:

  1. Import all the ISO clips into the Media Pool;
  2. Now you have to select the clips which you want to sync together, right click on them and then choose ‘New Multicam Clip Using selected clips’
  3. In the ‘New Multicam Clip’ properties dialog, you will be able to see the following options:

    new multicam clip

    Angle Sync is used to synchronize all the various angles. You can sync them manually by using the in/out points set within the individual clips or you can make use of the first Marker which has been set within each clip.

  4. Angle Sync is used to synchronize all the various angles. You can sync them manually by using the in/out points set within the individual clips or you can make use of the first Marker which has been set within each clip.

Setting up Timeline for Multicam Editing

Setting up Timeline for Multicam Editing

create new timeline

Enabling Multicam Editing in Viewer

In order to edit the Multicam clips, the first thing you have to do is switch to the Multicam Mode and follow the steps given below:

  1. Open the timeline containing the multicam clip and place the playhead on the position from which you want to start the edit.
  2. Go to the Source Viewer mode pop up and choose Multicam;
  3. multicam viewer

  4. Select the number of angles you want to display by going to the pop-up menu at the bottom of the Source Viewer on the right. If you are using a slow PC, then lower the number of angles in order to maintain real time playback.
  5. default displaying angle

  6. Go to the Audio/video selection buttons in the Multicam Viewer and select if you want to switch both video and audio, only the video or only the audio from the left to right.
  7. video audio switch

  8. Now the playback can be started, and while you are watching, you can do one of the following:

    Any angle in the Multicam viewer can be clicked for inserting a cut on the Timeline or for switching to that angle.

    Click any angle option can come in handy if you later don’t like the angle you have cut to and want to revert the entire segment to the last cut.

  9. If you want to stop your multicam edit just stop the playback. You can fine tune the clip by going to Source from the Source Viewer mode and then re-edit the clips in your timeline like any other clip.

Tips for editing multicam clips in the timeline

When you are about to edit or trim the clip, there isn’t much of a difference between multicam clip and a regular clip. You always have the option of deleting your edited clip by choosing it and then clicking the Delete button.

In order to switch the angle of your multicam clip in the timeline, just right click on the clip and then select a new angle from ‘switch multicam clip angle’ submenu

If you want to flatten a multicam clip on the timeline, then right click on the clip and select ‘flatten multicam clip’ from the sub menu.

Watch the video below to check the multcam editing in DaVinci Resolve step by step.

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