How To Do Multi-Cam And Get Around Segmented DSLR Clips in Adobe Premiere
By Wayne Bonilla
The explosion of DSLR videography has definitely changed the way filmmakers and broadcasters shoot video. It has enabled many to enter in the world video making for a fraction of what it used to cost. Nonetheless, this approach has many limitations also. One is the poor audio quality that DSLR video produce and two is the 15 to 20 minute record limit, which results in segmented video clips unlike that of a professional video camera that can record longer. What I’m going to share is how to do a multi-cam edit and work around both of these limitations.
Typically DSLR shooters use a dual system approach to record audio. This just means that a separate audio recorder is used to record sound separately from the video. In this example, we are going to see how to edit this in post, so we can get the best audio quality possible for our multi-cam edit. We are also going to be using Adobe Premiere and Plural Eyes to sync and edit our project.
Step 1. Import and organize each camera angle and the separate audio track in Adobe Premiere. I usually label mine Cam 1, Cam 2, and Cam 3 etc.
Step 2. Drag each Camera folder in the timeline and stack them on top of each other. If a box appears that states, This clip does not match the sequence settings…, click change to sequence setting. What this does is it uses the frame rate and the aspect ratio of the clip you are dragging in the timeline. Lastly, drag the separate audio clip in the timeline.
Step 3. Then using PluralEyes we are going to sync all our clips. PluralEyes will sync and replace all our DSLR audio with the higher quality audio recorded from an external recorder. After the syncing process finishes import it back to Adobe Premiere. Watch the steps here, if you get lost, simply rewind the video.
Step 4. Find a clean start point and delete unnecessary clips prior to it. We will use this later as an in-point to sync our multi-cam.
Step 5. Nest each camera angle and label them. To nest videos, highlight them first, right click, and choose Nest in the pop-up. What this process does is it combines each camera angle’s segmented clips into one sequence. Multi-cam edit usually need to have unsegmented video in order for it to work, and since we nested them Premiere will now see this as one block of video. Just an FYI, when you nest something in Premiere it turns into a sequence in your browser window.
Step 6. Organize your nested clips (Cam1, 2, 3 sequences) in your browser. I usually put it in one Bin (folder) and label it Multicam Setup.
Step 7. Create the multi-cam source sequence. Highlight Cam 1,2, 3 sequences, right click then choose Create Multi-Cam Source Sequence and there you go. You have worked around the segmented clips of your DSLR and also made your DSLR clips contain a high quality audio.
See the sample video here:
Wayne Bonilla is a Senior Broadcasting Electronic Media Arts student at San Francisco State University and a Freelance Videographer and Editor.