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How to fake multicam editing in FCPX


We know that that the lack of multicam editing in Final Cut Pro X is one of Apple's top priorities to fix in an update. But what if you have a multicam job to edit and you don't want to use FCP7?

The obvious question is why not use FCP7? Apart from the answer of not owning it or not having it installed, there are a few other scenarios where you need multicam in FCPX.

You could have multiple takes of a pop video shot on a DSLR and you don't want to wait for the ingest and transcoding via a plugin or compressor. Or maybe you have multiple DSLR angles from a wedding that need to be put together quickly.

We do a lot of multicam work in FCP7 that is just two cameras and making a multiclip takes too much time. We use the "line 'em up and slice 'em up" method, which can be pretty quick and gets the job done. Would this approach work in FCPX? We thought we'd have a look at other editors' workflows for multicam.

We start with Ben from BXfilms.tv who cuts music videos on FCPX.


The problem with Ben's method is that you can't see the camera angles underneath, so you run the risk of missing a piece of action from another track. FXmah has a solution to that, one we used on a broadcast job with FCP3 quite a few years ago.


Neither of them have shown the trick of automatically lining up your media in FCPX with the Synchronise Clips feature. Luckily Bill Savage had the same thought and comes to the rescue with this tutorial. 


We can see the synchronise/break apart routine being pretty powerful, especially if Apple expand it into true multicam switching. It will also be interesting to find out if FCPX will allow multicam work with the proxies whilst the media is converting. Let's hope for an update soon.

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I am the Editor-in-Chief of FCP.co and have run the website since its inception ten years ago.

I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

Current Editing

great house giveaway 2020

2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. The shows have also been nominated for a 2021 BAFTA.

Tour de france 2020
Although both were postponed to later in the year, I worked again on ITV's coverage of the Tour de France and La Vuelta. 2020 was my 25th year of editing the TdF and my 20th year as lead editor. The Tour was the first broadcast show to adopt FCPX working for multiple editors on shared storage.


BBC snooker the crucible

BBC's Snooker has played a big part in my life, I've been editing tournament coverage since 1997. I'm proud to be part of a very creative team that has pioneered many new ideas and workflows that are now industry standard in sports' production. This is currently an Adobe Premiere edit.

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Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

Plugin Design & Development

I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

I also take on custom work, whether it is adapting an existing plugin for a special use or designing new plugins for clients from scratch. Having a good knowledge of editing allows me to build-in flexibility and more importantly, usability.


Now in its 10th year and 4th redesign, running FCP.co has given me knowledge on how to run a large CMS- you are currently reading my bio from the database! Although it sounds corny, I am pretty well up on social media trends & techniques, especially in the video sector. The recent Covid restrictions has enabled live FCP.co shows online. This involves managing a Zoom Webinar through Restream.io to YouTube and Facebook. 

The Future

I'm always open to new ideas and opportunities, so please get in touch at editor (at) fcp.co. I've judged film competitions, presented workflow techniques to international audiences and come up with ideas for TV shows and software programs!


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