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Who says multicam switching is just for editing? Now you can switch between four camera angles on this experimental YouTube music video by Madilyn Bailey. 

You may recall the FCPX user story from Thomas Grove Carter where he edited two stories together on the same FCPX timeline. (Or his recent iMovie/FCPX wishlist!) The two exported movies were then combined by YouTube into a single player giving the viewer the choice of which one to watch.

YouTube has gone a step further and are now experimenting with more angles during the playback of uploaded videos. To demonstrate the potential, YouTube has published a four camera angle music video from Madilyn Bailey. Her performance was recorded at a recent YouTube music night in Los Angeles.

Now, sadly we cannot embed the video as it has the special commands such as camera switching. We can publish a screen grab and by clicking on that you'll go right to the page. We should also probably warn you about the presenter as he seems to have consumed rather a lot of espresso before taking to the stage to introduce Madilyn.

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A marketing gimmick or possible usefulness in the future? We don't know but they will have to fix the audio pause when switching cameras to appeal to music fans. Maximum resolution is 720, so we would assume that the browser is buffering all four streams for switching.

YouTube has done multi camera playback before, but mainly on live streamed events. This is an experiment and should your content fit, you can be a part of it too. Just sign up on this Google form and YouTube will be in touch when they make this feature available.

Will FCPX be able to export a multi camera 'bundled' edit out directly to YouTube? Probably not, but we can see video roles becoming very important here in prepping the files for uploading.

Do you like Madilyn's music? We have borrowed a photo from her Instagram account, so we're sure she would appreciate a follow.


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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.

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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.


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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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