I want to add clips to the sequence or timeline by the clip's timecode. I have two cameras with synced timecode and we shot on and off all day. I would like to lay one camera's footage on track one according to the timecode and the second camera on track two according to its timecode. I am essentially trying to create a multicam sequence with breaks because I was shooting all day and could not keep the cameras recording the entire time. Is there a way to do this? I have not found anything. I tried creating a multicam sequence but this feature tries to create a camera angle for every clip I have. I need to restrict it to just two angles.
Let me know if you have any thoughts on the matter.
you can just overwrite them one by one at the right TC.
(click on the timecode display of your sequence, enter the starting timecode of your clip in source monitor, hit [enter], hit [.] )
-this will overwrite the clip from source monitor to the activated tracks.
I don't know of a feature that automates clips into a sequence according to their timecode, if it doesn't exist, this would be a good feature request.
For Multicam, you first put all CameraA clips on one Video Track and all CameraB clips on another video track, just like you explained.
then you nest the sequence into another, right click on the "clip" that represents your nested sequence, hit Multicam - activate.
then go to Windows - Multi camera monitor.
then you have an angle for each track in the nested sequence.
Thanks for your tip. I found that I couldn't place the playhead until I added a long video slug in the sequence that covered the entire during of my multicam edit. Is there another way of approaching this? Once I have completed the stringout I will follow the rest of your tips. They are very helpful.
We were shooting two af100s with free run timecode set to the time of day. I used the tc link feature and set one as master and one as slave. They were dead on all day. We did not use a gen lock for sync. They were running at varied start and stops all day but they overlapped a lot. We were covering a ski joring race with a lot of time inbetween competitors so we didn't want to keep rolling. The beginning of our timecode starts at 12:29:19:12 and ends around four hours later.
Thanks for the help!
I think I would start by setting a sequence to the same TC as your Source Clips.
It should then be easy to drop source clips into "real time" ( time of day) in the sequences.
Note. thats a manual process ( but easy)
Doing this for both cameras set you up perfectly for 2 angle Multicam.
They were running at varied start and stops all day but they overlapped a lot.
Hopefully they overlapped all the time....but you did say you wanted to preserve the "blank space".
I ended up performing a manual stringout using the timecode. I set the sequence to begin at the start timecode of my first clip and inserted Cam A in track 2 and Cam B in track 3. Track one contained the black video which I later deleted. Once the clips were laid in the sequence I extracted the blank space between the clips being careful not to disrupt the sync. I then nested the sequence in another sequence and enabled the multicam. It worked great. I am pleased with the process and the results but I hope that adobe adds a little automation to expedite the process.
Thanks again to you both.
You could also throw them all in in the right order, then always select the right pairs an right click-sync, then by timecode. this could speed up your process.
Also, automate to timeline using timecode would make a nice feature request, that could often be helpful for many:
Message was edited by: Felix Lewis checking the forums on a short break = brevity and typos... srz.
You really did not need to add blank or black video to space the source clips as you wished.
You may have needed one long blank video ( eg Black or Transparent) to set up a sequence of the require duration though.
Do that on a separate track so you can delete i in one action and dont need to eliminate it between the clips
Might have saved some effort and time.
Hopefully you discovered the methods to manually enter a TC in the BOX and the play head jumped to that position in the timeline.
Ganging Source and Program Monitors may also have been an aid.
I didn't add blank video between the clips. I just used a long black video track to setup the sequence. This was placed on a different track than my a and b cams. Once the clips were placed I deleted the black video track. I used the extract tool to remove the dead space inbetween the video clips where no camera was rolling. I don't need the multiclip to playout in real time, I just need them in sequencial order and the cameras in sync. To place the clips on the sequence at the correct time I used Felix's method of loading the clip in the source viewer, setting the playhead to the beginning and copied over the timecode from the source viewer to the sequence and then hit enter. This placed the playhead at the same time in the sequence and then I inserted the clip. It worked like a charm and it was pretty easy. It just required a lot of copy and pasting. I was looking for a more automated method. I may have to add it to the feature request list. - not sure what ganging source and program monitors is but I will look it up. Thanks!
P.S. The automate to sequence feature is almost what I was looking for. I just needed an option to place the clips on a specific track accoring to their timecode.