As a professional wedding videographer, I have to agree with the suggestion to leave the camera on. Once you're rolling, just don't stop until the end of the event (or a tape/card change forces it). This is the best, easiest work flow.
As for Adobe fixing this problem, like I said, I've never had any real problems with Premiere Pro's multicam, so that makes me suspect there is no real bug here.
The only reason to start and stop your camera is if you are not organized
enough to have a big enough memory card and power to allow it. I don't care
if you change posititions go to the bathroom or just have an attitude but
never stop your camera, it can run for two hours or more if needed. I would
be interested in hearing your 25 reasons. I shoot multicam every month,
sometimes several times and never have had to turn off a camera.
I'm sure an interesting discussion could be had on the many good or bad reasons to turn cameras on or off, but the OP is commenting on the odd behavior of the multicam window. I can confirm it happens to me as well. When a clip ends in one track, the selection swithches to the default camera, and you have to stop and restart the sequence to be able to edit again. This is particularly annoying using footage from the XF300, where there is a new clip every 5 minutes and 13 seconds. (I have CS5).
This behavior started in CS4, and continued in CS5. I don't know about CS5.5. It's not super-serious, but it is a pain, and denying it exists is not helpful.
When a clip ends in one track, the selection swithches to the default camera
Well duh! That's not a bug. You can't select a camera angle with no media in it.
So you put the camera with continuous clips in the lowest tracks, and the camera where the operator turned the camera off in the higher tracks. If you have a higher track selected when the media runs out, the behavior you see is normal. Either switch before it runs out, or keep restarting your edit. (See why we say never turn off the camera?)
Spanned clips should not be an issue here for two reasons. Either Premiere Pro will read it as a single clip, assuming you're handling the media properly. Or you adjoin the two clips in the original sequence, so there are no gaps.
I am not saying that I want to select the camera with no media playing! I am saying that whenever any camera shuts off, the screen locks and you cant choose ANY camera! so you have to restart everything. And what I was saying is if the default camera happens to be say camera 1, and camera 1 shuts off while camera 2 and camera 3 are still playing. So if it was recording camera 2, camera 1 shuts off, default automatically and stupidly chooses camera 1, Even if there is NO media on it!!! and not only that, but it disables your choice on other cameras! so do not tell me it's not a bug. I think you failed to understand the issue here. I believe not many people use this feature and adobe doesn't care for the issue, because it doesn't "sell". Need more explanation? You can easily try this yourself.
I think you failed to understand the issue here.
Possibly. While I will still argue in favor of keeping the camera rolling for any multicamea edit, I have hired videographers who can't follow directions and turned their camera off anyway. But in those situations, I always put that camera on a higher track. Track one always has continuous media.
And I've never had a problem.
I am not having this issue. ever.
and i even don't always have continuous video in the default track, i've just edited a concert shot with 4 cameras, all of them turned off sometimes due to various reasons, but no trouble to sync them, so i had holes in all 4 video tracks,
i just went back to the project to try to reconstruct your "bug" and failed to get the multicam to stop.
maybe you might try it without plural eyes?
maybe you might try reading this?: http://help.adobe.com/en_US/premierepro/cs/using/WSC29F4BF4-C2EA-4ad5-879E-778C2740A768.ht ml
are you serious? or are u a serious amatuer? I can list at least 25 reasons why. But I cant list one reason why adobe would lock my choice from choosing a camera.
and maybe you might think about being nice to people, you're expecting help from,
so you might also want to try reading this:
good luck with your wedding edit and make sure to try Jim&Jeffs suggestion.
In dealing with a similar issue I added a Render Tracks step to my workflow.
After I sync my clips using PluralEyes, I then render out each track. (OMG - generation loss from multiple renders)
I drop these full program length videos on tracks and multicam. (Cam 1, 2, 3)
This leaves me with No Gaps or Stops in the footage. (Gaps are now Black Spaces)
When I render out my Tracks after synching, I usually include the 'Good Audio' with all the renders.
These renders are usually pretty quick.
I just completed a 2Day (16Hr) / 3Cam Seminar like this and had No Problems what-so-ever.
If anyone has a better Work-a-Round... please share!