You can't do what you want here, at least not automatically. PP assumes every clip is a new angle, and will put it on a new track.
To get the proper setup, you'll have to add the clips from each camera to their own track and sync them all up manually. Since you can change the sequence timecode to match that of the first clip, it shouldn't be to difficult.
The larger lesson here is that when shooting multicam, leave all cameras running until you're done (and it's corollary, don't use DSLRs that can't record long clips for multicam event work ).
I simply can't believe such a complex software can't do something simple as that.
I understand your point on DSLR and thanks for the suggestion, but in your oppinion:
- what's the point in having embeded timecode on camcorder or DSLR when a: if you have lots of clips you still need to sync them manually ? b: if you have 3x1 clips from 3 cameras, it's childs play to sync the up manually anyways.
- whats the point in keeping all cameras running, even if you start walking with your monopods and youll throw away those secs / mins of film anyway when you have timecode, which was designed for easy automatic positioning of any clip ?
ps. whatch this clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frWyoho_SQk
and pay attention to section 1:10 to 1:20
I guess it is exactly what I am talking about
I Had one of these the other day where I ended up with 100plus layers.
What I did was use the tilde key to get the timeline fullscreen then dragged each individual clip that was visible down to layer 2. Then do a delete all empty tracks, which makes the next 10 or so layers with clips visible and repeat till finished. Took about 10 to 15 mins and a sore mouse hand.
Hi Martin, thanks for the feedback and the idea.
- whats the point in keeping all cameras running, even if you start walking with your monopods and youll throw away those secs / mins of film anyway
The point is to sync only once.
Free Run timecode won't guarantee a sync between cameras. They need to be physically connected and genlocked to get that. I'm not aware of any DSLRs that can do that.
There are currently better sync features in the works!
I know your frustration. For a similar and more in-depth discussion, see another thread I posted in here: Batch syncing audio and video using timecode
Unfortunately in CS6 (what I currently use) it creates a separate track for each clip, which can be a mess if you have hundreds of clips. The best way I have found to make things easier is to create a separate TC synced multi-cam sequence for each individual cameras footage. For example, I follow the same steps you did for each of my cameras footage independently so that I have a TC synced sequence for camera A, a TC sequence for camera B, etc. Then you can select all the footage of each sequence, nest it, and copy each nest into a master sequence to work with. What you end up with is a single clip for each camera. MUCH easier to work with! To keep track of where clips start and/or end in the nested sequences you can go into your original sequence and place a marker (shortcut "M") at each clip. These markers then show up in your Mastertimeline clips for reference.
I know things could be easier, but this is currently the best option I know of. I already put in a feature request and was told by the Engineering Manager of Premiere Pro that new sync features were in the works. (see thread link above)
Hope that helps!
...and for the record, here is my TC sync process:
- SELECT ALL clips you wish to sync from your Project Tab/Window.
- RIGHT-CLICK and SELECT "Create Multi-camera Source Sequence..." In CS6 it is the next-to-last option in your popup window.
- A dialogue box will appear. For the Synchronize Point, SELECT the box that says "Timecode" and UN-CHECK "Ignore Hours"
- You will now see a new multi-cam sequence in your Project Tab/Window.
- RIGHT-CLICKyour new multi-cam sequence and SELECT "Open in Timeline"