Editing in Multiclip Playback Mode

The Multiclip Playback option allows you to switch and cut between multiclip angles in real time. Multiclip Playback enables the following features:

If you turn on the Open option in the Playhead Sync pop-up menu (in the Canvas or Viewer), you can watch all of your multiclip angles playing simultaneously in the Viewer while also seeing the results of switching and cutting in the Canvas, all in real time. When you want to cut to a new angle, you simply click the angle in the Viewer. The active angle switches to the angle you clicked, and a cut is added to your multiclip in the sequence. To switch angles in real time, you can use assigned keyboard shortcuts or shortcut buttons in the button bar.

Note: If the Multiclip Playback option is not turned on, you can still switch and cut during playback, but the angle in the Canvas is not updated until playback stops. Also, multiclip angles are not played simultaneously in the Viewer. Instead, only the active angle is played.

To set up Final Cut Pro to edit multiclips in real time
  1. Choose Multiclip Playback from the RT pop-up menu in the Timeline.

    This ensures that all multiclip angles play in real time in the Viewer.

    Figure. Final Cut Pro main windows showing the controls needed to edit multiclips in real time: the View pop-up menus showing multiclip view names, the RT pop-up menu showing the Multiclip Playback command, and the Playhead Sync pop-up menu.
  2. Choose Open from the Playhead Sync pop-up menu in the Viewer or Canvas.

    This option automatically opens the multiclip beneath the Timeline playhead in the Viewer, so you can view all of its angles at once. This option and the Open playhead sync option allow you to view all of your multiclip angles in real time while you play your sequence.

  3. Choose the number of multiclip angles you want to display in the Viewer from the View pop-up menu.

To turn on the Multiclip Playback option
Do one of the following:
  • Choose Final Cut Pro > System Settings, click the Playback Control tab, and then turn on the Multiclip Playback option.

  • Open a sequence that contains multiclips, then choose Multiclip Playback from the RT pop-up menu in the Timeline.

Optimizing Real-Time Performance for Multiclip Playback

When the Multiclip Playback option is turned on, Final Cut Pro plays multiple media files from disk at once. To improve playback performance, you can do the following:

  • Use the fastest scratch disk available for your system. The speed of your scratch disk and the data rate of your media files limit the number of streams you can play back in real time.

  • Reduce real-time playback quality in the Canvas. You can reduce playback quality in the Canvas to improve multiclip playback performance. You can reduce both video quality and frame rate. For more information about changing real-time playback settings, see Using RT Extreme.

    Note: Each angle of a multiclip in the Viewer uses the quality selected in the RT pop-up menu in the Timeline.

  • Choose dynamic real-time playback options from the RT pop-up menu. For more information about changing real-time playback settings, see Using RT Extreme.

  • Turn off the Show Source Angle Effects option in the View pop-up menu in the Viewer.

Viewing Multiclip Playback on an External Video Monitor

When the Multiclip Playback option is turned on, you can choose whether the Viewer or the Canvas is displayed on an external video monitor.

To see all multiclip angles displayed on your external video monitor during multiclip playback
  • Choose View > Show Multiclip Angles, so that there’s a checkmark next to it.

    Note: If no sequence is open, choosing the Show Multiclip Angles option has no effect. In this case, you always see the Viewer on the external video monitor.