Preparing Clips to Be Used as Multiclip Angles

Before you create multiclips, you must assign an angle number to each clip, or name the clips so that Final Cut Pro can derive angle numbers automatically. Final Cut Pro looks for angle numbers in several places, in the following order:

Assigning Angle Numbers to Clips

When you create a multiclip, the selected clips’ angle numbers determine the order in which the clips are sorted within the multiclip.

You can assign angle numbers to clips in the Log and Capture window, in the Item Properties window, or in the Browser.

To assign an angle number to a clip
  1. Select a clip in the Browser whose Angle property you want to change.

  2. Choose Edit > Item Properties > Format (or press Command-9).

  3. Type a number or letter in the Angle field, then click OK.

    Note: Final Cut Pro supports letters A–Z as camera angles. All 26 letters of the English alphabet are mapped to their respective angle numbers.

You can also change a clip’s Angle property in the Angle column in the Browser. For information about using Browser columns, see Browser Basics.

Cinema Tools Clip-Naming Conventions

Clips created in the film industry and logged in Cinema Tools often have names such as “C-3-A2,” which indicates that:

  • “C” is the scene

  • “3” is the take

  • “A2” is the camera (or angle)

Deriving Clip Angle Numbers from Reel Names and Filenames

When you create a multiclip, Final Cut Pro sorts the clips you selected by the values in their Angle properties. If a clip’s Angle property is empty, Final Cut Pro looks at the clip name, reel name, and finally the media filename to derive angle information. Final Cut Pro assumes the first number in the reel name or filename is an angle number.

For example, you have three clips with the following names:

  • Camera3_Take2

  • Camera16_Take2

  • Camera17_Take2

If all three clips’ Angle properties are empty, Final Cut Pro looks at the first number in each clip name to determine the order in which to sort the clips. In this case, Final Cut Pro would sort the clips in the following way:

  • Camera17_Take2: This clip is considered angle “1” because Final Cut Pro only derives angles 1–16 from a clip or reel name.
  • Camera3_Take2: This clip is considered angle “3.”
  • Camera16_Take2: This clip is considered angle “16.”

If two or more clips have the same angle number, Final Cut Pro sorts the clips in the order that they appeared in your Browser selection and places clips with duplicate angle numbers after the numerically sorted clips.

If Final Cut Pro cannot determine an angle number from a clip’s Angle property, reel name, or media filename, clips are sorted alphabetically by filename and assigned the remaining angle numbers in ascending order.