Creating Individual Multiclips

The Make Multiclip command allows you to make one multiclip at a time, grouping several clips together that are synchronized by In point, Out point, or timecode number.

About the Make Multiclip Dialog

The following options are available in the Make Multiclip dialog:

Figure. Make Multiclip dialog showing Include Angle checkboxes, the "Synchronize using" pop-up menu, and the Media Alignment and Sync Time columns.
  • Include Angle checkboxes: Deselect a checkbox if you don’t want to include a clip in the multiclip you create.
  • Media Alignment column: This column shows how each clip is synchronized within the multiclip.
  • Sync Time column: This column shows the starting timecode number of each clip.

Synchronizing Angles in a Multiclip

When you create multiclips using the Make Multiclip command, you can choose to synchronize the clips by In points, Out points, or matching timecode numbers.

Figure. Diagram showing clips synchronized by In points, Out points, and timecode.
  • In points: This option aligns all clips so the In point of each clip is synchronized. If you use this method, you first need to visually identify a common sync point (such as a clapboard closing) in each clip by setting an In point. If a clip has no In point set, the Media Start is used.
    Figure. Make Multiclip dialog showing clips synchronized by In points.
  • Out points: This option aligns all clips so the Out point of each clip is synchronized. Before you use this method, you need to establish a common sync point by setting an Out point in each clip. This method is useful if your footage has a tail slate (a clapboard recorded after a scene ends). If a clip has no Out point set, the Media End is used.
    Figure. Make Multiclip dialog showing clips synchronized by Out points.
  • Timecode: This option aligns all clips by the first timecode number in common. Normally, you use this option with multicamera footage recorded with cameras or decks that received the exact same timecode signal.

    This method works even if each clip has a different duration, as long as each clip has an overlapping timecode number. For example, one clip may end at 01:00:00:00, and a second clip may begin at 01:00:00:00, so the angles only overlap by a single frame.

    Figure. Make Multiclip dialog showing clips with overlapping timecode.
  • Aux Timecode 1 or 2: These options are just like the timecode option above, but use the Aux 1 or Aux 2 timecode track in each clip’s media file. These options are useful when you want to synchronize via timecode, but your clips’ main timecode tracks were not recorded in sync. Although you could modify your clips’ source timecode tracks, it’s better not to do this because this makes recapturing media from tape impossible. Instead, you can add an auxiliary timecode track to each clip’s media file so that the clips align on a common timecode number.

    For more information about modifying or adding timecode tracks to a clip’s media file, see Modifying Timecode in Media Files.

    Note: Aux 1 or Aux 2 timecode must exist in all selected items or these options are not available.

You can use the Viewer to adjust an angle’s synchronization after you create a multiclip. For more information, see Resynchronizing Angles in the Viewer.

Creating a Multiclip

Once you have clips prepared, you can group them together into a multiclip.

To create a multiclip
  1. Assign angle numbers to each clip you want to include in your multiclip.

    For more information, see Deriving Clip Angle Numbers from Reel Names and Filenames.

  2. If you want to align your clips by In or Out points, open each clip in the Viewer and set the appropriate In point or Out point.

  3. In the Browser, select the clips you want to include in your multiclip.

    Tip: You can also select one or more bins containing clips, or even other multiclips.

  4. Do one of the following:

    • Choose Modify > Make Multiclip.

    • Control-click one of the selected clips, then choose Make Multiclip from the shortcut menu.

    The Make Multiclip dialog appears, showing the angle order and relative media alignment of the selected clips. If a clip’s Angle property is empty, Final Cut Pro looks at the reel name or media filename to derive an angle number. See Deriving Clip Angle Numbers from Reel Names and Filenames for more information.

  5. Choose a synchronization method from the “Synchronize using” pop-up menu.

    For more information about angle synchronization, see Synchronizing Angles in a Multiclip.

  6. If you don’t want to include a clip in your multiclip, deselect the checkbox next to the clip.

    Figure. Make Multiclip dialog showing that a clip with a deselected checkbox will not be included when the multiclip is created.
  7. Click OK.

A new multiclip called “Multiclip N” appears in the Browser (where N is the automatically assigned multiclip number). This number increments each time you create a new multiclip. You can change the name of the multiclip at any time. For more information about naming multiclips, see Identifying and Naming Multiclips in the Browser.