Working with Multiclip Angles in the Viewer

You can use the Viewer to display, rearrange, resynchronize, and switch between the angles of a multiclip.

Viewing Multiclip Angles in the Viewer

When you open a multiclip in the Viewer, multiple angles are displayed simultaneously in a grid. You can choose to view 1, 4, 9, or 16 angles at a time.

Figure. Viewer window showing clips in a 4-up view and another Viewer showing clips in a 9-up view.
To change the number of multiclip angles shown in the Viewer
  • Choose a multiclip view option from the View pop-up menu.

    For example, if you want to view 9 angles at once, choose Multiclip 9-Up from the View pop-up menu.

If your multiclip has more angles than are currently displayed, you can scroll up or down in the Viewer using the multiclip scroll arrows that appear when you place the pointer in the Viewer.

To scroll to view angles that are not currently visible in the Viewer
  1. Move the pointer over any video in the Viewer.

    An up or down arrow (or both) appears in the Viewer.

    Figure. Viewer window showing a down arrow that can be clicked to view other angles.

    If an arrow is green, the active angle is not visible, but you can scroll to it by clicking the arrow.

  2. Click an arrow to scroll the angles up or down by one row.

    The active video angle is highlighted with a blue outline, and the active audio angle is highlighted with a green outline. If an angle doesn’t have media at the current time, or if it is an audio-only angle, a black frame is shown for that angle. If an angle is offline, a “Media Offline” frame is shown. The currently active audio clip items appear in the Audio tab.

Identifying Active Video and Audio Angles

There are several ways to determine the active video and audio angles of a multiclip in the Viewer:

  • Colored outlines: The active video and audio angles are highlighted in specific colors.
    • Blue: Indicates the active video angle.
    • Green: Indicates the active audio angle.
    • Blue and green: Indicates that the active video and audio come from the same angle.
      Figure. Viewer window showing a 4-up layout with the active video angle outlined in blue and the active audio angle outlined in green.
  • Playhead Sync pop-up menu: Checkmarks appear next to the active video and audio items.

Viewing Multiclip Overlays

You can display information about each angle in a multiclip by turning on multiclip overlays in the Viewer.

The following information appears when you turn on multiclip overlays:

  • Angle number

  • Angle’s clip name

  • Timecode number for each angle frame currently displayed in the Viewer

    Note: The current timecode number is always the clip’s source timecode.

To turn on multiclip overlays in the Viewer
  • Choose Show Multiclip Overlays from the View pop-up menu.

    Figure. Viewer window showing a 4-up layout and the View pop-up menu, angle number, angle timecode, and angle name of the clips.

Multiclip overlays are only visible during scrubbing, not during playback.

Note: Title safe and standard timecode overlays are not available when a multiclip is open in the Viewer.

Rearranging and Deleting Multiclip Angles in the Viewer

After you create a multiclip, you can rearrange the order of the angles in the Viewer or delete angles you don’t want. However, you cannot overwrite or delete the active angle.

Important: These operations change the angle structure of the multiclip, which breaks the multiclip master-affiliate relationships. For more information, see Working with Multiclip Master-Affiliate Relationships.

To move an angle to a different position in a multiclip
  1. Double-click a multiclip in the Browser or Timeline to open it in the Viewer.

  2. Command-click the angle you want to move and drag it over an existing angle.

    The other angles shift position to make room for the angle you are moving.

    Figure. Viewer window showing a 4-up display and an angle being dragged to a different location.
  3. Release the mouse button.

The moved angle is dropped into its new position and the other angles shift to new positions. All of the angle numbers change accordingly.

To delete an angle from a multiclip
  1. Double-click a multiclip in the Browser or Timeline to open it in the Viewer.

  2. Command-click the angle you want to delete and drag it outside of the Viewer, then release the mouse button.

The dragged angle is deleted from the multiclip, and the other angles shift position to fill in the empty space.

Adding Angles to a Multiclip in the Viewer

Once you create a multiclip, you can drag clips from the Browser to the Viewer to insert new angles or overwrite existing ones.

Important: With one exception (see below), these operations change the angle structure of the multiclip, which breaks the multiclip master-affiliate relationships. For more information, see Working with Multiclip Master-Affiliate Relationships.

When you drag a clip from the Browser to a multiclip in the Viewer and hold down the mouse button, colored overlays appear with angle insertion and overwrite options:

  • Insert New Angle

  • Insert New Angle Affiliates

  • Overwrite Angle

Note: The Overwrite Angle overlay does not appear when you place the pointer over the active angle because you cannot overwrite the active angle.

Inserting a New Angle

The Insert New Angle overlay inserts an angle only into the multiclip you are currently inserting into. Modifying the angle structure of the multiclip breaks the relationship between this multiclip and its master multiclip.

To insert a new angle into the current multiclip
  1. Double-click a multiclip in the Browser or Timeline to open it in the Viewer.

  2. Drag a clip from the Browser or Timeline to one of the multiclip angles displayed in the Viewer.

  3. Continue to hold down the mouse button until the colored overlays appear in the Viewer.

    Figure. Viewer window showing the Insert New Angle overlay.

    Note: If you place the pointer over the active angle, the Overwrite Angle overlay does not appear.

  4. Move the pointer over the Insert New Angle overlay, then release the mouse button.

The dragged clip becomes a new angle in the multiclip, and all subsequent angle numbers are incremented by one.

Tip: You can add more than one angle to a multiclip at once by dragging more than one clip to the Viewer.

Inserting a New Angle into Many Multiclips at Once

The Insert New Angle Affiliates overlay inserts an angle into all multiclips affiliated with the one you are currently inserting into. Use this option to quickly insert a new angle into many multiclips at once. This can be useful if you already have an edited multiclip sequence created by switching and cutting, and you want to add a new angle to all of the multiclips in that sequence.

For example: You are using multiclips to edit a multicamera television show in real time, and you decide that you would like to add another angle to your multiclip. If you haven’t started editing yet, you can probably just insert a new angle into the master multiclip. But what if you have been editing for several days and you have hundreds of multiclips in your sequence?

If all of the multiclips are affiliated with a single master multiclip, you can insert a new angle into all of the affiliated multiclips using the Insert New Angle Affiliates overlay.

To insert a new angle into all affiliated multiclips at the same time
  1. Double-click a multiclip in the Browser or Timeline to open it in the Viewer.

  2. Drag a clip from the Browser to one of the multiclip angles displayed in the Viewer.

  3. Continue to hold down the mouse button until the colored overlays appear in the Viewer.

  4. Move the pointer over the Insert New Angle Affiliates overlay, then release the mouse button.

    Figure. Viewer window showing the Insert New Angle Affiliates overlay.

The dragged clip becomes a new angle in the multiclip, as well as in all affiliated multiclips.

Overwriting an Angle

The Overwrite Angle overlay replaces an existing angle with a new clip. Modifying the angle structure of the multiclip breaks the relationship between this multiclip and its master multiclip. You cannot overwrite an angle for all affiliated clips at once.

To overwrite an existing multiclip angle with a different clip
  1. Double-click a multiclip in the Browser or Timeline to open it in the Viewer.

  2. Drag a clip from the Browser or Timeline to the multiclip angle you want to replace in the Viewer.

  3. Continue to hold down the mouse button until the colored overlays appear in the Viewer.

    Note: You cannot overwrite the active angle, so this overlay does not appear if you place the pointer over the active angle.

  4. Move the pointer over the Overwrite Angle overlay, then release the mouse button.

    Figure. Viewer window showing the Overwrite Angle overlay.

The dragged clip replaces the angle in the multiclip.

Resynchronizing Angles in the Viewer

If you want to adjust the starting time of a multiclip angle relative to all the other angles, you can scrub through a single angle in the Viewer to resynchronize it.

To adjust the relative start time of a multiclip angle
  1. Double-click a multiclip in the Browser or Timeline to open it in the Viewer.

  2. Hold down the Control and Shift keys, then click the angle you want to adjust and drag left or right.

    Figure. Viewer window showing an angle being dragged to adjust it.

    The pointer becomes the Scrub tool. As you drag to the left or right, the video frames jog backward or forward. A box with a positive or negative offset value also appears, showing the number of frames you are adjusting this angle’s starting point relative to the others.

  3. Release the mouse button.

The angle is now resynchronized relative to the other angles in the multiclip. If you change your mind, you can undo by pressing Command-Z.