This diagram shows example of a multicam setup recording a seated guitar player.
Or maybe it’s a guy eating a huge chicken leg – graphic design is not my strong suit.
DON’T LEAVE! The highly crafted image above is just an example of a professional setup. You don’t need a lot of expensive equipment to create your own multiclip. Today, almost everyone has a mobile device – either a cellphone or a tablet computer, and you can set up this kind of shot easily with a couple of friends. Sometimes you won’t even need to set up the shot – when an amazing event happens and you were there to record it, ask around afterwards to find out what footage other people were able to get. Often you can put together a great multiclip just from yours and other people's mobile device recordings.
In most cases, video editing software uses the sound from each clip as the reference to synchronize the clip timing. When shooting an event that does not have a clear sound reference recordable by all cameras, you may need to create an audio sync point. This can be done with a clapboard, or even by having someone clap their hands at the beginning of the recording. PowerDirector supports two ways to edit the resulting multicam footage.
Sync Method 1: Just drag all of your clips to the timeline. You can either put them all on one track, or on separate tracks (they will end up on multiple tracks anyway). Select them all, and click “Sync by Audio.” PowerDirector will automatically arrange them according to the sounds detected in each clip.
|Video has been automatically synchronized |
according to the audio content of each source.
If you have more than four clips, lay them out in a 3 x 3 or 4 x 4 grid
(reusing the best shots) to create a cool video wall effect.
|The Multicam Designer will sync the source clips, and provide an easy way |
to combine them in real-time to create a single track on the timeline.
The Multicam Designer has created one video and track on the timeline,
with all four sources inserted in the desired order.
That’s how easy it is! If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below. If you do not own PowerDirector, you can download the trial version here. You can also check out the CyberLink forums, which are frequented by helpful and knowledgeable PowerDirector power users.