Friday, January 25, 2008

Sony Vegas Pro 8 Tutorial - Multicamera Editing

Sony Vegas Pro 8 makes it easier to edit videos from different cameras right from the timeline. You can capture and edit video for a single scene from 2 or more cameras or for a single scene shot a few times with one camera.

Here is a tutorial of a Multicamera Edit of a drama I shot. The drama was acted out four times to the public and being a non-profit organization, the client have budget only for one videographer. For each of the 4 acts, the camcorder (Sony HDR-FX7 High Definition Camcorder) was placed at 4 different positions and shot in various angles.

Multicamera edit is accomplished in only 8 steps with the Sony Vegas Pro 8.

Step #1: Capture Multicamera Video Clips

Use the normal Sony Vegas Video Capture function to capture recordings from each camera. Give each capture filename a unique name. Enable scene detection before capturing so that each segment is captured as a separate clip.

Step #2 : Layout Video Clips on Timeline

Drag and drop video clips over each other on the timeline.

Step #3 : Synchronize Multiple Video Clips

Synchronize the video clips using the audio waveform as reference. Identify obvious peaks and valleys patterns. Drag the clips till they align over each other. Play and listen to ensure audio is synchronized.

Step #4 : Select Tracks for Multicamera Edit

Select the tracks that the video clips are laid on. Press and hold the CONTROL key while clicking on the track numbers on the left.

Step #5 : Create Multicamera Track

From the Tools menu, select Multicamera, and click "Create Multicamera Track".

Vegas Pro 8 combines the the 4 tracks into 1 Multicamera track.

Step #6 : Enable Multicamera Edit

From the Tools menu, select Multicamera, and click "Enable Multicamera Editing". Also select "Edit Multicamera Audio with Video".

In Multicamera editing mode, the Video Preview window switches into multi-screen mode. Each screen is called a "Take". The active take is enclosed with a coloured border.

Step #7 : Edit Video by Choosing Takes

Play the video on the timeline. Watch all the small screens in action in the Video Preview Window. Look out for a good take. Choose the good take by clicking on it. When you choose a take, Vegas Pro automatically cuts the video clip.

Step #8 : Turn Off Multicamera Edit and Fine Tune

When you have completed your multicamera editing, turn off multicamera editing mode. Select Tools > Multicamera > Uncheck "Enable Multicamera Editing".

When multicamera mode is off, the Video Preview Window goes back to one clip. The video tracks remain as one track with the segments neatly cut and joint. Now continue to edit the finer points using the traditional Sony Vegas Video Editing features.

Step #9 : Always Remember to SAVE Your Work

At first the Multicamera edit process seems tedious, but with practice, everthing is easy. I would say the Multicamera Edit feature proves to be the best upgrade since Sony Vegas 4.

Thanks for watching! :)

Adrian Lee

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  1. Anonymous8:59 pm

    I've searched to find a simple explanation of multicamera and this is the best yet. Thanks.

  2. Anonymous10:56 am

    Very nicely done. I was all set to go with Final Cut, but now I'm not so sure. Is Vegas really bullet proof? I would love to edit multi-cam, but absolutely detest crashes. It seems multicam would be the most intuitive and quicker in the long run.

  3. Anonymous10:25 pm

    Reading your tutorial makes more sense than watching tutorial videos on the net which seems too hard for me to understand. Thanks a lot for the multicam... :)

  4. Good Multicam comments. You could also observe that it is possible to slide the subsequent edits along the time line if your "live" cut does not turn out as expected.
    Further, it sometimes makes sense to add a duplicate of the preferred sound file to the timeline but do not include it in the multi-selection, then the sound remains constant. Hope that makes sense!

  5. Bravo! that was the best tutorial of multicam i ever seen on the internet! Thanks so much!

  6. Nice job thank you!

  7. This was a good tutorial but my problem is geting the preview screen to the quad viewing mode. My screen just stays one big scren with the color around it.

  8. Dale. The quad screen will appear only after step #6. Or at least that's how it works on my system.

  9. Anonymous6:06 am

    Thank you for the brief tutorial. It was helpful and saved me a lot of time...Very much appreciated.

  10. Anonymous9:53 am

    Thanks for the tutorial. Can you do more tutorial on Sony Vegas?

  11. Anonymous3:29 pm

    I sat here reading Sony's "help" contents menu for Multi-camera editing for more than two hours and only got as far as the preview screen displaying only one track image, but it did display the "Cam 1" text tag designation on the preview screen. After reading your post, I was able to set it all up on Vegas 8 in less than two minutes! Many thanks for your help! Who writes these company "help" contents screens, anyway? They are completely worthless and defy any sort of logic in their supposedly setp-by-step explanations. Again, many thanks. Keep the tutorials coming! - Don

  12. Anonymous3:53 am

    can u do a tutorial on Vegas pro 9. thnx that will relay helps.

  13. Anonymous11:56 pm

    GREAT help, thanks!

  14. Anonymous9:08 am

    Cheers very helpful mate

  15. Anonymous5:13 am

    When I pause my multicamera track, one of the 3 tracks has the blue outline. When I play the outline disappears. Therefore I can't edit on the fly. I can pause, select a different take and it edits. I can pause, ctrl select a different take and it edits with crossfade. What am I doing wrong?

  16. Anonymous7:42 am

    Thank you so much!
    This tut was amazing.

  17. Anonymous4:49 am


  18. Anonymous11:04 am

    Wish i read this a long time ago!!! thank you.

  19. Hi! I'm not sure how old this post is, but I came across it while looking for information on how to do multi-cam video editing in Vegas 8. It works like a charm, but I noticed that Vegas simply cuts from one clip to the next by default with no transition. If I want to have a blending/fading of one take into the next, is that possible?

  20. Anonymous9:08 am

    @brightmonkey Not sure how old YOUR post is, but you'll need to adjust the cut. You can drag the clips to overlap or drop transitions on the cuts, that should accomplish what you need.

  21. Thank you so much! I've been struggling with this for ages! Much appreciated...

  22. Giovane11:33 pm

    Very good man, thank you

  23. Anonymous6:21 am

    When rendering the clips come out in multi clips insted of one file How Do I Get one file from multi clip in vegas pro10???

  24. Big thanks from Lithuania..... :)

  25. Anonymous11:12 pm

    Thanks from Lithuania :)

  26. Anonymous10:27 pm

    This really helps, thanks

  27. You Nailed it! I have had this program for years and you brought it home so easily! My life is better! (IF it would not render all night...!) Good job!
    I read the S8 Help thingy and it did not get me close. 5 minutes!