Even my ageing version of Premiere Pro CS 5.5 has multi-camera editing capabilities built in. And even my ageing Mac Mini from 2012 can cope with full HD clips during those edits.
It’s a slightly mysterious process, and until very recently I didn’t quite know how to do it, but with my desire to do multi-camera interviews with inspirational people, it’s something wanted to research. This workflow is also helpful if you have a single camera feed and want to switch live (vision mixer style) to zoomed-in versions of the same.
Now I know how to do it (works fine in present versions of Premiere Pro too). Before I forget this concept again, I thought I’d better write it down and share it with you (and my future me).
In short, we need to
- drag all camera clips into a timeline (all on top of each other)
- sync all clips in this timeline (then select them all, right-click and choose “synchronise”)
- create a new sequence from that sequence
- enable multi camera on that clip
- open the multi camera monitor, press play and switch live between cameras, creating edits on the fly
Jonathan Lang explains it here: