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  • Fri, Feb 21 2020 1:38 PM

    Reordering clips in a Group Clip for multicam

    Is there a way of reordering the clips in group clip when doing multicam editing? I do most of my interview edits through multicam with the visuals coming two or three cameras and the audio coming from a seperate audio recorder.

    Process as follows:

    1) Import all media. Select all clips, Autosync with Group Clip selected (making sure the Zoom audio track is at the top of the pile) sync using waveform analysis.

    2) Edit multicam mode into sequence using quad display

    Once I've made a group clip, is there any way or changing the order of clips, or even replacing individual clips in that group?  

    Using MC 2019.12 Win

    Avid Media Composer 2019.12 HP ZBook 17 Gen3, i7-6700HQ CPU @ 2.60Ghz Win 10, 64GB RAM [view my complete system specs]
  • Fri, Feb 21 2020 2:59 PM In reply to

    Re: Reordering clips in a Group Clip for multicam

    Right click the group clip icon in the bin and choose Edit Group. This will un-collapse (de-collapse?) your grouped sequence and show you your sync map.  Here you can make your changes or add or remove cameras etc.

    Then right click the record monitor and choose "update group". Avid will ask if you want to update the current group or create a new one. Creating a new one gives you a new group clip in your bin. Updating the group just updates the already existing group clip in your bin.

    Annoyingly I haven't figuered out how to easily update the sequence with the new group clip information other than by re-cutting the updated group clip back over your existing timeline. In other words, when you choose to edit the group, Avid un-collapses the timeline, but when you choose to update the group, Avid doesn't then collapse the timeline back down again. It literally only updates the group clip.  So I have to then cut the updated group clip back on to the existing timeline.  I'm not sure if I am just missing something or if this is truly the case, but if it is then there is definitely room for improvement.  

    Anyway, that's how you can update a group clip.

    Andi

    HP ZBook G5 15 2.6Ghz 6-core i7 Nvidia Quadro P2000 4GB 32GB RAM Win 10 Pro MC Ultimate 2018.12.8 MacbookPro 15 2019 6 core 2.6GHz i9 32GB RAM... [view my complete system specs]
  • Fri, Feb 21 2020 3:21 PM In reply to

    Re: Reordering clips in a Group Clip for multicam

    ripvanmarlowe:

    Right click the group clip icon in the bin and choose Edit Group. This will un-collapse (de-collapse?) your grouped sequence and show you your sync map.  Here you can make your changes or add or remove cameras etc.

    Then right click the record monitor and choose "update group". Avid will ask if you want to update the current group or create a new one. Creating a new one gives you a new group clip in your bin. Updating the group just updates the already existing group clip in your bin.

    Annoyingly I haven't figuered out how to easily update the sequence with the new group clip information other than by re-cutting the updated group clip back over your existing timeline. In other words, when you choose to edit the group, Avid un-collapses the timeline, but when you choose to update the group, Avid doesn't then collapse the timeline back down again. It literally only updates the group clip.  So I have to then cut the updated group clip back on to the existing timeline.  I'm not sure if I am just missing something or if this is truly the case, but if it is then there is definitely room for improvement.  

    Anyway, that's how you can update a group clip.

    Andi

     

    Thanks for this Andi! Will check it out tomorrow. In all honesty I didn't think this was even possible...good news!

     

    Avid Media Composer 2019.12 HP ZBook 17 Gen3, i7-6700HQ CPU @ 2.60Ghz Win 10, 64GB RAM [view my complete system specs]
  • Fri, Feb 21 2020 3:38 PM In reply to

    Re: Reordering clips in a Group Clip for multicam

    Ok, so I figured out how to update the sequence.  You need to make your changes to your group clip, then highlight the sequence that contains that group clip, rightclick and choose "Refresh Sequence > Group Edits". This then updates the sequence with your changes.

    HOWEVER...  I've actually just noticed a very major limitation of grouping in this manner - you cannot shorten the length of a group.  You can only add cameras.  I just tried taking an already built sync map that I had made and removing a section from the middle. Then updated the group clip and refreshed the sequence by going to Clip > Refresh Sequence > Group Edits.

    I either get no change - the sequence does not update to show where the gap should be, or I get the error Exception: PMM_INSUFFICIENT_MEDIA.

    The manual actually states that this is a current limitation - see attached screenshot.

    So it looks like refreshing the sequence to update it is a no go if you make the new group shorter.  You'll still have to cut the new group clip in over the top of your current sequence.  If you add to the sequence then it works.

    This is a pretty major limitation - Avid - when will this be addressed or has it already been in a newer version? I'm working on 2018.12.7.

    Andi

     

    HP ZBook G5 15 2.6Ghz 6-core i7 Nvidia Quadro P2000 4GB 32GB RAM Win 10 Pro MC Ultimate 2018.12.8 MacbookPro 15 2019 6 core 2.6GHz i9 32GB RAM... [view my complete system specs]
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