We are trying to edit a 3 camera interview. How can I be able to see all three as tape rolls?



  • basementjack
    This is not something Camtasia is designed for - tools like Final Cut Pro would be better suited for multi cam editing.

    There is no way to see a grid of all 3 shots at the same time in Camtasia, nor are there tools for syncing the audio, etc.

    Camtasia is a great tool for recording and editing screencasts, but your particular use case is better suited for other tools.
  • nbetzold
    Premier Pro or Final Cut Pro would be my choice for Multi-Cam too, but see other comments for a workaround! (Client is doing the editing on their software--which is Camtasia)
  • Bruce Rothwell
    You could do this:

    1). Scale all the clips small enough to arrange them on the screen so they are all visible.

    2). Edit all clips as needed.

    3). When all edits are done, scale all clips back up to proper size and position.
  • nbetzold
    Thanks, I'm using your suggestion along with another response (below). Thanks!
  • davemill
    @nbetzold, here are some techniques to edit multiple simultaneous camera clips: 
    • Put them all on the timeline. (you did this)
    • Synchronize them. Hopefully you have an event to sync, if not, next time be sure to have one of the talent clap or flash their iPhone camera to make a sync mark on all three tracks.
    • Decide which is your primary track, the one which you will use most often. Possibly the wide shot? Place your choice on the bottom track. No crisis if you don't have a primary.
    • Trick one: Click the eyeball icon on the left of the track to turn upper tracks on and off.
    • Trick two: Use the Properties pane to make upper tracks 50% opaque. You'll change this back before producing the final video, but it's a convenient way to compare shots. Messy, but you'll get used to it.
    • Alternate the two tricks above to decide when you want to cut between tracks. Move the cursor to the cut points, select the upper track(s), command-S to split, then delete the part you don't want.
    • Don't worry about the cuts too much. As long as you don't slide a cut track left or right, you can always drag the start or end to adjust the cut point, or even drag the start point all the way back to the previous part of the clip, and they will match up fine.
    • I always leave the bottom/primary track untouched, and make all the cuts to the other camera tracks on upper tracks. You may want to lock this track.
    Some hints that might help depending on the style of the production:
    • If your wide shot was a static camera, it may work best as your bottom track.
    • An audience camera is typically used far less than the talent cameras. If so, I would put this on the top track. See next hint.
    • A friend once advised to do this process with just two camera tracks, finish the program, then repeat again with the third (least frequently used) track. Seems like more work to me, but could be less confusing. 
    • When you don't know where to start, consider scrubbing each track just to cut out all the camera moves and other unusable footage. While you're doing that, you can also scan for the money shots. Folks that plan every frame of their productions don't work that way, but those folks hire editors who are way more talented than me.
  • nbetzold
    Thanks for the advice! Another commented that I can reduce the size of each camera and that input along with yours make a great workaround!

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