How to Open Multi-Camera Sequence in Timeline in Premiere Pro


This post is by Sean Schools from Premiere Pro User Blog - Premiere Bro


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Simple tip for Editing clips inside a multi-camera sequence

Whether you’re editing a multi-camera shoot or wanting to automatically sync sound for multiple clips, multi-camera sequences are a powerfully flexible way to work in Premiere Pro. But they can seem like a black box workflow. Meaning, it appears like you can’t make changes to the individual clips once they’re inside a multi-camera sequence. They don’t behave like ordinary sequences. They even have their own icon in the Project panel.

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Of course, you can flatten a multicam clip in the timeline, which leaves behind only the selected camera angle. (Typically you

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want to do this at the end of an edit because it can’t be reversed.) But how can you see the clips inside the multi-camera sequence without flattening anything? You won’t find the answer on the official Adobe help page for multi-camera editing.

 

Use “Open in Timeline” to step inside a multi-camera sequence

The first step is to realize that multi-camera sequences are what they say: sequences. And you can open sequences in the Timeline right? Obviously. Here’s how to do it with a multi-camera sequence:

  1. Right click the multi-camera sequence in the Project panel.

  2. Choose Open in Timeline.

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That’s it! As shown below, you can view and edit clips in your multi-camera sequence like any other sequence in Premiere Pro.

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Why is this helpful? (When would you need this?)

There are a number of reasons why you might want to do this. Here are just a few that I’ve personally had for opening multi-camera sequences in a timeline:

  • Make an edit to a clip

  • Fix the sound sync

  • Add color or another effect to a clip

  • Re-link offline clips

  • Extract the synced clips to use in a regular sequence


Do you use multi-camera sequences in your multi-camera editing workflow? Did this tip help you? What other tips do you have for working with multi-camera sequences in Premiere Pro?

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