Often what you can observe in low budget music videos is that they use pretty long takes. Why? Because its one thing to sync lets say a 100 clips or 500 clips. I also didn’t want to subserve my creativity regarding the editing under the sync issue. I wanted to find a way where I can freely edit the footage without worrying if all my clips match with the original song or that I have to sync after the editing all the clips manually. I think I have found a solution and would like to share with you guys how I did it.
My chaotic browser of the project is very well ordered
In order to be sure that everything matches we need to find a common denominator. That is obviously the song itself. Since each of my video clips has a different duration. I first dragged the song into the timeline, then the video and matched them together. Then I turned off the original sound of the video clip and now video and music are in perfect sync with the original music. I exported the file as a mov. I did this procedure with all my clips I shot.
After this procedure I import these synced clips into Final Cut. So, how do I get started to edit?
First I would like to separate on each clip the good parts from the bad parts. In this case I had five members of the band and I created 5 different timelines. One for Ori (lead singer), one for Brad (guitar, singer) etc. I do this because later I want to choose the clips according to the music.
Now. I load up the clip into my Viewer and start cutting out all parts with Ori and select only the parts I might use in the final edit.
I have now 5 different timelines with the selected clips of each band member. Relative to the music song they are again out of sync since I use only bits and pieces of the original (synced) clip. After this I create five new timelines and call them Ori – selected clips audio sync etc. Now I have the original music and my selection of my Ori clips. In order to sync it up with the music again I use a program called ‘pluraleyes’ that does the job for me. It compares the audio waveform of both clips and then repositions the video clips so that they fit with the music. I export this clip.
Selected clips in sync
This procedure I do with every band member.
Potentially I have 5 different video and audio streams. In reality I had around 16. On each member I had at least 2-4 different selected clips because I wanted some variety in my footage and often had different angels of the same shot. I also shot some slomo shots (how to sync slomo shots I will discuss in a future post).
The question now arises how do I edit multiple streams, in fact 16 and edit them to the music? The magic word isssss: MULITCAM.
Yes, now since all the clips are synced I can see them all together in one window (namely the viewer). And now its super easy to edit towards the music.
First I play just the music file and make markers indicating the beat, or changes in the music. Then I play my multicam clip and edit to the rhythm. Since this is not super accurate I go back and polish the edit manually. So, all in all. Two weeks of syncing and one day of editing. I think next time it will be way faster. It just took me ages to figure out a system.
Let me know if I can improve this system and if you have other experience making a music video.