Premiere Pro CC question; I have a 3 camera setup for an interview and…

Premiere Pro CC question; I have a 3 camera setup for an interview and I am creating a multi-cam clip. Unfortunately the Cam C operator turns his camera on and off. I cant figure out how I can create a sync point or if it is even possible to do without manually going in and putting the C camera in the sequence. Anyone have an idea how to sync all three or have dealt with this before? Thanks in advance.

Kai Yu: Create a sequence that is synced with all three cameras. Premiere should have an auto-sequence option to create a sequence based on timecode. Create 3 sequences then lay them all in together.

Fabrizio Benatti: Plural eyes!

Shane Ross: And have the C camera operator flogged.

Adrian Smith: Then have him taken out and flogged again.

Shane Ross: Too many of these types of camera ops simply say, Aw, just use Pluraleyes…

Paul Hartel: Which isnt 100% accurate, and fails almost 100% of the time to sync everything in a timeline.

Chad Sigston: We ended up using pluraleyes and creating a new master clip. I was just hoping there would be a quick solution within premiere so I wouldnt have to render a new master. Thanks for the input, much appreciated.

Fabrizio Benatti: Export from Cc to PL – sync – import from PL to Cc. Done. No new master

Jason Hare: Premiere allows you to sync clips by audio to make a multi am clip. Essentially it does exactly the same as plural eyes but is part of the software. I have found it to be very stable and it allows you to grade the cameras at any time in the process, even after the cut is finished.

Rob Logan: Obviously Pluraleyes or some other form of sync automation is easiest. However if you need to do it manually its not as hard as it might seem at first. The key is to focus on the wave forms rather than looking at the video. Enlarge the C Cameras audio track until you can see the wave form easily. Look at the basic shape of the wave form and try to find distinctive spots–usually louder noises or long pauses. Then look for a similar shape in the master audio wave form. Once you find a spot you think matches closely, drag the C camera clip until the two wave forms match up. Then listen back to both tracks and see if you have an echo, which means theyre slightly out of sync. Adjust the track position until you dont hear the echo any more. Zoom in on the wave forms if you need to. Once the echo is gone, theyre in sync. You dont even need to look at video. Mute the C camera audio track and youre done.

John Matthews: Can Premiere pro sync non contiguous clips using audio waveforms, without autosequencing and layering?

Jason Hare: No it does always layer them but it is very easy to step in and move all clips to the same layer.

John Matthews: Sorry Im talking about making multicam groups, layering is a very primitive system especially if you have lots of angles

Jason Hare: Sorry I wasnt very clear. Yes premiere pro will sync non contiguous clips using audio waveforms. But it treats rah clip as a camera so if one camera was buttoning on and off each clip would be treated as a separate camera and appear on a different track in the multi cam stack. You could then pull down all the clips onto the same track

John Matthews: No thats cool. Ive been asking for this on Avid for years. MC now does waveform sync, but not non-contiguous, which is still pretty useless given the ignorance/incompetence on a lot of shoots, and cant see this changing. I seem to have spent what fe…See more

Bob Sarles: Someone needs to take the cameraperson with the trigger finger to the woodshed.