Creating Nested Sequences for Multi-Camera Editing in Premiere Pro

For anyone involved in video production and multi-camera shoots, even if it’s something as simple as a two camera interview then the features available in modern NLEs (Non-linear Editors) for multi-camera video editing can be a boon.
If however, you happen have clips from multiple cameras, and perhaps separate files from an audio recorder as well, that you want sync with a third party application like Red Giant’s Plural Eyes you will find that Adobe Premiere Pro will import the resulting .xml file as a standard sequence not a multi-camera sequence, meaning that you won’t benefit from the streamlined multi-camera workflow of being able to switch camera angles via a simple keystroke and have Premiere pro remember that selection as an edit.
How then can you turn this sequence into a multi-camera sequence and take advantage of the speedy editing features available in that mode?
Here’s a quick video tutorial that shows how it can be done.

Video Transcript

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Hello I just wanted to do a quick video on how to turn any sequence in Premiere

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Pro into a multi-camera sequence because this is something that foxed me to be

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perfectly honest until I figured out how to do it, so we’ve got our project set up

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here I’ve brought in two sequences in advance that contain two cameras

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locked off wide a close-up camera and separate audio from a separate audio

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recorder so let’s open those up I’ve used plural eyes as I said you might

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have synced them manually or done it in Premiere Pro what whatever you think

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best, so here’s my sequence and so what we need to do is… I’m just going to take

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these first clips here because that’s a very obvious section to work on there

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where I’m highlighting there’s lots of tracks from the audio recorder that we

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need to make sure we include and select all of those right click on that

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selection and we’re going to choose ‘nest’ ‘nested sequence 05’ okay, so you

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can see that that’s popped all the video clips, the audio clips remain but the

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video clips are popped into this nested sequence now, and actually if we double

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click on that sequence it opens up the original clips as they were. And so now

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what we need to do is select that nested sequence and select multi-camera enable

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and then go over to our viewer settings here with the spanner icon and select

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‘multi camera’ so this is our output here on the right and then selected in yellow

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is camera 1 which is selected to key one on your keyboard and then camera two

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which is allocated to key two on your keyboard so now if we play through this

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sequence we can make our shot choices as we go and Premiere Pro should remember

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it for us – let’s see!

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Out to the wide!

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Back to the close…

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and key number 2 to go back to the wide…

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No 1 brings us back o the wide.

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so let’s see if that’s worked. Let’s zoom in a bit on our timeline so there you

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can you can see the lines where we’ve made those cuts there, let’s just play through that.

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So then you can use the rolling edit tool to adjust the timing of those

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cuts between the cameras just slide that cut around like that.

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There we go I hope that helps!

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