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Fake a multi-camera shoot in iMovie

Edit clips together to look like you’re covering action from multiple camera angles

In these digital days there are many ways to capture action on a camera. With an iPhone always to hand you can capture spontaneous events as video clips. Small sporty cameras such as the GoPro Silver Pro 4 enable you to film point of view (POV) shots of activities in high definition (without running the risk of cracking the screen of your less robust iPhone).

When filming repetitive action (such as a friend whizzing past on a zip- wire) you can capture the action from different angles. You can then cut the best bits from each repeated shot into a smooth-flowing sequence that looks like it was captured ‘live’ from a range of camera angles. These changing shot sizes and angles make your faux ‘multi-cam’ sequence look more professional and dynamic.


1 Create an event

Go to File>New Event. Label the event ‘Multicam Event’. Go to File>New Movie. In the Create window choose No Theme. Click Create. Name the movie ‘Multicam Movie’. Click OK.


2 Import the clips

A new Project icon will appear, as well as an empty Timeline. Click the Import Media button and browse to select our folder of source clips. Click Import Selected.


3 Preview the clips

In the Event window, scrub the cursor along each clip to view a preview of its content.
This helps you get to know the action in each camera angle and spot any continuity problems.


4 Select and add

Click on the Front Angle clip. Click and scrub to select it from just as the girl starts to slide forward until the end of the action. Drag this yellow selection into the Timeline.


5 Add second angle

Click and scrub to select the Side Angle clip from where the girl starts to slide until the clip’s end. Drag the yellow selection and place it above the Side Angle clip in the Timeline.


6 Split the top clip

You now have two parallel clips running on separate layers. Scrub along the top layer until she grabs the chain with both hands. Right-click and choose Split Clip.


7 Trim the top layer

Click to select the second part of the top clip. Drag its start point right to trim it down to 1.9 seconds. This gap reveals some of the parallel action on the lower layer.


8 Add POV shot

Select the POV clip where the girl hits the end of the zip-wire with a clunk. Drag it to the gap in the Timeline’s top layer. Use the ‘clunk’ sound to help sync the POV action with the other clips.


9 Fine-tune the start point

Drag the start of the lower layer left to extend its start time. Extend the start time of the upper layer’s clip, too. Trim the POV clip to reveal more of the Front Angle clip.