Whenever I mention this subject, I’m met with a mix of three reactions: ambivalence, fear, and reverence. After journeying in the wasteland of internet tutorials and personal epiphanies, and a lot of trial and error—oh, so many errors—I’ve come to the conclusion that, with a little pre-planning, multi-camera editing is no big deal. It can get complicated if the cameras aren’t similar in resolution, sensitivity, or format, but even those complications don’t present insurmountable challenges. Here is the process I use:
STIPULATION: Each camera records AUDIO as well as VIDEO, but the actual audio used for the edited sequence is recorded using Lavalier mics on a separate digital recorder. This becomes the MASTER AUDIO.
That’s really all there is to it.
This Producer’s Note is a little more technical than the others I’ve put out, but having been frequently overwhelmed and stymied by technicalities, I just wanted to offer a little encouragement to those intrepid souls that yearn for more options.