Multicam Editing in DaVinci Resolve

Multicam Editing in DaVinci Resolve



Learn everything you need to know about multicam editing in DaVinci Resolve with the award-winning editor Kevin P. Mcauliffe.

DaVinci Resolve has quickly become the application of choice for many editors and the multicam features are both innovative and lightning quick to work with. Kevin will teach you how to synchronize camera angles based on in- or out-points and timecode, but also by analyzing audio sample plots. You will learn how to use metadata for name and angle information, offset and switch single camera angles, work with linecuts and pre-grade entire camera angles.

You will also get acess to the footage you need to follow along and an extra performance to play around with.

About the instructor

Kevin P McAuliffe is an award winning editor and visual effects creator with over 20 years of teaching and training experience. Over the past years Kevin has delivered world-class work for clients such as Warner Bros, Walt Disney Company, 20th Century Fox, Universal and Elevation Pictures.

Who is this course designed for?

  • DaVinci Resolve users
  • Editors with background from Avid Media Composer, Premiere and Final Cut


  • 01: Introduction
  • 02: Project creation and keyboard shortcuts
  • 03: Clip setup
  • 04: Multicam preparation
  • 05: Timeline creation and editing multicam clips
  • 06: Multicam editing
  • 07: Grading multicam clips
  • 08: Working with linecuts
  • 09: Finishing up


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Hi Kevin,

I just did a multicam project that involved Linecut + 7 angles, so 8 sources all together. It was shot in 422 HQ ProRes. I would really appreciate a tip as how to set things up and/or utilize proxy and/or optimized media to have the timeline play out smooth. I was under pressure with the schedule (naturally) and was struggling to get everything ready for my client. The most frustrating part was trying to play out the multicam timeline, as you can imagine. I run a descently fast iMac with a LaCie 16TB Raid 0 with two 8TB disks.

A workflow follow-up would be a great addition to your excellent MultiCam course.

Thanks in advance.

Jussi Buckbee, Finland

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3 minutes ago, Jussi Buckbee said:

I would really appreciate a tip as how to set things up and/or utilize proxy and/or optimized media to have the timeline play out smooth.

Hi Jussi. What you are asking is not specific to Multicam but to performance in general. I highly suggest you transcode all your footage to DNxHD36 or PRORES Proxy prior to setting up any project for editing in DaVinci Resolve. Then you don't need to think about optimising your media or run things in lower resolutions. Working with high resolution media in DaVinci Resolve will always, need to be cached or optimised and come with a risk of slow playback.

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Hi Nicolas,

Thanks for your input. Well, this really is about setting up a multicam project. I have no issues with 4K or 6K material I've edited with my system.  The issue I'm talking about is performance, absolutely. That performance is hindered by my (not the fastest) system and setup. To make things run smoother, I'd need to have DaVinci help me out. I agree with using Proxy, for sure. As I was on a really tight schedule, I had no time to start rendering the material. I had three Linecuts + 7 cameras each, overall two hours in length. I know that with a sufficient budget I could do all sorts of things.

To recap, I am curious about Kevin's setup for his "12 camera concert" he talked about in his tutorials. Realizing that Kevin is probably running a Lambourghini, where as I gallop with a Pinto. How Kevin sets up and drives that Lambo, that's what I'm curious about.

Cheers jb

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26 minutes ago, Jussi Buckbee said:

That performance is hindered by my (not the fastest) system and setup.

I bet Kevin will chime in on his setup for the twelve camera concert, but when it comes to performance as it seems like you have issues with - transcoding to a proxy format is your friend.

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I would like to see an example of a Multicam with more than 2 clips from the same camera angle instead of just 1 clips per camera. Those are easy to do. I can't figure out how to setup the multicam for instance with 2 different camera angles with multiple cuts and takes over the course of the 1 audio track. If I use Sequential, it just places each cut as it's own angle and I want all the cuts from each camera angle on 1 TRACK not multiple tracks. How can I do this? I can't find a single youtube video or course that explains this and it's driving me nuts trying to figure this out. Any advice would be very helpful! 

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