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Is there a way to show audio waveforms in a muticam sequence?

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Jun 16, 2023 Jun 16, 2023

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Usually when I create a multicam sequence I just discard the audio Premiere brings in and copy over the audio from the orig sequence to avoid any problems but I didn't this time and no audio waveforms are showing, which I and probably everyone else use heavily in editing for a quick visual reference on when someone is talkng. Am I missing something here or is this some major flaw?

 

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Jun 16, 2023 Jun 16, 2023

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Its a bit tricky:

In your multicam sequence (i mean the source file) every audio track has to go out to a seperate output. That means, if you have 8 audio tracks you have to route them to 8 separate channels in the output. Each group 1/2, 3/4 aso has to be panned to L/R. The very moment only one of these channels is mixed up with another channel - for example since one channel is not panned 100% to the left but only 99% - your waveforms in the sequence you are editing the multicam file in will vanish.Screenshot 2023-06-16 150221.png

You also have to look for the audio channel settings of the MC-Clip. Here the outputs may not be mixed up as well.

Screenshot 2023-06-16 150353.png

If you have very many audio tracks in your MC-file (i sometimes have 9 cameras with up to 8 audio tracks each) you can mute unwanted tracks in the MC-File like i did with channels 5 to 8 in the screenshot. Then you don't have to route them to maybe output 64 or so. Or you can simply remove these tracks from you MC-source if you are sure that you will not need them.

If you work like that, the MC-Clip simply hands the waveforms of the original audio through to your sequence.

If tracks get mixed in the MC-file the waveform would have to represent kind of a sum with no physical equivalent on your drives. And that is maybe too much to ask for, i guess.

 

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Jun 16, 2023 Jun 16, 2023

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thanks for that detailed explanation - that's useful to know! This material is using just one audio track, but I synced the 2 cameras with timecode so Premiere made the MC sequences for me and brought in the audio from both cameras. I think I'll just stick to replacing the MC Sequence audio with the orig audio, avoids all of this!

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Jun 16, 2023 Jun 16, 2023

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If you modify the audio in any way inside of your multicam (audio gain, levels, effects...), the waveform will vanish in the main seq. If you didn't do anything, and the fx badge of your audio in the timeline is yellow, then right click > remove attributes and remove all attributes on your audio. If your audio's fx badge is gray, you will be able to see audio waveform in the main seq.
Generally: don't alter audio in any way inside of your multicam sequence and you will be okay. Be aware that sometimes even if you didn't alter the sound, you will find the audio's fx badge to be yellow, in this case use the remove attributes command to make it gray again.

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Not sure if this will help but have you tried rendering the audio?

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