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Synchronize is Greyed out in Premiere CC, why?

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The Goal:  To sync an interview that involved 2 Nikon DLSrs, with external audio from a sound guy.  There are about 8 clips from each camera, and 8 audio files.

I tried to drop them all in a timeline and just select all and sync.  Sync was greyed out.  I then tired just 1 set of cam a cam b and audio file, sync was greyed out.

I then tried just selecting the audio waveforms form independently of the video clips, without the external audio...greyed out.

Not sure what I need to do.  Meanwhile I am in manual sync mode.  Good thing the team that shot this stuff is on it with slate and keeping the clips tight.

Any help would be awesome.

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Rex

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Synchronize is Greyed out in Premiere CC, why?

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The Goal:  To sync an interview that involved 2 Nikon DLSrs, with external audio from a sound guy.  There are about 8 clips from each camera, and 8 audio files.

I tried to drop them all in a timeline and just select all and sync.  Sync was greyed out.  I then tired just 1 set of cam a cam b and audio file, sync was greyed out.

I then tried just selecting the audio waveforms form independently of the video clips, without the external audio...greyed out.

Not sure what I need to do.  Meanwhile I am in manual sync mode.  Good thing the team that shot this stuff is on it with slate and keeping the clips tight.

Any help would be awesome.

Thanks

Rex

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S

I tried to drop them all in a timeline

‌select your media in your project bin, before you place on timeline.

select your media, right click, choose create multicamera sequence and then you will have pop- up windows with sync options

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dummergold,

Thanks man. I"m not really interested in multicam.  that is a who new ball of wax that I should probably learn, but I only do 2 camera interviews, and that work flow adds a bunch of bs to my program that is more labor that just doing the manual sync,   Thanks man.  I appreciate your input, and maybe I'll learn mulitcam when I'm home sick this winter!!

Rex

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not knowing what particular instructional video on synchronizing, I just saw one that does it on the timeline with your method. So, I see this timeline synchronizing of the media. I also saw a 'merge clip' function from the project panel that brought out a sync option window and sync'd clips or merged together. I see no difference with all clips on timeline and sync'd ontop of each other with respect to multicamera sync. With the multicamera sync, the source sequence seems the same as any sync'd clip, whether automatic or manual. If you do not wish to multicam, just skip flattening the source sequence and do not enter into a multicamera monitor edit.

I auto sync my clips, then manually tweek, and/or add unsyncable clips.

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You can sync only one video and one audio clip at a time.  So Cam A and Audio, or Cam B and Audio, but not all three at once.

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Thanks J.

Even when I just do 2 clips, It still doesn't sync.  I watched the Adobe online instructional video, and he sync's 4 clips at once.  It's a 4 camera shoot example they have on the website.  The totally ironic part, is the video features Corey Rich as the video content they are syncing, and ... I'm syncing a Corey Rich interview as well!!  What a mind blow. 

Anyways I did it manual.  Thanks for taking the time to reply.

Rex

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Yeah, I guess my memory was in error on this one.

The only way I can get Synchronize to be grayed out is if track 1 is not included in the selection.

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See the correct answer. You can sync as many clips as you like (up to processing power, natural track limitations, etc.)

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Just figured it out!

You must have the tracks "targeted" that you're working on. This must have something to do with the internal way that it programmatically moves the clips, you have to have the tracks able to be cut/pasted to. Once you turn on targeting for the relevant tracks, you can do sync multiple with video tracks, etc, no problem.

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Folks the above answer about track targeting is the right answer. Everything else here is wrong wrong wrong. Good intentions everybody, but this is the only answer. I just targeted my A1 & V1 and it solved everything. And I've had this fubar before, always forget about it. Don't waste your time. This is it.

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THANK YOU so very much. Exactly the answer I was looking for. Everything works now!

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I still don't get it What do you mean by "turn on targeting"?

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I just figured it out

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Screen Shot 2017-06-29 at 9.24.57 AM.png

In the above picture, A1 & A2 are targeted. A3 is not targeted.

All you do is click on the A1, A2, A3, etc... of the tracks you wish to synchronize, and you SHOULD be able to synchronize these clips!

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God Bless You! Thank you for your explanation. That sure figured it out for me.

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You're a lifesaver. I've used synchronize before for multiple clips and could NOT figure out why it wasn't working this time.  I had all of the tracks' targetting off. Once I targetted the tracks, everything worked.

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Reading this 3 years later and you totally just saved me from insanity! Thanks for explaining this!

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For me, the targeting made no difference, but toggling the "Linked Selection" tool did. Once I turned OFF the

Linked Selection (middle icon in attached picture), Synchronize was no longer greyed out.

Screen Shot 2018-02-13 at 6.02.44 PM.png

Hope this helps.

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That works for me. Interresting that Adobe doesn't even have an answer and that users have to find out how to use their software. wtf

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Had the same issue. Honestly this is totally unintuitive. If I pay that much for a software I expect basic features to be easy to use, and not have to seach 15m for the right forum post. Shame...

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