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Old 01-07-2019, 08:38 AM   #1
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Default What's the best way to edit together a large number of synchronized takes?

Like a music video, several video tracks of different shots going the full length of the song.

My first thought is to simply cut the bits I want out and move them to some sort of master track. But that seems needlessly time consuming.

Is there a way to easily switch between which track is going to the output?

This is the first time I've tried to use Reaper for video, so I have no idea what I'm doing.
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Old 01-09-2019, 01:23 AM   #2
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I'm working on my first music video in Reaper.

What I am doing is to load video from each camera into a separate track, with priority assigned to the lowest numbered track.

When I want to switch to (for example) camera 3 on track 3, I just split the items on the tracks above (tracks 1 & 2), creating a gap with slip editing, so the desired track is allowed to 'show through'.

So far it is working pretty well.

I also considered loading each camera into separate take lanes on the same track, then using the take system to make a comp. Haven't tried it yet, but it might be quite a bit easier, if it would work for video. Has anyone tried this?
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Old 01-09-2019, 02:01 AM   #3
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I tried using the take lanes version and it's super convenient to work with the clips like this. It makes it super easy to experiment with different variations.
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Old 01-09-2019, 03:01 AM   #4
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I tried using the take lanes version and it's super convenient to work with the clips like this. It makes it super easy to experiment with different variations.
^aye-take system works well with images also-comping is not too difficult.
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Old 01-15-2019, 06:18 AM   #5
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Like a music video, several video tracks of different shots going the full length of the song.

My first thought is to simply cut the bits I want out and move them to some sort of master track. But that seems needlessly time consuming.

Is there a way to easily switch between which track is going to the output?

This is the first time I've tried to use Reaper for video, so I have no idea what I'm doing.
Hi ambient,

the workflow is pretty straight forward. Place your video on separate tracks and realize that the track on top of the stack always gets all the video inputs from the (video) tracks below. (Except you changed the behavior in the project settings to do it in reverse.)

This is important to know because if you want to use effects like blur only on certain tracks they should be added at tracks below to make sure they don't affect every video in the stack.

So imagine the track at the very top as the input of all below. If you cut out (or mute) a part of the video above, the next track below "shines" thru. If no video signal can be found, video processor shows a green screen (in future versions of Reaper a black screen).

To sync several video tracks use the audio signal to spot a specific peak which can be used to align the video items. Best thing is to clap at the beginning of the video recording to make this clap signal peak your reference point.

You could add a video processor to every video track's FX chain and use the preset "Item fades affect video" on all to use the item faders for blending from one track to the track below more slowly.

Hope that helps a bit
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