Reduct’s Premiere extension is designed to support even the most complex of re-linking workflows. You are able to:
upload proxies (or a single camera from a multi-cam shoot) to Reduct,
find & shape the narrative using reels in Reduct, and
import reels into Premiere, re-link to local footage (multi-cam, high-res, etc.), so you can continue editing.
Multi-cam re-linking introduces quite a bit of complexity into most workflows, because multi-cam sequences combine tracks which do not start at the same time. Below, we show you how the Reduct extension handles multi-cam re-linking, and just works. All of the offset work is handled automatically by the extension, freeing you up to focus on the story.
(If you need background on the Reduct ↔ Premiere integration, you should read this article first. And if you need to brush up on multi-cam sequences in Premiere, we recommend this PremiereGal tutorial.)
To illustrate the examples in this article, we use the following multi-cam setup:
Camera 1 is C0001.MP4, has a runtime of 00:17:06;02, and doesn’t have high quality audio.
Camera 2 is MVI_1566.MP4, has a runtime of 14:49:00;00, and starts 00:02:00;05 after Camera 1, and has high-quality audio.
We combine these into a multi-cam sequence, “Interview Multicam.” The total runtime of the multi-cam is 00:17:06;02 (same as Camera 1), and the unmuted audio is from Camera 2. Here’s what it looks like when we “View in Timeline:”
Now, we’ll walk through the process from end to end, and use this sample data to provide examples:
Step 1. Upload video (proxy or original)
High quality transcription relies on good audio. For this reason we recommend uploading a high quality audio file, a proxie with high quality audio or a single camera with high quality audio to Reduct.
If one of your cameras has high-quality audio, you have two choices:
(1) upload a proxy created just from that camera, or
(2) just upload the entire file.
The choice really comes down to your Internet bandwidth and file size. Larger files are slower to upload, especially if you have a low bandwidth connection.
If you choose to use a proxy, the only rule is to make sure to make a proxy from the whole file (ie, with the same total runtime as the original) As you’ll see below, the Reduct extension uses total runtime for re-linking. The benefit of this is that you can name your proxies according to your own naming convention.
If you have high-quality audio on a separate audio track, you have two choices:
(1) upload footage from the camera with the better quality audio, or
(2) create a multi-cam sequence in Premiere first, and then upload a proxy that combines the audio track with one of the cameras.
The nice thing about option 1 is that you can go straight from your shoot into Reduct. We do recommend using human transcription if you choose this option (as computer transcription is much more sensitive to audio-quality issues.) The trade-offs are bandwidth requirements, and the audio quality you’ll work with in Reduct.
With option 2, you can work with lower bandwidth, and get better audio & better transcripts in Reduct, but you do have to do the multi-cam syncing before uploading to Reduct.
The re-linking method for option 1 is exactly as described below. For option 2, it’s even simpler — if you generate a proxy from the multi-cam you will later link to, the offsets are always zero.
For our example, we uploaded the original file for Camera 2 (good audio, starts 2minutes in) to Reduct.
Step 2. Find and shape your narratives using reels in Reduct
The next step is for you or your team to create reels in Reduct. (If you need a refresher on this, we’d recommend checking out the quick start guide.)
Here’s the reel we’ll be importing into Premiere, made from the Camera 2 upload.
3. Import into Premiere, and re-link
Okay, now comes the fun part. Your team has created reels in Reduct, gotten feedback, iterated on them, and you’re now ready to put the finish touches in Premiere. Here is how you re-link to a multi-cam sequence.
After you copy and paste the share link into the Reduct extension, and hit import, you’ll get a re-linking screen that looks like this:
The Reduct extension will ask you to re-link every file contained within this reel. In our example, we just have the one file, MVI_1566.MP4, which is 00:14:49 long.
The extension will now go through all of the media files that exist in your project, find any sequences that are 00:14:49 long, as well as multi-cam sequences that contain a subsequence that is 00:14:49 long.
If it finds a subsequence contains within a parent sequence (like “Interview Multicam” in this example), it also identifies the offset between the parent’s start time and the source clip’s start time (which is 2 minutes in our case), and automatically adjusts for it.
Just hit “Import Reel with Media Links,” and the extension will re-link to the multi-cam file, and do the proper offset math to make sure you’re actually re-linking to the right moment in the file:
Now, we can use all of our multi-cam editing features in Premiere. In the video below, you’ll see the following steps:
Select All, and “Multi-cam > Enable”
Select All, and switch all cameras to Camera 2
Select the second clip, and switch it to Camera 1
If you play that with audio on, you’ll notice that we have been able to re-create the reel, with a camera switch at each of the first two cut points.
We can now continue editing, and access all of the fun video editing features that Premiere enables, whether that’s adding B-roll, fine-tuning your pacing, adding music, cleaning up sound, or just putting in some ace transitions.
In this article, we covered how you can use multi-cam footage with Reduct, and showcased an example where:
we start with multi-cam footage with 2 cameras,
upload full-res file from the second camera (better audio, but starts 2 minutes in) to Reduct,
create a reel in Reduct,
import into Premiere, and re-link to a multi-cam sequence including both cams,
and it just works.
The Reduct extension automatically adjusted for the fact that the camera that we uploaded to Reduct started 2 minutes into the multi-cam sequence.