I’m preparing for an interview I’ll be shooting next week. I have two cameras and a microphone to shoot two people talking, one asking the questions, the other who answers them. The main camera is recording in 4K and covers the whole scene. This is my first video track. It’s also got the audio. A copy of that recording is zoomed in (with a filter) to focus on the second person. Cropping should be okay as the resulting video format will be 1080 HD. The second camera records HD from the side to see the first person more from the front. I’ll switch to that perspective from time to time when a question is asked.
So I have three video tracks now from a test recording. They’re synchronised and ready to cut.
I’m looking for a process to easily switch between these three video tracks at arbitrary points in time. From watching a few YouTube videos about this kind of editing (with other software), I guess I could just cut all tracks at each point where I want to make a switch, and then either delete what I don’t want to show, or move the sections to another track more on the top. This cut however is a final decision. If I later decide that switching cameras a little bit earlier or later would be good, I can’t easily move that switch to another point in time. I’ll still have lots of tiny cutting fragments that need to be handled.
What process are you suggesting me to handle these requirements? Is there a track switcher I can apply to it all, where I can shift around the switching times, or can I use filters or something?
It would also be helpful to know if I can rejoin two sections after cutting them in two. I haven’t managed to do so. I cannot select two such sections, and the menu command “Join with next clip” (translated) at the end of a clip only deletes the next clip instead and nothing is joined. Pretty unexpected behaviour.
(Shotcut 19.02.28 on Windows 10)