video editing techniques

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BABIS
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I don't know how to explain exactly what I want to do..! I will try to describe it! I am looking for software that allows me to play in the same screen the same time 3 different videos....! 3-4 video windows in the same screen. In some movies we watch to split the screen in 3-4 windows and we watch parallel 3 different scenes.
Do you have any suggestion of a video editing program that could help me to do this effect?
Thank you for your time

custard
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Final cut pro can do this. It's called multicam editing. From memory you have to link the clips you want to use and sync them then drag them to the canvas.

Maybe this is what you are looking for?

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BABIS
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multicam editing

Dear Custard thank you for your reply. Thats excactly what i need! do you have any idea for any program for windows xp?

Neon Films
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Avid Liquid 7 does this very well.

Mark Smith

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Video Production in Leeds and Yorkshire

Dave R Smith
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Premiere pro can also do this in Standard definition.
Haven't tried this in HDV but suspect memory will struggle to cope with 3 or 4 streams of HDV at same time.

DAVE M
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Multicam is for editing live video afterwards as if it were mixed on a vision mixer - various editing packages now allow this

I read the enquiry as if you wasnt a "trial and retribution" style simultanious action shot ie picture in picture effect so that (for example) you could mimic a security monitor?

again most editing packages allow this - just use a motion squeeze on each layer and stick it in a different area of the screen

custard
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@DAVE R

I was on an FCP course in November and yes, 4 HD streams in FCP was a squeeze.

There were several iMacs of slightly differing ages but pretty new and some coped.. just and some coped badly and some gave up on the whole coping thing and went for a cup of tea.

The tutor recoded the clips in SD for the following day and we had a bit more success although the cup-of-tea mac was still having a bad day.

TBH I didn't get on with the live switching thing very well and preferred the timeline.
But I guess that is because I have never live switched.

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Richard Payne
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Grass Valley Edius will do multicam with up to 8 Cameras. I have done 5 HDV at once with RT Full resolution preview with an NX Card, without dropping frames.