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    • teltrab42
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    Multi Image Montage. Looks like a Zoom call. Please Help!

    Need to edit a choir singing. I will be handed individual files of each singer. There might be 24 individual files in all. Would like to see various combinations of singers in little squares. Sometimes 2, sometimes 4 or 10. At times all 24. Recently cut a project like this using Picture in a Picture effect. It was a very time consuming process. Am wondering if there is any plug in or software out there that will allow me to stay within Media Composer, give me various options of 2,4,8,20 images on the screen (is it call a Zoom Call effect) 

    These sequences are so ubiquitous, there must be an easy way to create this effect.

    Would appreciate any suggestions.





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  • Wed, Jan 13 2021 10:58 PM In reply to

    Re: Multi Image Montage. Looks like a Zoom call. Please Help!

    Hi Rick,

    I think the problem is there's not a plug-in (I know of) that will randomize this sort of thing for you.  BCC Wild Cards can do a 'multiple on-screen box' look, but it's probably overkill (and expensive) if all you want is a 'zoom call' look. Plus, you'd have to adjust it for what you wanted each section to look like anyway, so I don't think it would save you that much time.

    For what it's worth, it would be time consuming to build the initial 2, 4, 8, etc looks, but once you'd built each one for 10 seconds or so, you'd only have to copy that section and replace the singers to mix it up. You could even add a 3d warp above the top layer of a section to spin it around so it would look different (if, for example, you had 1 singer on the right and three stacked vertically on the left).


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  • Thu, Jan 14 2021 1:09 AM In reply to

    Re: Multi Image Montage. Looks like a Zoom call. Please Help!

    A similar suggestion: do a "pre-edit" by workkng in a Quad format. Syncing 4 cameras at a time. Maybe each of those cams are further cropped or repositioned since they may ultimately be very small. Then export as XDcam, (or DNxHD, etc) Import the quad XDcam. Do 5 more Quads, 5 more XDcam exports/imports. Next, Layout all 6 on a new timeline in sync, then make a Group from Timeline. Replace the 6 Quads XDcam imports with the new Groupclip you made from them, dialing each track to a separate quad. Then start adding 3D warps, to make a 3x2  24-image look... or variations you described.


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