I recently became aware of PluralEyes while attending this year’s Vimeo Fest in NYC. With the growing trend to shoot on DSLR/HDSLR cameras, filmmakers will most certainly have to record separate channels of audio due to the limitations of the cameras. So an easy syncing solution will be required for post. This is where PluralEyes comes into play.
Singular Software recently released PluralEyes for Premiere Pro CS4 and CS5. PluralEyes is used to synchronize audio and video clips directly on the timeline. Using PluralEyes is easy. Just lay your video and audio tracks out on the timeline in your editor, launch PluralEyes, select the project and sequence and click the “Sync” button. PluralEyes will line up clips wherever they belong, using the audio tracks for synchronization. Each device’s video or audio clips needs to be put on its own track.
I only ran into one occasion where PluralEyes didn’t work for me. I was recording a scene where the camera was very far away from the external microphone and there was a lot of ambient noise. I recreated the scenario but this time used a slate to create a “clap” sound. That was all I needed for PluralEyes to sync correctly.
Singular Software points out on their site that there are some known issues with certain codecs and media formats but in my testing (using .MTS files) I did not experience any issues.
If you spend any time at all syncing up your audio and video tracks then you have to get PluralEyes. It’s a steal for only $149.