The trend to use DSLR camera for filmmaking is on the rise but it doesn’t come without some disadvantages. Nearly all DSLR on-board audio and audio controls pale in comparison to their video camera counterparts requiring filmmakers to resort to using a secondary digital recording source. Having the ability to easily sync up audio to video in post production is a necessity. This is where Singular Software comes into play.
I reviewed the excellent PluralEyes plug-in last year that integrates with Final Cut Pro, Media Composer, Premiere Pro and Vegas Pro. Singular Software has taken their signature software a step further by introducing DualEyes for users who have NLE systems not supported by PluralEyes. As it’s name suggests, the stand-alone DualEyes is focused on the dual-system audio workflow of automatically synchronizing audio/replace audio and not video-to-video sync like you would need for a multi-camera shoot. That being said, you’ll want to choose your version based on your NLE system and your project needs.
DualEyes is just as easy to use as its more robust cousin. DualEyes allows users to correct drift in situations where there are timing differences between audio and video.
DualEyes also includes features such as “Try Really Hard” which uses more processing power and take a little longer to work on difficult sync problems. This worked well in my test where there was a lot of ambient noise.
“Infer Chronological Order” assumes that the names of the media files, when sorted alphabetically, are in the same order that the recordings were made enabling the sync to go a little faster and more reliably.
“Level Audio” does exactly what it’s named for. It levels out audio for scenarios where one audio source is louder than another perhaps because one of the microphones was closer to the subject.
One of the best features is the ability to replace audio without having to re-render the entire video clip which maintains the original quality of the clip. This is done by creating a new file which contains the video from the original clip and the synced audio from MOV or AVI files.
PluralEyes is your best choice if you have any of the supported NLE systems but you can’t go wrong with DualEyes if you don’t have one. DualEyes can be purchased from Singular Software’s online store for $149.