In this awesome tutorial I’m going to show you the best way to use Singular Software’s PluralEyes to sync your DSLR footage with your externally recorded audio files. Raw, unedited and totally heart-tugging educational content here, folks!
If you’re keeping up with the times (and looking at this tutorial) you’ve probably already had experience with shooting with a DSLR. The problem with a lot of these nifty, compact cameras is that their audio outright sucks. So if you’re smart, you recorded your audio separately to an external device, like the Tascam DR-100 or Zoom H4N. This is called Dual System Audio. Those are some smart-sounding words, guys.
In any case, when you have audio separate from video – you need to be able to sync it so that your actors don’t look like raging idiots from a foreign film dubbed over by drunk lizards. This is where PluralEyes comes in. The premise of what it does is look at the waveforms of the internal audio from the in-camera mic and the externally recorded audio to find the perfect sync point. It’s not perfect and it takes some playing around, but after a few times you should the hang of it – and it will immensely speed up your workflow so you can worry about the more creative things – like making a PJ sandwich with just the right ratio of peanut-butter to jelly. Too much peanut-butter is as dry as a desert.
In the end, the two important things to follow:
- Get really good and clear audio from your external recording device to make it easier on PluralEyes
- Use a slate (or some sort of visual and audio mark) during production.