I’ve just been chatting to Bruce Sharpe – the creator of the popular audio syncing software Pluraleyes. We discussed the new beta 1.2 version of Pluraleyes for Final Cut Pro which is available today. The software allows you to easily sync high quality sound from an external audio recorder, like the popular Zoom H4n, with the audio track recorded by a DSLR camera. If you are new to Pluraleyes have a look at what it does here.
According to Bruce in addition to stabilising the features added in the last beta it adds a new one. In the old version of Pluraleyes the sequence you were trying to sync had to be named pluraleyes which was slightly annoying, now you can just choose the sequence you want to sync from a list.
The other features of beta 1.2 are:
Option for single output sequence
Option to replace audio (great for dual-system applications)
Select sequence to be synced
Support for locked tracks
You can download a free trial of Pluraleyes for Final Cut beta 1.2 here
It also works with an existing license and a new full license costs $149. The beta can be installed and run alongside the older version 1.1 release for now.
I’ve been using Pluraleyes regularly for my productions now when shooting DSLR video on the 1DmkIV, 7D and 550D. Indeed even though we now have manual audio controls with the 5DmkII and the Juicedlink DT454 I still prefer to use external audio recorders when I can. As Bruce pointed out to me, with Pluraleyes you can get great audio simply with a recorder and camera with no cables at all to get in the way. I frequently use a small shotgun mic on top of the camera for run and gun shooting and Bruce says he does this too, but instead of plugging it into the camera or an audio box like the Juicedlink, he plugs it into a Zoom recorder on his belt and then uses Pluraleyes to sync the sound later.
In the future Bruce intimated that the Sync drift correction found in sister standalone software Dualeyes may show up in Pluraleyes soon. A version of Pluraleyes for Sony Vegas has been around for a while, a Adobe Premiere version of the software is in Beta right now and Bruce also told me that a version for Avid is ‘on the roadmap’