Reviews, Video

More than an update: PluralEyes 3.5

Red Giant just released PluralEyes 3.5, the video/audio synchronisation tool. PluralEyes is faster and more accurate, supports spanned clips, more media types for Replace Audio and automatic correction for sync drift. It also supposed to integrate better with Premiere Pro CC 2014, but by lack of that new application, I can’t say anything about it.

PluralEyes 3.5 is faster and more accurate than its predecessor in big ways. I tested PluralEyes 3.5 with an impossible combination of video clips and audio clips. My test setup was crazy and no producer in his right mind would ever create such a chaotic mess of recordings. I used four cameras and three audio recorders and turned them on and off randomly during a half an hour recording session.

When I just dumped all of these files in PluralEyes 3.5 Media container, the application didn’t recognise more than two cameras and two audio recorders. That’s because two out of the four cams I used were identical HERO3 GoPros. I needed to create bins for the video and audio clips. Everything else that came afterwards was fully automatic.

I knew one of the cams was faulty and one of the audio recordings was set to cause synchronisation problems due to over-saturation of the USB port on my iMac. PluralEyes 3.5 recognised both of these problems. Still, I thought I might be able to manage the sync drift of the one audio recording, but it turned out the recording wasn’t really drifting, it was stretching and contracting over the whole file. In short, it was unusable. Still, PluralEyes 3.5 did manage to get it as close as it would be possible.

PluralEyes 3.5

After removing those two devices/recordings from the input source column, PluralEyes 3.5 performed its magic in well under 3 minutes. That’s incredibly fast, certainly as the audio levels were extremely low on two of the devices which I had turned my back on while recording. I did discover that turning on “Try Really Hard” with this crazy setup resulted in a worse synchronisation than when I left this option off.

Using Red Giant’s own demo files resulted in perfect results, but their setup wasn’t as complicated and messy as mine. Let’s just say theirs was more realistic. The conclusion of all this folly is that you don’t need to do your utmost best to manage your video and audio devices and clappers aren’t really needed either. As long as your audio levels are reasonable and you don’t try to sabotage the whole project, PluralEyes 3.5 will turn your multiple takes and device recordings into a perfectly synchronised result.

It does it now faster than ever and with spanned clips. PluralEyes 3.5 costs 199 USD, but if you upgrade your older version you’ll only pay 79 USD.

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