Monday, 12 January 2015

How To Sync Audio Like A Pro in 6 Easy Steps

Syncing audio can be a very tedious and non-desired process for many editors out there. Personally, it used to be a nightmare for me, especially when working on projects with tons of interviews and quick turn around times.

The way I used to do it: Classic slate combo.

I used to add markers to my clips on the exact slate hit (on both the audio and camera files), and tried to tie up those markers together. After that, I would repeat this process with EACH and EVERY ONE of the takes on my sequence(s). Sounds fun, right?

It's not.
The way I do it now: PluralEyes.

Honestly, this software works like magic. Here at SWAGGER Media, we use it for pretty much EVERY project that involves audio syncing and we’re extremely happy with the results.

With just a few clicks here and there, PluralEyes analyzes your audio and camera files, syncs them quickly, and lets you export them out either as media files or as XMLs, so you can open them up in your editing software (Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro X). And, it works on both Mac and Windows operating systems.

The basics

1. Go to the  Red Giant site to download a free trial or purchase the full PluralEyes License.

2. When you open up your software, it's going to look like this: 

3. Go to “File” + “Save Project As”. Name and save your project before doing anything else. It’s always better to be safe than lose everything you’ve worked on (we feel your pain).
4. Once you’ve organized your footage, drag your camera and audio files or folders to the “Drop Here” panel. Or go to “Add Media” and select the files that you would like to import.

You can import as many camera and audio folders as needed, and each one of them can include several files.

5. Click on “Synchronize” and let the magic happen! Plural Eyes will sync all your camera files and audio recorder files in seconds.

It will also let you know when the sync is done with a quick sound alert, and it will turn your synced files to green if everything worked out correctly.

If for some reason the software wasn’t able to sync some of the files (unfortunately this can happen), the files will turn red. If you have many red files, it may be worth starting over and trying again. Sometimes it’s just a matter of the software misreading the files.

6. When you are ready and happy with your synced project, click on “Export Timeline”. Choose to export it either as an editor format (XMLs for Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Premiere) or as a media file.

You can also decide whether you want the software to replace the camera audio with the external audio files, or not.

Finally, when you’re all set with your export settings, hit “Export”. PluralEyes will automatically export out your file to your project location.

That’s it! Now you’re all good to either open up your XML(s) on your editing software or work with your now synced media file(s). 


This is it. This is how you can easily sync audio like a PRO! So tell me, how do you like to sync audio on your projects? Have you used PluralEyes in the past? Is there any other syncing software or syncing tip you would like to recommend? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below or tweet @swagger_media!

¡Hasta la próxima!

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