If you look at it, HD DSLR filmmaking took digital filmmaking “old school” once again. With the cameras’ lousy on-board microphones and the inability to manually monitor sound, HD DSLR filmmakers were forced to go dual-system in which they record sound from a separate audio recording device and sync sound and picture in editing. Many young filmmakers started bringing slates to their sets for the very first time.
When Singular Software first released PluralEyes, HD DSLR filmmakers from all over the world started salivating at the mouth since they no longer would have to manually sync their video and audio together in post—a time consuming and tedious process. By using a proprietary algorithm, the software automatically synchronizes audio and video clips without the need for timecode, clappers, or any special preparation. Along with PluralEyes and their HD DSLR cameras, many indie filmmakers also purchased Samson Zoom H4N audio recorders. These are a few of the key tools that helped start a revolution.
Singular Software recently announced DualEyes (Windows only for now)—a standalone application that will work alongside the popular NLEs, including Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, and Sony Vegas Pro. DualEyes basically uses the same technology as PluralEyes to streamline the process of syncing audio and video files. Like PluralEyes, you need to capture audio on a separate recorder and import it along with your video clips. Instead of importing the files directly into your NLE’s timeline, you first import them into the DualEyes program, which then can sync the clips in both start time and duration, as well as automatically eliminate the camera’s scratch track. The technology recognizes audio and video files, so no special layout or organization is needed. Once completed, you can then import your finished clips into your NLE and start cutting right away.
All and all, a much cleaner and less complicated process.
DualEyes is available to purchase for $149 USD via the Singular Software website (http://www.singularsoftware.com/buy.html). If purchased before October 30, 2010, the price is discounted 20% at $119.
As soon as its available on a Mac, look for a full review post.