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Has PluralEyes any advantages over FCP X's audio sync?

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Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,460 points)
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May 4, 2012 2:03 PM

A "windows"  friend has been praising the app called PluralEyes.

 

I told him that FCP X could audio sync without any third party applications, upon  which he told me there was an FCP X version.

 

I checked and it was indeed true.

 

So is it simply a completely superfluous app or can it do things that FCP X can't?

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  • mishmumken Level 5 Level 5 (4,000 points)

    PluralEyes is said to be faster and more reliable than the syncing in FCP X. The software has also been around for some time (originally for FCS et al) so it would seem that Apple just took the idea and incorporated it ....

     

    Have a look at this thread on the COW: http://forums.creativecow.net/thread/335/22612

  • mishmumken Level 5 Level 5 (4,000 points)

    Ian R. Brown wrote:

     

    I notice the all-important video has been removed.

     

    Scroll down .... there is a video towards the middle of the thread.

  • Thomas Emmerich Level 4 Level 4 (3,470 points)

    I've had Plural Eyes for a few years. I used it with FCP 6. To be honest I haven't used it since FCP X 10.0.3 came out with multicam because it satifies my limited needs. It worked great with FCP 6 but I think in FCP X it will take more steps to sync with an external app versus using FCP X built-in sync.

     

    Since they have a Free 30 day trial, why not give it a chance.

  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,465 points)

    thanks mish for mentioning the working demo video ...

     

    maybe I miss the point, but what does Plural Eye offer, what MultiCam in FCPX doesn't?

     

    I'm actually in the making of some Project with tons of multicam clips, based upon a professional audio recording - and although the camera records the playback sound PLUS the 'live' music (=piano player mymicing to his recording), this slightly 'distorted' audio syncs perfectly with the studio sound.

     

    even 'orphanized' clips get instantly pushed to their correct position ....

     

    and MultiCam doesn't need any xml-swapping ...

     

    anyone any insights what's 'better' or 'more' with PluralEyes?

  • mishmumken Level 5 Level 5 (4,000 points)

    Karsten Schlüter wrote:

     

    anyone any insights what's 'better' or 'more' with PluralEyes?

     

    If you have no trouble using FCP X' built -in feature, all the better. But every so often I run into threads with complaints about not being able to sync stuff and more often than not Plural Eyes seems to solve the problem.

     

    I have personally used it with FCP 7 without glitches. On the other hand I still have to really take FCP X through it's paces ....

     

    If it works, of course, use the built -in feature.

  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,465 points)

    mishmumken wrote:

    ... If it works, of course, use the built -in feature.

     

    I've mindfully watched the tutorials at PE's website ... the 3 examples doesn't add any 'value' compared to FCPX' MC.- I'm actually helping a musician editing his first FCPX project ....- with tons of MC - and it works like charme. instantly! boom, done! silly simple ...- even strayed, orphanized clips (=recorded 'somewhere' while the music plays) get automatically to their correct place - awesome.-

     

    and since I learned, how to re-place an edit by another in the angle viewer, how to use Markers for synching, or how to fine adjust synchronicity frame-by-frame, me happy bunny.

     

    PE is a standalone app and does XML swapping - for FC/p perhaps great, for my usages in FCPX an unnecessary step.-

  • mishmumken Level 5 Level 5 (4,000 points)

    Karsten Schlüter wrote:

     

    .... or how to fine adjust synchronicity frame-by-frame, me happy bunny.

     

    You'll be even happier then to find out that you can adjust sync on a sub-frame level (1/80 of a frame if I remember well) .....

  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,465 points)

    mishmumken wrote:

    .... you can adjust sync on a sub-frame level (1/80 of a frame if I remember well) .....

    ..... to shift audio, yepp .... but I'm too old to catch a 1/80th of a second ...

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