Today, Red Giant announced PluralEyes 3.5, an update to its Shooter Suite’s automated audio/video sync tool. Plural Eyes has become one of the editing industry’s most popular tools. It really gained popularity with the rise of DSLR film making. PluralEyes literally saves hours of audio/video syncing work all by the touch of a button. It quickly became an essential part of workflows to many filmmakers and editors.
PluralEyes 3.5 has now been updated to include new features such as support for more media types including AVCHD cameras. In addition, PluralEyes’ Replace Audio feature now supports many more media types than before, bringing this popular feature to a much larger group of users. The update also includes further improvements to the sync algorithms, making PluralEyes faster and more accurate.
PluralEyes 3.5 now features the unique ability to correct sync drift where the audio and video begin to lose sync over time on longer clips. This lets it achieve frame-accurate syncs even for audio recorders that don’t have that level of accuracy themselves. This could save several hours of frustration. Manually syncing drifting audio can be very time consuming.
PluralEyes 3.5 features integration with BulletProof, Red Giant’s footage backup and preparation tool. When you are ready to begin syncing your files, BulletProof sends the imported footage over to PluralEyes in an organized way, allowing you to sync your footage immediately.
These new features will benefit many current users of PluralEyes, and it may even entice new users. However, with the release newer technology, are there many users still using this workflow? FCPX introduced us to auto audio sync within the application itself – however, it doesn’t seem as powerful as PluralEyes’ capabilites. In addition, Magic Lantern and other add on devices have allowed you to record higher and better quality sound directly to the DSLR.
PluralEyes 3.5 will benefit many users, and continue to save time and money in postproduction for many editors. This new update looks towards improving that experience for current users, but it may not be as exciting for those filmmakers that have found alternatives.
Pricing & Availability:
PluralEyes 3.5 beta will be available soon, with a release in Q2 for $199. Existing users of PluralEyes qualify for a $79 upgrade. Customers who buy PluralEyes from today (March 31, 2014) forward are eligible for a free PluralEyes 3.5 upgrade when it ships.
Learn more at http://www.redgiant.com/products/all/pluraleyes/