Plural Eyes and Dual Eyes = Great Audio for Your Video
By now, many of us have either seen or heard about the incredible footage that was shot for the 2010 season finale of House. It was completely done using Canon 5D Mach II DSLR’s, which took advantage of the cameras small size and ability to film in low light to provide some dramatic and uncharacteristicly gritty footage for this episode.
Yes, we have all seen some incredible footage taken with the Canon 5D and 7D, as well as several Nikon DSLR’s and iphone, flipphone- even Droids.
The one thing that all of these systems lack are high end capabilities for bringing in good sound. Not a problem if you have 23 people on staff and a huge budget, but let’s say that all you can spring for is an external digital recorder, like a Zoom or Tascam or M-Audio. Without time-code, transferring your audio can be a bear. Even with timecode, it can be an expensive and time consuming process.
Enter the folks at Singular Software. With an honest to goodness set of solutions for $149 or less. You can even download fully functioning products that work for a full 30 days from their site. Designed to work with most of the popular video editing software out there, including Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, Vegas and others. Plural Eyes is their multi camera software, priced at $149. Dual Eyes is expected out in Beta any day now and represents a single camera/ single external audio source solution. It takes no brains, no skill and very little time to get yourself a fully synced project.
It’s all pretty much automatic. You have a track of video with the existing crummy in-camera audio that you captured. Plural Eyes/ Dual Eyes will go in and swap out the crummy audio for the better audio you captured externally, by matching the sound prints. This seems like an incredible solution to what has up until now been a major problem.
You can sign up on their website to be notified when Dual Eyes Beta will be available. I love it when a product answers a huge need and works this well. The icing on the cake is that it is priced for even the amateur. Their site has video demonstrations and tutorials. Well done Singular Software! www.Singularsoftware.com