updated 08:30 pm EDT, Tue September 28, 2010
Version 1.2 also offers new audio options
Singluar Software's PluralEyes, a software companion to Final Cut Pro that allows for synchronizing multiple sources of audio to FCP video sequences without timecodes or clappers, has been updated to v1.2 which the company describes as "a major update," and brings new merged clips management and support for locked tracks, along with support for audio from DSLR video-shooting cameras.
An example of where PluralEyes stands out in the video field would be a situation where various video cameras are recording an event, but none have been synchronized to each other. The software takes multiple tracks placed in a single sequence in Final Cut Pro, analyzes and synchronizes them externally in its own program, the returns two sequences back to FCP; one "master" with the synced audio, and one multitrack sequence for additional editing. Music videos, live events and other such multi-camera shoots can have their audio tied seamlessly together in preparation for editing in FCP.
New in v1.2 is a feature that automates creation of merged master clips, a single output sequence option, a "Replace Audio" command to automate replacement of existing audio, better multiclip and subclip handling, a new integrated help system and support for locked tracks, making it easier to update a previously-synced sequence. It also now improves the management of temp files and large projects.
The software, which is also available for Sony Vegas Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 on the Windows platform, has won rave reviews for its ability to sync audio without special preparation. The software sells for $149, with special discounts for academic users, and a 30-day free trial is available. Registered users of v1.1 can download the update at no charge from their downloads page.
PluralEyes 1.2 for Final Cut Pro requires 10.4.11 or later and Final Cut Pro 5.1.4 or later (Final Cut Express is not supported).