Saturday, August 14, 2010


So PluralEyes seems to work for a lot of people. It doesn't work for us. This sort of thing comes up regularly with us. We make 90-minute projects out of something on the order of 1200 takes, some of which have sync sound. Very few people actually do that with any sort of regularity.
So some things, like for instance Adobe Premiere, come well recommended because you can do some fabulous things with it. Like for instance you can cut and paste between Premiere and AfterEffects. And you sure can do that -- if you have a short or maybe a commercial. But with a feature? Not so much. Some segments simply do not come over in the AfterEffects version of the project (and relying on something that might do that can be very dangerous for your post-production path).
I do understand the companies which make this software have a problem -- where the heck are they going to get the data just to stress-test their products under actual feature conditions? They'd have to bring a 2TB drive to my studio (or to someone's studio who happens to have a feature on a drive with unsynced dual-system audio in a Final Cut Pro project.) It just ain't a-gonna happen.
Rebecca Kush as Lt. Dunn in Alien Uprising.
I have the same issue with my favorite audio editing/mixing platform Samplitude. After version 8 of the software they suddenly had terrible problems dealing with very large projects with very large numbers of edits. And of course they have no way of replicating the problem in-house because the only people doing the number of edits are... well me and (I think) three other guys. Or, at least we're the only ones who have complained.
So... meh. PluralEyes seems nice and all but after 6 hours of it analyzing data we could have synced all the takes by hand and been 5 hours into an edit. Which is what we're going to do.


Bruce Sharpe said...

You're right, it's hard to optimize software for usage for which we don't have sample data. But we would need a manageable amount, not 2TB, and are willing to give it a go. Contact us if you're interested.

Bruce Sharpe
Singular Software (PluralEyes)

Andrew Bellware said...

The problem may very well be the "managable amount". Perhaps it's only an hour's worth of takes -- between 60 and 100 takes. Still, that's hard to get a hold of otherwise.
I'm wondering if it's really worth the time though, for these kinds of projects, to not just sync manually. It takes only about 10 to 15 seconds to manually sync an audio take to a video take, and you can do it while thinking about something else. Heck, you can even do it and have a conversation! ;-)