Most DSLR shooters are already aware of PluralEyes and DualEyes. But the new version of Final Cut X will also sync external audio recorders with DSLR audio files. This lesson shows you how. Frankly, I’ve never been able to get my version of PluralEyes to work successfully. As more users try this new feature in Apple, perhaps it’ll be hit or miss — but when I did a test this morning, it worked well.
Syncing external audio
I tested with a Rode NTG-2 shotgun microphone hooked up to the left channel of the Tascam DR-100, and just used my Canon 5D Mark II’s built-in mic as a reference.
After importing the files, follow these steps:
1) Select the video and audio clips to synchronize
This will create a new synchronized compound clip:
2) Drag this to the storyline and right click it, selecting “Open in Timeline”
This will reveal the compound clip:
3) Play the clip and make sure that everything is lined up properly. Next we need to replace the original.
4) In the Inspector window, click on Audio, and uncheck the original source file, while keep the new file checked:
5) Make the mono channel stereo
Since the shotgun mic recorded only in one channel (left), you will only hear the audio coming from that one channel. If you want it coming through both left and right, then select the external audio clip and open the Inspector panel (Command-4). Expand the Channel Configuration and select: “Dual Mono.”
This will put the one channel of audio into both channels.
Steps to fix a synchronized clips issue:
Re: synchronized clips default to 720 not 1080
Here is an easy work around…
FYI – I shoot video with the Canon 7D and record audio with the Zoom H4n.
- Syncronize your clips
- Select the new synced clip; then select New Compound Clip in the FILE menu
- Select the appropriate settings with the CUSTOM options
- The new compound clip is Synced in your desired settings and can be dropped into the timeline
BTW- Be sure to deselect the audio captured by the camera mic in the audio menu for best results, otherwise the synchronization process will defualt to including the audio from the camera and your external mic.