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Join Chad Perkins, an author and videographer, as he introduces the essential concepts and techniques necessary for shooting video with a DSLR camera. Targeted at beginning videographers and anyone interested in shooting better video, this course covers cinematography basics, DSLR pitfalls, important gear, and postproduction workflow. Along the way, discover how to choose lenses, record audio, and make shots more professional.
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Chad Perkins: As Brian mentioned earlier in this training series, the best possible way to get good quality audio is to record through a separate audio stream, and because of that, those video and audio streams have to be re- synced together in post, which if you have ever done that before, it's just a nightmare. It's so tedious and it takes so long, and it's almost impossible to get exactly right. Well, there is this great tool called PluralEyes from Red Giant software and this is just an amazing product.
Here's how this works. In PluralEyes, I can select Camera and then I import all of my video footage. Now this video footage needs to have kind of like a scratch audio track, just basically using the camera's really terrible microphone built-in is totally fine. Once we have imported our video, we click on the Audio Recorder and bring in the high-quality audio, which we can do by clicking this little plus icon by the way. So now I have in here a load of video and a load of audio and how they match up, I don't know, we were not doing a very good job of slating, or in another words using a clapper board, and it was just totally a mess.
But it doesn't matter when you are using PluralEyes. All you have to do is import all the video and all the audio, you don't even have to connect the two together and all you have to do is just click the Synchronize button and like magic, PluralEyes will find out which video clips correspond to which parts of the audio files. And it will make all new video files for you. You could also import timelines from Premiere or other video editors and you could also export the timeline with the new audio and video files.
Now some video editing programs, like Final Cut Pro 10, have this similar functionality at least built-in. But really, this is the best way to do it and this is kind of like the industry standard when you are synching video and audio streams with DSLR footage.
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