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Combining video and audio streams

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Video: Combining video and audio streams

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.

Combining video and audio streams

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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Up and Running with DSLR Filmmaking

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  1. 2m 10s
    1. Welcome
      1m 25s
    2. About the camera used in this course
      45s
  2. 11m 35s
    1. Understanding photography
      44s
    2. Understanding aperture
      1m 51s
    3. Trade-offs with aperture adjustment
      2m 32s
    4. Understanding shutter speed
      1m 26s
    5. Trade-offs with shutter adjustment
      2m 41s
    6. Understanding ISO
      44s
    7. Trade-offs with ISO adjustment
      1m 37s
  3. 6m 37s
    1. Understanding sensor size
      1m 19s
    2. Protecting highlights and native ISO
      1m 24s
    3. Getting a custom white balance
      2m 27s
    4. Focusing for video
      1m 27s
  4. 9m 24s
    1. Using lenses
      1m 51s
    2. Understanding wide lenses
      2m 39s
    3. Understanding long lenses
      2m 32s
    4. Getting shallow depth of field
      2m 22s
  5. 12m 34s
    1. Using graphs to gauge exposure
      2m 1s
    2. Recording audio
      2m 42s
    3. Using a clapperboard
      1m 13s
    4. Shooting a "flat" image
      51s
    5. Using custom color profiles
      54s
    6. Shooting slow motion
      1m 19s
    7. Getting a beautiful shot
      3m 34s
  6. 13m 33s
    1. Why use Premiere Pro for editing?
      1m 21s
    2. Transcoding video
      2m 29s
    3. Combining video and audio streams
      2m 7s
    4. Cleaning up noise and adding grain
      3m 26s
    5. Color correcting footage
      4m 10s
  7. 6m 1s
    1. About DSLR pitfalls
      30s
    2. Avoiding rolling shutter
      51s
    3. Avoiding moiré
      1m 6s
    4. About limited latitude
      1m 56s
    5. About extreme compression
      1m 38s
  8. 7m 27s
    1. Why you need a monitor
      58s
    2. Using a viewfinder
      52s
    3. Stabilizing your camera
      1m 43s
    4. Moving your camera
      35s
    5. Using a follow focus
      37s
    6. Using a matte box
      1m 8s
    7. Using neutral density filters
      1m 34s
  9. 1m 17s
    1. The future of DSLR video
      54s
    2. Final thoughts
      23s

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