I’ve been a big fan of Red Giant, and their suite of plugins for a long time. They are one of the few companies out there that have a very diversified group of not only effects, but essential tools to help you get your jobs done as quickly and easily as possible. Their products are broken down in seven easy to navigate bundles that either enhance the look of your footage (Magic Bullet Suite), stylize your footage (Trapcode Suite) or fix/address a technical issue that you might run into in the edit suite.
In this review, we’re going to take a look at the new Red Giant Shooter Suite 13, and more specifically, the new update to PluralEyes.
Before we move on and talk about the updates to PluralEyes, let’s talk about what else you get in the Shoot Suite 13. First, there’s Offload 1.0, which is a simple & reliable backup of your footage in the field. Up next, there’s Instant 4K>that let’s you upconvert video to 4K resolution and other high-resolution formats, and finally there’s Frames, that let’s you Deinterlace your older footage and convert it to 24P. There hasn’t really been an update to these tools in a few versions, as they are super stable, and do the exact job they were mean to do. That moves us onto PluralEyes.
Now, for anyone reading this that doesn’t know, PluralEyes is a tool that will assist you in the syncing of Multi-camera footage, whether it’s from a concert, sporting event or even an interview, quickly and easily, and it takes out any guessing that there might be in the syncing process, especially if your footage doesn’t have timecode, and you’re doing things on the fly.
How the process normally works is that you would import all your camera angles into PluralEyes, press the Sync button, and PluralEyes would analyze the audio in each shot, and sync it up in a few seconds (depending on the length and number of clips). Now, depending on how your shoot went, you might have had a trigger happy camera operator, who was constantly starting and stopping the camera from rolling.
Once the sync is done, and you’re ready to head back to your NLE, you can simply export an XML for either Final Cut Pro X or Premiere Pro, and you’re back in your timeline, lightning quick. There have been some great feature enhancements to Pluraleyes with the newest update as well.
Adobe Premiere Pro Panel
Previously, we had to do all our syncing in the actual Pluraleyes application itself. Now, you can just hit the sync button right from within Premiere, in the Premiere Pro Panel and PluralEyes takes care of the rest. It functions exactly as it’s standalone counterpart, just from within Premiere!
Drag and drop media from Different camera sources, and PluralEyes will figure out what camera(s) the footage is from, and put like media on like tracks.
Automatic Drift Correction
Pluraleyes can now account for the loss of sync when dealing with very long clips. It was announced in version 3.5. New in version 4, when drift is detected, PluralEyes will automatically fix it, then give you the option to toggle between the drift-corrected sync and the original audio for comparison.
Color Coding for Unsynced Clips
An essential feature from the PluralEyes beginnings, color coded visuals show editors the progress of the sync, making it easy to make adjustments. Now, export from PluralEyes to Premiere Pro features a color coding option for clips that don’t sync properly.
Red Giant Offload Integration
Red Giant Offload performs a checksum during media transfer from your camera card to your hard drive, which will give you the peace of mind that footage was backed up with no loss.
One last thing that I want to mention, before I wrap up is that if you’re a Media Composer editor, you’re going to want to hold onto your 3.5 version of Pluraleyes, as version four has dropped support for the popular NLE.
In the end, if you do multi camera work, and you’re a Premiere Pro or FCP X editor, you NEED to get this plug-in pack. Not only will it make your syncing life super easy, but it will get that syncing done faster than it’s ever been done before!
For more information, or to download a free trial of the Shooter Suite 13, you can check it out here.