hi, recently purchased an H4n to go along with my t2i to record sound. will use it for many different types of work, but would really like to use it for run n and gun/one man band journalism stuff i do. what's the best way to sync? i obviously won't be able to clap before each take. would love any advice. thanks!
A lot of people are having success syncing audio with video using Singluar's Plural Eyes and Dual Eyes software. There are different version of Plural Eyes available for Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, and Sony Vegas Pro. Plural Eyes works as a quasi-plug-in for those editing applications, while Dual Eyes is a standalone application that can be used with any Windows-based NLE program.
Syncing can also be done by hand. I was just doing this manually last night with Final Cut Pro. Basically you import the separate audio files into the project you're working on. You drop the audio files onto their own audio tracks in FCP, and try to approximate where they're supposed to be in the timeline. Then I mute all of the audio tracks except for the original camera audio. I listen to a couple of seconds, and use a specific word as a marker point. With the playhead hovering over that word, I mute the original camera audio track and unmute the audio from the portable digital recorder. Then I move those audio tracks around until the word that I had zeroed in on in the original camera audio is lined up directly in the same place. Often I have to zoom in on the timeline to really have the tracks lined up perfectly. When the new audio tracks are lined up directly with the camera audio, it's in sync.
It's a lot of work, but it's worth the extra effort. The audio from my portable digital recorder is always much better than the camera audio. Obviously, having the right Singular software for your post production workflow will save you a lot of trouble.
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