Woowave DreamSync vs PluralEyes (Audio Video Sync Explained)
One of the questions I often get is “Hey Jon, what’s the difference between DreamSync vs PluralEyes? Which one should I use?”
To answer this, I think it’s best to understand the history of A/V sync, and why there’s a huge demand for BOTH of these audio video synchronizing software solutions.
Pain-Points from a Professional Video Editor
Coming from a decade long post-production background, I personally know the struggles that we go through as editors.
Changes in the Video Editing Industry
Back in 2009, I discovered a new piece of software that was built to help fix this very problem.
The application was called PluralEyes, and it completely revolutionized the difficult task of putting together footage from DSLR cameras and a separate audio device.
However, like any progressive industry, things started to shift in the realm of post-production:
• Editing suites started getting smarter and claiming these capabilities built in right out of the box
• Software started getting significantly cheaper
• More and more first-time video editors started creating content using free and professional-grade editing tools.
These changes have allowed a LOT of novice and aspiring filmmakers to take on the realm of video production… but it’s also re-created an old problem…
New video editors are learning interfaces with great internal tools. BUT these tools can sometimes be problematic or difficult to sync audio/video.
Example of Audio Video Synchronization FAIL in Adobe Premiere Pro
PluralEyes for New Editors?
When comparing DreamSync vs PluralEyes, PluralEyes continues to do what it does best; use XML exporting for most of the professional editing programs out there.
And if you’re an experienced video editor, that sentence above makes perfect sense to you.
But if you’re a “just getting started” kind of video editor, the term “XML” probably means just about as much to you as “hashtag” mean to your grandparents. It just, doesn’t compute.
Up until recently PluralEyes was the ONLY effective stand-alone solution for audio/video synchronization.
Which meant that if you were using iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, Sony Vegas, or any other editing software, you wouldn’t be able to automatically synchronize you audio/video clips together when shooting with separate devices.
We created and designed DreamSync with “simple” in mind:
• Simple for the aspiring film student
• Simple for the “self-proclaimed movie-making” dad
• Simple for the professional video editor tired of all other options failing at audio/video sync and taking 9 steps when it should only take 3
Our biggest goal is to give users a universal solution to audio/video sync, without having to completely learn a new interface.
DreamSync is simplifying “A/V sync” to make it sexy for the first time, instead of a pain in the ass or a foreign language for new video creators.