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Nov 11, 2010 12:00 PM, By Franklin McMahon


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Singular Software PluralEyes takes the footage from many separate HD cameras and syncs them all in seconds on your Apple Final Cut Pro timeline.

Singular Software PluralEyes takes the footage from many separate HD cameras and syncs them all in seconds on your Apple Final Cut Pro timeline.

Singular Software PluralEyes

PluralEyes from Singular Software does something, well, almost magical. We've all done productions with multiple cameras and various audio tracks. In the old days, we could sync cameras up though a large main hardware unit or laboriously track everything through timecode. But these days, with HD camcorders relatively inexpensive, it's easy to have a shoot with three to five cameras running at once, all different angles, different audio and starting/stopping. PluralEyes takes all this footage and automagically syncs it up via a plug-in that works in Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, or Sony Vegas Pro.

No longer will you have to manually eyeball the shots or try to lock to a clapboard, flash, or audio cues. Just load all your clips into your timeline, run the plug-in, and PluralEyes snaps everything in sync, so you can proceed to choose what angle and what audio you want in your multicam shoot. The software does a complex analysis of audio and video and works great. In fact, it could literally shave hours and days off a production schedule because it does in seconds what could take hours to figure out manually. I especially like the price point—which, at $149, is inexpensive compared to the time it can save.

Boinx Software FotoMagico 3 makes creating complex professional slideshows in a number of formats very easy.

Boinx Software FotoMagico 3 makes creating complex professional slideshows in a number of formats very easy.

Boinx Software FotoMagico Pro

FotoMagico Pro from Boinx Software has one main mission: produce stunning slideshows. While it works as a standalone program, the real power kicks in when you use the plug-in version inside Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, Motion, or After Effects. With DSLRs becoming more commonplace in video studios (for stills and video) and photography on set an integral part of the proceedings, you may find yourself working with images more and more. FotoMagico allows you to take your digital storytelling to the next level with a feature-packed plug-in that lets you create anything you can imagine. Features include drag and drop, multiple audio tracks, audio ducking, watermarks, color adjustment, and chapters.

The newly released 3.6 update offers many new powerful features including support for movies in slideshows, narration recording, an instant slideshow assistant, export to iPad, and a new feature called FotoMagico Remote, which can use your iPhone via an app to remotely control a presentation slideshow. The program and the plug-in are very easy to use and offer lots of automated and manual control over any type of pro-level slideshow you can dream up.

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