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Upgrading PluralEyes 2 to version 3. Worth it?

 
PluralEyes Upgrade

When shoot­ing with a DSLR cam­era, and record­ing dual-system sound, Red Giant’s Plu­ralEyes has been a god­send. Period. We couldn’t even con­sider work­ing with­out this awe­some plu­gin. Ver­sion 3 has been out for a while. Will upgrad­ing to Plu­ralEyes 3 make us more effi­cient? Or should we just stick with our trusted friend a bit longer? Let’s go over the dif­fer­ences between the two ver­sions and decide.

Plu­ralEyes upgrade features:

  • Faster Audio/Video Sync  - Ver­sion 3 is up to 20x faster than Plural Eyes 2.
  • New User Inter­face and Time­line - Watch the sync occur in real time and iden­tify prob­lems right away.
  • Qual­ity con­trol - New Two-Up View and Snap to Sync, along with a visual time­line for test­ing and adjust­ing your audio.
  • New Plu­ralEyes stand-alone app - Red Giant’s inte­gra­tion of a stand­alone Plu­ralEyes appli­ca­tion takes audio/video sync­ing out of the non-linear edit­ing software.
  • All Hosts and OS’s for One Price - Pre­vi­ously, you pur­chased Plu­ralEyes by host app. When you pur­chase Plu­ralEyes 3, you get it for ALL host appli­ca­tions sup­ported by PE3 – not just one.

How much?

Red Giant is on our “white” list of com­pa­nies pro­vid­ing decent cus­tomer ser­vice, good tech­ni­cal sup­port, and very good edu­ca­tional con­tent for their prod­ucts. Their prices, and upgrade/update poli­cies are also fair:

• If you never owned Plu­ralEyes or DualEyes you pay $199.

• If you are a stu­dent, fac­ulty, non-profit orga­ni­za­tion or reli­gious insti­tu­tion you can get most appli­ca­tions 50% off. The Aca­d­e­mic ver­sion of Plu­ralEyes goes for $99.

• If you own any ver­sion of Plu­ralEyes 2 or DualEyes, upgrad­ing will cost you $79. Keep in mind that you will need your orig­i­nal Sin­gu­lar Soft­ware license key to upgrade.

• If you already own Plu­ralEyes 3.0 or 3.1 you get ver­sion 3.2 as a free update.
 
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Con­clu­sion:

Is the Plu­ralEyes upgrade to ver­sion 3 worth $79? For us, no.
Plu­ralEyes ver­sion 2 works really well with our Adobe Pre­miere Pro CS6 work­flow, and is quite fast already. How­ever, upgrad­ing really depends on your spe­cific sit­u­a­tion, and the work­flow you are com­fort­able with. If you are using Final Cut X or Pre­miere Pro CC, both have built-in audio sync fea­tures, but we have heard many com­plains about reli­a­bil­ity. If you are still sync­ing audio man­u­ally, most of the time the soft­ware can do it faster and more effi­ciently. The stand­alone app sup­ports a broad range of film­mak­ing work­flows. The Plu­ralEyes plu­gin allows com­pat­i­bil­ity with non-linear edit­ing tools such as Sony Vegas 10–12, Avid Media Com­poser 5.5–6.5, and Adobe Pre­miere Pro CS5-CS6. For the full list of cam­eras, file for­mats and codecs sup­ported, check out more info HERE.

Below is a tuto­r­ial on the Plu­ralEyes work­flow. It shows the stand alone appli­ca­tion for MAC, but it is very sim­i­lar to the Win­dows work­flow. Got more ques­tions? Here’s the FAQ. Ner­vous about mak­ing the leap to video? Book a pri­vate con­sult­ing ses­sion today.