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Singular Software CEO Bruce Sharpe
Singular Software CEO Bruce Sharpe
Singular Software -- the company that brings us workflow automation applications for video production -- introduced version 3.0 of its PluralEyes sync automation workflow. CEO Bruce Sharpe notes how the new version has been in development for quite some time.

"In a sense, it's been in development since we launched PluralEyes in 2009," he says. "We've learned a lot from our customers and our own use of it that we've built into 3.0.

Singular Software, located at Booth #SL2426, will also be demonstrating PluralEyes 3.0 at the Plug-In Pavilion. By synchronizing audio and video clips automatically without the need for timecode, clappers or special preparation, PluralEyes one-click 'sync video clips' and 'replace audio' enables producers to dramatically shorten the workflow for multi-camera, multi-take and dual-system audio productions.

Chief among the new features in version 3.0 is a complete conceptual redesign. "With version 3.0, the key thing that everyone using it will notice is that we've taken the user interface from the NLE," Sharpe says. "It was originally designed to be or behave like a plug-in -- to be pushed into the background as much as possible. We found that was limiting for what we wanted to do and the functionality we wanted to provide."

With version 3.0, the user can see the timeline and add clips into it, watching the sync as it's progressing. "You can see where PluralEyes is spending time to sync something that can't be synced, so you can pause and take a look," he says. "It gives you much better feedback on the process." When the sync is finished, version 3.0 also provides a Quality Assurance (QA) step. "We want to give people a real sense of confidence that people can carry on after this step," says Sharpe.


Singular Software PE3 screenshot
In addition to visible changes in the application, PluralEyes 3.0 also is between 10 and 20 times faster than the last version due to a new algorithm at work. Click on image to zoom.


In addition to the visible changes in the application, PluralEyes 3.0 also sports changes under the hood. "It's between 10 and 20 times faster than the last version because of a new algorithm at work," says Sharpe. "This really rocks and it's more accurate as well. The sync was always accurate, but some clips are noisy or tough to be synced and we're catching more of those now. By the time you get to the QA stage, there are fewer things to look at and assess."

At NAB 2012, PluralEyes 3.0 will be shown as a technology preview. According to Sharpe, the version will go into beta testing the early part of May, with the plan to release it in June.

With version 3.0, Singular Software ups the ante for producers that need an efficient workflow. Adding the QA step -- as well as boosting speed a whopping 10 to 20 times -- is a way to win hearts and minds. With the democratization of media, more people from a wide range of markets will be looking for the kind of solutions that Singular Software provides.









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