Exporting as Media Files

Exporting as media files lets you export synced audio or video files that can be used in any editing application. This feature is especially useful if you use an editor that PluralEyes 4 does not directly support, such as Grass Valley EDIUS 7 and earlier, Final Cut Express, iMovie, Platinum Studio and Pinnacle Studio. These editors cannot import the XML files that are exported by PluralEyes. The Audio Files and Video Files options export content that is synced with the video content. It is available for most common video formats except for MXF and R3D. Note that when exporting MP3 audio, it will be exported as .WAV To access this feature, click the Export Timeline tab, then choose either Audio Files or Video Files in the drop-down panel with the Export Format selector.

How exporting media files works

Exporting files matches one camera track with one external audio track to generate new media files. However, this feature has some limitations.

  • Must have 1-to-1 match of audio and camera. When using this feature, the PluralEyes timeline must have a 1-to-1 match of one audio track to only one camera clip. You can have overlapping camera footage, but there can only be one “good” audio-only track. If you have overlapping audio from multiple tracks, PluralEyes 4 will not be able to determine which audio track you want to replace the camera audio.
  • Can’t sync from different cameras. Another limitation is that you can’t sync clips from one camera with clips from other cameras. This is because Export Media Files can’t handle overlapping files in the timeline. If you have footage from multiple cameras, you will need to use one of the Export Timeline output formats — which means you need to work with an editing application that is directly supported by PluralEyes: Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X or Vegas Pro.
  • Does not work for MXF or R3D video files. MXF and R3D media will need to be transcoded to a supported format such as MOV if you'd like to create new video clips with the good audio attached.

Exporting audio and video files

Here are the steps:

  1. (Optional) Save your project with a meaningful name. This will make it easier to locate and manage your exported files later.
  2. Click the Export Timeline button in the toolbar, OR choose File> Export....
  3. Choose Audio Files or Video files from the Export Format drop-down menu. You can choose to export a video file with audio, or an audio-only file. Then click Export.
  4. From the top pull-down menu, select Window > Show Export History... to reveal your most recent exports and double click on the one you wish to locate in the finder: Export History
  5. Import the files into the NLE of your choice.

If you want both new audio and video files exported you will have to export twice. Saving both exports will give you (1) a video file with the “good” audio replacing the “bad,” and (2) an audio-only file of “good” audio that is synced and trimmed to the length of the video.  

OPTION: Copy of video files

This option exports video files with “good” audio. The "bad" audio from the original camera file is replaced with the "good" audio from an external audio device. The original video content is left intact, and the audio content in video clips is replaced without any loss in video quality. This option is useful if you don’t need the “bad” audio content that was recorded in your original video clips. You can archive your original video and audio files, and continue post-production work with only the new video files. Things to know about this option:

  • The number of clips that are created is equal to the number of original video clips, assuming that all video clips synced with at least one audio clip.
  • If there are two or more audio-only tracks in your PluralEyes project, only the uppermost audio clip that overlaps with a video clip is included.
  • If you have multiple video tracks, the audio is replaced in all video clips from all tracks.
  • No clip is created for a video clip that failed to synchronize with at least one audio clip.
  • This option greatly increases the export time. Large projects may take several hours to export.