A new App & Workflow Extension called Media Sync Tool allows the easy syncing of rushes in Final Cut Pro.
Vitalii Vashchenko has released a new app with a Workflow Extension for Final Cut Pro. Media Sync Tool (Which you can find on the Mac App Store) syncs clips by dropping them into the Workflow Extension, so you don't even need to leave FCP to get everything in sync.
Vitalii started developing the tool back in January for himself as he was tired of having to manually line up the media himself.
"But later, when the app became functional, I showed it to my colleagues and some CEOs of production companies I know. And turned out all of them were willing to get such a tool, no matter how much it could cost.
So, I decided to make the tool public. And it required me a lot of work to make the algorithm as robust as possible, to make it analyze metadata and recognize common errors that can be made on set.
I needed to develop a nice UI and, most importantly, UX to make the process as simple as humanly possible. Also, I had to write a very detailed user guide because there are enormous processes happening under the hood.
It took six long months. And now it's there. I believe this is the best sync tool in the world. And if the audience will like it, I want to make it even cooler. There is still a lot that can be done."
Media Sync Tool has a free trial for seven days, after that it reverts to a subscription based model at £18 per month.
The tool won't sync using audio waveforms so you will need timecode on all the media, which might be a bit tricky when it comes to audio. However, if you are using a recorder that exports iXML, then it will probably be able to be jam-synced to the cameras or external timecode box.
Vitalii also says that it works with transcoded or proxy media - maybe it could help some of the awkward relinking issues FCP has.
A great new tool that should certainly save time, Vitalii is very open to suggestions on improvements and new feature requests, so please let him know your thoughts in the comments below.