Clapperboards, clumsy hand claps, footage with screwed-up timecode and so on… wouldn’t it be nice to sync video directly without a clapboard, dropping timecode right into the timeline?

Deepvisual sends this quick video showing off this clever technique. (Here, it’s Final Cut Pro 7, but FCP X and other video editors will work, too – no problem.)

The key ingredient is an iPad app with magical clocking capabilities (worth checking this developer’s whole range, in fact):
Clockit Timecode App [English/Deutsch]

Applause may be the appropriate clapping at this point.

Anyone tried this or other techniques? Let us know in comments.

  • Colin Evoy Sebestyen

    You can use pluraleyes and not have to match up manually at all – it analyzes audio and automatically offsets footage. It has worked great for the music videos I’ve been on. http://www.redgiant.com/products/all/pluraleyes/