Are you recording your video with a separate sound recorder and you can’t seem to perfectly get them to be in sync every time?
Let me help you solve that problem with this simple trick that I use when recording my videos. Today I’ll show you how to sync with a clap.

This is really simple and it’s based on the clapper that’s used on film sets. The idea is that the film doesn’t record sounds so the editor matches the point where she sees the clapper hit with the point where the clap is on the audio track.

1. Start all your recording devices, then clap once.

You start all recording devices, cameras and audio recording, then someone claps once. After that, film your scene.

2. Editing – it’s where the magic happens.

For this tutorial, I’ll be using ScreenFlow.

Take your audio and your video clips and drag them into the timeline. Now, you will see how the audio and video clips show the sound waves in the timeline. Match the recorder audio with your video audio by dragging the sound waves to be in line with each other.

This is the same thing that you’ll do in iMovie or Final Cut or any other editing software. But if you’re using Final Cut, some of this can be automatic.

3. Mute the ‘bad’ audio.

Go up to ‘Audio’ and turn the volume all the way down on the bad audio (which is the audio that’s in your video clip), and check that you’re crisp audio is synced up with your video.

If you have a lot of clips to sync, you need to get PluralEyes, the best software ever. You just dump in all of your footage and in a few seconds it syncs up everything. And even when I’m planning to use PluralEyes, I still clap because it’s just so darn easy to sync up.

Well, I hope that your next video won’t be out of sync anymore. Thanks for checking this blog tutorial out!