Locking Sound to Picture? What's your method?

Which file format do you use to score to picture?

  • QuickTime

    Votes: 32 80.0%
  • AVI

    Votes: 1 2.5%
  • Video Capture

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • VHS

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Other

    Votes: 7 17.5%

  • Total voters


Interesting read, and extensive! 7 pages worth of comments in this thread. Everyone seems to have different workflows suited to their particular setups and types of work.

For me, all of my productions I've worked on have been smaller and all audio flows through me and I hand back final masters for the client to marry to their master video.

Clients will share dropbox folders, upload cuts for me to work on. I import into Sonar, or use Adobe Media Encoder (part of Creative Cloud) to convert into a workable format. Up until recently (X3, and now platinum) I would have to use WMV as the format to import video into Sonar. My system could handle a 720 or 1080p @24fps video when the project is 2-4 minutes. Near zero delay to buffer even while scrubbing for a typical 60 or 30 second commercial spot. But for larger / longer timeline projects (last short film I worked on was a 17 minute project I handled all audio post on so I kept it 1 single session) I transcoded down to 320x240 just to have a thumbnail to reference roughly what was happening. I also went into Sonar and increased the buffer cache size for video thumbnails (I turn thumbnails off) and for some reason this improved playback performance on the longer video projects.

I would recommend staying away from H264/H265 compressed videos if you can, the temporal compression takes longer to build frames for playback and the further into the timeline you get the longer it takes to buffer (at least in Sonar). Thankfully all my work with quicktime MOV and WMV tends to be for commercials and short infomercial/documentaries/online media.

Quicktime I suspect would be the best especially if you can use the Pro-Res codec (handles frame indexing better, and you don't have to deal with temporal compression creating a large buffer).


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Folks, I'd like to chime in again to let you know that we just released a new version of the aforementioned Video Slave software.

Video Slave 3 now includes professional audio capabilities in that it lets you create audio output busses from Mono to 5.1 with automatic up- and downmixing as well as many other new features!

You should definitely have a look at www.video-slave.com
Hello there..

I'd just downloaded the demo version of Video Slave 3 and imported a video.mp4 with frame rate 25 into Videoslave 3 on my Video machine. My Video machine is synced with Cubase on my Master Computer via (Network MIDI) ethernet and while triggering MTC, and when I pause in cubase 9, the time display in Cubase shows - 01:00:01:089 where as the time display in Video slave is 01:00:01:02, could you please tell me how I can get identical time display on both Cubase and Video Slave 3?

Also wondering if there is an option to buy the software instead of using the subscription model?

Thank you

Edit-Issue resolved after changing the settings to TC on Cubase.
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For those of you using the streamers function of VS3, how does it compare with other streamer solutions you have encountered?