Sorry for signing up and start asking right away :-) I'm a hobby film maker shooting mini documentaries as volunteer at a museum with vintage aircraft. I just bought my first audio recorder (Zoom H1) to record better audio. After a day of shooting, I come home with a heap of audio and video files without any relation in naming or so.
I'm looking for a workflow solution to match the audio and video clips. Not sync them but finding out which bla.wav belongs to which foo.mp4. I don't want to use a slate because I don't want to bother the people I record with too much equipment and I don't have an assistent.
I was thinking to sync the time settings of my camera and audio recorder and use a bulk renaming program in post to rename all files so they incorporate date and time in the filename. Or is there a better way?
Disclaimer: I am not a recording professional, I just do it for fun and as a hobby - and for my church.
Everything I have read says that the slate is best because it gives you good visual indicators to sync the audio and video of a particular shoot. Part of using a slate or any alternative clapper is audibly stating what the shoot information is at the beginning of the recording: "Sunday skit. Take 1." or such.
In your case, just do a quick audible ID of the shoot.
Yes, you would have to preview each recording of each take, but it would give you definitive identification.
I know of no automated system. Maybe one of the pros has a better solution. Maybe cheap, too! :)