Magpie Pro is a small, but powerful piece of software that enables you to obtain professional lip-sync and perfect timing between the video you want to render and the audio you prefer for your rendering projects.
The setup is quick, forthright and does not require any special attention from your part. The program comes with a rugged and outdated GUI, but that is also clean, user-friendly and well-structured. While in the upper section you can preview the frames that are included in the animation, in the lower region you can add, edit and emphasize the desired effects of sadness, anger, disgust or surprise, for example.
You should know that the application works with just a few video and audio formats, including AVI, WAV, MOV, MP3 and AIFF. The characters or the Actors can, on the other hand, be modeled out of various imported images (PSD, XPM, PNG, GIF, JPEG, etc.). On a side note, for 3D actors, the app works with OBJ, 3DS and LWO file formats.
The idea behind the application is to provide you with a versatile environment where you can synchronize the audio and video for the animation packages you want to employ in larger projects. As you probably hinted, you can use 2D and 3D actors for this purpose, especially since these elements can be configured to adopt the desired poses for your character.
The utility includes several animation controls that you can access from the Actor's panel. While for a 2D actor you can browse between simple images, for its 3D counterpart you can tweak the poses even further via the dedicated sliders. On a side note, the image thumbnails are only required for 2D actors.
In the eventuality that you are working on various rendering projects that entail synchronizing the audio and video perfectly so that they can be included in animation packages seamlessly, then perhaps Magpie Pro could lend you a hand.