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Justin Crowell
8-channel audio with stereo mixdown included
on Jun 27, 2017 at 12:29:54 am

Hi all,
My client is asking for the following track breakdown on a prores file:

CH1 Full Mix Stereo L
CH2 Full Mix Stereo R
CH3 VO & Dialog (Discrete Audio)
CH4 NAT SOUND
CH5 Stereo EFX L
CH6 Stereo EFX R
CH7 Stereo Music L
CH8 Stereo Music R

I have 2 channels of VO and 2 channels of NAT sound that both need to be mixed to mono. If my output were stereo, I would just pan them center. In this circumstance, however, I need both VO channels panned left, and both NAT channels panned right, to get them to 3 and 4 (correct?). BUT--if I do VO -> 1,2 + 3,4, panning them left will mess up my stereo 1,2 channels.

Is my only recourse to work with everything panned center, export a stereo mixdown, and reimport it and place it back into my sequence? And then I'd have to make reroute everything so that nothing goes to 1,2 except for my mixed-down audio?

Thanks!
-Justin

Editor, Motion Graphics Designer, Director
JustinCrowell.com


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Trevor Asquerthian
Re: 8-channel audio with stereo mixdown included
on Jun 27, 2017 at 8:25:34 pm

Create a multichannel sequence with relevant sub mixes e.g. Mono VO/Dx Mono Nats Stereo FX Stereo Music

Route time line tracks direct to relevant sub mix

Route submix outputs (e.g. DX to A3, nats to A4)

When exporting make it a multichannel output.

Once your sequence is working the way you want it you can use it as a template. Advantage is you can have compressor on DX etc.

I do this all the time with A1&2=mix and 3 x stereo splits for DX/FX/MX stems. Easier than Avid (which has no submixes but does have a multichannel mixdown option).



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Justin Crowell
Re: 8-channel audio with stereo mixdown included
on Jun 28, 2017 at 7:30:55 pm

Wow, didn't even think of using submixes for that! I'm more used to the ProTools world for routing stuff like this, but Premiere's routing has always confused me.

What I did was create submixes for VO/Dx and NATS, which are routed/panned to the proper outputs. Then I made my mono VO and NAT tracks, routed them to 1/2 with no pan, but also used sends to route them to the submixes. For the Stereo things (music and FX), I just made those standard tracks, using their Output Assignments to both go to 1/2 and 5/6 or 7/8, where appropriate.

Thanks for the help! Much appreciated!

Editor, Motion Graphics Designer, Director
JustinCrowell.com


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