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goliath maroof
Verify 5.1 on stereo system
on Jul 30, 2015 at 2:29:17 pm

Hello,

I'm working at a film festival where we receive a lot of mp4/H264 files with 5.1 sound.

The files will be screened in cinemas with Dolby Digital Cinema Sound Processors, but also in other locations with only stereo systems. Also the playback system will be different in each location, some will have PCs, some Laptops.

We are verifying every file before the festival so it doesn't have any drop frames, stuttering or audio errors.

The problem is : can I verify on my home system (laptop with no sound card, VLC player, stereo system ) the video files with 5.1 and then play them in the locations without something going wrong then? Or should i keep converting the 5.1 into Stereo, as we did last editions and everything worked fine.


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Richard Crowley
Re: Verify 5.1 on stereo system
on Aug 2, 2015 at 4:22:18 pm

Unless you are going to do all of your playbacks on YOUR laptop with YOUR configuration, the verb "verify" doesn't really mean anything, does it?

Did the festival warn entrants that if they submitted 5.1, it would be down-converted to stereo without their participation?

Sounds like a good reason to submit only stereo to film festivals. Where the filmmaker can control what the stereo mix-down sounds like.


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