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Rick Anvican
6 channel WAV to PCM 5.1 16bit on DVD-Video?
on Apr 25, 2014 at 8:58:49 am

Hi all,
I'm making a DVD-Video disc which specifically must have a PCM audio track using 6 channels at
16-bit with no video (i.e. black screen) from a 6-channel WAV, has anyone been
able to compile a DVD with such PCM track? I have tried DVD-authoring
software like DVD-lab and Sony's DVD Architect Pro but they don't seem to support
PCM 5.1. Thanks in advance.


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Andreas Gumm
Re: 6 channel WAV to PCM 5.1 16bit on DVD-Video?
on Apr 25, 2014 at 9:45:21 am

I wouldn't go with 5.1 PCM audio on DVD. That's due to a huge consumption of space.
Use DTS, that is well supported & is acoustically lossless.

Andreas Gumm
selfemployed media author


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Rick Anvican
Re: 6 channel WAV to PCM 5.1 16bit on DVD-Video?
on Apr 25, 2014 at 12:12:24 pm

Hi Andreas,

DTS would have been my choice too but my client's hardware does
not support DTS bitstream output, space is not an issue but
compatibility matters, I know PCM on DVD-Video is possible up
to 6 channels @ 6144 kbps, but apparently this spec is hardly
supported whereas PCM 2 channel is more common.

Thanks.


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Andreas Gumm
Re: 6 channel WAV to PCM 5.1 16bit on DVD-Video?
on Apr 25, 2014 at 12:16:42 pm

If really needed you can author 6ch PCM audio in Scenarist SD!

Andreas Gumm
selfemployed media author


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Rick Anvican
Re: 6 channel WAV to PCM 5.1 16bit on DVD-Video?
on Apr 25, 2014 at 1:06:09 pm

Thanks for the tip, Andreas, I'll have a go at it.


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eric pautsch
Re: 6 channel WAV to PCM 5.1 16bit on DVD-Video?
on Apr 25, 2014 at 4:36:04 pm

Scenarist isn't sold anymore. Besides, the learning curve is so huge you'd be spinning your wheels


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Andreas Gumm
Re: 6 channel WAV to PCM 5.1 16bit on DVD-Video?
on Apr 25, 2014 at 4:42:35 pm

Scenarist SD accepts 6 channel PCM audio at 24bit.
Don't find my spec books, but look at the wikipedia article:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVD-VIDEO#Audio_data

Not sure what players do, but I would expect playback issues on some players.

Cheers

Andreas Gumm
selfemployed media author


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eric pautsch
Re: 6 channel WAV to PCM 5.1 16bit on DVD-Video?
on Apr 25, 2014 at 4:48:45 pm

Yeah. I'd be surprised if even scenarist accepted a file like that. I've never seen a 6 ch PCM title ever



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Andreas Gumm
Re: 6 channel WAV to PCM 5.1 16bit on DVD-Video?
on Apr 25, 2014 at 6:08:33 pm

Same by me, I never saw such! ;)
It seems that will be the first one.

Cheers

Andreas Gumm
selfemployed media author


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Bill Stephan
Re: 6 channel WAV to PCM 5.1 16bit on DVD-Video?
on Apr 28, 2014 at 10:21:15 pm

I don't know where the concept of Scenarist accepting a 6-channel PCM file originated, but Scenarist SD accepts 2-channels of PCM up to 96KHz and 24-bit. This is directly from Scenarist help file.

Also the SD-2000 encoder will only encode up to 2-channels of PCM, even if you have the 8-channel hardware interface box.

Bill Stephan
Senior Editor/DVD Author
USA Studios
New York City


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Andreas Gumm
Re: 6 channel WAV to PCM 5.1 16bit on DVD-Video?
on Apr 28, 2014 at 10:30:36 pm

I agree 6 ch PCM on a DVD is a very uncommon case, but since it is part of the official DVD specification I simply tested it out. import works, 6 ch are recognized.

Thanks for the intention to look into the helpfile! ;)
I simply found that note from SONIC:
"Although the DVD Specification supports up to 8 channels of PCM audio, currently, there are no DVD players that support multi-channel PCM."
That makes things very clear.

Andreas

Andreas Gumm
selfemployed media author


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