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Alex Petrovitch
What is the proper workflow to export 5.1 from FCP7?
on Mar 27, 2013 at 8:21:11 pm

Hey forum,

I have all the 5.1 files from my sound guy for a project in FCP7. Does anyone know a solid workflow for export? I know that FCP7 can't export without making it a stereo mix, I know that it has to be sent to compressor, and I also know that the settings for the sequence have to be set in a particular way in FCP7. Are all tracks supposed to be -3db? Are the L and R supposed to be 0db, while the rest are -3db? I've gotten different advice. Anyone have a successful workflow?

Thanks!
Alex

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Massimo Alberto Croce
Re: What is the proper workflow to export 5.1 from FCP7?
on Mar 27, 2013 at 9:52:48 pm

If you setting up a 5.1 monitor in audio output setting in you sequence you can monitor and export 6 discrete channel.

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Shane Ross
Re: What is the proper workflow to export 5.1 from FCP7?
on Mar 27, 2013 at 10:36:18 pm

GO into the Sequence Settings>Audio tab to do this.

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Pratul gaikwad
Re: What is the proper workflow to export 5.1 from FCP7?
on Mar 28, 2013 at 10:10:10 am

extending the 5.1 question further-

export that we do from FCP is basically a 6 track mono audio.

Is it dolby? how is it different from dolby?

I assume dolby 5.1 would be a single file(and not 6 mono tracks)


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Jean-Christophe Boulay
Re: What is the proper workflow to export 5.1 from FCP7?
on Mar 28, 2013 at 4:39:21 pm

Exporting a 5.1 mix as discrete mono files does not give a "Dolby file". That would be an AC-3 file.

If you want a "Dolby file", you must take your six-discrete-channel mix to Compressor. In Compressor, there's the "Add Surround Sound" button that you click on. You'll get a dialog to select the mono audio file from your discrete-channel mix to assign to each channel. After hitting OK on that dialog, your surround audio is entered as the job source. You slap a "Dolby Digital Professional 5.1" preset on that and the resulting file will be the .ac3 that is often referred to as a "Dolby file". Many parameters have a significant impact on the output result so making a copy of the preset for editing might well be necessary depending on input material and delivery specs.

IHTH

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