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  • Stereo Versus 5.1 Surround Sound Mix

    Nick,

    Is there any significant difference in the level of distribution between a stereo mix and a 5.1 Surround Sound Mix?

    I'm going to be doing a final mix for my feature film and wanted to know if it was worth effort to put together a 5.1 mix. I'm not much of an audiophile so it's not something that I place a great deal of value.

    If anyone else has opinions, I'd love hear them. I can create a 5.1 mix with Final Cut Pro but I doubt I would be able to take full advantage of the nuances without bringing in a sound professional.

    Thanks.

    Phil


    Best Answer:

    Originally posted by Nick Soares View Post
    Hey payperfilm

    Here are the requirements for VOD/SVOD

    For SD:
    • Audio: PCM Little Endian
    • Ch. 1 left, Ch. 2 right – Each audio channel needs to be its own track


    For HD:
    • Audio: Must have 8 channels of audio
      • 5.1 – L, R, C, LFE, Ls, Rs / PCM Little Endian / Each audio channel needs to be its own track
      • Ch. 7 stereo left, Ch. 8 stereo right / PCM Little Endian / Each audio channel needs to be its own track





    As far as licensing to territories, having 5.1 would generate a better return compared to stereo - It might be a few hundred per territory, it might be no difference, or it might be the difference between thousands of dollars

    hope this helps!

    *EDIT - It really depends on the territory

    *UPDATE - I would suggest doing 5.1 - Sorry forgot to add that in there

  • #2
    Ill text him right now for you

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    • #3
      If you can do 5.1 well, go for it. It can only help. If you can't, stereo is fine. I've never heard of a movie being passed on because it didn't have 5.1. A lot of the indie movies I watch are still in stereo. If it hits big, you can always remix.

      Disney is up to 7.1 sound. It's insane.

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      • #4
        If you can do 5.1 well, go for it. It can only help. If you can't, stereo is fine. I've never heard of a movie being passed on because it didn't have 5.1. A lot of the indie movies I watch are still in stereo. If it hits big, you can always remix.

        Disney is up to 7.1 sound. It's insane.

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        • #5
          Hey payperfilm

          Here are the requirements for VOD/SVOD

          For SD:
          • Audio: PCM Little Endian
          • Ch. 1 left, Ch. 2 right – Each audio channel needs to be its own track


          For HD:
          • Audio: Must have 8 channels of audio
            • 5.1 – L, R, C, LFE, Ls, Rs / PCM Little Endian / Each audio channel needs to be its own track
            • Ch. 7 stereo left, Ch. 8 stereo right / PCM Little Endian / Each audio channel needs to be its own track





          As far as licensing to territories, having 5.1 would generate a better return compared to stereo - It might be a few hundred per territory, it might be no difference, or it might be the difference between thousands of dollars

          hope this helps!

          *EDIT - It really depends on the territory

          *UPDATE - I would suggest doing 5.1 - Sorry forgot to add that in there
          Distribber - Keep 100% of your film's revenue

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          • #6
            Thanks, Nick!

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            • #7
              Its funny, I was on this site just now then did a google search and ended up on this thread. LOL Great info, thanks!

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