I heard that DTS-HDMA will be supported...I like that, but unless an encoder is included with media encoder,
I'm sure I'll have to shell out big bugs for surround encoding.
Does Encore CS 6 support pcm uncompressed surround sound now, as an alternative?
From everything I have read so far, I wager the answer is "no", which considering it is the only mandatory lossless surround format in Blu-Ray is really quite incomprehensible to me.
As far as encoders go, it is not that expensive.
You can get the DTS-HD MAS system (including the streamplayer) from DTS for under $1500 - consider the Dolby True HD alternative at almost $10,000 for the full kit including tools.
The DTS-HD MAS suite is awesome, includes user set downmixing & also core audio (which is the mandatory component of the DTS-HD stream in the same way the buried/hidden AC3 stream is the mandatory component of Dolby True HD)
Still, I look at this as a large step in the right direction, myself.
that is a good price.
I like the price of Minnetonka DTS-HD encoder even better though
$ 249 (works with apple compressor)
would have been nice to have something similar for media encoder.
But does the Minnetonka FCP plugin do all the stuff the DTS one does, and does it also include the all-important streamplayer?
The MAS version literally does everything - BD (primary & secondary), DVD, DTS-CD & digital delivery in all variants including DTS-HD MAS, DTS-HD High Resolution, DTS-ES (discrete & matrixed), DTS9624, DTS Core original. All the core audio variants are much improved over any other encoder out there - I have 4 in all, and in order of greatest to least they run like this:
1 - DTS-HD MAS. Audibly better than any of the 3 following, and comes complete with a full set of Stream Tools for editing an encoded fileset.
2 - DTS Pro Series, which in it's turn is better than the 2 following
3 - Nuendo DTS Encoder - sadly obsolete & no longer supported although t here is a flawed UniCode version for N5 that cannot manage DTS-CD export (you get white noise) but it doeas a good job of DTS-DVD encoding to core audio only, no extensions
4 - Minnetonka Audio DTS-DVD encoder - the oldest of the lot, and it sounds like it too.
The DTS version comes in 2 flavours - MAS & SAS, although the SAS does not do Master Audio.
See http://www.dts.com/professionals/audio-software/dts-hd-master-audio-su ite/overview.aspx for full details.
Finally, given how Encore only supports passthrough mode, you cannot over-estimatethe importance of the StreamPlayer as this allows you to proof the encoded file before wasting expensive blank discs - and it allows you to do this with a quicktime video file as well. It also decodes any DTS stream back to PCM.........
Good news on the core support - how deep?
Does it do secondary audio, DTS-DVD and all the MAS variants like DTS-HD HR?
Also, a playback decoder is a different animal altogether - the DTS-HD StreamPlayer will take a file or a list of files & decode back to PCM files - this is in addition to playback decoding.
Sounds good, but tied to FCP so no good for me.
Good luck with it - seems a bargain.