I did some searching, but still confused. My footage is 1080i, 29.97 captured on a consumer camcorder with a 5.1 channel microphone. When I drop the clips in PP I see the audio track labeled as 5.1 and can expand to see the various channels. I have a number of sequences in my project, all of which were created by dragging a source clip to the New Item icon.
On export for say H.264 Blu-ray or H.264/.mp4 should I pick PCM or Dolby in this case? From reading it looks like PCM is uncompressed, so in theory higher quality. I didn't know if the 5.1 stuff has implications here.
Drilling down into the Audio tab and Basic Audio Settings on the H.264 Blu-ray export, I only see Stereo listed to the side of Channels for either audio format. I'm confused as I would have expected to see 5.1 or some option for it. Well, I think ...
You'll have to pay to get 5.1 Dolby export out of PP. Only stereo is included for free.
PCM vs. Dobly for stereo?
Oh .... on the 5.1 front. Glad I asked. That's a tough one here being a consumer. I guess I will check out the trial version and do an encode of my movie with 5.1 and see how it sounds in my living room.