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It does not export surround sound.
Do you know of an editing package like PE4 which does export surround sound ?
Though PE does not handle DD 5.1 SS, does the burning engine pass it through? Encore (same Sonic author-core, more or less) does. If one outputs a SS Track from P-Pro as AC3, Encore will burn the DVD fine. Same for DTS. Just curious.
Premiere Pro will do 5.1 if you purchase the Minnetonka SurCode plug-in (an additional US$250), and does a great job of it. However, this is a much more expensive alternative. The DTS Minnetonka stand-alone encoder is another US$250+.
It seems that Final Cut Pro (do not know about the lower version) will do it, and there might be another. Mention has been made of some of the other NLE's that include 5.1. You might want to do a search of the Premiere Pro board, as some have complained that much less expensive NLE's contain the encoder. However, Neil Wilkes, the audio guru, points out that the encoders used are not certified Dolby Digital 5.1 SS encoders, and are not 100% compliant. How good they are, is up for debate. If you want DD Labs' certification, they would likely not work for you. If it's just for you, should be fine. Sorry, but I do not recall the other NLE's, but several are mentioned in the threads.
I'm so impressed with the Pro + SurCode plug-in, that I bought 2 licences for it (workstation and laptop), plus their DTS encoder. One note: the DTS Audio MUST be a supplemental Audio Track, as it is not an approved format for main Audio within the DVD specs. If you are serious about Surround Sound, the P-Pro ++ Minnetonka Audio encoders is a sweet way to go. Once you experience it, you will not wish to go back. Only limitation is that Encore only does DTS as a pass-through, so you cannot monitor it, except from your audio editing program. I use Audition for this. Not a cheap solution, but well worth the $ for me.
With P-Pro you get 3 trial uses of the SurCode plug-in. If you do buy it, make sure to order it from within P-Pro, as you will save ~ US$50 over the best Web price from www.minnetonkaaudio.com.
If you import a clip with 5.1 Surround Sound PE4 will place it on a 5.1 audio track at the top of the timeline stack. However it wont export it as 5.1 audio only as stereo.
Thanks for the clarification. I could not imagine that it would handle the 5.1, as it is both NLE and authorware and I've not seen any of the Minnetonka SurCode plug-ins for it.
So it seems that to export surround sound you need much more expensive software (semi-proffesional and proffesional)
None of the mid range packages I have been looking at (such as PE4) will export surround sound.
To do so will mean splashing out alot more money !
Am I right ?
Oh and just out of interest, what does NLE stand for ?
Take a look at ULEAD VideoStudio 11.5 for under $100.
NLE... Non Linear Editor, for a definition look here:
Also have a look at Sony Vegas Movie Studio (<$100). Pinnacle Studio does not import DD5.1 (although it does export it).
MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 14 Plus ($84.99 download version) has a $10 plug-in that allows you to import and export DD 5.1.
Only trouble is that official technical support by email is on the poor side.
This is all good info to have handy. I always use P-Pro w/ the SurCode plug-in, so have not even looked closely at some of the other NLE's (sorry that I did not define that earlier) I have on my machines. Glad to know that there are so many others that do Export it, and they are not that expensive. Thanks for the responses.
I do agree about Magix. They have some good programs, but lack real manuals, Web support or even good forums. This is too bad, as their programs are very useful ones, but you just have to plug away with most of them, and hope you can figure them out. Many of the operations are totally unlike the workflow in Adobe's programs, so this is not always easy. My suggestion to Magix would be to expand the PDF's for each of their programs and charge US$20 more for each. I also do not recall any 3rd party books on their main programs, but maybe those are all in GR only.