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#1 Sarah Naomi Campbell

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 05:38 PM

Greetings,

I just wrapped post-production on a no-budget short shot on film and then transferred to digital for editing. The sound which was composed and edited in post is in stereo.

My question: for the purpose of submitting to film festivals, what is the default for basic DVD's with Stereo sound?

The list they provide doesn't list stereo and so I am unsure as to which is appropriate.

Thanks for your input...
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#2 Sarah Naomi Campbell

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 05:40 PM

Greetings,

I just wrapped post-production on a no-budget short shot on film and then transferred to digital for editing. The sound which was composed and edited in post is in stereo.

My question: for the purpose of submitting to film festivals, what is the default for basic DVD's with Stereo sound?

The list they provide doesn't list stereo and so I am unsure as to which is appropriate.

Thanks for your input...


Here is the list of available sound formats provided, none of which list Stereo...?
Optical
Magnetic
SepMag/Cardband
Dolby A
Dolby SR
LTRT
DTS
SDDS
OTHER
SILENT
Dolby E
Dolby Digital
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#3 Jason Sikorski

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 06:18 PM

Here is the list of available sound formats provided, none of which list Stereo...?
Optical
Magnetic
SepMag/Cardband
Dolby A
Dolby SR
LTRT
DTS
SDDS
OTHER
SILENT
Dolby E
Dolby Digital

That's an interesting list, because it appears to contain a mix of audio formats (e.g., "Dolby Digital") as well as transport mediums (e.g., "optical"). I suppose it's just a way for them to allow rare or proprietary formats - you bring the decoder with an optical output, and they'll broadcast it.

Either way, "LTRT" (LtRt -> LeftRight) is probably the most sensible choice -- unless I'm missing something.
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#4 Hal Smith

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 10:28 PM

Either way, "LTRT" (LtRt -> LeftRight) is probably the most sensible choice -- unless I'm missing something.

You could do a Left-Center-Right-Surround mixdown. Basically a Dolby SR style mix but without the SR noise reduction. That mix will sound okay on stereo playback systems and have a bit more "sizzle" on surround systems. Just about any "home theatre" style system has a Dolby Surround mode.
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#5 Jason Sikorski

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Posted 30 January 2008 - 04:24 AM

You could do a Left-Center-Right-Surround mixdown. Basically a Dolby SR style mix but without the SR noise reduction. That mix will sound okay on stereo playback systems and have a bit more "sizzle" on surround systems. Just about any "home theatre" style system has a Dolby Surround mode.

While that certainly is sound advice (no pun intended), I believe the sound for her film is already finished in basic two-channel stereo - she just needed help choosing the closest match from the list (since "stereo" wasn't listed).
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Posted 03 February 2008 - 06:50 AM

for the purpose of submitting to film festivals, what is the default for basic DVD's with Stereo sound?


The listed formats are normally used for 35mm Film. For Video-DVDs they don't matter. DVDs neither use SR noise-reduction.

Video-DVD provides 5 channels plus subwoofer (5.1). Your DVD-authoring-software should put the stereosignal automatically where it has to be. With certain software you can choose wether the subwoofer is used or not. Video-DVDs with stereosound are normally "Dolby Digital 2.0".
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