Monday, January 19, 2009

Mixing 5.1 surround sound with Final Cut Studio 2

By Kasper Skårhøj @ Ken Stone

This article describes how I managed to create a setup with my Macbook Pro to mix and preview 5.1 surround sound in Soundtrack and Final Cut Pro.

Your mac is able to output an encoded Dolby AC3 stream to a surround amplifier through the audio jack. This works only with DVD-movies and QuickTime movies which already have the 5+1 channels encoded in AC3. When you mix surround sound the 5+1 channels are not encoded (and probably can't be encoded on-the-fly). So you need an external surround sound card.


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