How To Simulate Dolby Digital Yourself

If you want to get the best quality for your video, then you will need to try and simulate the standard of Dolby Digital. These world leaders in the field of audio and visual sound can make any video or film work look much better than the usual home video standard. The Dolby Digital quality is considered to be the standard for any DVD video which is commercially made, and if you want this quality on your home movies, then there are a few pieces of software which can help you to achieve this without needing to go through a lot of expense.

Materials Needed

  • Home Editing Equipment
  • Computer
  • Media Files

Step 1: Work on Your Video

Before you can begin creating the Dolby Digital sound, you need to finish working on the visual parts of your media. Iron out all of the kinks and unwanted impressions before you begin to try and replicate Dolby's sound. If you simulate the Dolby Digital effect, and then need to do some more work on the visual side of the media, you may find that the audio becomes distorted and no longer has the impact that you intended.

Step 2: Start Making the Audio

Once you have finished with the video, start making the audio. You need to decide which parts of the track you want to hear, and bring these to the foreground. For example, if you have filmed a racing scene, then you need to be able to hear the sound of the car going around the track, and also the cheering of crowds. Cut out any conversations nearby, or any other sounds which do not reflect the racing scene. Once you have leveled out all of the background noise, launch the Soundtrack window.

Step 3: Going into Soundtrack

In the Soundtrack window, select the sounds that you would like to hear as an accompaniment to the music. Tweak these sounds so that they fit well with the audio from your film, and then merge the two together using a program such as Final Cut Pro. Move the audio around until you are satisfied that it fits with the movie.

Step 4: Export into Compressor

When you are ready, export all of the audio you have made (along with the video) into the Compressor. When the compressor has done its job, return to your editing software, take some of the sounds of the race, and put it into full volume. Pick the center channel for this piece of audio. Place all of your other sounds into all of the channels, so that you have no blank parts to your audio.

Step 5: Making a Dolby

Once you have saved all of these files, open up inside an audio assistance program, and choose the 3/2 option. This will give you the closest resemblance to a Dolby system. Choose the normalization of -31, which will prevent the audio assistant from changing any of the sounds. Change any compression preset to 'none', and then burn it onto a DVD.

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