I did the research, moved my whole DVD (movie/music video/tv) collection over to the digital world, and I guess I made a poor ASSumption or just didn’t understand what I was doing. The audio isn’t what I expected.
I choose the mp4 container. Seemed widely accepted and it worked with a couple of really nice compression algorithms…h.264 and AAC.
I choose DVDFAb as the tool to do all the work.
Used the Generic option under the DVD to Mobile group. Always choose the AC3 5.1 as the audio source.
It wasn’t until I finished my whole collection that I realized the AAC was only 2 channel (I don’t have a 5.1 setup/receiver yet, but I’m trying to have things ready for the future). I know the AAC spec. said that it could handle something like 40-some-odd channels, so I just figured I would get 6 channel AAC encoded if I choose to use the AC3-5.1 audio track…I guess I was wrong.
So, now I’m sitting with all of my stuff with 2-channel audio. I’ve begun to look into ripping the AC3 5.1 audio tracks, transcoding them to AAC 5.1 and then muxing them with the h.264 video stream I already have. In order to prevent myself from making another big oversight/mistake, I would like to get the opinions of the people “who’ve been there, done that”… so fellas, what do you think?
Thanks for your input,