Originally Posted by jason kanter
Apologies if this has been covered previously but I'm about to turn the 5.1 as well as the stereo mixes over to my director for a DVD pressing. This is an indie feature release that the director plans to submit to festivals and hopefully get some sort of theater release. He'll be encoding the 5.1/St to Dolby E utilizing Final Cut(Compressor).
Do you mean Dolby Digital? Compressor only does ac3 AFAIK.
A further complication with this kind of film is whether the DVDs are for festival submission or festival screening. Feature film dynamic range on a submission DVD is a bad idea as the festival programmers will probably listen on small TV speakers or laptop with headphones. Obviously you would want feature film dynamic range for a screening DVD, though typically only smaller festivals will play DVD (projectionists hate screening DVD for obvious picture quality reasons).
In other words, you may need to give the director both.
Hope this helps,
Rob Walker AMPS