I have just finished my first surround mix and after supplying the 6 channels for a DCP creation I was asked to create ac3 files to use on a dvd. Nuendo 5.5 does not offer this as an export option. From research it looks like I need pretty expensive software for that, anyone have any price friendly or free options that could work, I would really hate to just supply a stereo mix because that is the only thing that the dvd creation software I think will allow without already encoded audio.
Compressor can output an ac3 (stereo or up to 7.1) for $50, which I think is absolutely worth it. Much cheaper than Dolby Media Encoder SE ($595).
Yep, the Mac OSX Application "Compressor" is fantastic for ac3 encoding. Hoping you have a mac.