Firstly I know nothing about sound mixing.
I have produced a short film which a sound mixer has created a final mix for the film in 5.1 surround sound.
I now need to create a DVD that plays the 5.1 sound but also should the disc be played on a stereo tv or other device it still sounds correct. My mixer told me that all you need is 5.1, and then the device, whatever it may be does its own mixdown to stereo and should sound fine. Is this true?
I now need to create a master DVD with 5.1 sound and also the stereo option, for film festivals.
I have called alot of various places in London, Soho (post houses) and I am yet to find someone who can do this for me. I have little to no money as this is a self funded short film.
BUT WAIT, theres more.
My sound mixer has also given me his own mixdown of the 5.1. Which I am currently using on the DVD. But no matter what device I play this stereo mixdown on, it comes out far too quiet, and I have to turn the volume upto full for decent listening level of dialogue.
This is all very long winded and I am sorry. But basically these are my questions - 1, if you only have a 5.1 mix on a dvd, does it mixdown by itself when on a stereo device? 2, who in London can create for me a master dvd with both 5.1 and 2.0 option in the menu? 3, any ideas why the stereo DVD is so quiet?I have gone back to the mixer and he has said he cannot make it any louder which I just do not understand.