Need a GOOD .WAV to .AC3 encoder

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  1. John_Berger

    John_Berger Cinematographer

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    I'm trying ("trying" being the key word) to convert some of my laserdiscs to DVD-R, but I want to keep the original audio and commentary tracks intact.

    To that end, I'm using Pinnacle Impression-DVD Pro.

    This program is one of the most user-UNfriendliest tools I have ever worked with. However, many of the problems that I'm having are most likely due to the BeSweet tool that I used to convert .WAV to .AC3. As it turns out, BeSweet is not compilant with Dolby Digital standards.

    I did a search on DVDRHelp.Com and the two tools that they list are BeSweet, which clearly does not work, and another tool called HeadAC3he that is only in Alpha stage and does not convert to AC3, but only from AC3.

    Are there any tools out there that will properly convert a WAV (or if necessary an MPA file) file to an AC3 file that is actually compliant?
     
  2. Rob Gillespie

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  3. David Broome

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    SoftEncode, if you can find a copy, since it isn't sold anymore, has worked for me...
     
  4. Reece

    Reece Stunt Coordinator

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    You might want to check this out.
     
  5. Ken Chan

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    For free? I dunno. (For me, time is money.)

    Plenty of DVD products have AC-3 encoders. I've used the ones in ReelDVD, Vegas+DVD, and A.Pack with DVD Studio Pro. They all work fine.

    //Ken
     
  6. John_Berger

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    Does ReelDVD support and encode multiple AC-3 audio streams or is it restricted to just one?
     
  7. Brian Teal

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    A good frontend for BeSweet when working with AC3 is AC3Machine.

    For a guide, look here:
    http://www.dvdrhelp.com/forum/userguides/185077.php#8

    Both are freeware and links to download are at the top of the page above.

    Keep in mind that this guide is meant for DVD compliant AC3, so you may or may not need to follow it.
     
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  9. John_Berger

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    I've gotten so fed up with the whole thing (application crashes, failed AC-3 conversions, and so forth) that I just went to high bit rate MPEG audio. It works fine on all of my DVD players, DVD-ROM drives, and even my laserdisc/DVD combo player.

    Maybe I'll try again sometime in the future after I get my hard drive cleaned off from the various applications on it. But with the exception of this one laserdisc I don't really have a need or desire for multiple audio tracks.
     

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