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Creating a Master video file with Stereo and 5.1 mixes

Joe Riggs

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What is the standard industry practice for creating your final master film when you receive
a Stereo and a 5.1 mix (6 mono files)?

I know things vary depending on the deliverable requirements but traditionally if you received separate file,
a Stereo and a 5.1 mix would one need to create 2 Master exports:

1. The film with the Stereo mix
2. The film with the 5.1 mix

Or would you export with all the files together so you end up with 1 video file with both mixes, and then whatever project they need to create (blu ray, DVD, DCP, or digital file) they can select which audio tracks to use?

Side note:
I also received a 5.1 interleaved file, the sound folks said I can just use that file and it will default to 5.1 or stereo depending on the viewers system? Is this true?
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