How to make 5.1 surround sound for video

This short video instruction describes how to create 5.1 surrounds from six different WAV files using Sony Vegas. To best view set 720p HD and full-screen mode.

Step 1. You must set up your video project for 5.1 surrounds.
File-> Properties-> Audio -> 5.1 Surround -> Click OK.
Now your mixer switches to 5.1 surround mode.

Step 2. Drag and drop your WAV files (already prepared) to six different tracks. Assign every track to an appropriate channel.

Step 3. Play and adjust the mixer.

Step 4. Save and render the project.

The End.

Here you can download royalty-free 5.1 background music in WAV format (six different files: Right, Left, Center, Rear right, Rear left, LFE).

Notes: To preview your 5.1 surround sound project you need a 5.1-compatible sound card. Most of the modern computers already have a 5.1-compatible sound card on the motherboard. If you have no such one, then use three standard stereo sound cards.

In multi-track editing, you need to constantly monitor the recording level. Open surround mixer window, and do not close it before the sound level will finally be adjusted. Note that any overload signal level after transcoding to AC3 format can lead to significant distortions when playing a DVD, so do not set the sound level too loud.

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