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Watching a movie thru PC>HDMI>TV, quiet dialogue and loud SFX?

Jintty 179 20 November 29, 2011 at 07:52 PM
I like to connect my PC to my TV every now and then and watch some movies, for which I use VLC. I've noticed that sometimes its very hard to hear the dialogue and I'm forced to turn up the volume. However, the second an action sequence starts the volume gets so loud the whole room starts shaking!! Now, this wouldn't be an issue if I lived in a 3 story house but alas I'm in a small apartment. Is there a way I can even out the audio with a program or something? I dont have surround speakers or anything similar, just a good old tv. It sucks having to babysit the control bulb

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In surround sound soundtracks, most of the on-screen dialogue comes from the center speaker. I'm wondering if there's some sort of problem between the computer and the TV that is resulting in an improper stereo mix from the 5.1 soundtrack.
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Well, most of the movies I watch have DTS sound and on VLC I always make sure Stereo is selected and not 5.1. Not sure if that's what you mean?
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I think kakomu is right. It sounds to me like your system is trying to output to a missing center channel. I am no codec guru but I know it can get complicated when you have codec settings conflicting with player setting s. I had quite a few headaches myself trying to get my system configured.
Here are some things thatI would try to help narrow down the issue:
-go into your control panel sound settings and see if you can temporarily disable surround (set to 2.1)
-if that doesn't work, look for an audio manager program that was installed with your sound card
-lastly I would try another player just to test. I recommend xbmc

I assume since your using hdmi that you are trying to utilize hd. Is your source a dvd or file from your hard drive? If its the latter, maybe test with a lower quality avi instead of an mkv. These are typically downmixed to stereo which would help isolate the problem.
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Another thing to try is to disable output as stereo and let your video player send the DTS audio to your TV. The TV will decode and output the DTS audio appropriately.
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Well, I've tried MPC and PowedDVD and its no use. Voices are still very low volume and sfx are loud. I did some research and it seems that with 5.1 audio, the voices come thru the center speaker; but since a TV only has Left and Right speakers the voices are very hard to hear. I ended up using ffdshow on MPC to raise the center volume, could be better tbh, but since it seems like my only other solution would be to install a surround system, it will have to do.
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Well, I've tried MPC and PowedDVD and its no use. Voices are still very low volume and sfx are loud. I did some research and it seems that with 5.1 audio, the voices come thru the center speaker; but since a TV only has Left and Right speakers the voices are very hard to hear. I ended up using ffdshow on MPC to raise the center volume, could be better tbh, but since it seems like my only other solution would be to install a surround system, it will have to do.
Most TV and audio systems should downmix surround sound to stereo by redistributing the center channel to the front L and R speakers without cutting it completely.
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