Macworld claims Handbrake mis-names surround audio tracks. Really?


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Mar 14, 2004
In a Macworld article about iTunes, the writer makes the following strange claim about Handbrake-encoded videos with Dolby surround audio tracks:

What happens is when you rip a DVD . . . the surround sound audio track is named incorrectly. HandBrake names the audio tracks, by default, Stereo and Surround. But the Apple TV only works for audio tracks whose names begin with “Sound.”
Is he completely wrong? I have never heard anyone complain about their surround audio tracks not playing because of a naming issue. My Apple TV 2 has no problem identifying and playing surround audio tracks named "Surround."
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macrumors 68020
Jan 1, 2008
At first blush, I think he is insane. I have never encounter the issue he describes, nor do I have any evidence that the Apple TV even cares what the tracks are named.



macrumors 68040
Jan 13, 2011
Correct. And AppleTV also doesn't show what did you actually name your track with.
E.g. I might have 4 audio tracks, all in English. Named in Subler as follows:

1 Stereo (AAC)
2 Surround (AC3)
3 Audio commentary by director (AAC)
4 Audio commentary by producer (AAC)

In iTunes I can clearly see what each track is for, in AppleTV I only see 4 tracks labelled English.
All play without problems if selected manually.
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macrumors 68020
Mar 27, 2003
Incorrect. The names HB uses come from the actual intro HD movie the atv plays upon boot. That movie was used to setup HB's audio track setup.

EDIT: well, I shouldn't say Incorrect but I cannot reproduce the problem here and its the first we have heard of the issue at HB.
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macrumors 68020
Mar 27, 2003
After some discussion at HB it appears there was an issue a while ago. however an atv software update fixed it. Didn't last long. As well in that article the guy at macworld is using HB 0.9.8 as per the screenshot ... umm maybe update that as well as its older than the hills (though it has nothing to do with this "issue").