Chapter 6. Content settings

The previous chapters showed DCP generation using the default settings. DCP-o-matic offers a range of features to adjust the content that goes into your DCP, and this chapter describes those features in detail.

Adding and removing content

At the top of the Content tab is a list of the content that will go into our DCP. There can be as many pieces of content as you like, and they can be of the following types:

  • Movie — a file containing some video, probably some audio and possibly some embedded subtitles; for example, a MOV, MP4 or VOB.
  • Sound — a file containing one or more channels of audio; for example, a WAV or AIFF file.
  • Still image — a file containing a single still image; for example, a JPEG, PNG or TIFF file.
  • Moving image — a directory containing many still images which should be treated as the frames of a video.
  • Subtitle — a file containing subtitles which will be superimposed on the image of the DCP. These can be .srt, .ssa, .ass or .xml files. Subtitle files can also be used to make closed captions.
  • DCP — an existing DCP.
  • ATMOS MXFs — if you have Dolby ATMOS content in MXF format (created using Dolby's tools) you can add it to a DCP just like any other content.

To add one or more movie, sound, still-image or subtitle files, select Add file(s)... and choose them from the selector.

DCP-o-matic will automatically map a set of audio files to the correct channels if you include appropriate ‘tags’ in your filenames, as shown in Table 6.1, “Audio file naming”.

Table 6.1. Audio file naming

L surrounded by . _ or -film-L.wav my_movie_L_final.wavLeft
R surrounded by . _ or -film-R.wav my_movie_R_final.wavRight
C surrounded by . _ or -film-C.wav my_movie_C_final.wavCentre
Lfe surrounded by . _ or -film-Lfe.wav my_movie_Lfe_final.wavLFE (sub)
Ls surrounded by . _ or -film-Ls.wav my_movie_Ls_final.wavLeft surround
Rs surrounded by . _ or -film-Rs.wav my_movie_Rs_final.wavRight surround

To add a directory (folder) of images, choose Add folder... and choose the directory from the selector. DCP-o-matic will open a small dialogue box where you can enter the frame rate that the image sequence should be run at.

To add a DCP, choose Add DCP... and choose the DCP's directory from the selector.

You can remove a piece of content by clicking on its name and then clicking the Remove button.