Adding 5.1 interleaved wav, 6 mono and 5.1 QT/MXF in Resolve

When working with 5.1 sound on DCPs and other deliverables, there are three common ways that 5.1 sound is delivered:

  • Interleaved 5.1 wav file.
  • Quicktime/MXF video file with 5.1 sound or stereo + 5.1
  • 6 mono files.

This is how I add these to a 5.1 Track in DaVinci Resolve that can be used to make DCP and Prores deliverables.

Make a 5.1 Track

Change Audio Track Type to 5.1 which is the standard on DCPs and Prores deliverables. 5.1 Film is often used in Pro Tools.

Right-click the audio track where it says 2.0 or 1.9
Change track type to 5.1 -5.1

Screenshot Resolve Change track to 5.1

Adding a 5.1 mix interleaved wave/DCP file

Drag a 24-bit, 48 kHz. 5.1 mix interleaved wave file with

channel order to the 5.1 audio track and it is ready.

A DCP with 5.1 audio is also interpreted the same way.

Adding an MXF or Quicktime file with 5.1 sound

If the source is an MXF or Quicktime file with 5.1 sound or 5.1 with stereo. Right-click on the file in the media pool and choose:
-“Clip attributes” -“Audio”

Format – 5.1
Tracks – 1

If the video file also has a stereo track you can delete it.

Screenshot Resolve Clip attributes 5.1

Adding 6 mono audio files

Link the tracks as 5.1 in Fairlight

Switch to Fairlight


Link the tracks

Fairlight in the menu – Link group
Click on all the tracks

Screenshot Link Group

and choose

Link as = 5.1, not 5.1 film

Screenshot 5.1

Check the tracks

Go back to the Edit module and check that the tracks are correct.
They are now labeled:

Screenshot linked tracks

When running loudness checks in Resolve, the 5.1 track to needs to be a normal 5.1 track, not a linked track.

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