[FFmpeg-user] How to extract core DTS / DCA stream from a DTS 96/24 stream without re-encoding

Onetel tghewett2 at onetel.com
Sat May 19 18:37:55 EEST 2018

> On 19 May 2018, at 15:32, Moritz Barsnick <barsnick at gmx.net> wrote:
> On Sat, May 19, 2018 at 14:21:47 +0100, Onetel wrote:
>> I tried that as well but the output is just a duplicate of the DTS
>> 96/24 stream, and has the same low volume problem as the original
>> stream:
> That's interesting. I found a different sample, and ffmpeg indeed isn't
> capable of "reducing" it.
> I was in doubt whether 96/24 was an extension, but at least Wikipedia
> confirms:
> "DTS 96/24 is implemented as a core DTS stream plus an extension
> containing the deltas to enable 96/24 sound reproduction." I'm not sure
> that means that the extensions need to be there, or whether they are
> optional.
> If there are extensions in there, there seems to be a shortcoming in
> ffmpeg's dca_core bitstream filter.
> BTW, if you use ffmpeg's decoder (and thereby re-encode, of course), it
> does have the option:
>  -core_only         <boolean>    .D..A.... Decode core only without extensions (default false)
> I haven't checked whether that works though...
> Cheers,
> Moritz

To add re: the matter of whether the 96/24 extensions are separable from the core stream (and vice versa), it seems that this must be possible since legacy hardware still plays these streams as core DTS - I found this to be true with my aged Yamaha before getting a 7.1ch / HDMI replacement. So it seems the Wikipedia entry is correct.

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