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Video and Audio Track Layouts

To guarantee the safe exchange of programs, the following track and channel assignments are used internationally.

These are based on ITU recommendations. In certain cases - e.g. master tapes or files from movie studios - channel assignments can differ. It is therefore advisable to check the channel assignment before using such tapes or files.


Usual name, abbreviation and colour coding of audio channels




track and channel assignment for multichannel programming and signal exchange


Author: Karl M. Slavik, Arte Cast Vienna

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