• Faster than real-time processing
  • Settings are conveniently embedded in your session for instant recall or rework
  • Stay in sync since the encoder uses session frame rate and session start time while the decoder synchronizes with the host time line
  • Supports all Dolby Metadata
  • Use the decoder as a real-time Dolby E stream player for quality control
  • Choose the best way to integrate into your workflow
  • Pro Tools, Media Composer, NewsCutter, Final Cut Pro, Nuendo, Sequoia, Fairlight, Adobe CS & CC, and Pyramix versions included on a single license

System Requirements:

The Ultimate Dolby E Workflow

Dolby E Encoding, Decoding & Monitoring for Broadcast & Post Production

Dolby E is the industry standard for transporting multichannel digital audio. SurCode for Dolby® E is the industry standard for file-based processing of Dolby E…multi-threaded for encoding up to 5x faster.

SurCode for Dolby E Stream Player
SurCode for Dolby E Encoder SurCode for Dolby E Decoder



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As the most complete, highest performance file-based tool kit for Dolby E, SurCode for Dolby E is a full encoder and decoder application suite that allows quick processing and management of file-based Dolby E assets and metadata, from within your workstation environment or as a stand-alone utility.

  • Structured Workflow
  • Increased Productivity
  • Ease of Integration
  • Faster than real-time use
  • Flexible license handling
  • Easy, Flexible Workflow: File Based or Tape Based

Learn more by watching the tutorial videos below - to see all videos in this series, click the playlist button.

Complete backwards and forwards compatibility with HDCAM SR decks and Dolby E hardware. 

SurCode for Dolby E is available for Avid and VST, providing faster than real-time Dolby E encoding directly from your project timeline. The SurCode for Dolby E suite supports Avid's Pro Tools, Media Composer, NewsCutter and Symphony product lines, with an AudioSuite encoder/decoder and an RTAS decoder. VST 2.4 is also supported on 32 and 64 bit, surround-capable hosts including Nuendo, Pyramix, Fairlight and Sequoia. One license will run all versions on any platform.

New in 2.3

Version 2.3 adds AAX and Adobe-compatible VST 64…SurCode for Dolby E now includes 32 and 64 bit AAX to legacy RTAS and AudioSuite support. Also included is a 64 bit VST Decoder for Adobe Creative Cloud.

Legacy Integration

If you need to integrate Dolby E into an existing tape-based workflow, SurCode for Dolby E Decoder can directly decode Dolby E streams from your Pro Tools timeline or from a live AES/EBU input feed from your deck. You can also lay back Dolby E assets to tape, using SurCode for Dolby E Decoder as a live input confidence monitor for real-time Dolby E decoding. Encode Dolby E streams as 16, 24 or 32 bit WAV files from Pro Tools to guarantee tape deck compatibility. These files can also be two-mono or a single stereo interleaved export.

Who uses SurCode for Dolby E?

SurCode for Dolby E is cost effective, efficient, and easy to use. But don't take our word for it...Read about our users here. 



SurCode for Dolby E contains Encoder and Decoder plug-ins for Pro Tools, Media Composer, NewsCutter, Symphony, Final Cut Pro, AudioTools AWE plus VST versions for qualified surround-capable workstation such as Nuendo, Pyramix, Sequoia, Fairlight and Samplitude.

Complete Metadata Management

SurCode for Dolby E generates and preserves all Dolby metadata. This gives broadcast professionals the ability to control downmix, dialog level and other essential metadata. SurCode for Dolby E imports and exports metadata as:

  • DBMD - Write Dolby Media Data Chunk into WAV file
  • XML file - Minnetonka Audio-defined XML format
  • Text file

To learn more about Dolby’s metadata standards, please click here.

System Requirements

Encoder - Supported Platforms & Formats:

  • Pro Tools AAX plug-in (M/W)
  • Pro Tools AudioSuite plug-in (M/W)
  • Media Composer family AudioSuite (M/W)
  • VST (M/W) - Supported hosts include Sequoia, Pyramix, Nuendo
  • Final Cut Pro 7 Export (M)
  • OEM Module
  • DBMD import - DBMD WAV
  • XML import

Decoder - Supported Platforms & Formats:

  • Pro Tools AAX plug-in (M/W)
  • Pro Tools RTAS (M/W)
  • Pro Tools AudioSuite plug-in (M/W)
  • Media Composer family AudioSuite & RTAS (M/W)
  • VST (M/W) - Supported hosts include Sequoia, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Pyramix, Nuendo
  • Final Cut Pro 7 Export (M)
  • OEM Module

Stream Player - Supported Platforms & Formats:

  • Media Composer & Symphony 5 or newer RTAS (M/W)
  • NewsCutter 10 or newer (W)
  • Pro Tools 8 or newer RTAS (M/W)
  • VST (M/W) - Supported hosts include Sequoia, Pyramix, Nuendo
  • Final Cut Pro 7 AU Component (M)

Fully Certified
Like all members of the SurCode family, SurCode for Dolby E is fully certified and licensed by Dolby Laboratories, Inc. This ensures complete interoperability across platforms and across the globe.

Dolby E is the industry standard method of transporting multichannel digital audio across an asset's entire post-production life cycle, and SurCode for Dolby E is the industry's benchmark for file-based processing of Dolby E. SurCode, the world’s most comprehensive collection of professional Encoders and Decoders.

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