I have spent the past few days trying to find a solution here. I want all my DVD's on my pc so as my DVD's can stay new and scratch free. I started out with the trial of DVDfab. Things seemed to be going ok. I converted my first DVD. Came out with stereo sound and should be 5.1. At this stage it's worth mentioning that this was all ripped on mp4, not m4v. Just mp4. Itunes imported it and it worked but only in stereo. After some fiddling I found I need to use audiocopy in the settings. All testing for audio was done using VLC as waiting to import each time into iTunes was a bit of a pain.
Once I had my 5.1 correct version of my movie I imported it into iTunes to which I received the green box as an image preview. Not phased I clicked play. Nadda. It just sits there and stares at me. It opens up the window to play but after that nothing. If you move the slider along it moves to that frame but doesn't play. I hit play pause skip any bloody button i can. Try in VLC and it plays. Try Quicktime and I get the error code 2041. After some trawling of google I came across a post mentioning m4v and that itunes and quicktime are fussy with DRM and everything. I found a converter on a trail, Wondershare video converter, and converted it and then it worked except I have stereo again. Out of pure desperation I manually changed the mp4 to m4v in explorer. It works in VLC, but what about iTunes? Nope. Does exactly the same as above. It works in Quicktime but no sound.
So my question is: Can Itunes play 5.1 audio from a movie or is it only 2.0 in itunes and 2 if yes to 5.1, what encoder/ ripper can I use and with which settings to set it to. I will gladly hand over $$$ for it, so long as it works!
PS I'm on iTunes 10.7 and Windows 7 ultimate 64bit and sound is running out of HDMI to my sony receiver.