Best Solution to play AC3 on Mac

Olga Weis
Play AC3 on Mac
Play AC3 on Mac

AC3 stands for Audio Codec 3, a file format used for lossy compression of audio tracks in DVDs, Blu-ray, MKV, AVI, MP4 and other video formats, as well as HDTV broadcast. Compared to Pre-logic, the previous surround sound standard, AC3 increases fidelity – each of the 6 speakers has an independent track, a 16bit sampling at the rate of 48 khz compressed by 10-12 times totaling to 384 kbps.

AC3 tracks can produce 5.1 surround sound, thanks to a subwoofer output. To reproduce it fully one needs a supported playback device – a DVD player connected to a home theater amplifier, for example. However, say, you need a Dolby AC3 audio Mac playback? How to play AC3 on Mac? What would you start with?

These are various ways to do it:

  • Install AC3 codec, Mac users might not be happy with the solution though. There are quite a few options on the markets, but few are AC3 audio codec Mac owners could make use of.
  • Convert AC3 to another format. To convert AC3 Mac might require special software.
  • Use third party application for direct AC3 playback – Elmedia Player.

How to play AC3 on Mac with Elmedia Player

AC3 Player for Mac
AC3 Player for Mac

Elmedia Player allows you to playback AC3 files on your Mac with minimal effort, all you have to do is:

1. Download and install Elmedia Player. Elmedia Player Installation

Elmedia Player Installation

Here is the link to the application download. Once it is complete, install Elmedia Player in your Applications folder.

2. Add AC3 file to Elmedia Library and play it back.

This is how you can do it:

  • Launch the app and use "File" option in the Main menu to locate the file. Add AC3 file to Elmedia
    Add AC3 file to Elmedia
  • Launch the app and drag-and-drop the file to the window, else you can drag-and-drop the file onto Elmedia Player icon in the Dock. Open AC3 file with Elmedia Player
    Open AC3 file with Elmedia Player
  • In Finder bring up a context menu by right-clicking on the file, choose “Open with” option, then Elmedia.

3. That’s it, could it be any easier?

You might want to know that apart from AC3 Elmedia Player supports a large number of formats, including SWF, FLV, XAP (Silverlight), RM and RV (Real), MP4, MOV, AVI, WMV. The application also allows you to set up media output parameters and offers a number of customizable options, and as you have seen it is extremely easy-to-use.

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Elmedia Player for Mac

Requirements: OS X 10.7+ , 36.64MB free space
Version 6.9(1118) () Release notes