Best Solution to play AC3 on Mac

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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.

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?

How to play AC3 on Mac with Elmedia Player

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Requirements: OS X 10.7+. 36.74MB free space. Version 6.11(1419). (11th Sep, 2018). 4.9 Rank based on 367+ users, Reviews(356)
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Elmedia Player allows you to playback AC3 files on your Mac with minimal effort.

You might want to know that apart from AC3 Elmedia Player supports a large number of formats, including FLV, XAP, 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.


1. Get the app from App Store.

Download Elmedia Multiformat Video Player, install and open it on your computer.

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
  • - 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
  • - 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?

Here are several ways you can play AC3 on macOS
  • - 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.
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Elmedia Player

Requirements: OS X 10.9+ , 36.74MB free space
Version 6.11(1419) (11th Sep, 2018) Release notes
Category: Video