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How to Play AC3 on Mac?

Convert AC3 to MP3, M4A, AAC, AIFF, Apple Lossless ALAC on Mac


AC3 is a lossy audio compression file which is widely used as the audio tracks in HDTV broadcast, DVDs, Blu-ray Discs and some video containers, like MKV, AVI, MP4, XviD, DivX, etc. To play video files with AC3 audio on Mac or play AC3 audio on Mac, one method is to install some AC3 codec; another method is convert AC3 to other audio format or audio track. There are many AC3 codecs for Windows users on the market, but few ones are for Mac users after QuickTime stopped offering support for OS X Mountain Lion.

Here this article will share you another method to play AC3 on Mac: that is convert AC3 to Mac supported audio codec or audio format with the helps of iDealshare VideoGo. Then is it that easy to play MKV AC3, AVI AC3, etc on Mac or play AC3 audio on Mac iTunes, QuickTime or play AC3 on iPod, iPad, iPhone.

Key Features of iDealshare VideoGo

  • Convert AC3 to MP3, AAC, AIFF, M4A, Apple Lossless ALAC, WAV, on Mac or Windows
  • Convert MKV with AC3 to MP4 with AAC, MKV AC3 to MOV AAC etc
  • Encode any audio to AC3
  • Enable you to play all video formats encoded with AC3 audio, like MP4, AVI, MKV, etc or files ripped from DVD, CD, etc.
  • Edit audio track, adjust audio sound, configure audio frequencies, etc.
  • Create multi-channel and digital 5.1 (6-channel) surround sound
  • Show subtitles, grab screenshots, edit video and audio.

How to Convert AC3 to Play on Mac or Windows?

To play AC3 on Mac, here is a step by step guide on how to convert AC3 to Mac supported audio format and audio track.

Make Preparation: Free download iDealshare VideoGo

Free download the best WMA Converter Mac version - iDealshare VideoGo (for Mac, for Windows), install and launch it, the following interface will pop up.

AC3 Converter - iDealshare VideoGo for Mac

Step 1 Add AC3 audio or video files encoded with AC3

Click "Add File" button to add the AC3 audio files or video files encoded with AC3 audio track.

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Step 2 Set to Mac supported audio track or format

Click the "Profile" drop down list to select Mac supported audio track or format

  • If your AC3 is encoded in video file, select MP4 from "General Video" Category. This MP4 video by default is encoded with AAC, which can play on Mac.
  • If your AC3 is a audio file, you can select AAC, MP3, M4A, AIFF, Apple Lossless ALAC from the "General Audio" or "Lossless Audio" category.

Step 3 Convert AC3 on Mac

Click the "Convert" button to start and finish converting AC3 to Mac supported format.

Problem solved

  • Download iDealshare VideoGo and all the following problems posted on the forum will be solved:
  • I try to play AVI with AC3 audio, but no sound, how to solve this?
  • When I play AVI files, I fail and it saying "The file contains a track in the Dolby AC3 Audio code "8192" format. You may need to install a Directshow decoder for this audio format." What can I do?
  • My ASUS Video Player can not support to play AC3 audio encoded in my MKV file, is there some AC3 codec to use on Mac?
  • How to play AVI videos with dolby digital AC3 on my Mac os x 10.8.3?
  • My Mac has no right AC3 codec to play MKV file with AC3 audio, please recommend a functional AC3 codec mac version.