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Subject: AC-3 player?
Posted by: mrbb
Date: 12/29/2006 4:09:40 PM

Can anyone recommend a simple (and free/cheap) way to play the AC-3 audio files that are encoded by Vegas? Sound Forge and WMP don't. There are a number of programs located on freedownloads.com but a lot of them are for converting files to another format, and then playing them. I'm sure you have all seen the dialog when Vegas completes encoding an AC-3 file. Windows gives you the option to play the file, but I have no program installed to do so. I would like to click on the "Open File" button and hear the AC-3 file play, Any suggestions? Thanks.

Subject: RE: AC-3 player?
Reply by: blink3times
Date: 1/12/2007 10:08:43 AM

I use Creative mediasource (player came with my sound card), and Nero showtime

Subject: RE: AC-3 player?
Reply by: kind
Date: 5/18/2007 1:45:26 PM

Windows Media Player also plays AC3 files ;)

Subject: RE: AC-3 player?
Reply by: RickZ
Date: 6/7/2007 1:24:07 PM

Thanks for the tip on Media Player. It complained about opening an .ac3 file, but played it fine, in stereo, apparently using the downmix ? Sounded very good in headphones.

What would be really helpful is a 5.1 surround player, or a plug-in for Media Player might work, I would think . .

Thanks again,
Rick Z

Subject: RE: AC-3 player?
Date: 3/1/2008 9:55:50 AM

I know this is not quite the answer but if you just wanted the sound you could save it as an WMV file maybe adding a static picture if needed because WMV files support surround sound.

Subject: RE: AC-3 player?
Reply by: Kennymusicman
Date: 3/1/2008 10:38:19 AM

No, that's not necessary. It just requires something to stop WMP (or sim) downmixing. Klite codec pack, for example will allow WMP, or anything else to use the AC3 as a full 5.1 with no downmixing.

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