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The only reference I found to VLC removing AC3 is on iOS because Apple doesn’t allow non-Dolby versions of the AC3 codec to be distributed through the app store. It’s possible the Android and Windows app stores also have this problem. But the version distributed on VLC’s website and versions included with Linux play AC3 just fine. Where’d you get your version of VLC and what operating system are you on? If you got it from an app store, you might try downloading a version directly from VLC’s website instead. Also, which type of discs do you mean, Blu-ray or DVD?
By the way, VLC is just a shell. The underlying video libraries are part of the ffmpeg project. The same libraries used by most media players. Also, AC3 is just a specification. ffmpeg created their version of AC3 from scratch. It shares no code with and is completely separate from Dolby’s version of AC3, so Dolby has no rights over it. Dolby can convince Apple to only allow their version in the app store but they can’t demand VLC remove something that someone else made.
- This reply was modified 2 years ago by Christian.