.AC3 File Extension

Audio Codec 3 File

Install software to open AC3 files. Users can't open AC3 files if no program that handles them is installed. Download and install Windows Media Player or compatible programs like Winamp, QuickTime Pla...

General Information

Title AC3 File Extension
Extension .ac3
Full Form Audio Codec 3 File
File Type Audio File
Developer Dolby Laboratories
MIME Type audio/ac3

File Function

Primary Function Audio playback
Additional Functions Surround sound encoding
Features Multi-channel, Lossy compression

File Characteristics

Quality High
Supports Layers No
Supports Transparency No
Editable Yes

Use Cases

Home Theater Yes
Movie Production Yes
DVD Authoring Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks Low
Best Practices Regular updates, Trusted sources

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release 1991
Latest Update Continuously updated

Associated Types

Similar Extensions .dts, .wav, .mp3, .aac

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
VLC Media Player Free Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS
Adobe Audition Subscription Windows, Mac
FFmpeg Free Windows, Mac, Linux