[MPlayer-users] AC3 via optical out on Mac Mini (Intel), 10.5?

Ulion ulion2002 at gmail.com
Fri May 2 05:28:05 CEST 2008

2008/5/2 Mike Z <zimcomm at hotmail.com>:
>  I've done a bunch of searching (including thru the archives here) and can't find a definitive answer.
>  I'm wondering if mplayer can output 5.1 channel Dolby Digital over the optical audio out on my Mac Mini.  I have it working with another un-named vmedia player :) on the same file on the same system.  Just can't figure out how to convince mplayer to do the same.  Some other posts seem to imply it might be possible, but I have not been able to replicate that result.
>  With mplayer I have tried
>  -ac hwac3  (I get pulsing static)
>  -channels 6
>  -ao macosx
>  -ao pcm
>  and several others in various combinations.  But the only 2 sounds I've been able to get are
>  - downmixed to 2 ch audio
>  - the pulsing static
>  I compile the latest source with
>  ./configure --disable-x11
>  Dunno if there are other libraries I need, etc.
>  Thanks for any suggestions.

just -ac hwac3 should work
else attach your mplayer's full output message here. you may add '-v'
parameter to let mplayer output more verbose output.


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