How do i convert a 5.1 DTS audio file into something the ATV can play (ac3)?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by TwoBytes, Dec 19, 2010.

  1. TwoBytes macrumors 68030


    Jun 2, 2008
    Thought i might have more luck in the audio forum as the ATV forum didn't get that far.. was a help though!

    I have a 5.1 DTS file. How do i convert it to AC3?
    I have tried:
    MKVtools - doesn't do it as no video
    Handbreak - same as above
    Won't import into iTunes

    Thanks for any help!
  2. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    If you have Windows (VMware is fine), then eac3to can do this. It's a command-line app and the command you'll want is something like:

    eac3to input.dts output.ac3
  3. Hammie macrumors 65816


    Mar 17, 2009
    Wash, DC Metro
    I have a number of 5.1 DTS WAV files that play fine through my 160GB AppleTV through my AV processor.

    Are you trying to run it straight to your TV?

    Another thing is if you are streaming it to an AV processor, try changing the processor audio to DIRECT.

    Just a thought.
  4. TwoBytes thread starter macrumors 68030


    Jun 2, 2008
    Thanks for the replies.
    I was looking for a mac solution really...

    RE streaming to the ATV - they don't even import into iTunes! :(
  5. hcolon macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2009
    The apple tv will play DTS cd, but you have to have the volume all the way up on the atv, or else all you get is static, and it will import into itunes, but as a cd. If it's a file off a cd, you can use the import feature. I have a dozen dts cd's in my itunes database right now. No need to convert to ac3. If you have a optical out or hdmi to your receiver, it will play back the dts tracks. If it's a dts dvd-audio, these need to be converted, and that's a pain but can be done as well. What type of file, disc etc you working with?
  6. TwoBytes thread starter macrumors 68030


    Jun 2, 2008
    Hi, thanks for the reply.
    I'm working with DTS wav files, 24bit 96khz.

    I'm looking for that way of converting them and i haven't found a way on the mac yet and from what i read on the net, it's impossible with many having to load windows through boot camp to use software to convert!

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