Wednesday, September 23, 2009

How to Setup Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound in VLC

Here's how to setup VLC media player for Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound output through your computer's coaxial or optical digital audio output:

1) Launch VLC and click on the "Tools" menu and select "Preferences".




2) Once on the "Preferences" page select the "Audio" tab on the left hand side of the page.



3) Place a check mark next to "Enable audio" and "Use S/PDIF when available".  For the "Force detection of Dolby Surround" setting choose Auto and under the "Output" section, choose "Win32 waveOut extension output" as output type. The rest of the settings are optional.                                                                                                      

4) Restart VLC and your done.

27 comments:

  1. What about using DAC output? I have an external sound card that Vista detects, but when I play a DVD (Batman Begins) the center channel doesn't work. (Yet, strangely, all others do.) Though I have a 7.1 card, I'm using 5.1 speakers, and the center/sub connection is the same. The speakers are Logitech X-540s, and the Sound Card is the Sabrent USB 7.1 CH 3D External Sound Pocket.

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  3. Hey I know this is like 3 years old by, now but this is the first site it pointed me to when I searched how to setup VLC for surround sound so this is mostly for those seeking this knowledge in the future. There is I'm wondering about. Why do I need to choose "Win32 waveOut extension output" as the output type? I left it set at default, and when I tried it my receiver showed that it was getting Dolby digital surround sound. So, does it not work with all files or types of surround sound if Win32 waveOut extension output is not set? Or maybe the quality of the surround sound is not as good if it isn't set? I was just wanting to make sure I was getting the best experience possible.

    Secondly, thank you very much for putting this up in the first place. It really helped me out, and I know it has helped a lot of others as well.

    A.N.

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  4. when I selected win32 the output started to skip. My back speakers still only work on Windows Control Panel

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