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How to restore full audio codec support (AC3, DTS) in MX Player, Android's best video playback app

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How to restore full audio codec support (AC3, DTS) in MX Player, Android's best video playback app
Due to some licensing issues, many loyal users of what's arguably the best video player for Android sooner or later find out that the sound in the movies they just loaded for that long-haul flight wouldn't play in MX Player. 

We are talking AC3, MLP, DTS or Dolby here, which usually means that if you load a high-res, high-quality container with your favorite TV series, you might be unpleasantly surprised that the sound won't play mid-air, when you don't have access to the Play Store to get an alternative like VLC or KMPlayer. 

Moreover, why would you have to give up the amazing MX Player for such a small nuisance? The thing is, you don't, and here is what you have to do to restore full audio codec support with MX Player on your Android device, courtesy of XDA-Dev senior member ktsamy:

1. Download the AIO 1.7.32 codec package zip, and transfer it to default Downloads folder on your Android phone or tablet. This all-in-one package contains the codec versions for hardware decoders there are - Arm v7-Neon, Arm v7-Tegra3, Arm v7-Tegra2, Arm v6 VFP, Arm v6, Arm v5TE, x86, MIPS - preventing you from trying to determine which one you have on your gear;

2. Fire up MX Player, and go to Settings>Decoder>Custom codec (scroll to the end of the list for that one);

3. Point the basic file browser to the aio.1.7.32 zip file you just placed in the Downloads or another folder of choice;

4. The MX Player will automatically pick the right codec for your device, and restart itself to finish the process;

5. If you want to check if the codec pack has definitely been set as default, go to the three context menu dots up right, choose Help>About, and you should see it reading "Custom codec 1.7.32" - this way you will know that the right codec has been installed properly for sure. If for some reason sound doesn't play, check the Settings>Decoder options, and set it to "Use H/W+ decoder" or "H/W+ audio on S/W video," if you have set software video decoding previously for some reason;

6. That's it, you can now play any video file with sound on your beloved MX Player. Enjoy.

source: ktsamy (XDA-Devs)

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posted on 06 Jan 2015, 10:33 3

1. Ninetysix (Posts: 2689; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


http://forum.xda-developers.com/apps/mx-player/mx-player-custom-codec-dts-support-t2156254

Bookmark it :) MX Player + DTS codec works perfectly.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 10:37

3. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Super dope! You the man!
I love it when I learn something new from a fellow XDA'er.

+1000 if I could.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 12:59

8. rihel_95 (Posts: 301; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)


i was thinking to sideload old version of mx player apk. i hope it works.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 10:35

2. Cyberchum (Posts: 753; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Very important tip, thanks PA.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 10:44

4. bolleyjara (Posts: 16; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)


I used to enjoy watching movies on my tablet but since I "upgraded" from my Nexus 7 2013 to the Galaxy tab pro 8.4 it's been a nightmare. Almost none of my movies or series will play. I have tried different players, tried a custom ROM, converted the movies before I transfer them to the tablet and nothing works. I have even followed these instructions before and they did not work. It only says format not supported or something like that. I'm so dissapointed. :(

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 11:24 1

6. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Tab pro 8.4 has a snapdragon 800. It shouldn't have this problem and should play even 4k.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 11:29 1

7. Shubham412302 (Posts: 455; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


use hw+ as the decoder or switch to sw

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 17:57 1

10. joey_sfb (Posts: 6624; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I have this problem once with my Galaxy Tab S 8.4, no movie files no matter what format will play. I know something is up. I reboot the device and everything is back to normal.

It only happen once, so if yours happen every time I think it could be hardware issue.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 08:07

12. bolleyjara (Posts: 16; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)


Well it is not with every movie. For example it plays three of ten and it is frustrating, but i have noticed it plays DivX format so I will try to convert them to that format to see what happens.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 10:54

5. ishan.heru (Posts: 69; Member since: 31 Aug 2014)


thanks PA for the info. i started using vlc coz mx player was not play the sound of many files that i have. hope this will solve the issue !!

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 16:26

9. SPASE (Posts: 228; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Cheers Daniel, helped big time.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 01:04

11. maddy996 (Posts: 102; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


yeah thanx PA got it...

posted on 12 Feb 2015, 23:32

13. YogeshHR (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Feb 2015)


Guys.....I really Thank You!!
Cheerss!!!

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 11:14

14. kirpalKKR (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Mar 2015)


ooooh! man! fabulous job......thnk u guyz very very much............This really works

posted on 12 Mar 2015, 15:43

15. Markdekw (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Mar 2015)


Can't believe it man. Thanks a lot. You just made my day.
Was very struggling with this and couln't find any mp4 of how i met your mother. But thankfully you came with this sick option.

Thanks

posted on 15 Mar 2015, 14:09

16. marcgpx (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Mar 2015)


Thanks a lot. Finally! I have no luck with Kodi - playback slow, i have tried a lot of versions...
MX player dts output now works fine - just right output sound device must be selected.
It automaticly detected custom codec on start :)
nice job

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 13:27

17. sauvik (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Mar 2015)


dude really thankful...i like mx player but due to ac3 format issue i got frustrated but with the help of these codecs the problem solved...I have tried by downloading lots of codecs but they didn't work at all...at last i tried this and it is working fine......thanks a lot...thanks....

posted on 12 Apr 2015, 09:18

18. gurjinder9 (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Apr 2015)


it is not working on my phone ... it is displaying "cannot load custom codec" plz help!!!!

posted on 20 Apr 2015, 02:50

19. lisaab (Posts: 46; Member since: 04 Jul 2014)


Well, there are many android data recovery app could help, and I think Coolmuster Lab.Fone for Android really works great, you can use it to recover lost sms, contacts, photos, videos, etc, have a try!

posted on 12 May 2015, 02:39

20. phani_astronomy (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 May 2015)


downloaded and installed as suggested. But the MX Player on my Huawei Honor Holly does not play properly. HD Video (AC3) stucks waits for a while and then plays again.. it happens for couple of times and the video crashes..
Suggestions?

Plz help?

posted on 11 Jun 2015, 10:19

21. Suriyas1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Jun 2015)


100000.etc % working thanks...
Super super super super super super super exelent

posted on 16 Jun 2015, 12:23

22. PitVax (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Jun 2015)


Thanks Daniel for clear, easy and useful description. It really help me on Galaxy S5.

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 18:39

23. snobles (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Sep 2015)


If ANYONE says it doesn't work, YOU'RE WRONG, THE INSTRUCTIONS SAY TO COPY AND PASTE = PLACE+ TRANSFER THE FILE TO YOUR DEVICE "DEFAULT" DOWNLOAD FOLDER. THE ZIP FILE AS IS. MXPLAYER WILL DO THE REST OR FOLLOW THE EXACT INSTRUCTIONS. Disclaimer, I have MX Player PRO and it's WELL WORTH THE MONEY, I UNINSTALLED ALL OTHER PLAYERS CAUSE EVERYTHING PLAYS WITH MXPRO. I DON'T WORK FOR THE COMPANY EITHER...

posted on 22 Sep 2015, 19:52

24. krushnalakra (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Sep 2015)


Which mx player version is supporting ac3 audio file ?

posted on 01 Dec 2015, 03:34

25. MrOrage (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Nov 2014)


This does not work any more.. Just me or is anybody else having the same problem since the last update?

posted on 05 Dec 2015, 14:34

26. FlankerB (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Dec 2015)


On xda forums you'll find a new version of this codec pack (for mx player 1.8.0). Just do a google search "MX Player Custom Codec with DTS & AC3 Support (by ktsamy)". Part in the brackets not required.

posted on 21 Jul 2016, 22:48

27. AndroidAPK (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Jul 2016)


Its really helped me

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