As of CC 2018 and newer, Premiere Pro relies on native OS Dolby decoding. However, this feature is only available on Windows 8 and newer.
I need Dolby Audio decoding right now. Upgrading my OS to Windows 8 or 10 is not an option. What can I do?
Is there really no other option than to buy the decoder. Audacity and VLC both support playing back Dolby Audio and both are free (and open-source).
For Adobe, if you're still running Windows 7, one of the only choices that you have for Dolby decoding support is to purchase the full $595-plus-tax version of the Minnetonka Surcode for Dolby Digital Plus. The $295 version for Adobe users is an encoder only and will not decode.
So if wespend this money - after already forking out $300 for the Adobe plugin for Premiere - will I be able to import a blasted AC3 file into PPro on Windows 7?
There is absolutely no way on God's earth I am going anywhere near the mess that is Windows 10 because I will lose far too much hardware & software I require on a daily basis that will not run on W10 because the developers went broke. Being forced to constantly 'update' (it is not an upgrade and I loathe that word) is nothing less than planned obsolescence. Someone should tell these people making these decisions that the world economy is on it's knees right now & tossing out $$$'s of software & hardware plus getting a new NLE built is not an option.
No. The $300 plugin will only encode. Decoding must still rely on the native app/OS support. In the case of Windows 7, then the $300 plugin is not the right one at all. You need to purchase the full $600 version.