4 Easy and Free Ways to Rip Audio From DVDs on Windows and Mac

By Cecilia Hwung | Last Update:

"How to rip audio from DVD?"

You may have the same question when ordering some concert DVDs but having no time to watch & listen to, and if you are searching for and easy and losslessly solution to extract audio (MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV, etc.) from DVD, you're in the right place. We are going to introduce 4 different methods to rip audio from DVDs for listening to them on the go.

Extract Audio from DVD

Rip Audio from DVD with VLC media player

Chances are you've used VLC media player before. As a cross-platform and multiple purposed media player, VLC media player helps many people view movies or audios that won't open on another program or device. Did you know this feature-rich media player can be applied to rip audio from DVD as well? Thanks to the support of DVD input and audio output, you can easily extract audio from DVDs and save the outcomes as MP3, OGG, or several other formats.

Note: VLC is only useful to convert rip audio from non-encrypted DVDs. If you need to extract audio from the protected commercial DVDs, navigate to our second solution.

Step 1: Download and install VLC.

After you inserting the DVD onto your computer, go to the official download site of the VLC media player, find the latest version of the installer file to download and install VLC on your PC, Mac, or Linux computer.

Step 2: Find the Open Media panel.

Launch up the VLC media player, hit Media, and choose Convert/Save from the unfolded options. This will lead you to a new pop-up panel named Open Media.

Step 3: DVD selections.

Press Discs and select DVD because you want to extract audio from a DVD disc. Of course, you can choose Blu-ray, Audio CD, or SVCD/VCD if you need to cope with the related sort of discs.

Choose DVD in VLC
Choose DVD in VLC

Step4: Choose the target DVD disc.

Tick up the No Disk Menu button to ensure VLC media player is going to rip the audio from the contents of the selected disk, rather than from the menu. Press the expansion button of Disc Device to locate the DVD disc that you'd like to rip audio from.

Step 5: Set MP3 as the exported codec.

Leave the value of Title, Chapter, Audio track, and Subtitle Track as default for ripping audio from the entire DVD. Otherwise, you need to adjust the default settings for ripping the Choose Audio – Vorbis (OGG), Audio - MP3, Audio – FLAC, or Audio – CD as the output audio format.

Rip MP3 from DVD with VLC
Extract MP3 from DVD with VLC

Step 6: Start to extract audio from DVD with VLC.

After everything is set properly, hit Browse to assign a folder for holding the audio file. Afterward, press Start. VLC now starts to rip MP3 from DVD.

Rip Audio from DVD with VideoProc

This decent piece of DVD to audio extractor lets you rip audio from DVDs of any kind, be it a home DVD or a 99-title Disney DVD. There are dozens of readymade profiles for the outcome audio file, allowing you fast output audio that is suitable for playing or sharing on a specific device or platform. The UI of VideoProc is self-explained and 100% friendly for beginners, so you will never leave feeling in any doubt about what you are going to do.Take a look at it's highlight features:

  • Extract audio or videos from DVDs, Disney movie DVDs, ISO files, MP4, AVI, or the other 420+ formats.
  • Support both lossy and lossless audio formats, including the Dolby Digital 5.1 channel surround sound.
  • Can split DVD by chapters into individual files in MP3, AAC, FLAC, M4A, and WAV, etc.
  • Get a perfect balance between quality and size, by adjusting the audio codec, sample rate, and more.
  • It’s also a speedy & useful video editor, audio/video converter, media downloader, and screen recorder.

Step 1: Load the DVD to VideoProc.

Download and install VideoProc on your PC or Mac. Launch it up, click on DVD and press DVD Disc to add your disc to this speedy and easy program.

Add DVD to VideoProc
Add DVD to VideoProc

Tips:

If necessary, expand the language track tab to choose the favored language track to rip. You can also hit Edit to enter the new tab for changing the audio playback speed and volume.

Step 2: Choose audio format.

Move down to the Target Format section, hit Music to acquire a raft of audio formats including OGG, AAC, MP3, FLAC, WMA, PCM, etc. Select the needed audio codec.

Extract Audio from DVD in VideoProc
Extract Audio from DVD in VideoProc

If you need to adjust the size, quality, or other properties of the audio ripped from the DVD, hit the gear icon next to the chosen audio format. This will lead you to a new tab named Format. Herein, you can move the cursor on the quality slider left or right to decrease the audio file size or enhance the audio quality. You can also change the audio codec, sample rate, audio channel, and bitrate, etc.

Step 3: Fast rip audio from DVD.

Hit Browse to select a location for the export. Hit Run to enable VideoProc extract audio from a DVD.

Q1: How to rip audio from DVD by chapters?

To extract audio from DVD by specific chapters, you can expand the button of Chapter List of the selected titles. Afterward, you need to uncheck Select all chapters and tick up the needed chapters only.

Q2: How to extract audio from DVD with multiple titles?

By default, this DVD to audio extractor detects, selects, and rips audio from the main title of the DVD. You are also allowed to rip audio from the selected titles.

Rip Audio from DVD with HandBrake

Ripping audio from DVD via HandBrake is complex. Though being a well-known video converter and DVD ripper, it constrains you to output media files in MKV, MP4, and WebM video format. In other words, it won't extract audio-only files from DVDs. The good thing is there are a large number of video conversion software accepting to convert video to audio. Thus, we can rip DVD to MP4 or other video files first, and then use the best video converter as the combo to transcode video to audio.

Step 1: Install Handbrake DVD to audio extractor.

Go to the HandBrake official download site to have this open-source DVD ripper downloaded and installed on your computer. Don't forget to insert your DVD into the computer.

Step 2: Import DVD to HandBrake.

Handbrake can automatically detect the mounted DVD disc, so you should be able to see your DVD file once you open up this program. If it failed to detect the mounted disc, you can press Folder to add the DVD to Handbrake.

Step 3: Set the Range information.

Next the metadata information of the source file, there are options to choose the Range for your DVD disc. You can skip this setting if you want to rip audio from the whole DVD disc. Suppose you just need to extract the audio from some specific chapters, you need to enter the information of which chapters/seconds/frames that you want to cope with.

Rip Audio from DVD with HandBrake
Rip Audio from DVD in HandBrake

Step 4: Choose an output format.

Navigate to the Preset option and select Very Fast 1080p 30 for acquiring a fast conversion speed.

Note: As said, Handbrake only allows you to output videos, meaning we need to combo with another media converter to turn the MKV/WebM/MP4 video that's generated by Handbrake to audio formats like MP3 and FLAC.

Step 5: Start to extract audio from DVD with HandBrake.

Hit Start Encode to let Handbrake start to rip MP4 from DVD. Later you can use VideoProc or VLC media player to convert MP4 to MP3 or other audio formats.

Rip Audio from DVD with Xmedia Recode

If you're looking for a DVD to audio extractor that rips the highest audio quality on Windows, you might give Xmedia Recode a try. The same compact UI and a similar range of the input file formats make this Windows-only freeware looked on par with HandBrake. However, it supports to out audio files. That is to say, you don't need to use additional software to use Xmedia Recode to rip DVD into OGG/MP3/WMA, convert MP3 to FLAC/OGG, or remove audios from videos. Unfortunately, this free of charge program goes crashes very frequently especially when it handles over 2 hours of movie DVDs.

Step 1: Install Xmedia Recode on PC.

Open the official site of Xmedia Recode, move your mouse to Download to find 3 different download packs for Windows 64bit, Windows 32bit, and Windows XP SP3, Vista. Choose the one that matches your PC. After successfully downloading and installing Xmedia Recode, open it up.

Step 2: Add the DVD disk.

On its main interface, press Open Disc to choose the original DVD for loading. Depending on the length and the type of your DVD, this may consume you a few minutes.

Step 3: Set the proper output format.

Now you'd be able to find the Format tab. Here you need to tick up the Audio only option firstly to ensure it exports audio file instead of video. After that, you can click on Profile to apply the preset properties, or expand the Format tab to choose the desired audio format, such as FLAC, AAC, MP3 as the output file type.

Step 4: Tweak up the audio properties.

Press Audio next to the Format option to enter a new panel. It's for adjusting audio properties including Sample Rate, Channels, Downmix matrices, Rate control mode, and more. You can leave all these values as default or make your own settings to achieve your specific purpose.

Rip Audio from DVD with Xmedia Recode
Rip Audio from DVD in Xmedia Recode

Step 5: Ready to extract audio from DVD.

Hit Browse, locate the folder used for holding the output files, select it, and then press OK. Navigate to the top menu bar to find the blue Add to queue icon, and hit this. Now the option of Encode is available. You can hit it to start to rip MP3/FLAC/AAC/WAV from the DVD.

What Are the Best Audio Formats To Rip the DVD To?

The audio data contained in a DVD can be MPEG-1 Audio Layer II (MP2), Dolby Digital (AC-3), PCM, or DTS format. Does it mean that they are the best audio formats to rip DVDs into? Not exactly. Let's firstly understand what these audio formats refer to.

Audio File Format in DVD
  • PCM, also known as Pulse Code Modulation, refers to the uncompressed digital audio data converted from analog signals through sampling, quantization, and coding. Therefore, PCM is closest to the original sound. But, it is very large, one hour of 96KHz, 24 bit of PCM is around 2.07GB.
  • AC-3 or AC3 is a 5.1 stereo audio scheme that contains up to five discrete channels (left front, right front, center front, left right surround) and a low-frequency effects channel. It's more efficient than other relics of the DVD age and is well supported by today's home theater systems. AC-3 is the most common compressed audio track formats in DVDs.
  • DTS is a lossy compressed and multichannel digital surround format like AC-3. It suppotrs higher smapling frequency than that of AC-3 and the compression ratio is one-quarter of AC-3, meaning DTS can contain more original audio data. One of its major drawbacks is it can't be recognized by most portable devices.
  • MP2 is a 2-channel stereo audio compression scheme that's not for DVD NTSC. And as an old audio compression term which is slowly phasing out by advanced formats like AAC and MP3. Therefore, you might risk your audio library not having sound soon, when playing on your computer or smartphones.

Overall, above DVD standard audio formats are good in stereo and mono sound quality, but short of compression efficiency and compatibility than advanced codecs like AAC or MP3. Within these features considered, we advise you to:

  • Rip DVD into MP3 for hearing movie sound with the original speaker or earphone of computer, notebook, or TVs.
  • Rip DVD into MP3, AAC or AC-3 when listening to it via earphone around 60USD or speakers around 150USD.
  • Rip DVD into DTS or PCM to enjoy the placebo sound quality under the 5.1 or 7.1 home theater sound system.

FAQ

1: Can you rip music from DVD with Windows Media Player on Windows 10?

Sorry to disappoint you. Microsoft removed the support for DVD playback and added the support for FLAC and MKV video files for Windows media player on Windows 10. So, you can't rip music from DVDs with Windows media player on Windows 10 anymore.

2: Can I convert or rip protected DVDs to MP3?

Yes. By using VideoProc, you can rip the encrypted movies and copy-protected DVDs to MP3 without hassle.

# About The Author

Cecilia Hwung is the marketing manager of Digiarty Software and the editor-in-chief of VideoProc team. She pursues common progress with her team and expects to share more creative content and useful information to readers. She has strong interest in copywriting and rich experience in video editing tips.

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