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One method of ripping just the audio from a DVD Apps
I recently decided I wanted to purchase the audio CD version (or electronic equivalent) of a concert DVD that I've owned for a few years. However, in looking at the options on iTunes and Amazon, I discovered that the CD version was missing five songs off the DVD, including two of my favorites. So I thought I'd just rip the Dolby 5.1 music out of the DVD and create my own "CD."

Little did I know this would be as tricky as it turned out to be. After a few false starts, including some time wasted trying to extract and convert the PCM version (I never did get that working), I finally found a solution that worked perfectly for extracting the 5.1 audio track.

This how-to was the key to my successful extraction. Becuase that how-to is thorough and includes numerous screen shots, I'm not going to try to replicate it here. In the rest of this hint, however, I'll provide an executive summary (in case the original goes away), and some recommendations for tools to split the resulting MP3 file.

Here's the executive summary version of the hint:
  1. Install Mac the Ripper and ffmpegx (and its dependencies).
  2. Insert the DVD and start Mac the Ripper. Select the Mode tab, and then Title-Chapter Extraction from the drop-down menu.
  3. In the secon drop-down, select the "title" you'd like to extract. Typically this is the longest track in the list you'll see.
  4. Set the SChpt and EChpt to the range of chapters you'd like to extract (I chose all chapters).
  5. Click the D button, then the (now enabled) Streams button.
  6. In the sidebar that appears, remove any checkmarks next to video or subtitle streams, and check just one audio stream, if there are more than one.
  7. Click Go to extract the audio.
The above process will result in a large AC3 file, which you can then convert to MP3 using ffmpegx:
  1. Drag and drop your AC3 file onto the 'Drop file here' area in ffpmegx. In the Target Format section of the interface, click the arrow in the To box.
  2. Choose Audio to MP3 from the pop-up menu.
  3. Select the Audio tab and set a bit rate for the MP3 file, then click Encode.
When ffpmegx is done, you'll have a large MP3 file. I wanted to split this into songs, and wound up using Fission (as I had a license) to do the job. You could also use Audacity, as it has a tool to help split MP3 files, too.

QuickTime can handle AC3 files, too, so you could probably skip the ffmpegx step if you've got QuickTime Pro (but I didn't test this method). Feel free to share any simpler methods of doing this, if you've got one!
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One method of ripping just the audio from a DVD
Authored by: kirsch on Jan 19, '10 07:59:26AM

An alternative (and easier) way would be to rip your DVD using Handbrake, then you can import the files to iTunes, right click on them and convert to AAC. Seems easier!



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One method of ripping just the audio from a DVD
Authored by: Nago on Jan 19, '10 02:39:43PM

That's what came to my mind to, thanks for clearing up the steps =)



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One method of ripping just the audio from a DVD
Authored by: dahjelle on Jan 19, '10 07:41:33PM

Does this method work? I've tried it with a DVD this evening, but, though I can get the video file into iTunes, I have no luck converting it to AAC as the menu selection is greyed out. Is there a step I'm missing?



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One method of ripping just the audio from a DVD
Authored by: kirsch on Jan 19, '10 08:18:35PM

Hmmm... it does not work. The option is not displayed for videos.
If you have Quicktime Pro, then you can do this:

- Rip the chapter of the DVD using Handbrake. Use AAC for the audio, anything for the video (low quality, as you'll throw it away)
-Option J to bring up the properties of the video.
-Extract the audio track.
-Save as a self-contained mp4.
-Rename extension to m4a .

That should be all! I tried it on one one of my previously ripped videos.



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One method of ripping just the audio from a DVD
Authored by: ascanio on Jan 19, '10 10:27:54PM

Actually, ffmpegX refuses to work if the video track is missing: you cannot use it for converting just audio.



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One method of ripping just the audio from a DVD
Authored by: robg on Feb 04, '10 06:42:34AM

Given that I was able to use it as described in the hint to convert just an audio track, I'm not sure I understand the above comment.

-rob.



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or Subler
Authored by: ajmas on Feb 13, '10 05:40:13PM

Going the Handbrake route, you can delete the video track from the MPEG4 file with a tool called Subler. Note, you should probably duplicate the resulting MPEG4 file, from Handbrake, as the Subler applies the changes to the currently open file and there is no "save as".



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One method of ripping just the audio from a DVD
Authored by: DJMac317 on Jan 19, '10 08:30:05AM

This seems kind of cludgy to me. There's an application call ZippyConverter which will rip the audio out of the DVD with just a few clicks. It's only $8.99 from Ben Harper at ZippySoftware. It'll rip it right to from the DVD and convert it to AAC, MP3, AIFF, WAV, you can even put multiple DVD's in the queue to rip the audio from them as well. Or you can rip by Chapter, I have some Stevie Nicks concert DVD's I rip this way either as one long track or rip individual chapters at a time to get the individual tracks.

http://zippyrippy.com.



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One method of ripping just the audio from a DVD
Authored by: Dr. T on Jan 19, '10 10:39:50AM

The easiest way to rip audio from a DVD is with MPEG Streamclip. It rips audio off the main feature of the DVD and allows you to save it as AIFF or other formats. You can then separate the tracks and edit the audio with Amadeus or some other audio editor. MPEG Streamclip is fast: it took only 9 minutes to rip 96 minutes of DVD audio and save it in AIFF format.

You also can use WireTap or other audio capture applications. WireTap will capture audio (in the background) and save it in the common audio formats. You can set up start and stop times and let it work while you do something else.



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Second this method
Authored by: germ on Jan 19, '10 01:38:22PM

It works well IME. Once you have the AIFF file you can use other apps to convert it to whatever format you want.



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Or else...
Authored by: peterholdn on Jan 20, '10 05:55:08AM
If you don't have the other programs, or don't want to use them, since Streamclip is also an editing program and has a batch list function, you can just use Streamclip itself to edit the stream down to one song, export the audio, revert the file, isolate the next song, export the audio, etc. Then just import the individual songs into iTunes.
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One method of ripping just the audio from a DVD
Authored by: hypert on Jan 19, '10 10:42:56AM
There's a old, brief post about this on my website: http://hypert.info/mac/audio.html#mAC3dec

mAC3dec can take the place of ffmpegx, but it's basically the same.

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One method of ripping just the audio from a DVD- 2 Handbrake hints
Authored by: The Moose on Jan 19, '10 12:17:38PM

Two things I found useful when using the Handbrake method is to use it to split the tracks, but moreso to turn the video quality right down to like 1% and it then flies through the conversion. Where Handbrake splits the track doesn't always seem to be the same as where the tracks on the audio CD are split, unfortunately.



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mactheripper.org?
Authored by: leamanc on Jan 19, '10 01:41:32PM

Hasn't that site been down for months and months now? Isn't that product dead? I know you can still find it floating around the 'Net though.



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mactheripper.org?
Authored by: amaloney on Jan 19, '10 07:31:44PM

Check out
http://www.ripdifferent.com/forum/



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