There are many instances where you may need to extract the audio from a DVD aka rip audio from a DVD. As a transcriber, I often find it necessary to extract audio from a client’s DVD for easier transcription. There are many software that can rip audio from videos and DVDs. However, they’re expensive and sometimes don’t work. I recently discovered an easy and free way to extract audio from and videos and DVDS. Let me share it with you.

This works for all video files, CD, DVDs, bluray that can play on VLC media player; that’s almost any multimedia you can play using vlc media player. Download the latest version of windows VLC media player here.

Step 1: Open Media Window

Insert the DVD/CD into your computers DVD/CD ROM player. Open VLC media player and click on the Media tab. Scroll down and select convert/save to open the Open Media window. NB: You can also use the shortcut keys ctril+r to open the Open Media window.

Extract Audio from a DVD using VLC Media Player in 5 easy steps.

Step 2: Open Convert Window

In the Open Media Window, click on the Disc Tab. If you have more than one DVD/CD ROM player/drive make sure the appropriate one, that has the DVD, is selected as the Disc Device. Click on the Convert/Save button to open the Convert window.

Extract Audio from a DVD using VLC Media Player in 5 easy steps.

Step 3: Choose Output Folder

In the Convert window, click on the Browse button to open the Save file window. Choose a destination folder and name for the extracted audio file.

Extract Audio from a DVD using VLC Media Player in 5 easy steps.

Step 4: Select Audio Format

Select the Audio-mp3 profile from the profile drop down menu.

Extract Audio from a DVD using VLC Media Player in 5 easy steps.

Step 5: Click Start to Begin Extraction.

Click on the Start Button to begin the extraction. VLC should begin streaming. It take less than 5 minutes to stream an hour of video.

Extract Audio from a DVD using VLC Media Player in 5 easy steps.

That’s it. It’s free and you can do it in 5 easy steps! All the best ripping audio from DVDs.
NB: 7 years ago, I used VLC media player 1.1.4 to create this user guide. Get the latest version here.




4 thoughts on “How to Extract Audio from a DVD using VLC Media Player

  1. Robert Lamm

    I am trying rip the audio from a dvd and burn a cd. By following the instructions above, I was successful on my first set of 3 dvds, but on another set, it would only rip the first track of 6 on the dvd. Any ideas? Thanks

    1. Kongo Post author

      Robert, most likely the issue is with the DVD – scratches, dirt etc. If you are able to play the tracks on the DVD using VLC you should be able to rip them. If you’re able to play the whole DVD on VLC and still can’t rip it, it could be that the audio was encoded as a single track on the DVD. So you should be able to rip it and then use an audio editing software (Audacity is a good free one), to split the audio file into individual tracks…

      1. Eddie

        Thank you Kongo, my ripped songs were in one single track, will try Audacity as mentioned. Thanks again!

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