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.




84 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!

    2. David

      I am trying to rip the soundtrack from a dvd following your instructions. However, I can’t get an mp3 option, only mp4. What am I doing wrong?

      1. Kongo Post author

        David, you probably just need to scroll down the profile drop down menu…

        1. Rich

          Hello. I was wondering if you had ripped audio using the newest version of VLC? All I see is “Save as type:” and mp4 is the only selectable option from the drop down menu. It seems there is no longer a profile drop down as previously described. Please help. Thanks.
          -Rich

          1. Kongo Post author

            Hello Rich. Yes I have, you select the output format in the convert window – and you’ll need to scroll down to select an audio format. And regardless of the VLC format, the output format selection had always been under profile, which is under setting on VLC 3.0.6.
            So make sure you select an audio profile or the default mp4 profile will be set and you’ll not have the option to convert to an audio format once you are in the save file window.
            Hope that helps.

  2. Charlotte Frazier

    i did’t know VLC also supports to extract audio from DVD, amazing! I love VLC, it is really too powerful. I usually use a third part tool – WonderFox DVD Ripper to extract audio from DVD before, now i can use VLC, LoL! Thanks a lot!

  3. Jenny

    I have having trouble extracting the audio from the dvd. It says streaming in the main window but nothing is happening. Can you help?

    1. Kongo Post author

      Jenny, I’ll need to know the version of VLC you are using.
      My guess is you should convert rather than stream…but on some version streaming is converting.
      Anyway, get back to me and I’ll try and troubleshoot and find out why you can’t rip the DVD.

  4. Randy

    I love that VLC has this potential to record audio from a DVD, but so far, it only is recording the opening music that is on the main menu of the DVD.
    Is there a way to just have it record from point A to point B, and even if that covers more than one track in the DVD?
    I tried setting the start and end times, but regardless of what I set, it only takes the sound from the main menu.

    1. Kongo Post author

      Interesting. Not that I know of. I’ve not come across a DVD with menus in a long time! I try and see if I can find one and troubleshoot. If you do find a solution, please let us know.

  5. Bud

    I have a home made DVD with only one video/song. I am trying to get the audio only on a CD. I have followed all of your directions and when I click on start all I get is the blue line cycling through 18 seconds or so continually. I let it run all night and still no indication that the file got saved

    1. Kongo Post author

      Bud, in step 2 try opening the file in the DVD. If you only have one file in the DVD, that’ll probably solve your issue. My guess, however, is that you have multiple files in your DVD. And that 18 second loop is probably a preview or menu…

      1. tsr2

        I had this problem and it wasn’t clear to me which files to select. I naturally assumed that it would be something in the AUDIO_TS directory, but this appears to be empty on the DVD I was trying to rip.

        After a bit of trial and error I found that I needed to extract some of the .VOB files in the VIDEO_TS directory.

        To find the correct .VOB files I needed to play them back to see which were menus and which contained the audio I wanted to rip.

        One gotcha is that the selection dialog has the “media files” filter selected by default and doesn’t show the .VOB files. I had to select the “all files” filter before I could select the .VOB files.

        I also found that the .VOB files split in the middle of songs, so I am ripping them all as a single file, which I will edit into individual tracks later,

  6. Linda Brymer

    Your guide is so helpful, but on my VLC I am trying to get the music off a DVD that I purchased thinking it was a CD (turns out its a DVD of music videos being promoted as a CD which can’t be returned once opened….so jokes on me *eyerolls*).
    So my issue is that I -do not- get the mp3 option, only [mp4] or [All (*.*)] as my options.
    What am I doing wrong?

    1. Kongo Post author

      You probably just need to scroll down the profile window and you’ll see the mp3 option… let me know if that helps. You can also convert the videos into mp4 and then convert the mmp4 to mp3 using vlc (very similar steps) or even audacity.

  7. Frankie

    I am trying to rip the audio from a DVD of a TV series, will this give me multiple audio tracks (with dialogue, music, background noise etc.) or all of them mashed into one?

    1. Kongo Post author

      Frankie, it will probably give you one stereo track with all of audio. Do you want to get each track from the DVD? And does the DVD have the audio in different tracks?

      1. Melanie

        I’m having the same problem as Frankie… Getting all tracks of audio mashed into one. I’d like to pull just the English audio track (track 1). Any tips?

        1. Kongo Post author

          Melanie, in step 2, have you tried the selecting the audio track you want to extract?

  8. Derek McLachlan

    I got the audio off a DVD but it is just one file & not split up into tracks. Is there any way to do that?

    1. Kongo Post author

      Derek, if the audio was encoded on the DVD as a single track, you will get one file. You need to use a audio editing program, for instance Audacity (open-source, free, perfect) to cut the track into multiple files.
      KD

  9. Eliza Merrifield

    Can you download only the songs off of a DVD to put on a blank CD?

    1. Kongo Post author

      Eliza, yes you can. You’ll need to rip off the songs from the DVD and then find a software to write them to the blank CD (I don’t know of any free good ones, and VLC does not have this capability).
      KD
      Kongo

  10. Vanessa

    Many wonderful insights, suggestions, and solutions.

    However, when I do it, a .raw file is created.

    The projected conversion time is 2’04, and after about 3-4 hours I will check back and see the .raw file in the Destination folder, while in VLC window I see the file with the name “Converting dvdsi…” and the progress bar is empty–no longer blue and converting.

    As with one of the other people, I purchased a DVD with videos, thinking it was audio.

    Thank you,
    🙂
    Vanessa

    1. Kongo Post author

      My guess is that VLC is getting stumped midway through the conversion, that’s why it’s not completing the conversion of the file into .mp3. And the .raw file is an intermediate file that is created when decoding/encoding audio. So the audio from the DVD would first be converted into a raw audio file (basically a .wav file without the container) and then converted into an mp3 file.
      Possible troubleshooting: try and see if you can play the whole DVD using vlc. If you have a scratch or dirt on the DVD, VLC will get stuck in a loop trying to read a damaged section of the DVD and the conversion will never complete. Damaged DVDs are responsible for 99% of these errors. If you can play all the videos in the DVD using VLC, you should be able to rip it using VLC.

  11. Vanessa

    OH! Forgot to mention…

    The file that is created is a .raw format.

    Should it be .mp3? (That is the format I chose).

    Thank you,
    🙂
    Vanessa

  12. Lenno

    I’ve tried and convert the audio of a DVD to a mp3 file. The problem is when I listen to the mp3 file the audio is messed up. The original DVD audio/video is fine.

    1. Kongo Post author

      Lenno, I’ll need more information before I can try to assist you. If you are able to convert the audio from you DVD to mp3 it should be fine. That’s because conversion and playing DVD are technically the same thing; you’re first decoding the audio stream, converting it to raw wav and then either sending the stream to your speakers/headphones or encoding it to another format. To reiterate, if you can play and listen to the whole DVD on vlc (without any issues), then you should be able to rip it with vlc without any issues. Also, there are several mp3 codecs and while most devices can decode most of them, there are some devices that that don’t have the appropriate mp3 codec installed. And that might be the issue with the device you are using. As I said, unless I know more, there are many different reasons why the mp3 file might be messed up. My guess is your DVD has scratches or dirt on it and so it was only able to partially stream/convert the audio.

  13. marsali

    thanks for your sharing. i ve tried to use vlc to rip music from dvd, but i don’t know how to use it to do batch conversion, so i use a third party tool named wonderfox dvd ripper pro. can you tell me how to rip songs from dvd in batch? does it possible? thanks again.

    1. Kongo Post author

      You can use VLC to for batch conversion, but only in the newer versions (3+)…

  14. John

    Hi! I’m trying to convert my Eagles – Hell Freezes Over DVD. I accidently purchased it thinking it was the CD. However, when I run it through VLC’s convert/stream option, drop the dvd, select Audio- FLAC and save, the media player just loops for 10 seconds and no file is created. I’m guessing that its trying to make an audio screen of the menu or home screen. Any ideas? Thanks!

    1. Kongo Post author

      John, you are probably right. Solution: as suggest in another comment, you need to convert the appropriate .VOB files. Basically, find the .VOB files (they are likely in a VIDEO-TS folder), and then follow the steps above to convert them.

  15. Baylee

    Hi, just wondering if you know of any way to Extract the dvd and retain it’s 5.1 audio tracks, maybe in an ac3 format? I’m wanting to import the extracted files into Audacity and remove the music tracks and only retain the vocals.
    Thanks

    1. Kongo Post author

      No I don’t. I do know that VLC can output 5.1 and 7.1, but I am not sure if it will retain the extra channels during conversion.
      Try it, set your VLC to output 5.1 channels and see if it’ll give you 5.1 audio.
      Let us know.

  16. Richard

    Hi Kongo
    Thanks for your instructions. I can play the DVD as a DVD in VLC media player, but if I play individual VOB files they break up and skip (ditto in KMPlayer), and that is how they convert too: not usable. If I convert the Disk (rather then individual files) I get the DVD menu soundtrack (from an IFO file, all 16 seconds of it), and that’s all. Any way around that? It’s a 2003 DVD: this sounds likely to be copyright protection to me.

    1. Richard

      Hi Kongo
      I think I’ve solved the problem myself. Trick is to use the Disk tab, but then enter a Starting position that corresponds with where the content you are interested in is, which you can get from inspection of the VOB files – in my case that was Title 2, Chapter 1. I ticked the No disk menus box for good measure. All ran fairly slowly, but did a good job, so not a copyright protection thing. Thanks again.

      1. Kongo Post author

        Richard, wonderful solution.
        Had to try it.
        It worked perfectly.
        And it only took 5 minutes to convert a 1 hour DVD to mp3.
        Now I can listen to Trevor Noah when I’m out and about.
        Thanks.

  17. gregg

    yeah, this doesn’t work, it saves an mp4 file of the entire disc on my external drive, title stuff, extras stuff, and the actual movie — is there not some way to get JUST the audio from the movie?

    1. Kongo Post author

      Gregg, step 4, did you choose an audio format? If you choose mp4 as your output format, you’ll get an video file of the contents of the DVD.

  18. Eliza Merrifield

    I extracted audio to VLC and I am wondering how to get rid of it?

    Also, how do you burn it to a blank disc?

    1. Kongo Post author

      Get rid of it from the DVD or your computer? It’s probably impossible to delete it from the DVD – although there are re-writable DVD that function like a USB drive. To delete it from VLC, just delete it from where you stored it on your computer.

      Burning it onto a disc. Recent versions of MS windows come with an in-built disc burning software. Or you can search for specific software that are built for DVD burning: this is a good list.

      Regards,
      Kongo

  19. Shane S

    is there any way to extract the audio as a .wav file

  20. Sherry

    I have a 2-set dvd movie that I want to grad the video from. The first one converted great, but the second disk has a ‘making of’ feature and then goes into the actual stuff I want. I can’t figure out how to get to that place on the dvd to start at. Is there something I am missing?

  21. Sherry

    I think I’ve got it. The feature in from of the stuff I wanted was 27 minutes. As it started to convert it, I put my mouse to the end of the progress bar and it advanced to that spot and then started to convert the 2.5 hour content. Fingers crossed.

    1. Kongo Post author

      Sherry, hope that worked.
      Alternatively, you can try what Richard suggested.
      Use the Disk Tab to select a starting position that corresponds with where the content you are interested in is, which you can get from inspection of the VOB files…
      Regards,

  22. Patric

    I’ve figured out how to extract audio from video files, but I’m coming up with an issue that no one else has mentioned. After VLC is done converting the audio, it wants to start over again, and gives me a message asking me to either overwrite or keep the existing file. Of course I want to stop converting and actually keep the file I have, but no matter what, the message keeps coming up. I’m having to open the task manager and force shut down VLC. Any ideas?

    1. Kongo Post author

      Patrick, in the convert window, are you selecting Display the Output or Dump raw Input options?

  23. Patrick

    Neither I have Convert selected, and have not selected any other options on that screen.

    1. Kongo Post author

      Mmh, cause that the only reason, I can think of, that will lead to that message.
      Maybe, are you saving the file in a different folder?

      1. Patrick

        I’ve tried saving the file in the same folder and in a different folder. Same result both ways. I’m starting to suspect using VLC to rip audio is a lost cause for my computer.

        1. Kongo Post author

          Patrick, good news. The issue is that you have set your VLC on a loop, so it wants to repeat the action.
          So turn the repeat option off and it should work…it did on my comp.

  24. RICARDO

    Hello.
    Can I rip only one music from a DVD?
    How can Ido it?
    Please help.
    Greetings from Brazil.

    1. Kongo Post author

      I don’t know if that’s possible. The alternative is to rip the whole DVD and then use a audio editing program, for instance Audacity, to split the file into individual songs….

  25. Jeff

    I tried using VLC to rip the audio from a DVD concert disc. I saved it using the MP3 option, and it “worked”, however it condensed a 1+ hour show into under 3 minutes of audio. Just plays super fast. Any ideas?

    1. Kongo Post author

      Jeff, I’ve never had that issue. Which version of VLC are you using? I could try and replicate the issue…

  26. Laura

    My problem is similar to that of :Lenno” upthread.

    I have a brand new Springsteen concert DVD, no scratches or dirt. It plays fine on VLC media, Windows Media Player,and Cyberlink Power media player. When I converted it to MP3, however, it’s sped-up &,garbled on all three media players, as well as on my Android Smartphone..Incidentally, the DVD was 1 hour, 48 mins, but the converted MP3 was 3 hours, 36 mins.

    I’m inexperienced at these things; do you have any advice for me?

    1. Kongo Post author

      Laura, Jeff had a similar issue and I’ve not been able to replicate it. The only thing that I can think of is the playback speed…have you set it to normal?

  27. Ronald

    I’ve run into something unexpected. I’m using V 3.0.7, following the outlined steps, I wound up with a FLAC file that was 1.4 Gigs – for 65 minutes of audio. Generally I am looking at 400-500 MB for that length of audio – so I believe something has gone awry. Any thoughts?

    1. Kongo Post author

      I noticed that when I select the FLAC profile, it actually a WAV file. Editing the FLAC profile would probably solve the issue. Let us know if it did.

  28. Lenny

    Hello, I’ve just downloaded VLC and I’m trying to take my DVD movies and make them all audio so I can listen to them while I work. I tried the method you mentioned in this post, but after the conversion is done, the audio length went from 1hr-51min to 4hrs-32 min and it sounds like there’s more than one track overlapping each other. How can I get my movies made into audio?

    1. Kongo Post author

      I don’t know what’s the issue. And other readers have been having the same issue…if anyone has been able to solve this issue of the extracted audio been longer, let us know.

  29. Paul

    so far, I cannot find the “repeat” to turn it off…where did you hide it? Thanks

  30. Venu T

    I am trying to convert/extract audio from a concert DVD to MP3.
    The converted file is not playable. It is garbled audio.
    Tried the VLC player as well as Windows Media Player.

    What am I doing wrong?
    Thanks

    1. Kongo Post author

      Are you using the latest version of VLC…3.0.7? I think there’s an issue with the new version, because version 3.0.6 works fine. I’ll try and find sometime, upgrade my VLC and try to see if I can replicate the issue and find a possible solution. In the meantime, download the 3.0.6 here and let us know if that solves the issue.

      1. Kongo Post author

        Venu, I had the time to play around with the new version of vlc and had no issue extracting mp3 audio from a DVD. So the version is not the issue…so I don’t know what’s the issue.

  31. Jason

    Kongo, Brother I just want to Thank You for all the great information, quick responses, helpful solutions, and most importantly taking the time out to help. In the words of the great Tupac “You are appreciated”

    Blessings

  32. Christian

    I have the same issue with garbled audio when converting DVD to mp3.
    The workaround is to rip the DVD to wav first, then convert the wav file to mp3. Not sure why I can’t go direct.

    1. Kongo Post author

      Ok, thanks Christian. So the issue is the vlc mp3 codec not being able to convert the DVD files. I wonder why it’s works when you first convert the audio to WAV. Theoretically, all audio stream is first converted to WAV before playing or converting to other file formats. My guess is this is a coding bug. Wish I could be able to replicate it and report it to VideoLan…
      Anyway, you might get more joy using Audacity to convert your WAVs to mp3. From my experience, Audacity WAV to mp3 conversion is excellent.

      1. Bobr

        I also have the garbled audio issue. It also occurs when I try and play any of the .VOB files so not sure it’s related to MP3 codec. Seems to be the same on 3.0.7 and 3.0.8 versions. Any suggestions? Thanks

        1. Kongo Post author

          Sadly no. I’ve not been able to replicate the issue, so I can’t report the bug on VideoLan site.
          My only suggestion would be to try an older version of vlc, these gargled issue problems started with version 3.0.6. So older versions should work.
          Let us know if they do…

          1. Bobr

            Unfortunately still garbled running the 3.0.5 version, tried 2 different PCs running windows xp and windows 10. Not sure what else to try at this point.

          2. Kongo Post author

            This seems to be a non-version issue. The first step in troubleshooting is to make sure that the DVD works. Try playing the DVD with other players and see if it works. If the DVD works on other players, then it’s probably your PC’s DVD player that’s the issue…

  33. Simon

    Hi Kongo, each time I convert to MP4 from a DVD the picture is great but no audio, any simple fixes?

    1. Kongo Post author

      Simon, a couple of suggestions. Check and see if Vlc will play the DVD if you get an audio output. If it does, then the issue is probably your conversion profile on VLC. Next to the profile drop down selection tab, there’s an edit the profile button. Click on that and make sure that and make sure that the under that audio codec tab, you’ve selected Audio. And if you are using version 3.0.7 of VLC, you might want to change the Audio coded to WAV; there’s a bug with the mp3 codec in the latest version of VLC.
      Let us know if that helps.

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