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.

27 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…

  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…

  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?

  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.

  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).

  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,

    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,

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