How to Extract mp3 Audio from a DVD using VLC Media Player

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 mp3 audio from a client’s DVD for easier transcription.

Many software can rip audio from videos and DVDs. However, some are expensive and sometimes don’t work. I recently discovered an easy and free way to extract audio from and videos and DVDs using VLC. Let me share it with you.

This method works for all video files, CD, DVDs, blu-ray that you can play on VLC media player; that’s almost any multimedia you can play using the VLC media player.

Step 1: Download and Install VLC

First, you’ll need to download and install VLC from the site. 

Then, insert your DVD/CD into your computer’s DVD/CD ROM player.

Step 1: Download and Install VLC

Step 2: Open VLC

Open VLC media player and click on the Media tab.

Scroll down and select Convert/Save to open the Open Media window.

You can also use the shortcut keys Ctrl + r to open the Open Media window.

Step 2: Open VLC

Step 3: Set Media Options

In the Open Media Window, click on the Disc Tab.

Then select the appropriate media; DVD, blu-ray, Audio CD, or SVCD (super video compact disc)/VCD. The main differences between these types of media is how much data they can hold. CD’s (SVCD and VCD) max at about 700MB of data, DVDs hold maximum 8.5GB of data, and standard blu-ray holds 25GB.

Check the No Disk Menu checkbox. This will make sure that VLC skips the disk menu, and converts the contents of the drive. If you don’t check this box, VLC will only convert the contents of the disk menu.

If you have more than one DVD/CD ROM drive make sure the appropriate one, that has the DVD, is selected as the Disc Device. The title, chapter, audio track options enable you to only convert a specific part of the DVD. If you are converting the whole DVD, leave them at their default values, but I’ll cover these options in the FAQ section at the end of this video.

Step 3: Set Media Options

Step 4: Set Conversion Options

Click on the Convert/Save button to open the Convert window.

In this window, you only need to set the profile and name your destination file.

To extract the audio from a DVD as an mp3 file, you need to set the profile as audio mp3. Click on the profile drop down menu and scroll down and select the audio mp3 profile.

To set the destination folder and filename, click on browse, and navigate to the folder where you want to save the file. Type in the filename. I want to name my file as audio from DVD. Then click save.

Step 4: Set Conversion Options

Step 5: Click Start to Extract mp3 Audio from your DVD

That takes you back to the convert window. Press start to start extracting audio from your DVD.

It takes about 5 minutes to extract the audio from an hour long DVD. And that’s it.

Step 5: Click Start to Extract mp3 Audio from your DVD

Here’s a how to video

Frequently Asked Questions

Q 1: When I get to the end of my conversion, VLC asks me to overwrite the existing file, what can I do?

A: This is caused by setting your playback to loop. To solve this issue, exit VLC, Open it again and uncheck the loop button. Then restart the conversion process.

Q 2: I’ve ripped all the songs and they are in one file. Can I convert individual songs?

A: Yes you can, but it’s easier to convert the whole DVD, you’ll get one audio file. Then use Audacity to split the file into individual songs. I’ve created a short how to video on splitting an audio file in audacity.

Q 3: How do I convert only a section of the DVD?

A: You can use the title, chapter and start and end time position to only convert a certain section of your DVD.

In the Open Media window, you can access the start and end times by clicking the show more options check box. So if I only want to convert audio from a certain section let’s say Title 2, chapter 4, I can set the title, or set the title and the start and end times of the section I wish to convert.

Then set the profile and destination folder.

Q 4: I’ve converted my DVD but my audio is gabled. What can I do?

A: This is a question I get a lot, and there can be a number of reasons as to why your audio output is gabled. First make sure that you VLC can play the whole DVD. If you have a section on your DVD that’s unplayable, the conversion process will not complete and you’ll have a gabled audio.

If VLC can play the whole DVD without issues, then try and play the audio with VLC. If the audio plays on VLC but not on other devices, there could be compatibility issues. For instance, some devices do not support 5.1 surround sound. If you DVD had surround sound you may need to convert it to stereo.

To do that, you need to edit the audio mp3 profile. Click on the gear icon. Click on the audio codec tab. Make sure the keep original audio track is not selected. Select the MPEG Audio codec. This is a widely supported codec. Set the bitrate to 192. This is a bit rate that gives you excellent sound compression. Set your channels to 2. And use the 44100 hertz sampling rate. Click on save and the extracted audio from your DVD will be stereo and compatible with most devices.

Q 5: Can I extract .wav audio?

A: Yes. Use the Audio CD profile.

Q 6: Can I extract 5.1 surround sound?

A: Yes you can. Click on the gear icon to edit the mp3 profile and, click on the audio codec tab, and make sure that you check keep original audio track.

Q 7: Can I extract only the vocals?

A: If your DVD has the vocals in a separate channel, yes you can. Check the keep original audio track and then import the extracted audio into a software that supports multiple channels, for instance Adobe Audition and then convert the channels to mono and save the vocal channel. 

That’s it for this post. Check out our post on how to extract mp3 audio from a mp4 video using VLC. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, let me know in the comment section below

145 responses to “How to Extract mp3 Audio from a DVD using VLC Media Player”

  1. Robert Lamm Avatar
    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 Avatar

      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 Avatar

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

        1. Kongo Avatar

          Glad I could help.
          All the best.

    2. David Avatar

      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 Avatar

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

        1. Rich Avatar

          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.

          1. Kongo Avatar

            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 Avatar
    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 Avatar

    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 Avatar

      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 Avatar

    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 Avatar

      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 Avatar

    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 Avatar

      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 Avatar

        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,

        1. Kongo Avatar

          Thanks, we appreciate it.

  6. JP Avatar

    For my DVD it tooks me like 30 minute

    1. Kongo Avatar

      That sounds about right.

  7. Linda Brymer Avatar
    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 Avatar

      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.

  8. Frankie Avatar

    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 Avatar

      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 Avatar

        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 Avatar

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

  9. Derek McLachlan Avatar
    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 Avatar

      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.

  10. Eliza Merrifield Avatar
    Eliza Merrifield

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

    1. Kongo Avatar

      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).

  11. Vanessa Avatar

    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 Avatar

      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.

  12. Vanessa Avatar

    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,

  13. Lenno Avatar

    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 Avatar

      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.

  14. marsali Avatar

    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 Avatar

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

  15. John Avatar

    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 Avatar

      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.

  16. Baylee Avatar

    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.

    1. Kongo Avatar

      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.

  17. Richard Avatar

    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 Avatar

      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 Avatar

        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.

  18. gregg Avatar

    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 Avatar

      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.

  19. Eliza Merrifield Avatar
    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 Avatar

      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.


  20. Shane S Avatar
    Shane S

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

    1. Kongo Avatar

      Yes, in step 4, select wav.

  21. Sherry Avatar

    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?

  22. Sherry Avatar

    I mean audio, not video.

  23. Sherry Avatar

    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 Avatar

      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…

  24. Patric Avatar

    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 Avatar

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

  25. Patrick Avatar

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

    1. Kongo Avatar

      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 Avatar

        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 Avatar

          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.

  26. RICARDO Avatar

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

    1. Kongo Avatar

      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….

  27. Jeff Avatar

    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 Avatar

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

  28. Laura Avatar

    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 Avatar

      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?

  29. Ronald Avatar

    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 Avatar

      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.

  30. Lenny Avatar

    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 Avatar

      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.

  31. Paul Avatar

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

    1. Kongo Avatar

      Bottom left, 2nd button from the right.

  32. Venu T Avatar
    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?

    1. Kongo Avatar

      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 Avatar

        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.

  33. Jason Avatar

    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”


  34. Christian Avatar

    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 Avatar

      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 Avatar

        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 Avatar

          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 Avatar

            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 Avatar

            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…

          3. Bobr Avatar

            Hi Kongo, I have tried 2 different DVDs at this point – both play fine using VLC or other players on the 2 different PCs. It’s only when I try and do the Convert in VLC that I have the garbled problem.

          4. Kongo Avatar

            Hi Bobr, okay. Unfortunately, I don’t know what else could be the issue. Maybe try converting using a different software. And there are free online tools that convert video to audio…

          5. Bobr Avatar

            Hi Kongo, I have made some progress on this. I was able to use different software and extract some .VOB files that played correctly with VLC. I also was able to convert to .WAV using only VLB and then convert the .WAV to .MP3 successfully, so I can get the audio I was after. I am still unable to play the native .VOB files from a DVD using VLC, get garbled output. I tried using the older level of VLC 3.0.5 to convert to .MP3 directly but that produces garbled output as well. Thanks for your time and suggestions.

          6. Kongo Avatar

            Great. If anyone has found a solution to this garbled audio issue, please let us know…

          7. Rick Avatar

            Sounds great… thank you. However I am concerned with possible losses in audio quality. My DVDs’ audio is 384 kbps; if I rip to an mp3 of rhe same bit rate, there will still be loss, correct? But how much?

          8. Kongo Avatar

            Yes, there will be loss of quality in any trans-coding that you do. If you want to rip for archival purposes, then I’d recommend using WAV. For compatibility with devices, recommend 192kbps mp3. There is really no need to rip 384kbps mp3 files.

  35. Simon Avatar

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

    1. Kongo Avatar

      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.

  36. Loren Meck Avatar
    Loren Meck

    How do I extract raw PCM from a VOB on Windows? The wiki has only fragmentary information showing how to extract AC3 from a DVD drive on Linux. I tried:

    “c:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe” -I dummy –no-sout-video –sout-audio –no-sout-rtp-sap –no-sout-standard-sap –ttl=1 –sout-keep VTS_03_1.VOB :sout=’#std{access=file,mux=raw,dst=x.wav}

    Errors were:

    [0000000002adf3e0] stream_out_standard stream out error: no mux specified or found by extension
    [0000000002913390] core stream output error: stream chain failed for `standard{mux=””,access=””,dst=”‘#std{access=file,mux=raw,dst=x.wav}”}’
    [00000000028fa100] core input error: cannot start stream output instance, aborting

    Any ideas?


    1. Kongo Avatar

      Loren, I only know how to do this using the GUI and you’d get a WAV file, though I do think it would be LPCM (not 100% sure).

  37. Peter Avatar

    How to rip a specific audio track form a DVD which has 40 songs?
    The Video_TS folder in it shows 6 VTS_01_x files, not 40.

    1. Kongo Avatar

      That means that the songs were not encoded into individual files. You’ll need to rip the DVD and then use Audacity to split the audio into each song. The easiest way to do that is by using markers in audacity.

  38. Joseph Avatar


    I’ve tried four times (Twice after re-loading VLC) to convert the audio component of a DVD to audio (CD)(.wav)

    Each time I watch the VLC scroll as if it were downloading all the songs. When I try to play them, all that plays is the first song.

    (The songs were separate files on the DVD if that matters)

    1. Kongo Avatar

      Joseph, you need to convert each file in the DVD.
      Open the DVD in windows explorer and convert each file.

  39. Adrian Vogler Avatar
    Adrian Vogler

    Hi, I found Your very useful guide but somehow VLC only records 48 seconds in an endless loop.
    If I open the DVD normally it gets played as it should.
    What can that be?
    Any hint is very welcome.
    Thx, Adrian

    1. Adrian Vogler Avatar
      Adrian Vogler

      I have had a look and maybe it is caused by the DVD menu?
      The audio that is ripped from VCL in a loop is the audio from the DVD menu.
      But how do I get VCL rip the real content?

      1. Kongo Avatar

        Andrian, have you tried to uncheck the no disk menus box in Open Media window on VLC?

        Also you need to make sure that you’ve not selected the loop button on VLC.

  40. Rob Avatar

    Thank you Kongo!

    This was very helpful!!

    1. Kongo Avatar
  41. bigpor2gee Avatar

    Hi Kongo. I’ve been going thru a process of using VLC Media to rip concert music DVDs to .mp4, using VSDC Free Audio Converter to extract audio to a .mp3, and then using Audacity to split the .mp3 into individual tracks. It usually works pretty well. I don’t use VLC Media to rip directly to a .mp3, due to the common distortion problem. However, for “some DVDs” there is a problem where the rip doesn’t result in a .mp4 of the correct length and the audio either cuts out completely part way through or gets untracked from the video. Have you seen/heard of this before? Do you have an idea about what is unique about “some DVDs” that exhibit this behavior? Is there a tweak to the ripping process that I can do to get past it? Btw, I always check the “No Disc Menus” box. Thanks in advance for any ideas.

    1. Kongo Avatar

      No, I’ve never had that issue, though I rarely rip DVDs anymore.
      A few suggestions, first try and open the DVD using windows file explorer. If you are able to see the file structure of the DVD, then it’s easy to find the media files and copy and paste them to another drive in your computer. Then you can use VLC or any other software to extract .mp4 or wav. This is a foolproof way to make sure your audio and video are in sync.
      Also, I’ve heard that if you extract to wav using VLC, you don’t get the distortion issue. I’ve never had it, and I’ve not been able to replicate the issue, so I can’t say for sure if this works.
      And if you install the ffmpeg library, you can use Audacity to extract audio from video files, including mp4s, and DVDs – though I personally have never used Audacity to extract audio from DVDs!
      Hope that helps.

  42. bigpor2gee Avatar

    Thanks. So I tried your first step. Not working for me. I loaded one of the offending DVDs, found the file structure (AUDIO_TS – no files, and VIDEO_TS) and moved all the VIDEO_TS files to my hard drive in their own directory – 2 .BUP files, 2 .IFO files, and 9 .VOB files. So I’ve tried VLC with these files (both selecting individual .VOB files or multiple .VOB) files. The resultant .MP4’s have some audio distortion and timing issues. One problem is that I’m not sure if selecting the.VOB files is the right way to to go. This DVD plays fine directly off the DVD drive – no distortion, corret timing. No clue.

  43. bigpor2gee Avatar

    Thanks for the tips. I just tried moving the files from one of my “offending DVD’s” to hard drive – unfortunately to no avail. I found both AUDIO_TS (no files) and VIDEO_TS directories on the DVD. I moved the VIDEO_TS directory to my hard drive. This directory had 2 .BUP files, 2 .IFO files, and 7 .VOB files. I’ve tried converting both individual and multiple files to .mp4 with VLC. I am getting a repetitive distortion sound (and no video) when I do this. One problem that I may be having is selecting the correct files. Also, I’m not sure if I need to make any Preferences adjustments to VLC to account for conversion of .VOB files. Any more ideas?

    1. Kongo Avatar

      Okay, so yes the VOB files are what you need to convert.
      If you just need the audio, have you tried opening them with Audacity?
      And if you want mp4s from VOB, you might want to try this:
      If you are willing to share one of the VOB files, let me know, I’d love to figure out what’s the issue, because VLC should convert the VOBs to an mp4 without any issues.

  44. Keith Avatar

    Mate. You are the bees’ knees ! Worked a treat first time. VLC is a powerful tool but not so user friendly (for dummies). There is so much BS out there but not from you. Just easy to follow, sound advice and instruction. Have now bookmarked your site for future reference.

    1. Kongo Avatar

      Thanks Keith.
      Glad you found the post useful

  45. Keith Avatar

    PS. All the audio tracks WERE in one mp3 file as you said they might be but I have an ancient copy of SoundForge (lovely audio editing tool I’ve been using since 1998) which dealt with this easily. Easier to use than audacity but quite expensive. If you want to buy a modern release it will cost a few £ or $. Again, more good, no BS advice. Thanks Kongo.

  46. Nate Avatar

    Hi Kongo. Thank you so much for providing the instructions here that you have. Unfortunately I’m having what I think is a similar problem to others in the thread above. I can rip audio from a DVD but the file is a few times longer than the contents of the DVD itself and the sound is, to use a term repeated here numerous times, a “garbled”, incomprehensible mess. The DVD is brand new, bought yesterday from a chain store, plastic wrap only just opened, and plays fine on both the laptop I’m using and the DVD slot on my smart TV. I downloaded VLC this afternoon specifically to rip the audio so I assume I have the most up to date version. Hopefully, someone has been able to solve this problem. Do you have any advice in the meantime? Thanks again for the instructions, and in advance for any wisdom you can share 🙂

    1. Kongo Avatar

      Hi Nate. Yes, others have reported having the same issue. Sadly I’ve not been able to reproduce it, and it’s very hard to fix something you can’t reproduce.
      What can you do?
      1. Try using different profiles – I’d start with the Audio-CD profile that outputs a WAV file. You can also try and use a video profile and see if that works.
      2. Whichever profile you use, click on the gear icon to edit it. Then click on the audio codec and select Keep original sound track.
      3. Try a different program, Audacity is a good option.
      Finally if you do find a solution, please let us know…

  47. Jim Craft Avatar
    Jim Craft

    Kongo, do you have suggestions about how to merge two mp3 files into a single one? I have a few double-DVD concerts (operas, to be precise). I can generate a single mp3 file for each one, but it would be nice to merge them. Is there a way to do that? Thanks.

    1. Kongo Avatar

      Yes Jim, you can. Check out this post.

  48. Gary Torosian Avatar
    Gary Torosian

    I followed the instructions for a concert DVD I have but the resultant mp3 file is 2x as long as the concert and the audio really mish mashed (sort of several layers). I’m wondering if there was some sort of setting that I should have changed. If you’ve got any words of advice, would be grateful to hear. Thank you.

    1. Kongo Avatar

      Check FAQ4. If the troubleshooting tips in that questions don’t or do work, let us know.

      1. Ignatius J. Avatar
        Ignatius J.

        Having this same problem, and didn’t seem to see any tips in the comments, I’ve tried the FAQ4 suggestion, but still having no luck, has anyone figured out a fix for this?

        1. Kongo Avatar

          Sorry for the late reply. Been very busy the last few months.
          If you are still looking for a solution, let me know the specific problem you are facing (what are you trying to do, how are you doing it, what are the errors you are getting etc) and I’ll try and help.

          1. Ignatius J. Avatar
            Ignatius J.

            Definitely still looking for a solution. I’m trying to rip the audio from a DVD, and I’ve tried following the steps and what the FAQ says but haven’t had any luck, closest I can get is an MP3 file ThaTS about twice as long and slowed down, I did try to just adjust the playback speed on the MP3, but it’s not just slow, it’s garbled as well. I’m away from home until tomorrow, but if it would help find a solution I can pull up the specifics of what disc and software/hardware I’m working with.

          2. Kongo Avatar

            To my knowledge there are generally 2 issues that cause this. The first is the number of audio tracks on your DVD. There are some DVDs that come with 6 audio tracks (5.1 surround sound), and VLC has issues deciding what to do with the extra tracks. The second issue occurs when a DVD has audio that is encoded using a variable bit rate. The solution to both issues is to edit the mp3 conversion profile. You need to set the output to stereo to solve the first issue, and also set a constant bitrate of 192kbps. I don’t know if setting any constant bitrate will work, but I’d recommend you first try 192 and if that works, you can try higher bitrates.
            I don’t know which version of VLC you are using, and if you are using a MAC or PC, so no specific howto. But the FAQ4 has a general how to guideline.
            If that does not work, share (upload it to online storage and post link in a new comment) one of the videos from the DVD (you can find the videos is the Video_TS folder) and I’ll have a look at it.

  49. George Avatar

    Hi! Thank you so much for writing this to help people, really appreciate it. I feel really dumb. I have the latest version of VLC for Mac, but the menus look nothing like what you show here. I have no option to select media type, and nothing about your tutorial seems to match up with the version of VLC that I am using. Any idea what is happening? I turn offmenus but still get the same 54 second repeating over and over, if it works at all.

    1. Kongo Avatar

      Hi George. VLC interface on the Mac version is different from the PC/Linux version.
      I no longer have access to a Mac – it broke down, but here are a few suggestions that might work:
      1. Makes sure that you have not set VLC plaback mode to repeat.
      2. You can also use the finder app to open the DVD, then look for the individual video files in the video-ts folder.

      And on a Mac, if my memory serves me right, you’ll need to go to the streaming window, then choose your DVD as the stream that you want to export to mp3.

      Does that help?

      1. George Avatar

        Thank you for your help! I did try the VOB file and that seemed to work, but the resulting MP3 or WAV file is slightly sped up, a 23 minute file ended up being 19 minutes and is garbled. I reset VLC preferences to see if that would help, but it didn’t. I have been able to produce a clear video with audio from the same VOB file, but only as a .TS file. I figured it would be simple to make a WAV file but no luck so far! I probably could make a WAV file from the TS file, but that seems like an extra step that I am doing.

        1. Kongo Avatar

          Try the mp3 settings I recommend in FAQ 4. They should solve your garbled issue.

          1. George Avatar

            Thank you! I changed those audio settings and it still produced the same sped up audio file.

          2. Kongo Avatar

            Were you able to play the audio using VLC?

          3. George Avatar

            When I play the file back in VLC, it is still sped up and garbled. The DVD plays fine. I have ripped audio off of it years ago, but those files were on another computer. In fact I wish I knew what program I used back then. It extracted WAV files from every DVD, created its own folder structure for the chapters, did a great job. Anyway, I went through VLC and changed the Audio Output Module in preferences, and tried ripping the audio again 6 times, one with each new setting. Still producing the same sped up audio file. I did end up installing the Libsdvd file thinking that might help, and it didn’t.

          4. Kongo Avatar

            George, can you upload one of the smaller vob files from the DVD to an online storage and share it with me?
            I’ll have a look and let you know if I can solve the issue for you.

          5. George Avatar

            Sure, not sure which one. Dropbox work? I think I need your email address for that.

          6. Kongo Avatar

            George, sorry for taking so long to get back to you. Been a little busy…
            Yes, dropbox works, just post the share link in a comment.
            I’ll moderate the comment so the link will not be public…

          7. George Avatar

            I did use Handbrake to rip the same DVD, and that worked great. So I know the DVD isn’t the problem. Well, at least I don’t think its a problem. But would love to figure this out with VLC, now I just want to understand why its not working!

          8. George Avatar

            So I tried like 5 completely different DVDs, movies, other TV shows, etc, and the exact same problem happens. The audio is sped up when I copy just the audio. So strange! Definitely not a VOB issue. And I am using Handbrake to copy video and audio from the same DVD and it works fine. Weird!

  50. Barrie Smith Avatar
    Barrie Smith

    I’m trying to use this on a Mac but nothing relates to your demo is this only for windows?

    1. Kongo Avatar

      Yes Barrie, this is a tutorial for windows and I believe the Linux version of VLC is very similar to the windows version.
      If I can get enough interest, I’ll write up a Mac tutorial.
      Anyone else who wants the mac tutorial, like this comment.

      1. Barrie Smith Avatar
        Barrie Smith

        Thanks for a quick reply because of my age i thought I was missing something it looks so easy on Windows.

  51. Lil McD Avatar
    Lil McD

    Thanks for posting these instructions. I’m not a “techie” and my one of my favorite music clips disappeared when my computer swallowed it’s teeth… This seems pretty straightforward and I will try it. I hope I can do it right – Thank you!

    1. Kongo Avatar
  52. Ed Chin Avatar
    Ed Chin

    Hi Kongo, maybe I am missing something in your instructions, but when do I insert my DVD in the D drive? It starts playing whenever I put it in and close the door.

    1. Kongo Avatar

      Ed, you have set a default Autoplay option for your DVD media. This is an operating system setting. For instance, on Windows 10, you set it via the Autoplay settings options.
      If the DVD starts to play using VLC. Then stop the playback and then follow the steps outlined in the post.
      If you are using another media player as your default player, then you’ll need to close that media player and then open vlc…
      Hope that helps.

  53. Michael E Yeaman Avatar
    Michael E Yeaman

    Great post thanks Kongo!

  54. ROGER ELLIOTT Avatar

    DVD PCM Audio is LossLess. Converting to MP3 will result in huge losses from the original.

    1. Kongo Avatar

      Roger I challenge you, and anyone else with who thinks this is true, to take this test.
      Let’s put this myth to rest!

  55. Dave Brzeski Avatar
    Dave Brzeski

    I’d just ripped the new Mandy Morton & the Spriguns 6CD set to my hard drive (I play all my music from there via MediaMonkey), when I decided to see if I could find a way of ripping the audio from the 5 live video tracks that came on the acompanying DVD.
    Finding your post was a very good alternative to buying any of the DVD ripping software I found in my search.
    I worked OK. I decided to rip lossless, because I would be re-encoding to mp3 once I’d split the tracks. I’ve never been sure about splitting mp3s without re-encoding, which would lose quality. I attempted to rip to wav, but that didn’t really work for some reason. I ripped to flac, but the resulting file was not readable by CDWave Editor, or Traders Little helper. I extracted it to wav in Trader’s Little helper, having checked the “decode through errors checkbox”, and that seemed to work fine. I then split the tracks in CD Wave Editor & encoded to VBR0 mp3 in TLH.
    Oddly, the DVD had just 5 tracks, but VLC seemed to think there were 10. When I checked the combined wav file, it showed that all tracks were repeated. I split them, and compared, and the copies sounded identical, so I have no idea why it ripped them twice. Maybe there were two different format versions in the DVD.

    1. Kongo Avatar

      My guess is that the DVD has more than 2 audio channels. Happy you got it to work!

  56. John Metcalfe Avatar
    John Metcalfe

    Hi I’ve tried converting a couple of music dvd’s to mp3 but they come out 3 times the length they should be and garbled. I tried to follow your instructions relating to this but don’t really understand them. Any suggestions please

    1. Kongo Avatar

      John, the most likely reason for the length is your DVD comes with 5.1 surround sound, and VLC is trying to rip all 6 channels. I’ve shared how you can solve this issue in the post – check my answer to FAQ 4…

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