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.




42 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…

      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?

  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.

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