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There are many cases where it’s desirable to extract a song or other audio from a DVD. You may have made a DVD of your child’s school concert and want just your child’s performance as a MP3 which you can email to relatives, burn on a CD, or put on your MP3 player or phone, or even use as your phone’s ring tone. You can also extract a sound clip, sound effect, or any other audio from the DVD. Once the audio has been converted into an ordinary sound file it can be used like any other audio on your computer.
There are several methods for extracting an audio from a DVD; this is the simplest method. This tutorial uses freeware programs on a computer with a DVD drive. It has to have either built-in audio (most computers do) or a sound card with the appropriate drivers. Similar methods will work with other computers. It’s certainly possible to use this method to extract audios from commercial DVDs. That may or may not be a violation of the copyright laws where you live.
Step 1: Getting Software
It’s really simple to extract audio recordings from DVDs. Just play the DVD on your computer and use a program which makes digital audio recordings. This is the digital equivalent of hooking up a cassette recorder to the output of a VCR or DVD player.
My favorite program for watching DVDs on my computer is VLC, it’s an open source program and extremely versatile. It plays almost all digital video and audio files. Audacity is an open source digital recorder and editing studio. Some software DVD players, like certain versions of Windows Media Player, disable Windows’s audio drivers and won’t work with this technique.
VLC and Audacity will work on many different operating systems (Windows, Macintosh, Linux). Each operating system has its own method of controlling audio levels. This tutorial was written with Windows XP, similar techniques will work with other operating systems.
Step 2: Run Your Programs
Run Audacity. There’s a pull down box in the middle of the menu (highlighted yellow in this photo, but not in the actual program) that controls which audio source will be recorded. Select stereo mix.
Run VLC. Pull down the Media menu and select “Open Disk”. Typically your DVD drive will be D: although it can vary depending on what mass storage devices and flash memory readers are in your computer.
Step 3: Displaying Both at Once
Step 4: Extract and Save
This technique can also be used to record audio from streaming audio and video feeds, including video chats. Instead of using VLC to play a DVD just use your web browser to view the streaming feed as usual and use Audacity to record the Stereo Mix.