I have a few DVDs that contain concert or concert-like music. I'd like to extract this audio so that I can listen to it on my iPod. Any idea how to do that? (Presumably it's encrypted, so I'd need to somehow DeCSS it first.)

The few searches I've tried produced so much other noise that I wasn't able to anything fruitful.

I know I can run the audio back thru the input of the sound card to capture it and all that junk. But I'd rather use a more direct solution--sort of like the way I can use cdparanoia to pull audio from CDs.

I'm game for a Mac OS X, Linux, Windows, or FreeBSD solution here. Any of 'em will do. Really. Free software, of course, is preferred.

Anyone doing this?

Posted by jzawodn at June 23, 2003 03:12 PM

Reader Comments
# Kenneth said:

In a win-centric view try doom9.org

on June 23, 2003 03:40 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

Kenneth: Maybe I'm missing something, but none of those guides mention DVDs in their titles. I guess I could read all of them to figure out which one applies.


on June 23, 2003 03:49 PM
# David Dorward said:

I use Transcode for this, for example:

transcode -i /dev/dvd -p /dev/dvd -T 1,1 -E 44100 -y null,wav -m myAudio.wav -s 3


on June 23, 2003 03:50 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

David: Kick Ass! That's it. :-)

on June 23, 2003 03:52 PM
# David Dorward said:

No problem, its great for getting the sound track from the end credits of good movies. Audacity then makes it easy to seperate out any dialog and multiple songs.

on June 23, 2003 03:55 PM
# Jeff Bearer said:

That transcode method is probably the easiest for you. I'll mention an alternate method for others who are more windows based. I do a fair amount of playing with dvd audio and video on windows because other windows only editing tools, the free tools I'd use there to get an audio track are smartripper to extract the content off of the dvd, and dvd2avi to demux the audio.

Both can be downloaded from doom9

on June 24, 2003 08:28 AM
# Dor said:

perl-Video-DVDRip is an excellent GUI wrapper for transcode. It makes having a Netflix subscription that much better.

For more Windows-centric advice, I usually start at dvdrhelp.com (formerly vcdhelp.com)

on June 24, 2003 10:13 AM
# dvd said:

what about dvdfile.com, do you know it?

on August 29, 2003 09:50 AM
# James Lick said:

The above URL for transcode no longer works. The new URL is: http://www.transcoding.org/cgi-bin/transcode

on August 18, 2005 06:52 PM
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