How to rip the audio from a movie or DVD
Rip the DVD
You may want to listen only to the music track of a DVD you have purchased. For example, all the tracks from a concert DVD, or various songs and music scattered throught a movie. If you want to export audio from a DVD, you first need to remove the copy protection first.
Use Handbrake and VLC Player to accomplish this. See my video: How to rip a DVD using Handbrake and Windows 7 for a tutorial.
Once you have a digital file, you can then use various free tools to rip (extract) the audio.
Extract audio using Quicktime Player
Quicktime Player comes with your MAC but it is also available for the PC from Apple. Here is the download link,
- To get started extracting the audio from your video file, open the video in QuickTime Player.
- If you want to keep all of the audio from the entire video, you can skip to step #3. But if your video is long and you only want the audio from a certain part, you can use QuickTime’s trim feature. Just go to the menu bar and select Edit > Trim. Then you can move the yellow handles to change where the video starts and ends. click the Trim button to trim your selection.
- When you’re ready to make your audio file, go to File > Export.
Export the audio
- When the Export window comes up, select “Audio Only” from the Format drop-down menu. Name your file and click Export.
- Name your file.
- Click the Export button.
QuickTime will create an M4A audio file that you can use with iTunes to load onto you iPod, iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV.
Export audio using MPEG Streamclip
MPEG Streamclip is a free program available for both MAC and Windows. The benefit of using this software instead of QuickTime is the level of control you have over file type, bit rate, etc. Once MPEG Streamclip is installed, it’s easy to turn your video into audio only.
Open the video in MPEG Streamclip
Launch MPEG Streamclip, then drag your video file from Finder right into the window. You can also go to File > Open Files if that’s easier.
You can preview the movie by clicking the Play button and navigate to the exact place you want to export the audio. You can also export the entire movie.
Trim the audio
Just like QuickTime Player, you have the option to trim your video first and use only the part you want.
Move the playback indicator to the position where you’d like the video to start, then go to Edit > Select In. Now move the playback indicator to where the clip should end and go to Edit > Select Out.
Choose Edit > Trim from the menu to finalize your changes.
Export the audio
Next, go to File > Export Audio. You’ll be able to choose from AIFF, MP4 AAC, and MP2 (not recommended) as the format, as well as other details like the sample and bit rates. Somewhere between 128-256 kbps will do the job most of the time.
Click OK to name your new audio file and save it.