Copying DVD audio into iTunes?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by londonb, Dec 28, 2003.

  1. londonb macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2003
    I have a DVD (Allman Brothers Band Live at the Beacon Theater) that I would like to copy into iTunes so that I may put it on my iPod. Is there a way to do this?
  2. the future macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2002
  3. londonb thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2003
    I am not sure of the format... it is a commercial recording of a concert. It is basically like a movie. When I looked at the disk in the Finder it shows an audio folder and a video folder but none of the individual files show up in the audio folder. In the video folder most of the files are listed like VTS_01.1.VOB with the single digit assending.

    Thanks for your time and sorry about my ignorance of DVDs. This is the first one I have purchased and I would love to have this music on my iPod!
  4. Kingsnapped macrumors 6502a


    Oct 16, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    OSEx's job is to rip the DVD's adio format into something that MAC3dec can convert to MP3 or other formats. The latest MacAddict (maybe not latest... the one with the gift guide) has an entire walkthrough.

    ....unfortunately, I tried the walkthrough with the Aquabat's live DVD and got nothing readable by QT or iTunes. Hope you have better luck than I.
  5. the future macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2002
    Ok, as you do have a Video DVD, I can walk you through this.

    1. Insert DVD into computer, start 0SEx. Now you have to check all the tabs in 0SEx:
    Ti: Choose the longest title here (if there is more than one title). That will be the main programm, in your case the concert.
    Ch: We'll come to this at the end...
    An: Check "01" (usually there will be only one angle anyways).
    Vid: Un-check everything.
    Aud: Check *one* AC3 stream, un-check the others (if there are several). If you can choose between a 6 channel stream ("AC3 6ch") and a 2 channel stream ("AC3 2ch") I would suggest choosing the 2 channel stream as it will already be optimized for stereo listening (as opposed to being optimized for surround systems).
    Sub: De-check everything.
    Fmt: Check "Elem. Streams".
    Seg: Check "Title"
    Back to Ch.: In concert movies, usually each song will be a chapter. You can check all the chapters here, which will result in one long audio file of the whole concert. *OR* you can only check one chapter at a time, which will result in individual audio files for each song. This is just up to you.

    2. Open MAC3dec and convert the ac3 files to whichever audio format you wish. You can convert it directly to mp3 or you can convert it to aiff (regular cd-quality audio), open this aiff-file in QuickTime and export it as aac (mpeg 4).

    3. Enjoy in iTunes, on your iPod, burnt to a CD, etc.
  6. londonb thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2003
    You are the MAN!!! It worked like a charm. It takes a while to do it one channel at a time but it is well worth it!

    Thanks a ton.
  7. the future macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2002
  8. spaceship macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2004
    in OSEx you can actually choose "chapters" instead of "title" in the Seg dropdown to automatically seperate the file in to the corresponding chapters.

    it will save you ALOT of trouble.
  9. Polymath macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2004
    I followed the steps above, but get nothing but squeaks and squawcks when I play the aiff file. Here's what I have and what I did; perhaps someone here can enlighten me:

    I'm working from a DVD that was burned from a DV tape of a concert I was in. It was burned by someone else using Studio 8 on a Windows box. I'm trying to rip the audio so we can burn CDs of the show.

    I started out using 0Sex as directed to rip the audio. I got a c.649MB file with a .pcm extension. I applied MAC3dec to that file to convert it to .aiff (48kHz to 48kHz). The operation completed, but it only produced a c.36MB file, which seems too small. That's the file that QT refuses to play.

    The DVD itself plays on my Mac. Any hints as to what I'm doing wrong with the ripping/conversion?
  10. Balin64 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2002
    In a Mauve Dream
    How 'Bout WireTap?

    Ambrosia Software put out a freebie called WireTap. It basically records all audio coming from your Mac to AIFF format. You can use iTunes to convert to ACC/MP3 to place on your iPod. I've used it to record stramed music, and it works very well. However, I have not tried to capture audio from a DVD. WireTap should be listed on versiontracker. It has the coolest icon too.
  11. Dazzler macrumors member

    Jul 3, 2002
    Brisbane, Australia
    Recording DVD Audio

    While the above method seems all well and good, there's a much simpler way of doing it. have two programs, "Audio Hijack" and "Audio Hijack Pro" that record the audio from just about any source your Mac can throw at it.

    You basically tell Audio Hijack which program to "hijack" (in this case it would be the Apple DVD Recorder), synch up the DVD to where you want to start recording, and press "Record".

    The regular version of the program allows you to save as aiff files, while the "Pro" version allows you to set timers, save as MP3 (and alter quality) etc as well as use plug-ins etc.

    I've used it extensively, and the results are superb.
  12. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    The problem is that the current version of 0SEx can't handle PCM audio. The only app I know of that can handle PCM is called DVD Extractor (I think) and only runs in OS 9.

    Update: 0SEx also has trouble with audio-only AC3 tracks (no video). MacTheRipper seems to work though :)
  13. onealc macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2004
    Audio Hijack Pro

    I've used Audio Hijack Pro and it's super easy and awesome. I "hijacked" the audio out of some of my concert DVDs.

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