Converting DVD audio to a CD?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by Afro1989, Mar 14, 2006.

  1. Afro1989 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 16, 2005
    Okay, I'm not too sure I put this question in the right section, but here it goes.

    I converted all my old and rare VHS live music concerts onto DVD so they do not deteriorate.

    I am wondering if there is a way to take the audio only from the DVDs and put them on a CD so that I can put it on my Mac and then add it to my iTunes library.

    Is there any way to take the audio only from the DVDs that I made and put them on a CD or straight to my iTunes?

    Thanks so much! I am in some serious need of help.
  2. frankblundt macrumors 65816


    Sep 19, 2005
    South of the border
    there's one solution here.

    I have done it myself, once, but i'm struggling to remember the middle step.
    1. Use Mac the Ripper or similar to extract the DVD audio out as an ac3 file
    2. Use something??? to convert the ac3 into an AIFF audio file
    3. use Spin Doctor, Audacity etc to trim the AIFF into separate tracks.
    4. use iTunes to convert to mp3/AAC (if you want)
  3. Greenjeens macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2005
    I did this same procedure... just trying to remember the steps. Got the audio on my itunes from Laserdiscs and DVDs.

    First rip the tracks using Mac the Ripper (version 3.0 r12) Might cost a $30 "donation" for the supped up version.
    This version is perfect for capturing individual audio tracks. I used it for already purchased DVDs to get the audio tracks to play in iTunes.
    uncheck the video just capture the individual audio titles/tracks in MODES.

    Open the "demux" function and uncheck the video and then select which audio outputs you want and which are available.
    PCM 2 channel

    Then use the
    AIFF From PCM converter app

    if the ripped tracks are only in ac3/surround format then use this converter app. Other decoder modes too. Think I had some noise problems with this conversion.

    Analog track cutting and editing (hard to figure out) for analog tracks. I used this to delineate a single track from live performances and edit out applause on old Laser discs.
    Included in Toast 7 Titaneum extras

    Then just import the finished tracks into iTunes and possibly convert to Apple Lossles or your format of choice(within iTunes), to save space, since AIFF tracks take up lots of space. You'll have to figure out the exact step order, but this is the basic tools you will need.


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