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I remember reading a long time ago how you can rip the audio (music) from a DVD and convert it to a usable/readable format.

I can't find that article any more. Can anybody help me?

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I've successfully used dvd::rip together with these tips. – Martin Schröder Apr 9 '15 at 11:00
  1. Inspect DVD with following command

    pg@pipoTower: ~$ tcprobe -i /dev/sr0

    look for line where chapters is like following:

    [dvd_reader.c] DVD title 1/1: 17 chapter(s), 1 angle(s), title set 1
  2. Rip all titles to mp3 where for example {1..17} is the number of chapters of your dvd

    for i in {1..17};do 
      transcode -x null,dvd -y null,tcaud -i /dev/sr0 -T 1,$i,1 -a 0 -E 44100,16,2 --lame_preset medium -m ~/tmp/yourDestinationMp3File_chapter${i}.mp3;

    For details of command:

    • -T title,chapter,angle (described by your tcprobe command in point 1.)
    • -a audioTrackNumber
    • -i inputDevice
    • --lampe_preset can be: medium, standard, extreme refer to man transcode for further details
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What would the transcode command look like when the DVD title line is DVD title 1/11: 3 chapter(s), 1 angle(s), title set 1? Thank you. – MountainX Apr 19 '15 at 5:23
@MountainX try to replace the 17 by your chapters number which in your case is 11, so it'll be for i in {1..11};do transcode -x null,dvd -y null,tcaud -i /dev/sr0 -T 1,$i,1 -a 0 -E 44100,16,2 --lame_preset medium -m ~/tmp/yourDestinationMp3File_chapter${i}.mp3; done – Philippe Gachoud Apr 21 '15 at 10:10
Great, works for me. I would only change: for i in {1..17} to for i in {01..17} to have names easier to sort. – matandked Jul 23 at 10:55

Here's what you're looking for: Handbrake.

It's a fairly useful tool for what you're trying to do. To install, add the ppa ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases to your software sources (here's how to do that) and install handbrake from the Software Center.

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It don't seem to have x64 version. If I try to install x32 -- I'm suggested to remove tons of x64 libs. – Adobe Feb 16 '13 at 6:29
Sorry, but see the Handbrake FAQ: Handbrake can't extract only audio. – Martin Schröder Oct 6 '13 at 15:49
@MartinSchröder yes, and no. If you get this, then you can export it using VLC or something. – James Oct 6 '13 at 20:26

For a proper Ubuntu approach I'd suggest to have a look into ffmpeg (command line). Example:

ffmpeg -i infile.wmv -vn -acodec copy outfile.wma

Or, if you want an MP3 file:

ffmpeg -i infile.avi -vn -ar 44100 -ac 2 -ab 192 -f mp3 outfile.mp3

Also there is another PPA software called Gnac; it's a GNOME software that uses the Gstreamer media framework and has a GUI.

Launchpad PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnac-team/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnac
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Use K3B to rip audios from DVD. Search on ubuntu software center, there you will find many apps regarding ripping audio/video data from dvds. – Curious Apprentice Feb 16 '13 at 6:51

Use VLC's "open media" menu option to open the DVD, set the title to the one you want (you may have to explore the DVD by actually starting to view it, to get the title number).

Then instead of telling VLC to play it, tell it to stream it to a file.

Works great - you may have to use audacity to trim the results, as VLC will go back to the menu after playing the title you selected... so you'll get the menu track on infinite repeat at the end of your file :)

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sudo apt-get install abcde

Wait half an hour. Current directory contains one .ogg track per file.

Similar question: What are some CD Ripping Programs you can use on Ubuntu?

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Although the problem has been resolved, I still want to share another great Linux DVD ripping freeware I love – AcidRIP ( AcidRIP is small and efficient, and allows me to transcode my DVDs just one button click. The average length of time I can rip a DVD is 15-30 minutes., by the way, lists four of my favorite DVD rippers for Windows. If you plan on ripping DVDs on Windows, you can give them a try. Note, the four rippers are shareware, not free.

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