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extract dvd audio freeware For a couple of years now, I have been awaiting a decent, standalone, freeware program that can extract DVD audio tracks and convert them to audio mp3’s. There are dozens and dozens of trialware and shareware applications, but absolutely no decent freeware programs that get this done in a satisfactory manner.

I only have a couple of music concert DVDs How to Backup CD/DVDs to PC and Play them From Backup How to Backup CD/DVDs to PC and Play them From Backup Read More , but the live music from these shows are not available on CD, and nowhere else in digital format on the web either. I also have a couple of comedy shows that I wanted to rip from. So I did some significant research and testing, and came up with four simple tools that will get the job done for free. Here are the detailed instructions.

Download the following programs first:

Smart Ripper (ripping the AC3 Audio file)*
BeLight (Converting AC3 to MP3)
BeSweet (In combination with BeLight, converting AC3 to MP3)
Audacity (Seperating Chapters/Songs)

* Please note that this is the only DVD ripper that would consistently extract the AC3 file. DVD Decrypter is supposed to have this ability as well, but I could not get it to work.

A. Smart Ripper

1. After you download and extract Smart Ripper to whichever folder you would like, insert the audio DVD of your choice and run the SmartRipper.exe in the extracted Smart Ripper Folder.

2. Once open, it will run through a verification process of the DVD.


3. Once that is complete, go to the ‘Stream Processing’ Tab of the application.

4. In the ‘Streams’ section, make sure ‘Enable Stream Processing’ is checked and uncheck all of the boxes below, and then ONLY re-check the proper AC3 file(or .WAV/2 Channel file). Also make sure that ‘Demux to extra file’ is selected on the right side.

Finally, make sure you have selected your designated location to store the AC3 file.

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5. You then will see the progress of the ripping.

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6. Once the process is complete, you will be prompted with a ‘Rip Complete’ dialog.

B. Belight and Besweet

1. After downloading each of the Belight and Besweet applications, make sure you extract both of their zip files into the same location. (Belight depends on the Besweet.exe file)

2. Open Belight.

3. Go to File>Open, and browse to your newly created AC3 File.


4. Adjust advanced however you like, or simply keep the default, and they should be sufficient.

5. Click ‘Start Processing’.

6. Once the process is complete, you should see a identical file to the original, but the difference will be a MP3 extension.

C. Audacity

1. The final step of the process will be using the extremely popular Audacity Record audio files with Audacity Record audio files with Audacity Read More application to separate the chapters/songs. This unfortunately will be the most tedious step of the process, but should not take that long.

2. After downloading and installing Audacity, open the application.

3. Go File>Open, and open the newly created MP3 file. The import process may take a while, due to the file size.

4. After the import is complete, the imported file will display an audio graph that has a large dip in between songs.

5. You will cut each of these sections into a new file, by highlighting, then selecting EDIT>CUT.

6. You will then select File>New, and paste each of these sections into a new file. These files will be your songs.

7. That’s it, you now have your concert DVD added to your audio collection.

As you can see this process is as simple as some of the many DVD audio extraction programs out there, but the difference is that these don’t come along with the typical $30.00 price tag either. Plus, once you have the process down, it shouldn’t take you much longer then 30 minutes, as it did for me.

Since Smart Ripper is somewhat of an old application (no updates since 2005), some of the newer methods of encryption may block its capability, so you may have to resort to a newer AC3 extraction tool. (if you can find one).

I not only did this article to get the instructions out on how to do this, but to see if there were any other suggestions for conversion. If you know of any standalone, freeware applications that can do this, please speak loudly.

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  1. zn
    November 13, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Nice. For what it's worth. If you use foobar2000 there's a plugin component that can decode ac3 files which can effectively replace the whole belight/besweet step.

  2. gaudy
    November 30, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Many thanks for this tutorial!

  3. hollyfo
    November 26, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    just use a dvd audio ripper
    it can rip DVD movies and convert DVDs to all popular audio formats including MP3, WAV, OGG, WMA, AAC, AC3, M4A, APE and MKA.
    easy to use

  4. Claude Marcil
    July 8, 2009 at 12:01 pm


    Many thanks and congratulation for giving us, poor and green users, a free, efficient and understandable method to extract audio from those music DVD,s.

    I've just extracted my first song and it worked just GREAT.



  5. Arvind
    July 5, 2009 at 4:39 am

    This is amazing way of ripping MP3 from the DVD. All for free... thanks alot.

  6. Frik Hechter
    January 1, 2009 at 10:10 am

    I have had the same problem extracting audio in mp3 format from DVD. I tried your method, but have found it somewhat labourius. Why don't you try Free DVD MP3 Ripper obtainable from to extract direct in MP3 format and then use Nero Wave Editor to cut and paste. If you don't want to use Nero then use Audacity. THe only hassle in this instance will be that you will have to save and then convert to MP3 again

    • Gerard
      February 2, 2009 at 6:45 pm

      Frik - did you mean If so, then that works well, but I still had to use DVD Decrypter for the DVDs I had.

  7. henk
    November 26, 2008 at 10:05 am

    Been using audiograbber for more than 5 years, still the best mp3 ripper ive ever used. I think its even less than 4 steps to rip an entire audio cd!

    • T.J. Mininday
      December 6, 2008 at 4:33 pm

      Unfortunately doesn't look like it has the ability to extract directly from VOB/DVD files.

  8. Ellie
    November 25, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Great post. I have used Smart Ripper for a few weeks now, and it is great!

    • T.J. Mininday
      November 25, 2008 at 10:34 pm

      Glad to hear someone using Smart Ripper. It doesn't have the fancy GUI that some of the others do, but it simply...Gets the job done.