How to Make Audio CD From Video DVD

by Joe Murray

    You loved the movie, bought the DVD and now want a CD of the soundtrack for your car audio system or boom box. The first thing you need to do is extract, or “rip,” the sound track from the DVD. Then copy the recording, or “burn” it, to a CD that will play on both your car audio system and portable CD player. Well over a dozen software vendors make the ripping software you require; here are three free versions: Switch Audio File Converter, DVD Audio Ripper and Free DVD MP3 Ripper.

    Switch Audio File Converter

    Step 1

    Download and install Switch Audio File Converter. Load the video DVD into your DVD player and open it to make certain it is fully operational. Leave the DVD running and open the ripping software program you have downloaded and installed.

    Step 2

    Select a profile for your recording in the selection panel. Generally MP3 is considered the most popular. However, Switch Audio File Converter offers up to 40 different profiles and allows you to select two or more programs to record simultaneously to separate files.

    Step 3

    Start the rip by clicking on the Rip or round red record button. Wait for the recording to finish, close the ripping program and remove the DVD. Place a fresh CD in your DVD/CD writer tray. Format the CD for universal playing on all machines if asked to do so or click on the "format" control on the Switch Audio File Converter menu.

    Step 4

    Open the Explorer program for Microsoft operating systems or select the MP3 icon on the desktop on most Macs. Copy or cut the ripped MP3 recording and paste it onto the DVD/CD icon. Depending on the operating system version, you are asked if you wish to record or burn the recording onto the CD. Answer “Yes” to begin the burning process. Alternatively, download and open a CD burning program such as Burrrn. These programs allow you to create titles, make cuts and separations in the audio program lineup and add labels and titles and other features not available from your basic operating system CD burning program.

    Step 5

    Try playing the CD on a separate player outside your computer, such as your car audio system, to make certain the burn has worked.

    DVD Audio Ripper

    Step 1

    Download and install DVD Audio Ripper. Load the video DVD into your DVD player and open it to make certain it is fully operational. Leave the DVD running and open the ripping program.

    Step 2

    Select a profile for your recording in the selection panel. Generally MP3 is considered the most popular.

    Step 3

    Start the rip by clicking on the Rip or round red record button. Wait for the recording to finish, close the ripping program and remove the DVD. Place a fresh CD in your DVD/CD writer tray. Format the CD for universal playing on all machines.

    Step 4

    Open the Explorer program for Microsoft operating systems or select the MP3 icon on the desktop on most Macs. Copy or cut the ripped MP3 recording and paste it onto the DVD/CD icon. Depending on the operating system version, you are asked if you wish to record or burn the recording onto the CD. Answer “Yes” to begin the burning process.

    Step 5

    Try playing the CD on a separate player outside your computer, such as your car audio system, to make certain the burn has worked.

    Free DVD MP3 Ripper

    Step 1

    Download and install Free DVD MP3 Ripper. Load the video DVD into your DVD player and open it to make certain it is fully operational. Leave the DVD running and open the ripping program. Note that Free DVD MP3 Ripper only works in Windows.

    Step 2

    Select a profile for your recording in the selection panel. Free DVD MP3 Ripper creates MP3 recordings in several different profiles. Any profile will play on CD players that play MP3 CDs.

    Step 3

    Start the rip by clicking on the Rip or round red record button. Wait for the recording to finish, close the ripping program and remove the DVD. Place a fresh CD in your DVD/CD writer tray. Format the CD for universal playing on all machines.

    Step 4

    Open the Explorer program. Copy or cut the ripped MP3 recording and paste it on the DVD/CD icon. Depending on the operating system version, you are asked if you wish to record or burn the recording onto the CD. Answer “Yes” to begin the burning process.

    Step 5

    Try playing the CD on a separate player outside your computer to make certain the burn has worked.

    Tips

    • Use only the highest-quality CDs for burns. Play with the various settings before deciding on a final set for your CD. Select those that sound best to you.

    Warnings

    • If you are working with copyrighted material, reselling any recording you make is prohibited by law.

    About the Author

    Joe Murray San Francisco, CA, US Joe Murray began writing professionally in 1980. As a technical writer, he authored numerous white papers, journals and articles for publications and websites for Hewlett Packard and Intel. Since retiring, Murray has written several home-exchange travel articles for KnowYourTrade.com and CHECtravel, among other outlets. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Santa Clara University. Murray has made more than 50 vacation home exchanges worldwide.

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