For whatever reason, one of the most difficult tasks to accomplish on Mac OS X is extracting only the audio from a video or DVD. Above all, this is because there are a limited number of software tools to help you do this. Want to rip audio tracks from your DVDs? This guide will show you how to rip audio tracks from your DVDs on Mac. There are two methods you can use, both of which work equally well.


Method 1: Rip audio tracks from your DVDs with Handbrake on Mac

Method 2: Rip audio tracks from your DVDs with DVD Ripper on Mac


Method 1: Rip audio tracks from your DVDs with Handbrake on Mac

Now insert your DVD into your Mac's DVD drive and launch HandBrake. Select the part of the DVD you want to rip; it's usually the longest title, or the main feature. In the Presets Drawer, choose Regular -> Normal. Then, under the Video tab, make sure Constant Quality is selected and move the slider all the way to the left to 0—if you're only ripping the DVD to get its audio, the video quality is unimportant, so the smaller the file size the better.

Rip audio tracks from your DVDs with  Handbrake on Mac

Click the Audio tab, and choose the track you want to rip next to Track 1. If there's a 2.0 audio track use that—it's already professionally mixed down to stereo. If there's only a 5.1-channel soundtrack, you can use that instead. Choose AAC (CoreAudio) under Audio Codec, Stereo under Mixdown, Auto under Samplerate, and 320 under Bitrate. Finally, under Chapters tab, make sure Create Chapter Markers is enabled.

Rip audio tracks from your DVDs with  Handbrake on Mac

Click the Start button and let HandBrake do its work. When HandBrake has finished, download Monkeybread Software's free Extract Movie Soundtrack 2.0 (payment requested). This small app exports the audio from a movie file in AIFF format. And if your ripped file has chapters in it, the app can even export each chapter as its own AIFF file. If that's the case, all that's left now is to add your tracks to iTunes, tag them, and convert them to your format of choices (such as AAC or MP3).


Method 2: Rip audio tracks from your DVDs with DVD Ripper on Mac

Here's another method I use, which is quick and easy. Start with a DVD ripper named iFunia Video Converter for Mac. No technical knowledge or skills are needed to rip audio tracks from your DVDs on your Mac. The simple instructions below will guide you through the easy step of the way.


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1. Run iFunia DVD Ripper and load DVD by click the media icon at the upper right corner and open the Media Browser window. It can add three kinds of DVD (DVD disc, DVD folder which include a "Video_TS" folder and a "Audio_TS" folder, IFO file).

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2. Use the "Output Format" drop-down menu to control the output format. Select "General Audio" from the list and choose the audio format you want. Click the conversion button.

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