Though many video conversion tools also offer you the possibility of extracting the audio stream of the selected files, most of them are incapable of extracting the soundtrack of an entire DVD in a consistent manner. DVD Audio Extractor not only grabs the selected audio stream and saves it in the format of your choice – it does take into account the structure of the disc and its contents to produce the required tracks in a coherent way.
This versatility and its good knowledge of how a DVD works allow the program to extract for you specific songs from a DVD concert or the soundtrack of selected chapters only. Video converters with audio extraction capabilities cannot see beyond the video file, and they merely extract the audio stream of each VOB file and save it as a separate track. This is also true for Blu-ray discs – which DVD Audio Extractor also supports now – regardless of the fact that the entire film or concert is usually stored in a single M2TS file. DVD Audio Extractor uses the BD inner structure to help you extract only the chapters or tracks you’re interested in. And yes, DAE also supports Blu-ray discs since 2012, a “novelty” that, though mentioned in the program’s website, does not appear anywhere in the interface, not even among the options in the “DVD source” drop-down menu.
Unless you have inserted a DVD or Blu-ray disc on your system drive, the program’s interface will fail to open, and it will stubbornly wait for a video disc to be available to launch. This would be an understandable safeguard if physical discs were the only source the program could work with. However, this otherwise flexible tool can also work with individual video files and with entire DVD folders, which makes this “not without a disc” approach very annoying, to say the least.
As said, DAE will show you the structure of the DVD, BD, or DVD folder for you to choose which titles and chapters you want the program to process. Alternatively, you can tell DAE to extract the entire soundtrack in one continuous track. You’ll also be informed of the various audio tracks available, so that you can choose the language or the audio quality you’re interested in. The program can perform a direct stream demux or convert the audio stream to the format of your choice on the fly. The former option will extract and save the selected audio “as is” without further transcoding (AC3, DTS, LPCM, TrueHD, etc.), while the latter will allow you to select an output format among Ogg, MP3, FLAC, ALAC, and WAV. A third possibility would be to create an audio CD image with its corresponding CUE sheet. The quality of the output audio can also be customized.
DVD Audio Extractor is a true keeper. The extraction process itself is not only fast but also 100% reliable. The output quality is outstanding, especially when no further encoding is involved. If only the “minor enhancements” for this new version would have taken into account the minor flaws mentioned above, DAE would become one of those few perfect apps that one never tires of using.
- Extracts audio from M2TS files and BDs
- Audio merging functionality
- Direct stream demux
- Converts extracted audio on the fly
- Built-in audio and video player
- Fails to open if no disc is present
- No mention of any BD support in the interface