DVD Audio Extractor

DVD Audio Extractor 8.3

Extract any of the soundtracks available in video discs of any kind

Enjoying the audio of a concert DVD or Blu-ray on your car or portable device with audio capabilities, or just extract the audio of a video file in order to edit, correct, and enhance it is no longer an unattainable task with DVD Audio Extractor. This tiny tool can demux your video discs and files and provide you with either an untouched or a transcoded audio file of its soundtrack.

The program works seamlessly with DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and even standalone VOB or AOB files. Once you’ve selected the required file or disc, you’ll be presented with all the tracks (or “titles”) and audio formats available for extraction, when more than one exists (which is usually the case with video discs). In this same window you can type in the name of the artist, album, year, and genre, and these metadata will be added automatically to your resulting audio files. Besides, you can change the default name of each of the chapters detected into the corresponding song titles when extracting music files.

The next step is to select the audio file format. You can extract the audio present in the video file or disc as is, i.e. via a direct stream demux. This will respect the original format of the audio stream and won’t perform any kind of transformation or conversion, resulting in an untouched audio file with no loss of its original quality. Alternatively, you can perform an on-the-fly conversion into well-known lossy (OGG or MP3) and lossless (WAV, ALAC, or FLAC) codecs. Finally, you can turn your video disc into a CD image with a cue sheet. Of course, all these codecs can be tweaked to fit your preferences in terms of bit rates, volume normalization, etc.

The next step is to tell the program where it should save your audio files and which template to use to name the output files. Once you’re happy with your choices, you can move to the last window, where the program will start the extraction process itself according to your settings. The process is pretty fast, and the results are simply excellent.

DVD Audio Extractor has been around for years, and for those of us who have tried it or used it at some point have nothing but good things to say about it. Not everybody can benefit from this amazing little utility for more than 30 days, though, as the required license fee required after that time may not be affordable for everyone. Still, I can but recommend you to try it, even if it’s just for a month, and see for yourself the things it can do for your audio collection.

Francisco Martínez
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Review summary

Pros

  • Rename audio tracks and add metadata to them
  • Converts the original stream into widely used formats
  • Demuxes the original audio stream
  • Select the streams and titles you wish to extract

Cons

  • Requires a significant license fee
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