Probably one of the easiest ways of enjoying the audio stream of your music DVDs and Blu-ray discs on portable playback devices – or your car stereo, for that matter – is by letting DVD Audio Extractor to rip the entire soundtrack (or just your favorite tracks) in the audio format of your choice. This small and efficient ripping tool can demux the selected stream in its original format or convert it into MP3, FLAC, Ogg, uncompressed PCM (WAV), or AIFF.
Its easy-to-use interface will detect automatically any DVD or Blu-ray disc present on any of your disc drives. Once loaded, you’ll be presented with all the streams and tracks available. Alternatively, you can select a different source, such as a DVD or a Blu-ray folder previously stored on your system. The program will still present you with all the audio streams available (Titles) and their corresponding tracks. To help you make the right choice, you are provided with valuable info about each Title, such as the duration and some details about the audio format used. You can check and uncheck all or some of the tracks in that Title and proceed to the selection of the output format.
Direct Demux is the default option for the output. This means that AC3, DTS, LPCM, or MPEG streams, for instance, will be saved in their original format, with no post-processing or conversion tasks involved whatsoever. You will then end up with an .ac3, .dts, .pcm, or .mpa file, respectively, that you can later re-encode in your favorite format. Alternatively, you can choose to have your audio tracks converted on the fly in any of the conversion formats mentioned above. Each of them comes with its own settings, which you can tweak to meet your needs. The extraction process itself is fast and always produces the expected high-quality results.
As said, the program can also read DVD and Blu-ray folders from an internal or external hard drive, but DVD Audio Extractor seems to have been designed to look for discs and discs only on startup. This means that unless you have a supported disc on one of your drives, the program simply won’t open. Once it has, however, you can ignore the disc and select a folder instead as source. This minor drawback aside, DVD Audio Extractor is still one of the favorite DVD audio ripping tools for many users.