Can you copy (the sound) from a DVD to a CD?

I want to copy a specific song on a DVD onto a CD … how??

Well, DVD2AVI (google it) can make a WAV file out of the soundtrack on a DVD. Of course, if you use that on a regular film you’re gonna have a 90+ minute WAV file that you’ll need to crop down to just the song. But after that you can do what you want with it - burn the WAV to audio CD, convert it to MP3, etc.

There are other programs I could point you to, but as you know the SDMB Big Borther is always watching… :rolleyes:

Just curious, but why is the protection of copyrighted material worthy of this reaction on your part. It isn’t like this just cropped up at the SDMB last week.

Fixed that for you.

(Warning: I killed the last two threads I posted audioé advice to. Use at your own risk. :slight_smile: )

The easiest way is to connect the sound-out jacks on the DVD player to the sound-in jacks on your computer, cue up and pause the desired song on the DVD, start the simple sound-recording software on your computer, hit RECORD on the sound-recording software, then hit PLAY on the DVD player.

The computer will record the analogue output of the DVD player–your song–as a sound file.

Then you can burn it to a CD. The file has to be put in a specific format to be playable on a regular CD player. I believe many CD-burning softwares will handle this.

Rex, how do you know it is for fair use? How do you know that bnaude isn’t looking to copy songs to a CD and then sell them?* He didn’t add anything to the OP that makes it clear one way or the other. Time and again the mods have erred on the side of caution, why should it change now?

*bnaude, I’m not suggesting that is what you are going to do, just that it is unclear.


Who the hell is gonna copy one song off a DVD and sell it? Who the hell is gonna pay for one song off a DVD? While I can appreciate the SDMB’s “We think the INDUCE Act is GREAT!” atitude towards the protection of IP, this board goes overboard far too often. And it’s my job to bitch about it.

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xash - We can’t even edit our own posts, how could a general user alter another user’s post? I read Rex’ line as a benign tongue-in-cheek “What you meant to say was…”
As to the topic - we’ve already stepped perilously close to telling people how to violate the DMCA here without getting into “cracking” a DVD into its component files.

Other than connecting an analog tape recorder to the audio outputs of a DVD player, there’s no means that’s legal in the US to record audio off of a commercial DVD. (And a tape recording is iffy, at best.)

To the OP - have you tried looking for a soundtrack CD for this movie?

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as uttered by Arnold himself in the sticky

I’d take it very seriously.

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I am wondering about Rex Fenestrarum’s post. It is common to quote another poster, include bolding not in the original post (or source when taken from off site) and say bolding mine afterwards. It seems as if this is a similar case wherein and italicised section is added to make it clear what was changed and the post makes it clear that changes were made. Would it then be reasonable to say that we are disallowing any change in the text of a quoted section, and only allow changes in font/coding when they are explicily stated?

You got it! We don’t allow any change of text. 2000 bonus points! :smiley:

Unless you’re talking about a DVD-Audio disc, on a regular ‘movie’ DVD any song is going to just be a certain section of the audio track. It isn’t going to be stored on its own in any type of individual ‘file’ on the disc.

Regardless, even if it was, discussing how to rip said file isn’t allowed here.

However, I’m no lawyer but wouldn’t making an analog copy by just playing & re-recording it fall under the Home Recording Act? IOW be the same as making a copy of a CD to, say, play in your car?

In response to the OP, there is software that will rip the audio track of the main movie off the DVD to your harddrive. There is additional software that will convert this file to a wav file for editing. Some software will even do this in one step.

This software can be found free of charge on the Net.

Is there any way to cancel an account on this board? The lack of humor (or irony) of the moderators is really starting to get to me.

Sure, we can accommodate you, no problem.

I’ll send you an email. BTW, as we have stated before, no refunds.

your humble TubaDiva

I hate to continue the hijack in this thread, but I want to apologize to the mods and admins if my posts were seen as junior modding. That wasn’t my intention.
Also, Rex I understand what you were doing when you changed my quote and I had no problem with it.

thanks fellas and fellerinis, for your responses - those that answered my question and those who made for (other) interesting reading!

just coz i can, i’ll tell you why i asked the question - i have a DVD (platoon) and there is a bit right at the end where charlie sheen talks about the ‘enemy’ being’ within us’.

Unlikely to find that on a soundtrack, methinks (although I have not actually bothered to check) - that’s the bit that I’d like on a CD … and until some of you mentioned it, I did not even think about legal stuff :eek:

My copy of the soundtrack does indeed have Sheen’s voiceover on the last track (Track #11 Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber), so get thee to a music store :slight_smile: