Hello folks. This is my first post here.
I have about a thousand music CDs which I’ve been busy ripping to .mp3, but I have 5 that are DVDs of music concerts. I wish now I’d ordered the CDs instead of the DVDs, as I don’t have time to just sit & watch & listen. So, I am trying to pull the music off them so I can make .mp3 files and listen to them on the go.
From reading around the internet, I found I’d have to install LAME and FFmpeg libraries, and then I could use the Audacity I already had to extract the music from the DVDs. I got those two utilities/libraries and did the installs for them. Then I found out that the LAME was already part of my Audacity anyway. Presumably/hopefully, running the LAME install didn’t hurt anything. I also did the FFmpeg install. That seemed to install OK.
From my reading, I believe it’s the .VOB files, located in the VIDEO_TS folder, that I want from the DVDs. There’s an AUDIO_TS folder, but it’s empty.
I am using Audacity 2.3.2 on Windows 10.
If I do a File > Import > Audio and select a .VOB file from the DVD, I get an error message that implies FFmpeg is not installed or not working properly. Maybe it’s just a generic message that gets displayed whether or not FFmpeg is installed OK. It says “Audacity did not recognize the type of the file. Try installing FFmpeg. For uncompressed files, also try File > Import > Raw Data”. So that seems to imply that FFmpeg is not installed correctly.
If I go to Edit > Preferences > Libraries, it says my LAME is installed OK and is ver 3.100 (Built-in). It also lists my FFmpeg Import/Export Library. It says it’s version F(55.33.100), C(55.52.102), U(52.66.100). If I click on the LOCATE button, it says “Audacity has automatically detected valid FFmpeg libraries. Do you still want to locate them manually?”. So I say NO to that and exit. That seems to indicate that FFmpeg IS installed correctly.
If I do a File > Import > Raw Data and select a .VOB file, I don’t get an error. It processes awhile, then puts something in the display window at the bottom of Audacity. However, no matter which .VOB file I select, what’s in the window is 9 seconds long and is completely blank.
I see that, when I do a File > Import > Raw Data, there is a field called “Encoding:”. I’m just leaving it at the default “Signed 32-bit PCM”, and Byte Order is set to “Big-endian”. Maybe my only problem is that I need to select the right parameters, but I don’t know enough about all this to know what those parameters mean.
I feel like I’m getting close to resolving this, but there’s something I am doing wrong. Can anyone help point me in the right direction?