Jason (aud19) and I have been discussing to most efficient way to rip DVD-Audio discs to your computer in the FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) format.
This allows you to store DVD-A songs in high resolution on your computer fully tagged and either listen on your computer speakers or send them over to your home theater receiver in multi-channel PCM format via HDMI from one of the newer HDMI supported video cards (like a ATI Radeon 4550 and above). Please note that ATI cards in the 3xxx series can only send SPDIF over HDMI so you are limited to 2-channel PCM.
If you have a ATI Radeon 4550 or above you will need the Realtek ATI HDMI Audio driver available here: Link to unlock 5.1 and 7.1 multi-channel support
This guide is for Windows XP or above. It will work in Vista x86 and x64 without problem.
To do the ripping you will need the following:
- DVD-ROM Drive
- DVD-Audio Explorer 2008
- FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec)
- Optional: Tag&Rename (for tagging FLAC files. One drawback... Registration fee of $29.95. It is the best tagger I have used though)
Steps to rip:
- Place the DVD-Audio disc you would like to rip in your DVD-ROM.
- Extract "DVD-Audio Explorer 2008" anywhere on your computer (there is no installation)
- Place "flac.exe" to the "bin" folder in the directory put "DVD-Audio Explorer 2008"
- Launch "DVDAExplorer.exe" in the "bin" folder.
- Select "Open" from the "File" menu.
- Browse to the "AUDIO_TS" folder of the the DVD-Audio disc you have inserted.
- Select the first ".IFO" file and press "Open". The tracks should then appear in a file tree format. You can select various tracks to see what resolution they are and how many channels.
- Use SHIFT and CTRL to select the tracks you would like to rip.
- Once selected go to the "File" menu and select "Extract"
- Select and output directory.
- Check "Convert to Wave"
- Check "Merge Groups"
- Check "Recover from Stream Errors"
- Check "Run Program" and enter: flac -f "%filepath%".
- Change the threshold to 1000MB (you may need to play around with this if you have slower computer, lower numbers means faster and you cannot have FLAC encoding 2 tracks at once. If FLAC errors increase the number)
- Check "Delete Files" (this deletes the WAV files after converting to FLAC)
- Click the icon on the bottom to convert.
Once they are converted you can use a program like Tag&Rename to automatically tag and rename your FLAC files so they can be easily integrated into your music library and also allows them to be scrobbled with last.fm (example: my profile ) Tag&Rename also downloads album artwork from Amazon.com and embeds it into each FLAC file for software that supports cover art.
If you have any questions feel free to ask below!